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On Bass

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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Build Your Groove with a Drum Machine

February 11, 2010
Using a drum machine can be great for practicing and offer more than a metronome can provide
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Get To Know Your Bass Amp, Part 2

January 14, 2010
More steps to become acquainted with your bass amp: improving your cables, balancing your levels, and backing off the EQ.
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Situational Awareness: Does it Work Onstage?

December 17, 2009
What is situational awareness, and how can you use it to help a gig go smoother?
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To Buy, or Not to Buy… That is the Question!

November 18, 2009
Reasons why to buy a new bass, and reasons NOT to buy a new bass. Where do you fit in?
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