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The Light Bulb Moment: Men In Black and Anonymity on the Gig
The Lightbulb Moment

The Light Bulb Moment: Men In Black and Anonymity on the Gig

Another rehearsal called for 5:30pm. If it were my band, I’d wait until 7:00 so that no one would fall victim to rush hour traffic. But it’s never my band, so, 5:30 it is. As expected, I-40 was jammed in both directions and the guitar player’s GPS took him to the wrong house. We started twenty minutes late, but considering...

Freelance Gigs: Five Tips for Bass Players
The Lowdown with Dr. D

Freelance Gigs: Five Tips for Bass Players

The last “Tips” column (on avoiding injury), was a popular one. So let’s continue this series with some tips on freelancing. 1. Be Musically Prepared If there is sheet music, review it. If there are recordings, listen to them. As much as possible, be familiar with all the parts. Be acquainted with the melodies, harmonies, key rhythmic devices, etc. inherent...

The Lightbulb Moment: A Tale of Two Pickups
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: A Tale of Two Pickups

It was a humid, mid-summer night in 2010. Navigating to the venue seemed to take forever as the streets were bustling with 20-somethings heading to this restaurant and that, celebrating their two-day vacation from the confines of their offices. This particular club was familiar… I had played there once a month for almost a year and was confident in my...

Promoting All of Your Gigs: A Guide for Bass Players
Ask Damian Erskine

Promoting All of Your Gigs: A Guide for Bass Players

Q: Damian, your Artist Data show announcement for tonight just popped up in my news feed. That made me think about self promotion for bassists (aka sidemen where people rarely come to see us play, but the artist we support). How do we promote ourselves when we are not the main attraction and what platforms (Artist Data, BandMix, Reverb Nation,...

A Few Tips from a Traveling Bassist
The Lowdown with Dr. D

A Few Tips from a Traveling Bassist

Performing on the road as an upright bassist can be both a rewarding and challenging experience. Here are a few tips I’ve learned on, and picked up from colleagues, to help things go smoothly. Be Physically Fit We don’t need have the physique of an Olympic athlete, but having a certain level of fitness will go a long way in...

Dealing with a Bad Band Leader
Ask Damian Erskine

Dealing with a Bad Band Leader

Q: Since you have travelled and played with many you might be able to shed some light on this: My band has enjoyed some success in our home country, we have an album released via a label and have played the better venues of our area. We are now on our first tour – a three-piece, and well, to be...

Traveling Abroad with a Bass
Ask Damian Erskine

Traveling Abroad with a Bass

Q: Always a great read and insightful subjects, many thanks to you & the No Treble team. I’ve been playing locally so far, but now I’m prepping for my first international trip for music. Travel insurance and gear insurance is my responsibility. I have have a ’74 Precision and a 2012 RW Jazz Bass, and I have a high-end SKB...

Cover Bands: Configuring a Band to Balance Size, Cost… and the Right Sound
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Cover Bands: Configuring a Band to Balance Size, Cost… and the Right Sound

Q: My cover band is about to start learning new material of tunes released over the last couple of years. We’re a 5-piece (vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keys) and a lot of the songs have synth parts – more than one keyboard player can play – and brass parts that I feel are important to the sound of the song....

Bass in the Spotlight and Overcoming Self-Doubt
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Bass in the Spotlight and Overcoming Self-Doubt

Q: A couple of months ago, I quit my band and because of the state of the guitarists in my area, I decided to start go small, with bass, drums and vocals. Now that some time has passed, I feel that everything is falling apart, which is depressing. Do you think it is a good idea to put the bass...

Deciding if the Gig is Worth It
Ask Damian Erskine

Deciding if the Gig is Worth It

Q: I auditioned last night for a seventeen year old up-and-coming female country star. She has recorded an album with well known Nashville producer and has hits with a few her songs. I feel it is just a matter of time before she is signed to a major deal. She has everything the new Nashville loves. My dilemma is this:...

Musical Diplomacy: Bassists, Drummers and Locking In
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Musical Diplomacy: Bassists, Drummers and Locking In

Q: I’m having trouble grooving with the drummer in my band. My bread and butter is hip-hop and R&B, and he is coming from the world of straight-ahead jazz. We play in a very backbeat-oriented group, and the only time there is ever a pocket is if I put him in mine and carry him around in it all night,...

Saving Your Ears: A Discussion for Gigging Bass Players
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Saving Your Ears: A Discussion for Gigging Bass Players

Q: I regularly gig in a blues-rock power trio, and I have to solo over one or two tunes. Every time, the lead guitarist asks me to crank up the volume because he plays at a really high volume… too loud in my humble opinion. I don’t want to crank up the volume because I think it kills everything from...