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On Bass

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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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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