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July 21, 2015

The music of Jimmie Rodgers, a.k.a. “the singing brakeman,” fits right into our discussion of unusual blues forms.

July 21, 2015

You know it all—you just don’t know what to do with the information.

June 18, 2015

Since we’ve been looking at blues forms other than the ubiquitous 12-bar blues, examining the music of John Lee Hooker is a must.

June 18, 2015

“It’s A C7b9 chord, and you’re playing an Effin’d natural!” the piano player is giving you the ray, which means you’re either about to get f...

May 7, 2015

Last month, we checked out a pair of eight-bar forms that pop up Frequently in the blues idiom under the titles “trouble in mind” and “key t...

May 7, 2015

Sassy sings the clever gershwin lyric, “what a kick, how i buzz.

April 15, 2015

This column has examined a wide cross-section of blues styles and players over the past four years, with the one constant element being the ...

April 15, 2015

Many bassists play “any ol’ go-to-hell note,” as New Orleans legend Pops Foster famously said.

April 14, 2015

Roy Vogt Walks You Through Bass Player's Transcription On How To Play "Mountain Lion" By Future User

March 18, 2015

So much of what we bass players love about popular music is our instrument’s unique ability to shape a song’s mood and character.

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