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May 2014

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: Let's Go Amp Shopping

April 14, 2014
In the market for a new bass rig? Before you plunk down the coin, ask yourself a few questions.
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On Bass: Covering Your Basses

March 25, 2014
If you’re serious about playing bass for a living, it’s important to be intimately familiar with a number of different musical styles.
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On Bass: What the Funk?

February 11, 2014
Does funk come from your tone or your fingers?
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On Bass: Why Bassists Make Great Musical Directors

January 13, 2014
Does being at home between the rhythm section and the melodic instruments make bassists uniquely qualified to listen objectively?
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On Bass: A Half-Step from Greatness

December 12, 2013
From baseball to bass guitar, a half a step can make all the difference.
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On Bass: Layering the Low End

November 28, 2013
Two basses on one song? The technique is more common than you may think.
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On Bass: Be a Good Listener

October 22, 2013
Being open and respectful to music's past can be a huge advantage and even help you to be creative in the present.
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On Bass: Bringing It to the Stage

September 26, 2013
For bassists, it’s an ongoing challenge to bring the same precision to the stage that we’re used to delivering in the recording studio or during band practice.
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On Bass: The Snowball Effect

August 15, 2013
You hit a bad note. No, that one note will generally not bring down a whole gig and most people won't even notice. Yet in the heat of the moment, that note feels like a glowing neon arrow hanging over your head announcing "It was him! It was him!" What do you do?
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Don’t Get Mad, Get Even

July 25, 2013
When looking for a bass, the most important question for me isn’t if the instrument sounds great. It’s if it sounds even.
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