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The Innkeeper’s Gun

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“If you want to hear some warm, exciting bass playing, dig John Goldsby.” Marc Myers, JazzWax.com. “. . . gleefully evokes those old dim clubs of the Mad Men years, when respectable folks were still wary of that whole jazz thing.” Louisville Metromix Magazine “A grand album, The Innkeeper’s Gun caters to the ECM way of jazz with a […]

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Jazz Bowing Techniques for the Improvising Bassist

Jazz Bowing Techniques for the Improvising Bassist

For bassists who want to improve their jazz bowing. Learn from the masters: Paul Chambers, Jimmie Blanton, Eddie Gomez, Slam Stewart and more. Techniques and practice methods to help you swing with the bow. Newly Revised! Includes added material and CD with exercises, play-along tunes and demos. by John Goldsby. A complete approach to improvising […]

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Questions about scales & modes — March ’14 Bass Player Mag

SmilinSteve wrote to me after reading my Woodshed column in the March issue of Bass Player Magazine with a question about my use of the chord symbol Esus7b9. Chime in if you have thoughts about this. SmilinSteve writes: Phrygian Is Minor! I noticed that youve listed the Phrygian mode on pg 54 of Bass Payer […]

Questions, Answers, and more stuff you might not need to know.

I receive quite a few questions from bass players, fans, and “others” from around the globe. Here is a sampling of a some recent inquiries. Am I too old to learn the bass? How Do I Hold My Bow? Gig Inquiry Fail What The Sus? 1. From Vincent the bass player Question: Hi John, Just wanted to […]

But Is It Music?

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Chord/Scale Theory Practicing scales is great for your musicianship, but it’s not music! I recently got an email from Hector in Florida asking for my thoughts on chord/scale theory and whether it’s okay to play notes outside the generally accepted chord/scale sounds. Hector boiled several far-reaching questions down to this one, simple question: “Is it […]

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