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December 5, 2017

One of the most enduring bass riffs in R&B history is the intro and instrumental break in Archie Bell & the Drells’ monster hit, “Tighten Up...

December 5, 2017

We’re continuing our chromatic journey this month.

December 5, 2017

To eat, pay rent, and occasionally have fun, I have a full and diverse slate of musical hustles happening at any given time.

November 29, 2017

In October, we took a closer look at the perennial party anthem and certified R&B Gold classic “Mustang Sally.”

November 29, 2017

It’s the mother of all scales, the crown jewel of melodic movement, the WD-40 of logical bass lines—the chromatic scale.

November 29, 2017

After interviewing Victor Wooten for last month’s cover story, I recalled that there’s nothing quite like a long conversation with Victor to...

November 16, 2017

My inspiration for this column came once again from listening, but this time, not to music.

November 16, 2017

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 16, 2017

In the last inquirer, I Defined EQ, described its influence over a bass’s timbre, and outlined the types of EQ found on most amps and studio...

November 10, 2017

My inspiration this month came while listening to some old R&B tracks with my wife playing DJ.

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