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The Right Way to Play Bass

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We bass players are always looking for ways to make our playing interesting. But let's face it. Most of the time, what we're really doing is trying to keep ourselves interested, rather than actually making the bass part more interesting. One of the ways we do this is to funk up

Jaco Pastorius – Modern Electric Bass

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Before we begin, I'll warn you straight up - this video goes for an hour and a half. So maybe don't start it in your lunch break or watch it on mobile data! The reason I am posting this video is this: When I was getting back into bass playing after a

Need for Speed

The only speed exercise you’ll ever need About eight years ago I developed a bad case of tennis elbow thanks to my 9-5 office job. The doctor called it RSI; I affectionately dubbed it my bass playing days are over! Tennis elbow affects the tissue joining a particular forearm muscle to the

Digging in?

  You practice, you rehearse – you’ve got a nice little pair of callouses on your fingers. You rock up to your gig all smiles, and go home with two whopping blisters instead. Um, what? How did that happen? Now I can’t use the touchscreen on my smartphone! Digging In If this has ever

The Sound Out There

The following is a guest post by New York City bass player Chris Tarry. If you put me in a room, say 14 x 10, give me an amp, a bass, and few minutes alone, I can come up with a pretty good bass sound. There’s control to be found in

7 Ways To Improve Your Playing

OK . . . this is going to piss off a few bass players, but I'm just going to say it: Bass is easy to learn. Come on bass players, let's just admit it to ourselves and everyone else. The bass guitar really wasn't that difficult to figure out, was it? Unlike guitar