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Sounding Organic In The Moment
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Sounding Organic In The Moment

This week a reader asks Damian for advice on how to “organize material and approach a solo without sounding scholastic or predictable.” Check out what Damian has to say on the subject.

Why Isn’t Solo Bass More Accepted?
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Why Isn’t Solo Bass More Accepted?

As of tomorrow, we’ve been publishing for 10 years, and this has always been a topic in the comments. (A little less now, but still a thing.) This week, Damian tackles a question from a reader: “Why Isn’t Solo Bass More Accepted?”

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Bass Players to Know: Tina Weymouth
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players to Know: Tina Weymouth

This “Bass Players To Know” column focuses on one of Ryan’s personal favorites: Tina Weymouth. Tina’s bass parts make for records that have withstood the test of time.

Developing Your Microtime
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Developing Your Microtime

A reader asked Damian for advice on the subject of “microtime” this week. Damian offers advice on learning different time-feels in this column.

What is Your “Voice” on Bass?
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What is Your “Voice” on Bass?

A reader asked Damian “How did you come to settle on your voice?” While Damian has written about fostering the development of your “voice” in the past, he’s never covered what your “voice” really is. So that’s what he did in this new 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”

Understanding Time-Feel Terminology
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Understanding Time-Feel Terminology

A reader sent Damian a question about the terms that apply to meter and pulse, and the confusion he’s having around this topic. Damian offers up his perspective in this “Ask” column.

The Lightbulb Moment: One Song To Learn
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: One Song To Learn

Ryan’s new “Lightbulb Moment” started out with a question: “Is there one song that contains an exemplary amount of bass playing knowledge?” She picked one and broke it down completely. (The tune may come as a surprise!)

Switching Between 4, 5, and 6-string Basses
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Switching Between 4, 5, and 6-string Basses

This week’s “Ask” question starts like this: “How do you switch between 4/5/6 strings when the low E has been ingrained in my memory?” Check out what Damian has to say about making the switch.

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.