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Melody where you least expect it

So when I’m eating dinner, especially when I’m far from home, hearing melody is not always the first thing on my mind. But then again, if I listen to half the things I have to say or write about melody, then it should come as no surprise to me that you can find melody where …
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Will you keep getting up?

Will you keep getting up after each fall? And more importantly do you have the confidence to risk taking the fall in the first place? This week has been filled with falls for me. Nothing tragic, nothing shocking, nothing life threatening, but falls none the less. Luckily, to this point, and not just this week …
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Don’t yell at your fans

I have to be careful not to put too many CAPITAL letters in this post as I may be momentarily accused of yelling at my fans, but that’s really not the kind of yelling I’m talking about. When I say “don’t yell at your fans”, I’m talking about a concept of involvement, of engagement, and …
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When the time is right

“when the time is right” is the answer to a question I’ve been asking myself for many years. I’ve always wanted to understand certain things about music a little better, and have often asked myself when that might happen. I’ve always been a believer of not forcing things and letting them come to me when …
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Committing to the work

I’m constantly trying to find ways that I can be committing to the work. What is the work you might ask? I think for me it’s anything that’s firing the brain on a creative and artistic plane, helping me progress and gain knowledge so I might navigate my musical landscape with a little more ease …
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What is music for?

Isn’t that a simple question? “what is music for?” it seems like it should be one of the first questions, yet I don’t think I’ve asked myself that in the 20 or more years that I’ve understood what music is, or at least trying to understand what music is. It makes be smile. A lot. …
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What do we really need?

Do you find yourself becoming distracted from your day by the things that surround you? have you suddenly looked up at the time and asked yourself where the last two hours of searching youtube got you? What do we really need to surround ourselves with to be happy and productive? I think you can apply …
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Having a mentor can be an amazing thing

Having a mentor can be an amazing thing! I’m not sure how common it is now as many years have passed since I found myself in that situation as a bass player, but having just completed a series of clinics in Europe I’ve been asked many questions this week about having a mentor and also …
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Sometimes it’s cool not to learn something

Sometimes it’s cool not to learn something? I hear you ask in shock… and that coming from me who generally likes to be learning something all the time too! It was just a thought I was having as I listened back to some concerts I’d recored over the past few years where I’m playing with …
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