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On Bass

On Bass: Drummers Get Personal

October 30, 2014
Three world-class drummers wax poetic on what’s most important to them in a bassist.
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On Bass: Doubling (aka A Tale of Two Basses)

October 6, 2014
Three world-class bassists talk about being proficient on both electric and upright.
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On Bass: Some Parting Thoughts

August 20, 2014
Career advice to help bassists get that next gig.
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On Bass: The Song Guys

July 23, 2014
Killer chops are great, but keeping the groove and subtlety top-of-mind when laying down the low end is all-important.
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On Bass: Making the Leap

June 15, 2014
How one bassist went from small-time to stadiums.
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On Bass: Covering Your Basses, Pt. 2

May 9, 2014
It’s possible to coax a wide variety of tones from a single passive bass using only your touch and its onboard controls.
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On Bass: Let's Go Amp Shopping

April 14, 2014
In the market for a new bass rig? Before you plunk down the coin, ask yourself a few questions.
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On Bass: Covering Your Basses

March 25, 2014
If you’re serious about playing bass for a living, it’s important to be intimately familiar with a number of different musical styles.
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On Bass: What the Funk?

February 11, 2014
Does funk come from your tone or your fingers?
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On Bass: Why Bassists Make Great Musical Directors

January 13, 2014
Does being at home between the rhythm section and the melodic instruments make bassists uniquely qualified to listen objectively?
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On Bass: A Half-Step from Greatness

December 12, 2013
From baseball to bass guitar, a half a step can make all the difference.
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On Bass: Layering the Low End

November 28, 2013
Two basses on one song? The technique is more common than you may think.
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On Bass: Be a Good Listener

October 22, 2013
Being open and respectful to music's past can be a huge advantage and even help you to be creative in the present.
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On Bass: Bringing It to the Stage

September 26, 2013
For bassists, it’s an ongoing challenge to bring the same precision to the stage that we’re used to delivering in the recording studio or during band practice.
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On Bass: The Snowball Effect

August 15, 2013
You hit a bad note. No, that one note will generally not bring down a whole gig and most people won't even notice. Yet in the heat of the moment, that note feels like a glowing neon arrow hanging over your head announcing "It was him! It was him!" What do you do?
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Don’t Get Mad, Get Even

July 25, 2013
When looking for a bass, the most important question for me isn’t if the instrument sounds great. It’s if it sounds even.
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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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