December 2016

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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The Right Bass for You

September 5, 2012
We’ll address the three basics for tailoring your custom needs in an off-the-rack world: tone, playing situation, and budget.
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The Space of the Bass

August 10, 2012
What is the sound you hear in your head when you think of the word “bass”?
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Aiming for Perfection

July 9, 2012
Steve Cook combats a truckload of technical difficulties at a recent outdoor festival: No signal due to a faulty DI, a funky mix from having to re-route his signal,
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What Would Duck Do?

June 8, 2012
While many of us know about the beginning and end of Duck’s incredible musical life, it’s the middle that will have bassists grooving for years to come.
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Tools of the Trade for Bassists: Eighth-Notes

May 11, 2012
I believe the single most important piece of advice is to obsess over playing eighth-notes well.
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A Lesson for Substitutes

April 6, 2012
If you have ever wondered about the process—or want to be ready for this situation—please read on.
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Getting The Best Out of Your Bass Tracks

March 9, 2012
Want to cut a great bass track in the studio? Bring your own headphones—ones you always use that provide a comfortable fit and consistent sound. Photo by Andy Ellis
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The Rock Bass Tone that Won’t Go Away

February 10, 2012
That timeless thunder is the sound of a Fender P bass played with a pick while fueling an Ampeg SVT and 8x10 speaker cabinet.
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Where's the Love?

January 10, 2012
To play bass is not second-rate, as the guitarist may imply, but rather an honor to hold such power in your hands.
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It's The Glue

December 20, 2011
But what makes this musical glue? For me, the three main elements are time, foundation, and movement.
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