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Damian Erskine

Damian Erskine

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Damian’s popular “Ask Damian Erskine” column debuted on June 24th, 2009, and it has been going strong ever since. Damian is an adjunct professor at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon and has also appeared as an instructor at Gerald Veasley’s Bass Bootcamp, the National Guitar Workshop as well as the Berklee College of Music’s Guitar Week. He’s also authored his own books, Right Hand Drive and The Improviser’s Path.

Have a question for Damian? Send him an email at askdamian@notreble.com.

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Is My Bass Teacher Right for Me?
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Is My Bass Teacher Right for Me?

This week’s “Ask” question was sent in by a reader who is pretty new to the bass, and pretty frustrated with his bass teacher. So he reached out to Damian for advice. Check out what Damian has to say about the student/teacher relationship.

Improving Finger Strength to Avoid Injury?
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Improving Finger Strength to Avoid Injury?

This week, a reader asks Damian for advice on how to strengthen the muscles in my fingers to help avoid injury. Damian puts together a great roundup in this column on player health.

Defining Levels (Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced)
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Defining Levels (Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced)

A reader asked Damian to define the idea of a beginner, intermediate or advanced player. While Damian doesn’t necessarily see how this is helpful to a person, he did offer up some background and advice for this week’s “Ask” column.

What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?
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What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?

Damian received another interesting question this week for his “Ask” column: “I wonder, as you look back, what do you wish you could have told your younger self?” Damian’s response to this is pretty terrific.

How Do You Access Your Emotions When Playing?
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How Do You Access Your Emotions When Playing?

This week, Damian received one of the more interesting questions a reader has asked: “How do you access your emotions when you’re playing?” Check out what he has to say...

Bass Instruction: A Guide to the Best Books
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Bass Instruction: A Guide to the Best Books

This week’s “Ask” question centers around bass instruction books: which ones Damian prefers to teach from, and which ones were instrumental to his learning. Check out his list of recommendations.

Am I Selling Out?
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Am I Selling Out?

Making money making music can be a tough road. Sometimes, some of the options might feel like "selling out," which is exactly the focus (and question) for Damian's latest "Ask" column.

What Fingerings Should I Use for the Modes?
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What Fingerings Should I Use for the Modes?

A reader sent Damian a note this week saying he's just starting to learn modes on the bass but is struggling with the finger patterns. He asked for help, and Damian decided to make this week’s column a video demonstration on the topic.

Using the Two Types of Solfege
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Using the Two Types of Solfege

This week’s “Ask” column is all about ear training. In response to a reader’s question about the “Two Types of Solfege,” Damian breaks down the pros and cons for each, and how to apply it to your routine.

How Important are Intervals in Bass Lines?
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How Important are Intervals in Bass Lines?

One of the great things about the “Ask Damian” column is that Damian gets questions from people at all levels, including those just starting out. This week, he dives in to the basics of intervals.