On Bass

How to Choose the Right Gig

October 18, 2011
Opportunity cost is a way of assessing potential gigs based on the musical, rather than monetary gains you might receive from choosing among them.
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Working When You're Not Working

September 20, 2011
During your not-busy season, what are you going to work on? I suggest starting with small goals and then moving on to the more ambitious ones.
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What's on Your Wall?

August 16, 2011
I admit it—I have a strange fascination for cheap bass decorations on my wall.
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Risk...And Survival

July 19, 2011
An important consideration for lining up a variety of musical opportunities is the risk involved.
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A Quick-Start Primer to Summer Touring

June 14, 2011
Artists typically stay busiest during the summer months when the fairs, festivals, and amphitheater shows are happening all over the country.
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Taking the Backseat

May 17, 2011
Available on DVD, the documentary Bring on the Night offers a revealing look into the world of top-tier touring. Shot in 1985, the film shows a young Branford Marsalis
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New Gear Time: Before You Buy

April 19, 2011
When G.A.S. gets the best of you—or maybe you actually need a new piece of gear—how can you ensure that what you’re hunting will become a keeper? The answer: Try it out the way it will actually be used.
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On Bass: The Call

March 15, 2011
It’s the event we all dream of—the one point in our musical time line that can define a career. That magical phone call (or email or text) asking if you’re
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On Bass: Caring For Your Hands, Pt. 2

February 15, 2011
In caring for your right hand when playing bass, the foremost goal is to develop a relaxed and natural position.
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Learning From The Most Unlikely Sources

January 17, 2011
Being with others breeds new ways of thinking.
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Caring For Your Hands, Part 1

December 21, 2010
Proper fretting hand placement and care for bassists
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Amp or No Amp: The Great Debate Continues

November 16, 2010
Pros and cons of going straight through the PA
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What Kind of Bass Are You?

October 20, 2010
A bass can be deeply telling about its owner
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Your Thing, Their Thing, and the Whole Thing

September 21, 2010
Finding the thing that sets you apart
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Going Beyond the Amp

August 17, 2010
Facing the challenges of a PA head on.
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Staying Hungry

July 20, 2010
In a rut? Are you still hungry?
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Blending Bass With Acoustic Guitar

June 16, 2010
Exploring the options for accompanying an acoustic guitar on bass
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Why Can’t We Be Friends?

May 18, 2010
Why can''t guitar players and bass players exist in perfect harmony? And why each should pay attention to the other''s gear.
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Practice What You Preach

April 15, 2010
Applying the lessons of previous columns to real gig situations
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The State of Bass, 2010

March 11, 2010
Where is bass today? Steve proposes we''re on the ascent to a golden age.
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