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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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The Lightbulb Moment: Take It Slow
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: Take It Slow

Ryan's long-running “Lightbulb Moment” column series is back with a new entry. This time around, Ryan focuses on the art of “taking it slow,” with an emphasis on all aspects of music - and life.

Bass Players to Know: Tina Weymouth
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players to Know: Tina Weymouth

This “Bass Players To Know” column focuses on one of Ryan’s personal favorites: Tina Weymouth. Tina’s bass parts make for records that have withstood the test of time.

The Lightbulb Moment: One Song To Learn
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: One Song To Learn

Ryan’s new “Lightbulb Moment” started out with a question: “Is there one song that contains an exemplary amount of bass playing knowledge?” She picked one and broke it down completely. (The tune may come as a surprise!)

Bass Players To Know: Ross Valory
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: Ross Valory

Harmonically clever and tonally unique, Ross Valory’s playing can be heard on most of Journey’s catalog and the hits that we know and love (or have heard a thousand times), certifying him as the latest Bass Player to Know.

The Lightbulb Moment: Playing Inside The Box
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: Playing Inside The Box

Some people call it “serving the song.” In Ryan’s new “Lightbulb Moment,” she talks about playing inside - and sometimes - outside the box, including covering the literal box patterns on bass.

Bass Players To Know: Krist Novoselic
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: Krist Novoselic

In this entry in the “Bass Players To Know” series, Ryan sets her sights on Krist Novoselic, who inspired her to pick up the bass in high school.

The Lightbulb Moment: In Sync
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: In Sync

Nothing tears up my heart more than the moment I realize an obvious flaw or inconsistency in my playing. I mean, what have these ten-thousand-plus hours amounted to anyway? If you’re the kind of person who strives for precision—clean playing, the perfect execution of a favorite bass line, or the ability to effortlessly play a musical idea—then you probably spend...

Bass Players To Know: Carl Radle
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: Carl Radle

There are plenty of players who have left the musical world far too soon and are frequently overlooked or, more commonly, heard but not known. One example that comes to mind is the great and soulful Carl Radle, the California transplant who made an indelible mark in the world of blues and soul during the 1970’s. A fortuitous connection with...

The Lightbulb Moment: Keeping Time In The Studio
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: Keeping Time In The Studio

I pledge allegiance to the time… set by the drummer? By the click? Somewhere in between? These days, almost all recordings are done to a click track. And why not? It forces everyone to be aware of the desired tempo and to be responsible for their own sense of good time-keeping. It eliminates huge fluctuations, assuring that the adrenaline rush...

Bass Players To Know: Randy Meisner
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: Randy Meisner

It’s safe to say that the pop/rock music of the 1970’s have been trending in this column series. After recently highlighting the classic records and notable bass players of Fleetwood Mac, Dire Straits, and Billy Joel, I figured it was worthwhile to keep digging. The iconic easy listening songs that continue to permeate our musical landscape are chock full of...