This is a guest post from bassist and Smart Bass reader Jeff McWilliams I had a friend in high school who was a pretty good guitarist. Not a great lead, but a really solid rhythm guitarist who had a fairly large repertoire of songs that he could belt out pretty well. Good enough for me to grab a 12 pack and listen to music being made right up in my face. He had a … [Read more...] about Re-Learning Bass Guitar After a 25-Year Hiatus: It’s Not Like Riding a Bike
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Column: Why Do YOU Want to Learn Bass?
A while back, I came across this fantastic video on Digg. The video stars Kevin Gisi, a programmer and developer with more than 20 years of computer programming experience and technical knowledge under his belt. The video tackles the question: how do I get started coding? It's a question that people looking to get more involved with coding, computers, app development, web … [Read more...] about Column: Why Do YOU Want to Learn Bass?
Bass Essentials Series Pt. 3: Bass Guitar Notes, Fretboard Radius and Neck Profile
Welcome to Part 3 of the Bass Essentials Series. Here's we're going to look at the bass guitar fret board, the bass guitar notes and some tips to help you learn the notes along the fret board faster. If you missed Part 2 and Part 1, check them out to get yourself up to speed! When it comes to learning bass guitar, knowing the notes on the bass guitar is an unmissable … [Read more...] about Bass Essentials Series Pt. 3: Bass Guitar Notes, Fretboard Radius and Neck Profile
The Intersection of Martial Arts, Music and Personal Growth
I've been involved in the martial arts a little longer than I've been playing bass. At the time, I was brand new to each one of these areas and was still learning them on an "It's-Right-Or-It's-Not" mindset. I was still very much locked into the "rules" of each and playing by those rules. As I became more familiar with both bass and martial arts, I realized that with time, … [Read more...] about The Intersection of Martial Arts, Music and Personal Growth
How to Develop Strong, Lasting Practice Habits
For all of us, a strong practicing routine or practice habit can be the most difficult aspect of playing the instrument. Often times, our personal lives have become so jammed with so many activities including, but not at all limited to, family, friends and of course, work and out employment commitments. Odds are, there is a tough life/fun balance always tugging away at you … [Read more...] about How to Develop Strong, Lasting Practice Habits