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  • When Technology Breaks: A Survival Guide for Bassists

    When Technology Breaks: A Survival Guide for Bassists

    Technology is a wonderful thing. Compared to a century ago, our day-to-day lives are completely different; we no longer need to hand wash our clothes, build a fire to eat, or take a horse and buggy to visit friends in an adjacent state. Instead, we can simply purchase magical devices such as washing machines, microwaves,... »

  • Pace Yourself: Thoughts on the Process of Practicing and Learning

    Pace Yourself: Thoughts on the Process of Practicing and Learning

    Whether you’re embarking on a long distance run, sitting down to a delicious plate of food, or facing a mountain of material to learn, keep one thing in mind: pace yourself. Establishing a good pace for learning material or practicing a new technique is extremely important, especially when you’re looking at a deadline. It’s easy... »

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  • Organizational Skills for Bassists: A Checklist for Getting There

    Organizational Skills for Bassists: A Checklist for Getting There

    I’ve just spent the past hour tearing apart my room, searching through notebooks and drawers, on top of shelves and beneath the bed, and I still can’t find what I’m looking for. Frantically, I called a friend to create a distraction (secretly hoping that what I’m looking for will magically appear right in front of... »

  • Capturing Your Ideas: Transform Your Musical Inspiration into Reality

    Capturing Your Ideas: Transform Your Musical Inspiration into Reality

    If you’re a fan of the Rolling Stones, you’re probably familiar with the story of Keith Richards coming up with the lick to “Satisfaction.” If not, here’s the story: the classic guitar riff came to him in the middle of the night, and luckily, he had a cassette player by his bed and was quickly... »

  • I Ain’t Superstitious: Personal Quirks and Why They Work

    I Ain’t Superstitious: Personal Quirks and Why They Work

    It’s 6pm… time to get the gear in the car, enter the club’s address into the GPS, and get on the road. It takes exactly five minutes and three trips to pack: one trip for each cabinet (the two fit side by side in the trunk), and one trip for the amp head, bag o’... »

  • Refresh Yourself: Some Thoughts on Musical Growth

    Refresh Yourself: Some Thoughts on Musical Growth

    As we grow and develop as bassists, we tend to go through different stages of learning. Sometimes we feel inspired and creative, other times we feel as if we’ve plateaued or burnt out. During the good times, it’s easy to find new concepts to work on, specific ideas to write about, or ways to make... »

  • Earplugs… A Love-Hate Relationship (Part 2: Where, When, and Why)

    Earplugs… A Love-Hate Relationship (Part 2: Where, When, and Why)

    Photo by Quinn Dombrowski In Part 1 of this series, we looked at two different types of earplugs, the over-the-counter ones as well as the custom molded ones, and some of the benefits of each. Now, let’s think about when to use them and how to get comfortable playing with them in. Before we jump... »

  • Earplugs… A Love-Hate Relationship (Part 1: Options)

    Earplugs… A Love-Hate Relationship (Part 1: Options)

    Ever rush out of the house in the morning and forget something that you always have with you? Your watch, perhaps? Or maybe your reading glasses? As soon as you realize that you’ll have to go all day without this beloved item, you start to feel uncomfortable, annoyed, and metaphorically naked. It is a truly... »

  • 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... »