Category Archives: Joe Hubbard Bass

10 Things That All Bass Players Should Know About Jaco

1)  Jaco was hired by Joe Zawinul of Weather Report to play bass on the award winning jazz record Heavy Weather as a session bassist.  Jaco ended up contributing as a composer with two of the most iconic tunes in jazz fusion history- Teen Town and Havona.

2)  Jaco’s musical personality connected in such a deep way with Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter that he ended up getting credited as co-producer for Heavy Weather and Mr. Gone.

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Majoring In Banacos!

I recently discovered an interesting piece of information related to my teacher Charlie Banacos that I felt compelled to share with you.  It has to do with lineage!  In regard to music education, lineage is what maps out the “line of descendants” of a particular teacher.  This is important because it outlines how the art and science of music has been handed down and preserved from teacher to student throughout the ages. 

Charlie Banacos

Charlie Banacos

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The Joe Hubbard Event!

Joe Hubbard Event

If you are in the London/Surrey area, please come down and check out my new band featuring virtuoso instrumentalist Mornington Lockett on sax, Tony Smith (guitarist w/ Roy Ayers) and the legendary Frankie Tontoh on drums.

This will be a full on, balls-to-the-wall jazz fusion gig that is not to be missed!  Energy and vibe guaranteed!

Thursday Feb 28th at The Tickled Ivory in Guildford, Surrey from 2130-2330.  FREE ENRTY!

Thanks for your support!



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Finger Dexterity Exercises for Bass Guitar

Dexterity Exercises for Bass Guitar

Spider exercises, chops building exercises, left & right hand gymnastics, tablature, finger combination drills, technique builders, rubber band assisted finger exercises and grip strengthening exercises all belong in one place- the TRASH!  That’s right- anything you practice that does not include musical content and/or context which isn’t engaging the mind as you practice is useless and will not improve your bass guitar playing skills one iota.  Oh, I can already hear some of you saying, “What about all of those warm up exercises that I practice?”  Let’s first discuss the problem before I prescribe the solution.

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The 10,000 Hour Rule

For almost a generation, psychologists around the world have been engaged in a spirited debate over a question that most people would consider to have been settled years ago.  The question is this: is there such a thing as natural born talent?  Most people would answer yes, but the problem with this view is that the closer psychologists look at the careers of the gifted, the smaller the role innate talent seems to play and the bigger the role preparation begins to reveal itself.

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