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  • 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,... »

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  • 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... »

  • Play Other Instruments! Such as… Drums

    Play Other Instruments! Such as… Drums

    This installment of “other instruments” takes a look at playing the drums. Yes, they are fun. Yes, you can play loud and beat on things with sticks. No, you won’t have to fall victim to the jokes. On a more serious note, the attention paid to rhythm and feel is one and the same while... »

  • Play Other Instruments! Such as… Guitar

    Play Other Instruments! Such as… Guitar

    In the previous column, we introduced an exciting concept: the importance of learning your way around on a few other instruments. Aside from being able to sit down at a piano or pick up an acoustic guitar, a bit of musical variety can influence your approach to the bass. Having some basic knowledge of piano... »