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On the Road (Again) with Peat Rains from You Bred Raptors?: Part 1
On the Road with Peat Rains

On the Road (Again) with Peat Rains from You Bred Raptors?: Part 1

Peat Rains is on tour again with You Bred Raptors?, and he’s back with a brand-new tour diary series. Here’s part 1 of the 2019 series, with Peat sharing stories from the road.

The Lightbulb Moment: Give The Drummer Some
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: Give The Drummer Some

Ryan is back with a new “Lightbulb Moment” column, this time focusing around the solo. And not just the bass solo, but what we can also do to support the drummer (and other soloists) too.

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.

Mugging for the Camera on Stage
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Mugging for the Camera on Stage

For this week’s “Ask” column, Damian decided to do it as more of a PSA - on musicianship, serving the song, and a trend he’s seeing that is sometimes counter to those things. Check out what he calls “Mugging for the Camera on Stage”

How to Deal With Bandleaders That Change Your Part
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How to Deal With Bandleaders That Change Your Part

A reader is dealing with a bandleader (pianist) who is rewriting the bass parts and asking them to be played that way. He asked Damian for advice on how to cope with this situation. Check out what Damian has to say.

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.

Notes from the Bandstand: The Bass Solo
Notes From The Bandstand

Notes from the Bandstand: The Bass Solo

Bassists abound in NYC. It’s not uncommon to get on the subway to see two other fellow bassists fighting for a spot with their low-end leviathans. And, you can be sure; these bass commuters can do it all – they can groove and solo. My first two columns have been about the former – the primary background responsibilities of the...

Notes From The Bandstand: Supporting the Soloist
Notes From The Bandstand

Notes From The Bandstand: Supporting the Soloist

As jazz bassists, we know this scenario all too well: after taking their solos, the players in the front line head offstage, only to chat it up with each other until it’s time come back to trade or play the head out. Meanwhile, we’ve been playing non-stop since the downbeat. Frustrating right? Do they realize how much we’ve been playing...

Establishing Your Rates as a Working Bass Player
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Establishing Your Rates as a Working Bass Player

Q: I have been networking, going to jams, and have actually started to make some headway in my local scene. I’ve just gotten a call about doing a regional week-long tour. The money seems a little low, though, and I’m worried about setting a bad precedent. I’d like to do the tour but don’t want to establish that as my...

How Do You Deal With Performance Anxiety
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How Do You Deal With Performance Anxiety

Q: Do you ever get scared? How do you deal with performance anxiety? A: I’ve written a fair amount about various types of musical situations I’ve found myself in, related anxiety, and how I’ve navigated it but this may be the first time I’ve written purely on fear. I’ve mentioned in the past that I spent quite a while living...