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Ryan Madora

Ryan Madora

Columnist/Lessons

Ryan Madora is a professional bass player, author, and educator living in Nashville, TN. In addition to touring and session work, she teaches private lessons and masterclasses to students of all levels. Visit her website to learn more!

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Keep It Groovy: Tips For Buying A Bass
Keep It Groovy

Keep It Groovy: Tips For Buying A Bass

In this “Keep It Groovy” lesson, Ryan Madora offers suggestions on buying a bass. Purchasing an instrument can be stressful, but you can take some of the pressure off with these tips.

Keep It Groovy: Beginner Improvisation For Bass Players – Location Jumping
Keep It Groovy

Keep It Groovy: Beginner Improvisation For Bass Players – Location Jumping

In today’s “Keep It Groovy” lesson, Ryan Madora focuses on an important element of improvisation: location jumping. The goal is to build a bass theme and identify other locations on the fretboard where we can easily play it.

Keep It Groovy: Build Your Bass Groove – Using Octaves And Palm Muting
Keep It Groovy

Keep It Groovy: Build Your Bass Groove – Using Octaves And Palm Muting

In this “Keep It Groovy” bass lesson, and this time around, Ryan Madora is focusing on building your bass groove through the use of octaves and palm muting.

Keep It Groovy: How To Play The Bass Line To “Cissy Strut”
Keep It Groovy

Keep It Groovy: How To Play The Bass Line To “Cissy Strut”

Ryan Madora’s newest “Keep It Groovy” bass lesson is here, and she’s featuring one of the all-time grooviest of bass lines: “Cissy Strut” by The Meters and George Porter, Jr.

Keep It Groovy: How To Play The Bass Line To “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg”
Keep It Groovy

Keep It Groovy: How To Play The Bass Line To “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg”

Ryan Madora has a new bass lesson series on No Treble. “Keep It Groovy” kicks off with a lesson on how to play James Jamerson’s bass line on The Temptations “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”.

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.