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Being aware of your intent

When you do something, play the bass, drive the car, play a game, converse about a challenging topic… being aware of your intent in this pursuit can mean the difference between success and failure. Failure, of course, will still teach you as long as you’re open to learn. But being aware of your intent will …
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iBass Magazine Cover

I am really honored to be on the cover of iBass magazine’s current issue, and being an online/app based magazine it’s brought up so many interesting questions and concepts about where the music business is headed. I’m loving the fact that there are so many more options in terms of interaction when it comes to …
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Playing bass

Playing bass is one of the main catalysts for my involvement in the music business, and although sometimes life seems to pull me in a dozen different directions that have very little to do with the bass, there are still plenty of moments throughout the year that make me think “yeah, this is really fun. …
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Improvisation – The journey to a goal

In the continuing pursuit of trying not to think at all while I play, my collection of practice session recordings has been growing rapidly. I rarely pick up my instrument now without hitting record on some device or another. Be it a voice recorder app on my phone in the hotel room on the road, …
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How playing simple can be most effective

When was the last time you broke your playing down, no matter what instrument you play, to the absolute basics? When you can offer support, inspiration, and interest with the very basics it opens up a world of things to you. Not only does it make it easier NOT to add anything to the basics …
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Small details can equal big changes

Last week I was fortunate enough to sit down with almost the entire staff of Aguilar in New York City and talk gear! Pickups to be specific. And although I can’t tell you much about the design, the components, or how they differ technically from what I had in the bass before (because I simply …
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Stop thinking, and continue doing

So as I mentioned in a blog last week, I was about to go to Rhode Island and take a lesson with my old professor from Berklee Hal Crook. I can’t say I get nervous for anything anymore, but this concept of officially being a student again definitely made me more aware of my playing, …
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Lessons. They tend to help the learning process

It seems like a fairly obvious concept right? Lessons. They tend to help the learning process. But I don’t think we’re aware of just how much they can help, especially later in life or once one has been doing something for a number of years. I was having this discussion with a friend the other …
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Variation in your practice routine

One of the many things I’ve been discussing with my tennis fanatic friends recently is variation in your practice routine. Now, we have been discussing it as it pertains to physical conditioning, but I feel it’s no different from how we practice music. We’ve talked about various methods that we’ve all tried like P90X, Insanity, …
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