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  • Listening Back: Get a New Perspective on Your Playing

    Listening Back: Get a New Perspective on Your Playing

    A few days ago, I happened to be “shuffling” through my music library and stumbled upon a long-forgotten EP that I played on in high school, just a few years into picking up the bass. I took a short break from my day and decided to listen with a hint of skepticism, a dash of... »

  • Play Other Instruments! Such as… Any and All of Them

    Play Other Instruments! Such as… Any and All of Them

    Welcome to the final part of the “Play Other Instruments” series. In the last few columns, we took a look at playing piano, guitar, and drums, and I got to describe some of the benefits of noodling around on each of those. Then, I took a step back and decided it was a bit unfair... »

  • Play Other Instruments! Such as… Drums

    Play Other Instruments! Such as… Drums

    This installment of “other instruments” takes a look at playing the drums. Yes, they are fun. Yes, you can play loud and beat on things with sticks. No, you won’t have to fall victim to the jokes. On a more serious note, the attention paid to rhythm and feel is one and the same while... »

  • Play Other Instruments! Such as… Guitar

    Play Other Instruments! Such as… Guitar

    In the previous column, we introduced an exciting concept: the importance of learning your way around on a few other instruments. Aside from being able to sit down at a piano or pick up an acoustic guitar, a bit of musical variety can influence your approach to the bass. Having some basic knowledge of piano... »

  • Play Other Instruments! Such as… Piano

    Play Other Instruments! Such as… Piano

    Like many other bass players, I’ve traveled a long and winding road before discovering my passion for the instrument. A few years of piano lessons, three months of playing the flute, and a handful of years in the school band’s percussion section were just a few of my “trial and error” experiences before making the... »

  • Going Unnoticed: Our Role as Bassists (Or: The Not-So-Obvious Compliment)

    Going Unnoticed: Our Role as Bassists (Or: The Not-So-Obvious Compliment)

    There’s an old saying in the musical world that goes a little like this: “I didn’t even notice the bass until it wasn’t there!” While this may seem a bit unfair – as if all of the other instruments receive the listening attention they deserve while we stand in the back – it happens to... »

  • Finding the Musical Treasures in Your Own Backyard

    Finding the Musical Treasures in Your Own Backyard

    A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to check out the Summer NAMM show in Nashville. Although it was great to walk around the showroom floor, check out all of the new gear, and run into some friends, the most exciting part of the show was the congregation of truly fantastic players. The NAMM... »

  • I Wish I Knew That: Making The Music Better

    I Wish I Knew That: Making The Music Better

    Let’s face it, sometimes we find ourselves in not-so-ideal playing situations. In a perfect world, we would always have our favorite drummer on the gig and could lock in and groove all night long. We would never have to compete with the busy left hand of a keyboard player, stay alert during the 15-minute guitar... »

  • Getting to Know Your Bass: How Many Strings Does It Take to Screw In A Lightbulb?

    Getting to Know Your Bass: How Many Strings Does It Take to Screw In A Lightbulb?

    Ok, this column’s title is a bad joke (feel free to come up with you own punch line). In the past few columns of this “Getting To Know” series, we’ve examined a number of topics that relate to what your instrument can do, why you prefer it, and how that impacts your playing ability on... »

  • Getting to Know Your Bass: How Your Bass’s Action Influences What You Can Do

    Getting to Know Your Bass: How Your Bass’s Action Influences What You Can Do

    Keeping up with Getting to Know Your Bass series, today we’ll take a look at the action of your bass and how that influences what you can play. While your action doesn’t necessarily impact your note choice, it certainly factors into the amount of force necessary to play the instrument and the techniques that you... »