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  1. Plays well with others.....

    We just put the wraps on our Jazz Jam series at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Nashville last night. The band (Anthony Belfiglio-piano, Chester Thompson-drums, Todd London-percussion, and yours truly on bass) plays a couple of tunes and then we have students and other players come up and sit in. Jams can be a fun, low pressure way to meet other players in the community and be heard. In Nashville and a lot of larger cities there will be at least one Jazz or Blues Jam available each week (in New ...
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  2. Too Jazzy for Me?

    I've had this opinion cross my path on several occasions as a teacher and seen it on bass forums and in magazines:
    "Gee, I really don't want to be a Jazz Player-I want to Rock! Why do I have to learn all of this Jazz Stuff?"
    I think the answer to that is that studying Jazz-oriented Music (Blues, Fusion, Jazz, etc.) will make demands on you as a player that will allow you to grow musically and technically in ways that only playing and studying Rock will not. That's not to ...
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  3. Reading, Recording and Rock and Roll

    I had an interesting recording session last Thursday over at Beckaroo Music, the studio for Nashville Songwriter Becky Hobbs and her husband Duane Sciacqua, a fine Rock Guitarist who has worked with Don Henley, Glenn Frey and recently Nashville Country Star Rodney Atkins. Duane had advised me that there were some odd meter bars (6/8, 3/8 and 6/4) in two of the tunes and that it might take some time to get these down.
    I had Duane send me mp3s of the demos (good thing he had them!) and wrote ...
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  4. 24 Hours....

    Let me ask you something-how focused are you? If you want to get back rewards from your pursuit of Music and the Bass, you'll find that an investment of focused time will pay rich rewards for your music, your bass playing, and your career (if that's why you play the bass). Think about it this way-can you invest a day (24 hours) to be a better bassist? If you practice one hour a day 6 days a week for 4 weeks you've invested one whole day towards being the bassist you want to become.
    Practice ...
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  5. Beginning Bass: Left and Right Hand Exercises

    Here are a couple of exercises I've used to help my beginning students get more finger independence and dexterity. We'll start with the basic one and move on to the more advanced….

    The first exercise is one I picked up from my friend and fellow bass teacher Beaver Felton and put a few variations on as well. Simply put, you place your first (index finger) on the fifth fret of the E string (or B if you're playing a 5 or 6 string bass) and lay the fingers down 1-2-3-4 on the 5th, 6th ...
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