OK you?re at a gig, the rhythm section is kicking, the guitarist and vocalist are wailing, the mosh pit if full, sweat is dripping from the ceiling. Suddenly there?s this ear splitting wail that … [Read more...] about The Feedback Loop
So there are fast and/or complex tunes that we ALL want to learn to play. If you?re into rock it might be YYZ by Rush. If you?re into Jamerson it might be For Once In My Life. Or maybe it?s What Is … [Read more...] about If You Want To Play Fast You’ve Got To Learn Slow
If you asked people what factor most contributed to Mozart?s success you?d probably get this answer: he was born with a gift for music. Ask them the same question, this time about Tiger Woods and … [Read more...] about Developing Talent Takes Hard Work Over Time
In the Wachowski brothers film ?The Matrix? there?s a key scene in the first third of the movie where Keanu Reeves character is offered two pills. If he takes the blue pill nothing changes for him and … [Read more...] about So Which Pill Would You Take – The Red Pill Or The Blue one?
So who listens to the radio anymore?? We?ve got MP3 players for when we?re on the move.? We?ve got CD players in our cars ? mostly with the ability to play MP3 CDs or with an adaptor to plug our MP3 … [Read more...] about Deliberate Practice And The Radio
Stop a passerby in the street and ask them this question: Do You Know Who The Funk Brothers were?? And the majority of people you ask won?t know the answer. Yet if you ask them who Elvis was?? Or … [Read more...] about Deliberate Practice In The Development Of The Funk Brothers
You?ve heard how long it takes to be great, right?? The figure commonly bandied around is 10,000 Hours.If you break that down you can hit that 10,000 hours mark if you practice 3 hours a day, every … [Read more...] about Can You Lead A Balanced Life And Still Aspire To Be Great?
"Help me, man, I?m on the plateau!? I?ve seen that phrase ? or variations of it ? countless times in posts on TalkBass.com over the last year or so.? I?ve had emails from some of my subscribers too … [Read more...] about How To Avoid The Plateau – And How To Continually Improve In Your Bass Playing
If you?ve been reading the How-To-Play-Bass Ezine in the last few weeks you?ll have seen numerous mentions of my upcoming project ? a multimedia course called Deliberate Practice. This article will … [Read more...] about What Is Deliberate Practice?
Here's one of the reasons I added the blog section to the HTPB website - so I could get more discussion going. Here's the story, on New Years Day I got the following email from 'Jazz Bassist:' … [Read more...] about Learn Bass: learn songs not scales? What do YOU think?