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June 8, 2016

This month I’m going to talk about a thumb technique that isn’t quite as pronounced as slapping, but also not as subdued as playing palm-mut...

February 19, 2016

Welcome to Part 2 of exploring different fretting-hand techniques.

December 23, 2015

Greetings BP readers! I’m excited to be writing this column about unorthodox techniques that I use and how I like to apply them.

October 7, 2015

The area where jazz, blues, R&B, and latin music intersect is a fertile quarter I call the “Boogaloo Zone.”

September 15, 2015

Here is another classic tune from the Freddie King songbook, recorded in 1964 in Dallas, Texas for the Federal label.

August 18, 2015

As bass players, our instrument has a huge influence on the mood of the music being played.

August 18, 2015

One drag about getting older is watching your heroes die off one at a time.

July 21, 2015

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

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.

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...

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