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Multi-Stop Travel With Your Bass – Part 3: On the Plane, Bass and Travel
The Lowdown with Dr. D

Multi-Stop Travel With Your Bass – Part 3: On the Plane, Bass and Travel

Most people realize that there are special considerations when flying with your upright bass. These considerations are significantly expanded if your musical journey requires a series of planes, trains, and automobiles, before you arrive back at your home door. To wrap up my discussion on this topic, below are a few ways I prepare for a smooth travel day with...

Multi-Stop Travel With Your Bass – Part 2: Packing/Luggage/Bass
The Lowdown with Dr. D

Multi-Stop Travel With Your Bass – Part 2: Packing/Luggage/Bass

Most people realize that there are special considerations when flying with your upright bass. These considerations are significantly expanded if your musical journey requires a series of planes, trains, and automobiles, before you arrive back at your home door. With this in mind, I’d like to continue my discussion from last time by talking about some of the precautions I...

Multi-Stop Travel With Your Bass – Part 1: Physical Preparation
The Lowdown with Dr. D

Multi-Stop Travel With Your Bass – Part 1: Physical Preparation

Most people realize that there are special considerations when flying with your upright bass. These considerations are significantly expanded if your musical journey requires a series of planes, trains, and automobiles, before you arrive back at your home door. With this in mind, I’d like to address three subjects in this series about Multi-Stop Travel: Physical Preparation, Personal Packing (luggage)...

US Department of Transportation Issues Final Ruling on Flying with Instruments
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US Department of Transportation Issues Final Ruling on Flying with Instruments

Hoping to fly with your bass in tow? The U.S. Department of Transportation has ruled that traveling musicians can place their instruments in overhead bins, if there’s space available, and if not, a second seat may be purchased for an instrument. Additionally, the DOT offers this advice: “Because the rule does not require that musical instruments be given priority over...

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...

Traveling Abroad with a Bass
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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...

TSA Not So Bassist Friendly
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TSA Not So Bassist Friendly

Apparently when traveling, no one is safe from the TSA. Jazz bass superstar Christian McBride took to Facebook to express his outrage after his bow was taken from his case on the way to a gig in Canada. “Now that it’s confirmed, I can tell you that good ol’ TSA confiscated (aka STOLE) my brand new bow right out of...

Road Gear: A Discussion for Gigging Bassists
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Road Gear: A Discussion for Gigging Bassists

Q: For the last couple months, I have been doing weekend warrior gigs with a pop artist who tours all over the country. The venues we play have been everything from large hotel ballrooms to amphitheaters to large concert halls, and we mainly rely on backline gear. Here’s my issue: we fly a lot, and we are very limited in...

What’s In My Gig Bag? Part 2: Jazz/Rockabilly, Solo Shows and Flying
The Lowdown with Dr. D

What’s In My Gig Bag? Part 2: Jazz/Rockabilly, Solo Shows and Flying

One of the things every gigging bassist needs to refine is what they bring to the gig, in addition to their bass and amp (if appropriate). We all have items we might need for gig emergencies and unforeseen circumstances. Showing up to the gig and having an equipment problem is no fun and ultimately it makes you look bad. Everyone...

What’s In My Gig Bag? Part 1: Classical
The Lowdown with Dr. D

What’s In My Gig Bag? Part 1: Classical

One of the things every gigging bassist needs to refine is what they bring to the gig, in addition to their bass and amp (if appropriate). We all have items we might need for gig emergencies and unforeseen circumstances. Showing up to the gig and having an equipment problem is no fun and ultimately it makes you look bad. Everyone...