Author Archives: Joe Hubbard
Discover how 1000’s of folks have improved their muscianship skills through
understanding how to reach their personal best by challenging their current skill levels. Joe Hubbard’s Play-Along Bundle for Bass Players and Drummers will give you that challenge and predictably enable you to grow beyond your current set of musical skills. Click on the media player below and check out a sample of the first track of this series, Alien Nation, featuring Joe Hubbard (bass), George Whitty (keyboards) and Tom Brechtlein (Drums).
I’m super stoked to announce that we’ve finished mixing for the first single from my new CD called Alien Nation and we are nearly good to go!. I’ve been working on this project for the past few months with the formidable keyboardist George Whitty (Michael Brecker, Santana, Dave Sanborn, Brecker Bros.) and the legendary drummer Tom Brechtlein (Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Robin Ford, Al DiMeola) and I will be releasing it on Monday June 13th.
You can never take back time- once it’s gone, it’s gone forever!
Time mismanagement is the number one stumbling block that will hold you back from accomplishing your goals. Quality time is the single most common element that people lack when attempting to make their practice routine more consistent. You can never take back time- once it’s gone, it’s gone forever. Yet, over the years I have witnessed first-hand how people with good intentions in regard to improving their musicianship will allow these blood thirsty Time Vampires to suck the time and energy right out of their ongoing practice routines.
A common question I get is: “Do you have any tips for practicing with recorded music?”
Your evolution as a player directly reflects what you practice, what you listen to and who you play with. With that in mind, one of the best ways to improve as a bass player and understand a related style of music is to study, listen and play along with recorded music. A common problem exists if all you do is aimlessly jam along without pinpointing the specifics of the music that you are attempting to learn. So, with that in mind, the first tip is to always learn what you want to practice specifically with before you actually start practicing with recorded music.
In order to develop the understanding of the evolutionary process of jazz, you need to understand the music that has come before. Many young players are deluded by trying to develop what they deem as their ‘own style’ without first spending many years studying the great bass players from the past and thus, learning to pay their dues. Learning how to play the bass is an evolutionary process that you must be aware of in order to improve your skills.