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Who Should I Transcribe?

Who Should I Transcribe?

A reader sent Damian a question on the topic of transcribing after getting advice from others he didn’t agree with. Damian offers up his recommendations on how to approach transcribing as one of the important learning exercises in our bass playing.

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Dealing with “String Ring” While Slapping

Dealing with “String Ring” While Slapping

Damian answers this question in this new “Ask” column this week: “I got a 6-string not too long ago and I’ve been having a hard time with string ring... Is there anything I can do about that?”

Is There a Right Way To Set My EQ?

Is There a Right Way To Set My EQ?

A reader sent Damian a question asking about all the knobs on his bass (and even more on his amp). The specific question is: “Is There a Right Way To Set My EQ?” Check out what Damian has to say.

Using Minimalism and Subtlety In Bass Lines

Using Minimalism and Subtlety In Bass Lines

This week, Damian received a question about creating bass lines with minimalism and implication versus overt and fuller harmonic context. This is a deep question, so instead of just writing about it, he decided to make a video to play through some ideas and talk it out.

Series vs. Parallel Wired Pickups

Series vs. Parallel Wired Pickups

In this week’s “Ask” column, a reader asked Damian to explain the difference between series and parallel circuitry in pickups. Check out Damian’s excellent overview on the topic.

Learning to Improvise

Learning to Improvise

A reader, who started on piano, reached out to Damian mentioning that while he’s educated in the areas of reading, there was never a focus on improvising. He said he feels “robotic” and asked for some pointers. That’s the subject of this week’s “Ask” column.

How Much Music Theory Do I Really Need To Know?

How Much Music Theory Do I Really Need To Know?

A reader emailed Damian describing his struggles with music theory and asked for his thoughts on the importance of it. While there are lots of ways to look at this, Damian breaks describes some paths to take in your musical growth.

Best of 2018: The Top 10 “Ask Damian Erskine” Columns

Best of 2018: The Top 10 “Ask Damian Erskine” Columns

We’ve been so grateful to Damian Erskine over the nine-plus years he’s worked with us. Every Wednesday, Damian thoughtfully answers a reader’s question – which often spans many, many topics. In celebration of his popular “Ask” column, here are his top 10 reader favorites in 2018.

How to Read a Lead Sheet

How to Read a Lead Sheet

A reader asked Damian, “Can you explain how to read a lead sheet?” Damian offers up a in-depth column, complete with example charts and more.

Tips for Starting to Teach Bass

Tips for Starting to Teach Bass

A reader was asked after a gig if he gave bass lessons. Even though he didn’t, he said “yes.” Then he sent Damian a question asking for advice on how to go about it, which is the subject of this “Ask” column.