Articles by : john-goldsby

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November 16, 2017 - 08:51AM

Last month, my advice to you was to focus on simple things, even when learning complex music. Great bass players anchor their playing with s...

November 10, 2017 - 07:24AM

The internet is full of great advice. and horrible advice.

September 1, 2017 - 07:07AM

Jymie Merritt earned his place in The Pantheon of Jazz Greats through his work with Benny Golson, Art Blakey, and B.B. King in the ’50s and ...

July 19, 2017 - 09:15AM

Going around in circles—the phrase implies the frustration of not getting anywhere fast. But in music, circles offer magical, never-ending p...

June 28, 2017 - 01:19PM

The cycle, the circle of 5ths, the circle of 4ths—these are terms for harmonic movement through the 12 notes of our musical system. Confusio...

June 6, 2017 - 09:33AM

Do you get mixed up when you play something not written in 4/4?

May 3, 2017 - 05:33PM

The D#dim triad in bar 2 connects the chords Dm and Em.

May 3, 2017 - 05:03PM

For Scott Colley, the lines separating bass playing, composition, and improvisation are blurred. “Once a composition hits the page, that’s j...

April 7, 2017 - 09:17AM

Music continually surprises me.

March 17, 2017 - 12:15PM

Slow ain’t easy. Most bass ists first learn to groove on medium tempos. Then, after their chops improve, they tackle fast bass lines and sol...

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