April 2019
Victor Brodén

Victor Brodén

Nashville bassist and producer Victor Brodén is the host of The Lowdown Society Podcast. Victor has toured and recorded with more than 30 major-label artists, including LeAnn Rimes, Richard Marx, Casting Crowns, and Randy Houser. His credits also include Grammy-winning albums and numerous television specials and network talk-show performances. You can reach him at vbroden@yahoo.com

ARTICLES

On Bass: Low-End Introductions

March 27, 2019
Bassists don’t often handle song intros, but there have been some very memorable ones in rock history.
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Aguilar Tone Hammer 700 Review

March 20, 2019
This svelte class-D powerhouse churns out 700 watts, yet keeps it light and tight at less than five pounds.
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On Bass: Chasing the “Why”

February 24, 2019
Do yourself a favor and reconnect with the reason you started playing bass in the first place.
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On Bass: Managing Less-Than-Magical Bandmates

January 20, 2019
Once in a while, you have to ask a bandmate to back down, turn down, or something else they probably don’t want to do.
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On Bass: Low-End Life Hacks, Part 3

December 26, 2018
Exploring more tips, tweaks, and work-arounds to make your low-end life even more enjoyable.
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Sadowsky MetroExpress Review

December 11, 2018
A premium brand unveils a new model with an accessible price of entry.
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On Bass: Handmade Tone

December 3, 2018
Most of us understand that much of our tone comes from our hands, but exactly how much is open to debate.
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Acoustic B100C Review

November 16, 2018
Best known in the ’70s for their big bass stacks on big stages, Acoustic shows they can play small ball, too.
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On Bass: Mail-Order Low End

October 24, 2018
Traditional recording studios continue to close, but music is still getting written and parts are still being tracked. It’s the same, yet different.
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On Bass: Metronome Manipulations

October 1, 2018
Diving deeper into metronome work to develop a low-end groove you can be proud of.
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OnkartGromt FunkyFellow Review

September 9, 2018
An envelope filter for bassists that demonstrates Norwegian farmers can be quite funky.
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On Bass: Improve Your Groove

August 20, 2018
If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime of ignoring your metronome.
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On Bass: Easily Avoidable Bass Pitfalls, Part 2

July 23, 2018
Give your strings some thought, fine tune your action, and don’t forget to breathe.
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On Bass: Easily Avoidable Bass Pitfalls

July 9, 2018
By thinking in terms of quantity over quality, many are led to regard the bass as an “easy” instrument, but there’s a lot more to it than that.
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On Bass: Island Bass

June 20, 2018
Examining the bass lines from classic reggae tunes to help grasp the genre’s spirit of simplicity, feel, and groove.
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On Bass: Entering the Reggae Trance

May 7, 2018
Stirring up your skill set with some reggae technique will do plenty more than simply allow you to play the genre.
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On Bass: Deconstructing a Perfect Bass Line: “The Image”

April 3, 2018
Victor Brodén extols the virtues of bassist Randy Jackson’s “pick” and ghost-note techniques, and explains how copping Jackson’s approach can serve a player well.
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On Bass: Leaving Well Enough Alone

February 27, 2018
The next time you’re out shopping for a new bass, remember that not getting precisely what you paid for can be a good thing.
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On Bass: Low-End Life Hacks, Part 2

January 31, 2018
Even good habits can be hard to break, but if you occasionally try, you might discover a better bass modus operandi.
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On Bass: The Lowdown Society

December 17, 2017
Our columnist shares tips and tools he’s culled from his podcast, direct from bassists handling the low-end duties on some of the world’s biggest tours.
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