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January 15, 2016

Welcome to the first installment of my new column, R&B Gold.

January 15, 2016

A bassist will certainly notice the problem inherent with Amy Winehouse’s platinum version of “There Is No Greater Love” [2003, Frank, Islan...

December 23, 2015

With the boogaloo still lingering in your ears (October ’15), let’s continue examining the funkier side of the blues.

December 23, 2015

Last month we looked at fingerings for some hard scales—Ab, G, and B major—in the half and 1st positions, according to Franz Simandl’s famou...

December 4, 2015

Last month we looked at fingerings for the f, bb, and g major scales in the half position and first position, according to Franz Simandl’s f...

November 10, 2015

One finger per fret? index, middle, and 3rd finger in the low positions? Index, middle, and 4th in the low positions? If you’re like many ba...

October 7, 2015

Your big band is warming up. the lead trumpet player picks up her horn, puts the mouthpiece to her lips, and blows through a serpentine, dia...

September 15, 2015

Once in a while, a song crosses musical boundaries and becomes a classic standard.

August 18, 2015

The story sounds like a sequel to breaking bad: a drug-laced apple; a murderous old queen trying to kill a buxom brunette; characters like D...

July 21, 2015

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

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