Best of 2018: The Top 10 “Ask Damian Erskine” Columns

We’ve been so grateful to Damian Erskine over the nine-plus years he’s worked with us. Every Wednesday, Damian thoughtfully answers a reader’s question – which often spans many, many topics. In celebration of his popular “Ask” column, here are his top 10 reader favorites in 2018.

Should I Use A Compressor with My Bass?

1. Should I Use A Compressor with My Bass?

In this column, Damian responds to a reader’s question on the subject of using a compressor…

Is Rhythmic Tapping Okay in a Band Setting?

2. Is Rhythmic Tapping Okay in a Band Setting?

Damian responds to a reader who said he often taps to the beat of the drums, and wonders if that’s common – and what to do about it…

Practicing Scales vs. Arpeggios

3. Practicing Scales vs. Arpeggios

In this column, a reader asks, “should I spend my time in the shed practicing scales or arpeggios? Why one over the other?” Damian has the answers…

Tips for Being a Professional Bassist

4. Tips for Being a Professional Bassist

Over the years, Damian has fielded quite a few questions about what it takes to be a pro. In this column, he responds to one of those questions…

What Should I Play At Soundcheck?

5. What Should I Play At Soundcheck?

It seems simple, but a lot of us struggle with what to play during soundcheck. This is the focus of this “Ask Damian” column…

Is Bass Face Okay on the Gig? A Discussion on Stage Presence

6. Is Bass Face Okay on the Gig? A Discussion on Stage Presence

If you’re a bass player, you know all too well the concept of “Bass Face.” In this column, a reader asks Damian for his thoughts on the subject, and whether or not “bass face” is acceptable during a live performance…

Troubleshooting a Clicking Sound From Your Bass

7. Troubleshooting a Clicking Sound From Your Bass

In this column, a reader expands on the subject of “active vs. passive” – and in particular, what to do about the clicking sound he gets while playing. Damian turned over this column to Carey Nordstrand…

Learning Tunes: A Checklist for Bass Players

8. Learning Tunes: A Checklist for Bass Players

In response to this reader’s question, Damian shares a few thoughts related to learning tunes – and many of his realizations came as a result of trying to learn tunes in all of the wrong ways…

Dealing with Focal Dystonia: Resources for Bass Players

9. Dealing with Focal Dystonia: Resources for Bass Players

Many bass players eventually face a condition that makes playing a challenge. In this column, Damian responds to dealing with Focal Dystonia and cites various resources…

Exercise For Unlocking The Fretboard

10. Exercise For Unlocking The Fretboard

Damian offered up a handful of video-focused columns this year, including this one on unlocking the fretboard…

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  1. Michael

    No bass-related comments from me, but just to say how wonderful DE is, as a musician AND as a human being. Always on-point musically, and as humble as the day is long. Bless you, sir. ?