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  • Bass Strings: To Change Or Not To Change

    Bass Strings: To Change Or Not To Change

    For years, bass players have debated the concept of changing strings and most people have asked the same questions: Doesn’t it change the sound of the instrument? Does the funk disappear? How can someone get good tone playing strings that are a year old? Don’t you know that (insert famous bass player) never changed his... »

  • Gigging? Make a Reserve Tune List

    Gigging? Make a Reserve Tune List

    It’s 11:58, and you just finished a killer set. So much so that the crowd is clapping, fist pumping, raising their drinks in the air and collectively begging for one more song. The band members look around at one another and think, “yeah, this is awesome! But what are we gonna do???” You played through... »

  • Flu Season Fumbles and Avoiding Lost Gigs

    Flu Season Fumbles and Avoiding Lost Gigs

    As we get over the start of a new year and the holidays seem like a distant memory, we enter a new season with the worst surprise of them all… the flu. With the weather, the “warriors” who insist on coming into the office, travel, and the nights off to hang out with friends at... »

  • On Performing: Somebody, Somewhere, Is Going To Notice

    On Performing: Somebody, Somewhere, Is Going To Notice

    Just when you think no one is watching… someone comes along and compliments you on your technique. Technique? Really? Of all things… This past weekend, I played a rock ’n roll gig at a smoke-filled, small-town bar with Coors and Miller lights ablaze. A few older gentlemen approached me during a break and asked: “what... »

  • Read Up! Part 2: How to Find and Work Through Books for Bass

    Read Up! Part 2: How to Find and Work Through Books for Bass

    Ah ha! You’ve reached the oh-so-exciting section of the music store where the possibilities seem endless and you get giddy just thinking about picking something up and taking it home… No, not the bass wall… the bookshelves! You feast your eyes on the “Teach Yourself Harmonica” manuals, the transcription books of Green Day guitar solos,... »

  • Staying Fit During the Holiday Season

    Staying Fit During the Holiday Season

    Although the title may suggest it, this is not a gym advertisement, nor a plan for a special low-fat diet. And, while we consider our vacation time as a way to take off from work for a few days, hang with our friends and family, and eat lots of goodies, our practice schedule usually falls... »

  • Read Up! How Reading at Your Leisure Can Double as Practice Time (Part 1)

    Read Up! How Reading at Your Leisure Can Double as Practice Time (Part 1)

    They say that the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. Well then, here goes… I’m a bookworm. So much so that it takes an enormous amount of will power to pry myself away from a good novel before being late to work. It’s easy to get caught up in a story,... »

  • When The Gig Gets Canceled…

    When The Gig Gets Canceled…

    Let’s face it, we usually don’t enjoy picking up the phone and finding out that our gig is canceled. Hearing the news via email or text doesn’t make it any better, especially if it’s short notice. On one hand, the middle-schooler in us delights in the fact that we can stay home in our PJ’s,... »

  • 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... »