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How Far Do The “Basics” Go?

I took a somewhat unusual path to bass. I started as a guitarist at a very early age – 51/2! I spent a few years with a cello in elementary school. In high school, the jazz band director asked me … Continue reading

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Time To Get Started Again – Bass Lessons for Back to School!

It’s time to get started with bass lessons. Whether you’re returning from a summer break or just getting started, now’s the time. For in-school students, get a head start on the upcoming year with band, orchestra or jazz band. For … Continue reading

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An Experiment – 2

I been using these copper-infused compression gloves now since May 29th. I’ve also done some  reading and research but there is little to be found. I found some comments from from former users and current users. My first response is … Continue reading

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An Experiment

I’m not one who looks at every alternative “medical” thing that comes along, at least now (I did when I was much younger). But in the last 7-8 years I have been having some pain when playing bass. It used … Continue reading

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Why Summer is a Great Time for Lessons

There are quite a few reasons for taking lessons in the summer, none the least of which is the fact that the weather is better. Having taught students with a wide variety of ages for a few decades now, it … Continue reading

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The Plateau – What Do I Now?

It happens to all of us – not just bass players but all musicians – when we feel stuck, stilted, stymied, etc., and just can’t seem to get beyond the point where we are now. Sometimes you lay down the … Continue reading

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Video of the Week: Sunshine of Your Love with Jack Bruce, Peter Frampton, and Ringo Starr

Jack Bruce at his finest. No can top his ability to accompany with incredible counter melody in a simple form. Go for us old guys! Thanks to Seth DeepEnd for this. Video of the Week: Sunshine of Your Love with … Continue reading

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New Series – Underated Bass Players – Part One – Colin Hodgkinson

This is part one of a new series on underrated bass players. First up is Colin Hodgkinson, best known for the innovative blues, rock and jazz group Backdoor. While players like Jaco were still in high school, Colin Hodgkinson was … Continue reading

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Following Up on the Post about Bass Guitar Teachers

This is a survey to follow up on my last post about why you should have a teacher to help you learn bass guitar. Thanks for participating. (Question 1) Do you think a teacher is necessary to learn bass guitar? … Continue reading

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Why Should You Study Bass Guitar With A Teacher?

I’ve considered writing about subject for quite a while. My own background has something to do with it. I started guitar right after Christmas at age 5 ½. My first teacher always appeared to be an ordinary sort of “backwoods … Continue reading

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