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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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Take Control, Make it Happen

November 15, 2011
I hit a wall last year. Not literally, but musically. My tone and my touring basses were just not doing it for me anymore.
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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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