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  • What’s Spinning for… John Goldsby

    I am doing a Mingus project in May with the WDR Big Band, so I have been checking out Mingus’s music recently. He has left such a legacy on several levels: his bass playing, his rhythm section playing, his band leading and his composing. All of those aspects of Mingus’s music are interconnected, and he... »

  • Ask Damian Erskine: Practicing in Your Head

    Q: So as I walked around the house, my wife asked me, “What are you doing, space cadet?” I guess I had a fairly blank look on my face and was walking around the house in circles. I replied, “Playing Bass… in my head.” She then said, “huh… you should write about that for the... »

  • The Lowdown with Dr. D.: Three Requirements of Attainment: The Student

    Note: This is part 3 of 3 of Dr. D’s current series. See part 1 and part 2. The Student The most important ingredient needed to acquire a skill is not a good Method or a good Teacher, but rather a good Student. Even with the highest quality Method and Teacher, a poor quality Student... »

  • Bottoms Up: Melodies in Bass

    Bottoms Up: Melodies in Bass

    Hi, nice to meet all of you. I’m here to discuss melodies in the bass: bass lines as part of tunes and great melodies written by bass players, and maybe a few surprises thrown in. In this column I’ll be discussing one of the all time great bass players in history who also penned more... »

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  • Ask Damian Erskine: Transcribing Tips

    Ask Damian Erskine: Transcribing Tips

    Q: out of curiosity, what do you use when transcribing? Software or pencil & paper? I’m delving into this area more and grew up with the pencil & paper way, but am becoming more intrigued by all of the software “gadgets” out there. A: A little bit of all of those things, really. Here are... »

  • A review of Seth Horan’s “Clang & Chime”

    A review of Seth Horan’s “Clang & Chime”

    Clang & Chime, the latest release by American bassist/singer Seth Horan is a beautiful record, focused around finely crafted songs. Seth writes thoughtful and thought-provoking lyrics; sings like he means it and uses his bass to accompany himself with chordal parts, basslines, countermelodies and percussive lines. On this record he is accompanied by Petteri Sariola... »

  • What’s Spinning for… Rufus Reid

    Editor’s note: this is the first of a new series we’re running called “What’s Spinning”. Each week, we’ll check in with bassists to see what they’re listening to and what they’re up to. We hope you enjoy! This week, Rufus Reid shares the CDs currently spinning in his player, and his take on the recordings.... »

  • Ask Damian Erskine: Finding the balance

    Q: How do you discern whether you’re playing “appropriately” or over-playing? A: This is completely subjective and depends on: style of music you’re playing bandleaders interpretation of appropriate taste other things too, but that’s a good start! For the purposes of this article, I’ll assume we’re not talking fusion or jazz here. One simple thing... »

  • Ask Damian Erskine: How do you go about promoting your CD?

    Q: How do you go about promoting your CD? A: I’ve been giving this a lot of thought lately as I’m preparing to release my 2nd release (coming out mid-late January 2010!). With my first CD, I definitely went about it from the ground up. I: Contacted the editors of bass magazines and asked to... »

  • The Lowdown with Dr. D.: Three Requirements of Attainment (Part 2 of 3: Teacher)

    The Teacher The second requirement for the attainment of any skill is a teacher. A good teacher can enhance learning efficiency, streamline progress and illuminate method. You can certainly learn without a teacher and there is a vast amount of information available to us: DVDs, video demonstrations, books, columns, articles, etc. While these can be... »