December 2016

On Bass

In our monthly On Bass blog, Nashville-based touring and session bassists Steve Cook and Victor Brodén alternate each month with a low-ender's perspective on the biz.

ARTICLES

On Bass: Low-End Life Hacks

November 17, 2016
Why the "right" way isn’t always the right way.
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On Bass: The Challenges of Travel

October 19, 2016
For bassists on the road, size does matter.
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On Bass: Get Over Your Tone

September 11, 2016
Step out of your comfort zone by strapping on an unfamiliar bass.
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On Bass: Supercharge Your Sonic Options

August 1, 2016
Having multiple basses to cover a wide spectrum of tones is a good thing, but then practicality sets in.
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On Bass: Spotlight on Sonny T.

June 28, 2016
When Prince wasn’t playing bass himself, he employed top-shelf bassists like Sonny T. to tackle the low end.
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On Bass: The Lowdown on Prince’s Low End

June 21, 2016
Praise for the Purple One’s mad skills on bass and a firsthand account of one of his legendary after-parties.
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On Bass: How to Impersonate a Synth Bass

May 23, 2016
Tips for conjuring synth bass sounds without bringing a keyboard to the show.
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On Bass: Can You Duet?

April 13, 2016
Playing bass in a duo often requires making adjustments to your approach, but can be a very rewarding artistic endeavor when done right.
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On Bass: Varying Techniques in a Song

March 17, 2016
How to practice staying even when bass lines get odd.
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On Bass: The Song Guys, Part 2

February 15, 2016
They might not be household names, but these four stellar bassists offer a wealth of inspiration to tap into.
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On Bass: Free Your Mind and Your Bass Will Follow

December 30, 2015
On finding inspiration—from an 11-year-old punk-rock kid with dubious technique, a rumbling motorcycle engine, and current pop-music divas.
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On Bass: The Reluctant Tapper

December 8, 2015
Victor Brodén navigates the uncharted waters of a technique he’s long avoided.
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On Bass: Deconstructing a Perfect Bass Line

November 4, 2015
Break down the mind-blowing bass-line elements from a late-’80s Bon Jovi hit.
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On Bass: Challenging the Visual Status Quo

October 5, 2015
What does the bass model you choose to play say about your playing ability?
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On Bass: Unlearn Your Bass

August 24, 2015
Step out of your tuning comfort zone and you may be pleased with the musical results.
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On Bass: Maximize Rumble, Minimize Blowback

July 23, 2015
How to create an onstage bass presence without pissing off your bandmates and FOH engineer.
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On Bass: Developing Your Solo Voice

June 16, 2015
How can you make your solos sing?
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On Bass: Prep Like a Pro

May 26, 2015
Try a form chart to help you learn a song inside and out.
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On Bass: On Compression

April 23, 2015
Don’t write off compression—embrace it and use it to your advantage.
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On Bass: Slap Bass Fundamentals

March 17, 2015
Before you go slaphappy, get a firm grip on the basics.
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