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Ask Jeff: Musical knowledge vs musical spirit

<b>What advice do you have about taking a solo in jazz? Jamie Kruppa</b><p>The best and most direct advice that I can offer is to learn how to represent the …

Electric Guitar

Ask Jeff: Practicing different musical styles

Here are terms for popular teaching lessons to consider. Ask your- selves if music has played any part in these lessons. If not, then you will …

Lesson: Scale Patterns from Tetrachord Combinations

We normally think of scales in terms of eight-note patterns and treat them as a unit. There are the standard modal forms for both major and minor, …

Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (May 2013)

Last month seemed to be an exceptional month for bass videos… and these top 10 are the cream of the crop. Here are the top 10 most watched videos on …

Top 10 Female Bass Guitar Players

I’m going to take a break from my usual lists about politics and guns to focus on my other love: the four strings of love that is the bass guitar. …

Controlling Rhythm and Expressing it Musically

Q: This week’s column was written in part from a response to a FaceBook question I had about controlling rhythm and expressing it musically. I was …

A Drummer’s Perspective on Bass Playing

For this week’s column, I asked a good friend of mine – Seattle-based drummer Tarik Abouzied – to talk about what he looks for in a bassist, from a …

Guitar