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Triad Pairs On Bass?
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Triad Pairs On Bass?

A reader asked Damian to share insights on triad pairs in bass lines, solos, and how to use them. While Damian isn’t a fan of triad pairs for bass, he does offer some background on them - and some other ways of thinking in this new “Ask” column.

The Lightbulb Moment: Arrangements For Bass
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: Arrangements For Bass

Creating your own arrangement of an existing song is a great way to explore your bass, challenge yourself musically, and establish your personal voice. That’s the topic of Ryan Madora’s new “Lightbulb Moment” column.

The Path To Jaco
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The Path To Jaco

Mike Frost had a life-changing lesson with Jaco Pastorius in the ‘80s. In addition to recording it - which he offers here - he recounted the entire lesson (and its impact) in this guest column.

What’s the Trick to Slap Bass?
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What’s the Trick to Slap Bass?

This week’s “Ask Damian” column focuses on the subject of slap bass - in two parts. First, the basics, and second, the rhythm patterns. Damian expands on this to explore learning all styles in this new column.

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Ending A Song: Knowing What To Play
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Ending A Song: Knowing What To Play

This week a reader sent Damian this question: “I’ve noticed that are a lot of stock endings for songs... How do you know which one to play?” Damian responded with a column that focuses on musical vocabulary – and fluency with the language of music.

Reaching the Next Level in Your Music Career
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Reaching the Next Level in Your Music Career

A 40-year bass veteran is taking all the right steps to hitting that next level of playing. He reached out to Damian for advice on how to “break out.” Check out what Damian has to say.

On the Road (Again) with Peat Rains from You Bred Raptors?: Part 3
On the Road with Peat Rains

On the Road (Again) with Peat Rains from You Bred Raptors?: Part 3

Peat Rains is back with the 3rd installment of his tour diary with You Bred Raptors? In this column, he covers their stops in Austin, Texas, Monterrey, Mexico, Houston, Texas, and New Orleans, Louisiana.

What Do You Want To See Happen For the Future of Bass Playing?
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What Do You Want To See Happen For the Future of Bass Playing?

Damian almost skipped this week’s “Ask” question... but then he decided to go for it, thinking this could actually ignite some really interesting conversations. The question is this: “What Do You Want To See Happen For the Future of Bass Playing?”

Bass Players To Know: Cliff Burton
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: Cliff Burton

Ryan’s new “Bass Players to Know” starts this way: “Four years, three records, and a legacy that lives on forever.” The bass player is Cliff Burton. Check out what Ryan has to say, and share your favorite tracks featuring Cliff.

On the Road (Again) with Peat Rains from You Bred Raptors?: Part 2
On the Road with Peat Rains

On the Road (Again) with Peat Rains from You Bred Raptors?: Part 2

Peat Rains is on the road (again) with You Bred Raptors? Here is Part 2 of his 2019 road diary series.

Custom Shop: Abernethy Guitars
Custom Shop

Custom Shop: Abernethy Guitars

For this month’s “Custom Shop” column, Jake Serek takes a look into the work of Justin Abernethy of Abernethy Guitars. Justin has had an interesting career, to say the least.

Keeping Your Place with Timing Issues?
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Keeping Your Place with Timing Issues?

This week’s “Ask” column focuses on a question from a reader who is struggling with keeping time and staying with the music over multiple bars. Damian offers advice with a range of tactics for helping solve this problem.