Read the September 2018 Issue

Articles by Victor Brodén

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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KHDK Abyss Review

November 27, 2017
Bi-amp technology and a secret-weapon voicing switch combine to unearth a treasure trove of bass overdrive flavors.
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On Bass: Pedal Power

November 17, 2017
Explore the potent technique of using pedal tones on electric bass.
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On Bass: More Than Four Extra Notes

October 22, 2017
A little extra on top usually means something good, so why not a little extra something on the bottom?
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On Bass: The String with the Most Bass

October 9, 2017
Is 4-string snobbery getting you down?
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On Bass: The Incredible Journey

September 13, 2017
Our columnist’s recent trip home to Sweden results in an unexpected, sentimental reunion with a bass he purchased almost three decades ago.
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On Bass: Siren Songs, Part 2

August 7, 2017
A further look into the stellar bass work behind some of the pop-country gems produced by Mutt Lange.
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On Bass: Siren Songs

July 11, 2017
You might be non-country to the core, but there’s a lot that can be gleaned from some of the bass work in modern pop-country music.
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On Bass: The Bad Drummer Predicament

June 6, 2017
There are plenty of great jokes about drummers, but it’s not so great if you’re playing with a joke of a drummer.
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On Bass: Deconstructing a Hybrid Rumble

May 19, 2017
Victor Brodén takes a close look at bassist Ethan Farmer’s right-hand approach, which blends techniques that can noticeably juice up the low end’s sonic space.
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On Bass: Woodshedding Before You Go-Go

April 6, 2017
Victor Brodén takes a crash course on the funky styling of Deon Estus in prep for a George Michael tribute show.
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