Monthly Archives: April 2012

What Sets One Bass Player Apart From Another?

What is it about the players you admire or listen to the most that attracts you to them? Style? Speed? Choice of Notes? All of the preceding are possible reasons but the single most distinguishing is usually tone. Who amongst … Continue reading

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Additional Notes on Tone

Strings  The modern sound of bass guitars is largely due to John Entwistle of The Who. Entwistle went to Howe Industries asked them to make a set of bass strings that would give him the brilliance and sustain of a … Continue reading

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The Ergonomics of Bass Guitar Part 2

The right hand is nearly as important as the left. Finger Style vs. Picked Personally, I am a finger style player 99% of the time. In my current band, I use a pick on only one song and it is … Continue reading

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The Ergonomics of Bass Guitar Part 1

The Left Hand (or Fretting Hand) Many people who have taken up bass guitar tend to have played guitar first. The only real similarities between the two are frets (and maybe the word “guitar”). When a guitar player presses a … Continue reading

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Welcome to the BGIS Blog!

This is my first blog post, so here’s a little bit about my vision for the blog. I have playing music for over, well, over 40 years and teaching bass guitar and double bass for over 30.  I’ve had lots … Continue reading

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