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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.

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 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 10, 2017

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

November 10, 2017

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

September 1, 2017

The inspiration for this month’s column came to me once again via the airwaves.

September 1, 2017

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 ...

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