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  • Ask Damian Erskine: Target Notes

    Q: Can you suggest any exercises to help me to internalize the notion of targets when playing over chord changes and work them into my playing ? A: Definitely. Although I’ve never tried to develop an exercise to practice this concept, It’s something I’ve just always done when trying to solo… especially when I feel... »

  • Rewind: Practicing Chord Changes, Ask Damian, A Beginner’s Guide to Radio Airplay, Ray’s Raves, and a review of John Patitucci’s latest

    In case you missed it, here are some of the most popular features from last week (September 6th through 12th). Jon Burr latest lesson covers the all important task of practicing chord changes. Damian Erskine answers a reader on the topic of a light vs. a hard touch. Evan Kepner provides a beginner’s guide to... »

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  • Ask Damian Erskine: Light vs. a hard touch

    Q: I like your style because from my point of view it seems that you’re very comfortable playing the bass (seems light touch in both hands) but the sound you get is very punchy which I associate with playing hard. So here comes the question: Do you play mostly hard or light with your right... »

  • No Treble Rewind: New lesson series, spotlight on Adam Tanner, new releases, videos & gear

    In case you missed it, here are some of the most popular features from last week (August 23rd through 28th). Features & Columns Lesson: Melodic Construction Jon Burr introduced a new lesson series, on melodic construction in improvisation. Player Spotlight: Adam Tanner Our player spotlight showcased the work of Adam Tanner (aka ZenBeer), a solo... »

  • Ask Damian Erskine: Melodic approach to soloing

    Q: How do you approach the line between creating an interesting melody while soloing as opposed to playing chord tones and notes that harmonize better. I suppose the two blur into one really but is there a point where you worry less about the changes and more about finding an interesting melody to fit over... »

  • Ask Damian Erskine: Theory and right hand technique

    Q: Just wanted to ask you how can I get used to using the harmonized major and minor scales when soloing or using them when I’m playing a fill. I use the relative major or minor of the key I’m playing in regularly but I cant seem to get the other scale degree’s to work.... »

  • Ask Damian Erskine: Practicing and repetition

    Q: How many hours a day do you practice? Do you have any practice tips? A: Admittedly, I don’t practice as much as I’d like these days. I’m married, with dogs that need walking and a mortgage and am very busy playing bass for many different people (which requires a lot of shedding of it’s... »

  • Ask Damian Erskine: Facility, muscle memory & musicality

    Q: Can you make a recommendation in regards to how to develop speed and facility? A: I can!! In my opinion, the most common mistake people make when trying to develop speed and facility has everything to do with a lack of patience! Most people start trying to play things at speeds they can’t yet... »

  • GospelChops: Bass Sessionz Volume 1 now available

    GospelChops is now shipping the Bass Sessionz, Vol. 1 DVD. Bass Sessionz includes over three hours of instructional videos, performances and interviews with gospel and jazz bassists Andrew Gouche, Janek Gwizdala, Damian Erskine, Robert “Bubby” Lewis, Justin Raines, Jon Reshard, Dywane Thomas, Anthony Nembhard, and Hadrien Feraud, with special appearances by John Beasley, Michael Tobias... »

  • Ask Damian Erskine: Traveling with your bass

    Q: I have a gig coming up that requires me to fly with my bass. I’ve never done it and don’t know if I should check it underneath or try and bring it on board! Any help? A: I’ve done it every way you can think of and each has it’s upside and downside. Here’s... »