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Finding Your Voice vs. Conventional Bass Playing
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Finding Your Voice vs. Conventional Bass Playing

Q: I have really been obsessed with wanting my own unique voice and approach on the bass. Do you think that I’d be doing myself any harm in the long run if I avoid conventional approaches to learning (like scales, changes, learning blues lines, etc…) in an attempt to develop something new? A: That’s an interesting question, (and one that...

Expanding Your Voice on Bass: Inflections and Articulations
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Expanding Your Voice on Bass: Inflections and Articulations

Q: I notice bassists adding what I would call a “slur”, but I think the correct term would be trill at the end of lines and phrases. I really dig the effect, but my hands and mind are not naturally inclined to do this. What would you recommend to help me work on this? A: As with any technique, the...

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.

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.

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.

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.

Who Should I Transcribe?
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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.

Choosing a Direction: Focusing on Your Approach to Bass and Music
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Choosing a Direction: Focusing on Your Approach to Bass and Music

Q: I am an intermediate bass player and I am a fan of several different bass players. I love the way Janek Gwizdala composes, plays chords and creates music using a looper. I can’t get enough of Gary Willis and his amazing groove as well as his fretless tone. I also love listening to guys like Sean Hurley and Jonathan...

Is It So Bad To Play The Root When I Solo?
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Is It So Bad To Play The Root When I Solo?

Q: I’ve been working on my soloing and I had a question. It keeps getting repeated to me by other players, teachers, and books that I shouldn’t play the root when I solo. What do you think? Is it really such a bad thing? A: I have a few thoughts on the subject. Some are in line with what you’ve...

Re-evaluating Your Technique
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Re-evaluating Your Technique

Q: Do you ever re-evaluate your technique (posture, strap height, string height) or do you feel it’s just set? A: At this point, I feel like I am pretty well set-up and understand my physical relationship with my instrument. This, however, is because I spent much of my life experimenting and studying what others had done or were currently doing....