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Is My Bass Teacher Right for Me?
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Is My Bass Teacher Right for Me?

This week’s “Ask” question was sent in by a reader who is pretty new to the bass, and pretty frustrated with his bass teacher. So he reached out to Damian for advice. Check out what Damian has to say about the student/teacher relationship.

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On the Road (Again) with Peat Rains from You Bred Raptors?: Part 1
On the Road with Peat Rains

On the Road (Again) with Peat Rains from You Bred Raptors?: Part 1

Peat Rains is on tour again with You Bred Raptors?, and he’s back with a brand-new tour diary series. Here’s part 1 of the 2019 series, with Peat sharing stories from the road.

Improving Finger Strength to Avoid Injury?
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Improving Finger Strength to Avoid Injury?

This week, a reader asks Damian for advice on how to strengthen the muscles in my fingers to help avoid injury. Damian puts together a great roundup in this column on player health.

Defining Levels (Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced)
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Defining Levels (Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced)

A reader asked Damian to define the idea of a beginner, intermediate or advanced player. While Damian doesn’t necessarily see how this is helpful to a person, he did offer up some background and advice for this week’s “Ask” column.

The Lightbulb Moment: Give The Drummer Some
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: Give The Drummer Some

Ryan is back with a new “Lightbulb Moment” column, this time focusing around the solo. And not just the bass solo, but what we can also do to support the drummer (and other soloists) too.

What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?
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What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?

Damian received another interesting question this week for his “Ask” column: “I wonder, as you look back, what do you wish you could have told your younger self?” Damian’s response to this is pretty terrific.

How Do You Access Your Emotions When Playing?
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How Do You Access Your Emotions When Playing?

This week, Damian received one of the more interesting questions a reader has asked: “How do you access your emotions when you’re playing?” Check out what he has to say...

Bass Instruction: A Guide to the Best Books
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Bass Instruction: A Guide to the Best Books

This week’s “Ask” question centers around bass instruction books: which ones Damian prefers to teach from, and which ones were instrumental to his learning. Check out his list of recommendations.

Am I Selling Out?
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Am I Selling Out?

Making money making music can be a tough road. Sometimes, some of the options might feel like "selling out," which is exactly the focus (and question) for Damian's latest "Ask" column.

Bass Players To Know: Jimmy Johnson
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: Jimmy Johnson

Keeping good company is a common theme of Ryan Madora’s “Bass Players To Know” column. Her latest BPTK - Jimmy Johnson - does just that. Check out what Ryan has to say (including some of her favorite tracks) and add your own to the list.

What Fingerings Should I Use for the Modes?
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What Fingerings Should I Use for the Modes?

A reader sent Damian a note this week saying he's just starting to learn modes on the bass but is struggling with the finger patterns. He asked for help, and Damian decided to make this week’s column a video demonstration on the topic.

Custom Shop: L.e.H. Guitars
Custom Shop

Custom Shop: L.e.H. Guitars

Jake Serek is back with a new “Custom Shop” column. In this edition, Jake takes a look into the work of L. Ellis Hahn, the creator of L.e.H. Guitars, who has taken the familiar offset body design to whole new heights.