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  • Thoughts On Multi-Instrumentalism

    Thoughts On Multi-Instrumentalism

    Photo by Pauleon Tan Q: What is your opinion on playing multiple instruments (for example double bass or piano) versus focusing on one instrument? I noticed a double bass in the background of one of your recent videos and wondered what your thought process had been when deciding to take up a new instrument. A:… »

  • Musical Diplomacy: Bassists, Drummers and Locking In

    Musical Diplomacy: Bassists, Drummers and Locking In

    Photo by Jens Wessling Q: I'm having trouble grooving with the drummer in my band. My bread and butter is hip-hop and R&B, and he is coming from the world of straight-ahead jazz. We play in a very backbeat-oriented group, and the only time there is ever a pocket is if I put him in… »

  • Replacing Lead Guitar with Piccolo Bass?

    Replacing Lead Guitar with Piccolo Bass?

    Photo of Zander Zon, the man who defines piccolo bass for us. Q: I am a high school musician in a relativly serious band with my friends, and we are about to make the transition into college. Unfortunately, our fantastic lead guitarist is going away for college, so rather than find a new lead guitarist,… »

  • Building Confidence: Thoughts for Bass Players

    Building Confidence: Thoughts for Bass Players

    Photo by Gonzalo G. Useta Q: I’m a 16 year old bassist from England, and I've been playing for around three years. Ive been told I am very good for my age but I struggle with my confidence sometimes. One day I want to be as good as yourself or people like Janek Gwizdala, Marcus… »

  • Soloing on Bass: What Do You Think About?

    Soloing on Bass: What Do You Think About?

    Q: What should one be thinking when soloing? Do you simply hum the melody in your head or do you think of the solfege/scale degree at the same time? I try to sing the solfeggi, but when it comes to some scalar sequences or faster phrases, I feel like my head might explode. But if… »

  • Adjusting to Alternate Tunings on Bass

    Adjusting to Alternate Tunings on Bass

    Photo by Marcus Holland-Moritz Q: As you may know, many bassists who play Urban Gospel music will detune their basses to a low B♭ or lower to achieve that extra low range. About a year ago, I decided to give detuning a try and detuned my 5-string bass to B♭. It was strange at first,… »

  • Choosing the Right Path for Your Music Career

    Choosing the Right Path for Your Music Career

    Photo by philippe leroyer Q: I’ve been weaving in and out of bands for a few years, since bassists in my town are scarce. But I rarely find a band I enjoy playing with due to either the members’ personalities or the music I end up playing. As someone who wants to make a living… »

  • Kicking Off a New Series: Bass Players You Need To Know

    Kicking Off a New Series: Bass Players You Need To Know

    Over the past year, I’ve dug deep into the nether-regions of my brain, week after week, to figure out all of those things I wish I knew. Lucky for me, the crazy turmoil that is life as a professional musician has been inspiration enough. My goal in writing this series was to highlight those things… »

  • Types of Listening: Three Approaches for Bass Players

    Types of Listening: Three Approaches for Bass Players

    Photo by Juan Croatto Q: How do you hear music, as in a critical method of hearing? How can your playing or musicality get better just by hearing a certain genre or style? Do you perhaps hear a piano comping and try to do the same if you are digging it? A: The answer to… »

  • Making the Decision to Go Pro as a Bassist (Or Not)

    Making the Decision to Go Pro as a Bassist (Or Not)

    Photo by Bryan Rosengrant Q: What is your experience before becoming a professional musician? Is it something that naturally occurred or did you have to decide to make it a career? Could you share a story in which you reconciled any doubts you may have had? A: Interesting question! I’ve always played music, and I… »