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Articles by Victor Brodén

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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On Bass: Humanity, Schmutz, and Intentional Imperfection

March 20, 2017
Your bass tracks have been edited to perfection, but is any life left in them?
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On Bass: Stick to Your Resolutions

February 14, 2017
Why holding yourself to a higher standard is a musical responsibility.
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On Bass: It’s All in the Approach

January 17, 2017
Overplaying bassists aren’t typically held in high regard, but there are ways to let your creativity shine through while still maintaining a solid foundation.
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On Bass: Tips for TV Gigs

December 15, 2016
Keeping your playing, gear, and footprint tight is the best strategy for live-recorded broadcast performances.
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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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