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  1. Tools of the trade-basses

    One of my favorite old cartoons is by the cartoonist Kliban. It shows an acolyte at the feet of the Buddha asking, "Tell me, oh Buddha. How much do you weigh and what is your favorite color?"
    That's sort of like the "What kind of bass/amp/strings do you use?" question. I learned this when I was sitting in with the Wooten Brothers some years back and Victor Wooten picked up my bass and played with his brothers and sounded like-Victor. Jaco was right in that it's in ...
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  2. Sacrifices large and small

    Hi all,
    As we're coming back from Memorial Day I wanted to catch you all up with what's going on in my life. As many of you know, Nashville and Nashville's Music Community were devastated by a flood on May 1. I've been playing many, many benefits and am also involved in www.lownotesfornashville.org which is a great charity to help fellow bassists who have lost gear. I can't imagine losing everything including the tools you use to earn a living.
    I've donated my time, my ...
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  3. Ch-ch-changes

    Hi all,
    In the next few months we'll be adding, modifying and renovating Thunder Row. Particularly exciting are the interviews with World Class Bassists and the Chat Room expansion. Keep watching here for updates. It's gonna be cool....
    Lane Baldwin is stepping away from his extended duties on TR to devote more time to DNA Amps (I've played them and trust me they're great!) and a great new charity organization called Low Notes for Nashville. www.lownotesfornasthville.org ...
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  4. The Rain in Spain falls mainly in.....Nashville?!?!

    I'm sure some of you have seen what we've been going through down here in Music City. Simply put, we had 13 inches of rainfall in one 24 hour period and a resulting flood that was, in the word of the Army Corps of Engineers, "a thousand year event". That means that this happens once every thousand years-lucky us, we were here when it happened.
    First the good news, my friends, family, and basses are all safe. Now the bad news, a couple of good friends lost their homes and many ...
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  5. The Crock Pot

    Learning to play the bass is more like cooking with a crock pot rather than a microwave. A lot of times you will learn information and it will have to simmer around in your subconscious for a while to show up in your playing.
    It's been said that it takes about 300 to 500 repetitions to learn something new in Ice Skating, for example. Playing something slowly and out of time (or as my friend Jeff Berlin would say regarding it) is the way to start. Rather than trying to do all the 300 repetitions ...
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