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May 2014

On Bass

It's All About the Song

June 20, 2013
A look at the kind of restraint that makes James Jamerson's basslines on Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" timeless.
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The Muse and the Guitarists That Spark It

June 13, 2013
Three of my favorite guitarists that makes me want to grab my bass and make music every time I hear them play.
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Perfect Imperfection

May 11, 2013
In scouring the world for more influence and knowledge, I have become hip to the widening trend of the isolated bass track on YouTube. These tracks are popping up all over the place, and surprisingly, they run the gamut from amazing to remarkably average.
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Bringing Back the Fretless

April 15, 2013
Perhaps the saddest loss of a musical sound that was once frequently heard on the radio is the fretless bass.
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The Importance of Being Social, Pt. 2

March 11, 2013
In today’s world, communicating online (rather than actually speaking on the phone or in person) is certainly the norm rather than the exception, but there is still a twinge of the old soul inside of me that craves the old way.
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Bass Pedals: Basic to Playhouse

February 4, 2013
LEFT: Providing a big, warm, well-compressed tone with an option for extra distortion, this basic pedalboard setup covers the needs for 90 percent of my work. RIGHT: For solo-bass
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The Importance of Being Social

January 9, 2013
Ask yourself what you’re trying to accomplish with your social media page. Do you want a record deal, studio gigs, a touring gig, or to give lessons?
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First on the Scene

December 10, 2012
Other players are supposed to be able to follow us. We set up chord changes like drummers set up sections of a song with fill. It is one of our primary functions. We always have to be first on the scene.
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Me and Victor

November 5, 2012
No boundaries for this game-changer: Victor Lemonte Wooten. Photo by Steve Parker In the religious world, it would be referred to as “illumination” or “enlightenment.” I call it the
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Mastering the Groove

October 8, 2012
Mastering the art of grooving requires practicing your bass lines to sit in front of the kick drum, behind it, and right on it. Sometimes, a tight relationship between
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