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Ryan Madora

Ryan Madora

Columnist

Ryan Madora is a Nashville-based producer, writer, educator, and bass player. Currently on the road with guitar virtuoso Robben Ford, she has backed up artists including Bobby Bones, Hanson, Carrie Underwood, and Garth Brooks. Bringing eclecticism, groove, and musical intention to every gig, she is frequently called upon in the studio and can be heard on records with Ford, Lamont Dozier, Kyshona Armstrong, and her own instrumental trio, The Interludes. An educator at heart, she teaches privately and enjoys writing monthly columns for No Treble. Her column series include Blues Bass, I Wish I Knew That, Bass Players To Know, and The Light Bulb Moment.

Fun fact: Despite the fact that most people enjoy meeting her and saying, “did you know that the bass is bigger than you are?” she is roughly 12 inches taller than most electric basses.

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Bass Players To Know: Esperanza Spalding
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: Esperanza Spalding

Great artists undergo evolution. They study, create, establish themselves as an artistic force, and then re-envision what their art could be. Esperanza Spalding is one of these artists.

Bass Players To Know: Mark Schatz
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: Mark Schatz

While it’s easy to get caught up in the world of blazing technique (and more), Ryan turns her attention to a genre that typically features acoustic instruments, bluegrass. Check out her latest Bass Player To Know, Mark Schatz.

The Lightbulb Moment: Listening For Movement
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: Listening For Movement

Ryan Madora is back with a new "Lightbulb Moment" column. This time around, she’s talking about ear training - and listening for macro vs. micro movement.

Bass Players To Know: Gerald Veasley
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: Gerald Veasley

Ryan Madora is back with the first “Bass Players to Know” column of 2021. In this edition, she sets her sights on the work of Gerald Veasley.

The Lightbulb Moment: Low and Slow
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: Low and Slow

Ryan Madora is back with a new “Lightbulb Moment” column. In this edition, Ryan talks about the benefits of playing slow - and even ties in a great food analogy.

The Lightbulb Moment: Discovering The Key
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: Discovering The Key

One universally befuddling inquiry is deceivingly simple, “what key are we in?” As easy as it sounds, the key of a song can often be interpreted in different ways. That’s the subject of this “Lightbulb Moment” column.

Bass Players To Know: John Miller
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: John Miller

Getting a gig is the result of connecting the dots. Relationships turn into recommendations, recommendations turn into work, work turns into reputation. No one knows this better than John Miller, our latest Bass Player to Know.

Bass Players To Know: Jimmy Haslip
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: Jimmy Haslip

Genres evolve thanks to the players, composers, and producers who innovate. In Ryan Madora’s new “Bass Players To Know” column, she focuses on the work of one of the masters: Jimmy Haslip.

The Lightbulb Moment: Mistakes Do Not Equal Failure
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: Mistakes Do Not Equal Failure

As bassists, we can often be our own, harshest critics. That’s the subject of Ryan Madora’s latest “Lightbulb Moment” column - which includes another way to look at dealing with mistakes.

Bass Players To Know: Rhonda Smith
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: Rhonda Smith

When was the last time you listened to a groove that was so funky and remarkably precise that you couldn’t resist being in awe? For Ryan Madora, it was the last time she listened to Rhonda Smith. Rhonda is the focus of this “Bass Players To Know” column.

The Lightbulb Moment: To Stream or Not To Stream?
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: To Stream or Not To Stream?

Ryan is back with a new column that wouldn't have happened without this time of self-isolation. The topic is on live-streaming, which is all the rage now. She had to figure this out for herself, and has a lot to share on the topic.

Bass Players To Know: Dave Roe
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: Dave Roe

Ryan is back with a new entry in her “Bass Players To Know” series. This time, she focuses on the work of Nashville legend and session ace, Dave Roe, the longtime bass player with Johnny Cash and favorite of the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach - and more.