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  • 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)

    Photo by philippe leroyer 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... »

  • 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... »

  • Getting to Know Your Bass: All About the Neck

    Getting to Know Your Bass: All About the Neck

    In part one of Getting to Know Your Bass, we discussed the importance of knowing what the tone knobs do on your instrument. Now, we’ll continue our discussion by learning about how your instrument’s neck influences where, what and how you play. We’ll begin with scale length and how it may impact your tone or... »

  • Getting to Know Your Bass: Part 1 – Tone Controls

    Getting to Know Your Bass: Part 1 – Tone Controls

    Last night, I got to experience a true musical treat: the Tedeschi Trucks Band at the historic Ryman auditorium in Nashville. The band is somewhat of a super-group of talent and each player has a distinctive voice that contributes to the overall awesomeness of the music. Listening to players like Oteil Burbridge and Derek Trucks,... »

  • Learning the Song – Part 2: Comparing and Contrasting Multiple Versions of a Tune

    Learning the Song – Part 2: Comparing and Contrasting Multiple Versions of a Tune

    Welcome to Part 2 of “Learning the Song.” If you checked out the first part of this series, you’ll be familiar with some of the essential elements of learning a song, such as the key, the chord progressions, the form, and so on. Learning “the song” is a great exercise in ear training, adapting theory... »

  • Learning the Song – Part 1: Breaking It Down for Performance

    Learning the Song – Part 1: Breaking It Down for Performance

    It’s time for a real life gig story. I was recently given a set list for an upcoming gig… two sets, roughly 25 tunes, mostly classic rock and soul. Glancing over the set list, I saw many tunes that I already knew, so I figured I’d be fine, right? Guess again. As it turns out,... »