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Bad bass guitar technique? You got it in one and this unfortunately is subscribed by many as being current, young and/or hip. There are a deluge of music educational programs that – in an attempt to attract more bass guitar students – use these very same pictures in their advertisements; buyer beware!
I never got to say goodbye. Somewhat like a respected father figure or friendly military drill sergeant, the profound effect that he had on me was unparalleled. It was a year ago today that my jazz improvisation teacher – Charlie Banacos – passed away after a brutal battle with cancer. Charlie was only 63 when he died. His influence on modern music as one of the major jazz educators and improvisation experts of our time is prolific to say the least.
As bass playing continues to evolve, the more confusion there seems to be about how to develop the ability to actually getting the job done. Many principles are highly debated- theory vs. functionality; whether to play a 4, 5 or 6-string bass; fretless vs. fretted; electric vs. acoustic; vertical vs. horizontal positions; tablature vs. reading; how to develop the proper technical ability all the way to up to what kind of practice yields the best results.