Note: The following article originally appeared in the Bass Sessions webzine.
It doesn’t matter if you plan to make a career out of music, or if you intend to play music as a hobby. Sooner or later, you’re probably going to have to audition for a band. Even Jason Newsted had to audition for Metallica before he rose to fame. Continue reading
Throughout my career of more than 35 years, the subject of whether to play covers or not has come along more times than I’ve tuned my bass, or so it seems. There seem to be two camps of extreme opinions bookending the middle ground in which most players camp. One extreme opinion is that anyone who plays covers isn’t a “real” musician, is a sell-out. And it’s to this camp I’d like to offer some thoughts. Continue reading
Teaching your fingers to properly fret each note leads to greater cleanliness and accuracy.
Many of my students, whether beginners or advanced, have had one problem in common: proper fretting hand position. In this lesson, I will address the most common problem, which is where the finger meets the fret.
The next time you pick up your bass, take a look at where your fingers meet the neck. Watch other bassists when they play. Many players place their finger in the middle of the fret, and this can lead to serious problems if not corrected. Continue reading