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Using the Two Types of Solfege
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Using the Two Types of Solfege

This week’s “Ask” column is all about ear training. In response to a reader’s question about the “Two Types of Solfege,” Damian breaks down the pros and cons for each, and how to apply it to your routine.

How Important are Intervals in Bass Lines?
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How Important are Intervals in Bass Lines?

One of the great things about the “Ask Damian” column is that Damian gets questions from people at all levels, including those just starting out. This week, he dives in to the basics of intervals.

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Where To Start with Music Theory
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Where To Start with Music Theory

A reader sent Damian one of the most honest questions we've seen, focused on his lack of understanding theory and his desire to change that. Check out what Damian has to say on “Where To Start with Music Theory.”

The Lightbulb Moment: Take It Slow
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: Take It Slow

Ryan's long-running “Lightbulb Moment” column series is back with a new entry. This time around, Ryan focuses on the art of “taking it slow,” with an emphasis on all aspects of music - and life.

Should I Play Keyboard For Ear Training?
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Should I Play Keyboard For Ear Training?

Stéphane Tuni sent Damian a question about using a keyboard (as a bassist) for ear training. Damian offers up his take - and some tips - in this new “Ask” column.

Making the Three-Finger Technique Consistent on Bass
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Making the Three-Finger Technique Consistent on Bass

This week, a reader asks Damian for advice on mastering the three-finger technique. This is something Damian has spent a lot of time on and offers up a great how-to for exploring every possible variation.

Go Hear Live Music!
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Go Hear Live Music!

Damian recently had a conversation with a student who wasn't feeling inspired musically. Damian asked him what he was listening to, and discovered the problem was a lack of exposure to new ideas and music. So he wrote this week's column in response to that.

Custom Shop: Pete Hilton of Hilton Guitars
Custom Shop

Custom Shop: Pete Hilton of Hilton Guitars

We’re thrilled to announce our long-running “Custom Shop” column is being taken over by Jake Serek of Serek Basses. For Jake’s first entry, he takes a look at the work of Pete Hilton and Hilton Guitars.

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?”

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.