FREE!!!!! Judith Owen and Leland Sklar “Ebb & Flow” Tour

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6a0115720d4e87970b01a73dad9295970dHappy May friends!

Just wanted to say happy birthday to all you May birthdays out there, I too am a Taurus, but if you haven’t heard, my favorite bearded bassist Leland Sklar announced a FREE tour with Judith Owen. I am super excited to see them in San Francisco this coming June. Attached is the news link with the tour dates: http://www.notreble.com/buzz/2014/05/07/judith-owen-and-leland-sklar-announce-free-tour/

Get out there and support a great bassist!

Stay groovy my friends,

Dodgebass

Playing until it hurts!

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play_until_your_fingers_bleed_black_tshirtFellow bassists,

When I first started playing bass, I found that I began to gather blisters on my fingers, but was hopeful that after I break my fingers in, I wouldn’t have to deal with that pain ever again. Boy was I mistaken. I will say that it usually only happens when I play for hours on end and really aggressively. I feel the pain is a good thing though, that it allows me to be more humble because I too am still learning each day, and that it gives me something else to push through.

So when you feel the burn, don’t stop! Play through it. It will not only make you a better human being but also a better bassist.

Stay groovy my friends,

Dodgebass

Scales

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20152Greetings fellow travelers,

I hope you all had a funky February!

I will discuss a little bit about scales for the bass and how having this basic knowledge can help you better your bass playing. Also here is a link I found with some of those scales for you to start practicing!

http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/m/misc_scales/major_and_minor_scales_btab.htm

First, I would say that knowing your scales will help you identify which key a song is in and actually help you pick up songs you hear on the radio by ear. A lot of jazz and blues tunes use a lot of scales and if you are jamming with your buddies you will be able to keep up with whatever they’re playing. While your guitarist is wailing away on a solo, you can keep up the rhythm with a cool jazzy groove while playing a simple scale.

You can easily groove out on a scale, add on to it while staying in key, and sound like you’re grooving your own solo as well!

Another reason to learn scales, among other bassics (pun intended), is the same reason basketball players learn how to dribble, move, and use proper defense; learning the fundamentals, or the foundation, of anything will ensure a solid growth pattern. Sure, all the fun is in shooting the ball but, if you do not know how to move and dribble, you will not be an effective player, and the same goes for playing the bass.

To be honest, I never took lessons and I just started really looking into scales and theory after playing bass for 14 years! I would say that I am a really good bassist, great at slap bass, and grooving out, but I could always be better. I truly feel that if I had learned the basics in the beginning I would be even better today.

So go out there, learn the bassics, and keep on slapping!

Stay groovy my friends,

Dodgebass

Sticking to a schedule

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One of my biggest challenges in continuing my bass playing is keeping a set practice schedule. As a dad, husband, student, employee, and band member, it tends to be difficult to find the time for solo bass improvement. So here are some tips to consider in time management that can help even the busiest bassist.

1. It’s OK to say no: It is perfectly alright to say no to your friends or family when they call you on a whim to go out. Don’t always say no, of course, because it’s always good to have a social life to decompress from everyday stresses but just know that you don’t owe them anything.

2. Are you a morning or night person?: This is particularly good to know because if you are a morning person, you are more creative in the morning and vice versa in the night. Whenever you are more creative is the best time for you to conduct your solo bass time effectively.

3. Dedicate a day or time to yourself: Sometimes this is difficult when you don’t have a steady work schedule, trust me I worked on-call too many times, but if possible make one day sacred to you and your bass. I usually pick Sunday because it is typically the day of rest and I don’t have school or work. Keep in mind that it is important to have alone time, not only for you, but for everyone around you. If you don’t get alone time it is possible that you’ll become overworked and over-stressed too often.

4. Keep a planner: By keeping a planner or calendar, this will allow you the opportunity to physically see your schedule and be more prepared to plan out your month. I learn better hands on and visually, so by seeing my schedule, it helps me remember and track my weeks.

5. Take a break from Social Media: Although social media can be entertaining and fun, it can also be very time-consuming and brain numbing. I hear it all too often of other musicians saying that they didn’t have enough time but spend most of their time Googling all over the internet of kitty pictures to Instagram it. As an Army vet I utilize the social media websites, like Facebook, to connect with old friends and they can be beneficial to you but not when it consumes you.

Hope this can assist in your bassing needs.

Stay groovy my friends,

Dodgebass

Victor Wooten 2014 Calender

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Are you looking for a last minute Christmas gift for yourself or fellow bass player?!

Check out Victor Wooten’s 2014 calender photographed and designed by Steven Parke.

The calender is only 10 dollars and measure 12″ by 12″

Here’s the link to Victor’s merch: http://vixmerch-official.myshopify.com/products/victor-wooten-2014-wall-calendar

Stay groovy my friends,

Dodgebass