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  • The Lightbulb Moment: It’s All in Your Head(space)

    The Lightbulb Moment: It’s All in Your Head(space)

    “Um, hey guys… excuse me… guys?!… Can you turn it down a little?” I glance behind me at the drummer and our eyes meet with the same surprised expression. He can’t be serious, right? We’re not playing rock and roll here… the drummer has yet to play with sticks instead of brushes, the keyboard player... »

  • Can You Learn Bass Using a Guitar?

    Can You Learn Bass Using a Guitar?

    Q: Is it possible to learn to play bass by using my six-string acoustic/electric guitar? I don’t really have the extra bread to buy a bass and amp right now, but I feel called to learn and with time, become proficient on the electric bass and maybe double bass eventually. My goal is to take... »

  • Should Hobby Bassists Learn Arpeggios and Scales?

    Should Hobby Bassists Learn Arpeggios and Scales?

    Q: As a “hobby” bassist who doesn’t really want to study as much music as a professional might, is it most important to learn arpeggios or scales? I am not a chord player nor do I want to be as far as I know. (I have difficulty chording due to neuro-muscular problems in my hands.... »

  • Memorization: Tips for Bass Players

    Memorization: Tips for Bass Players

    I received the following question this week from a concerned double bassist: “How can I keep from having memory slips on stage?” Even experienced performers may have the occasional memory faux pas on stage. However, there are some things we can do to minimize the risk. Be prepared early. The earlier you can play something... »

  • Bass Players to Know: Erik Scott

    Bass Players to Know: Erik Scott

    I’m always surprised when I discover bass players who manage to go under the radar despite a diverse and truly impressive resume. They are the players who can’t be stopped… they’ve had all kinds of gigs, taken on the role of writer and producer, and even have a few solo projects to their name. We... »

  • Finding Your Voice vs. Conventional Bass Playing

    Finding Your Voice vs. Conventional Bass Playing

    Q: I have really been obsessed with wanting my own unique voice and approach on the bass. Do you think that I’d be doing myself any harm in the long run if I avoid conventional approaches to learning (like scales, changes, learning blues lines, etc…) in an attempt to develop something new? A: That’s an... »

  • How to Change Up Your Practice Routine When You Don’t Feel Like Practicing

    How to Change Up Your Practice Routine When You Don’t Feel Like Practicing

    Q: What does one do about practice when you just don’t feel like playing and can’t get into it? Do you walk away for a few days or force yourself to play? A: Everyone likely has a different approach, but I have a few things that I try to do before throwing in the towel... »

  • Preferred Scale Books for Bass Players

    Preferred Scale Books for Bass Players

    Recently I’ve been getting a lot of people asking for recommendations for “good” scale books for the double bassist. This is an interesting subject, as there so many books out there! Furthermore, whether a scale book is “good” or not often depends not on their content, but rather how they are applied. This is why... »

  • The Lightbulb Moment: Never Have I Ever…

    The Lightbulb Moment: Never Have I Ever…

    Ah, there’s nothing like a 4:30 load in for a 7pm show. At a local club. With backline. That means that you arrive at the gig, hope that all of the other band members show up, watch the soundman set up the stage, and do a quick check before the doors open. In other words,... »

  • Singing While Playing? A Discussion for Bass Players

    Singing While Playing? A Discussion for Bass Players

    Q: I’ve been reading your columns with great interest for the last year or so, but here’s a question I haven’t seen addressed yet: How do different bass players approach the problem of playing and singing at the same time? I’ve been playing for going on forty years now – both professionally and as a... »