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“That Which Does Not Kill You”. . : Recent Adventures In Jazz Bass Playing

I have written about my returning to playing bass after a prolonged period of playing the Chapman Stick Guitar. One of my immediate challenges in actually find people to play with. I hate going to jam sessions. You wait for

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“He is poetry, he is innocence, he is energy, he is Flea!” – Flea at the Pathway to Paris, 09/14/2018

With that great introduction from none other than Patti Smith, the bassist extraordinaire Flea (born Michael Peter Balzary) proceeds to give a short but beautiful solo set playing bass and trumpet. The performance is loosely divided into three sections with

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Posted in Bass, Classic Rock, Music Appreciation and Analysis

“My Bass Space” . . . : The Fender Precision Bass

For the last several years I have been focusing my musical energies on mastering the Chapman Stick, an endeavor that I have written about previously. Recently I decided to take a break from that instrument and return to my primary

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Posted in Bass, Equipment

“Bass Is The Place” . . . . : Reverb Bass Tricks Videos

Reverb?? On a bass?!! No, I’m not talking about using reverb on a bass (reverb, the audio effect that makes the instrument sound like it was played in a bigger space, is generally considered not be good for bass as

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“Walk This Way” . . . : Cool Walking Bass Videos From Reverb

When you ask someone to imagine a  jazz tune in their head, I bet that the imaginary tune has a walking bass line. It’s that steady, pulse keeping, melodic thump that will make you tap your feet, nod your head

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Posted in Bass, Jazz, Music Appreciation and Analysis, Music Theory

“Somebody To Love” . . . : Bassist Extraordinaire Jack Casady

It came to my attention that Jack Casady, bassist for Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, turned 72 earlier this month. Lately, with everyday bringing news of the death of another musican I grew up listening to and learning from, I

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“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” : The Genius of James Jamerson

Many, many years ago, I was at a party when my friend Craig began chatting up this girl. Whether he was being my wing man or just trying to make conversation with her (for his own nefarious purposes no doubt),

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