Patrick Pfeiffer, whom we interviewed back in June of '06, is offering two bass clinics designed to improve your groove.
The Philadelphia clinic is a two-hour free event at Bass Specialties (2846 Street Rd, Bensalem, PA. 215.244.4079 for details) on February 24th, 2007.
The clinic in New York City is an all-day for pay affair (10:00 AM to 7:00 PM) on March 24th, 2007 at AM Studios, 251 W. 30th Street - 4th Floor (between 7th & 8th Avenue). Tuition is $395/person.
Here's the PDF flyer with all the details. If you're fortunate enough to attend either event, please chime in on the forums and let us know about it.
Taking the bass into territory that used to be reserved for guitarists and other treble instruments is admirable, but you have to have a strategy if the results are to be anything other than monotony and pain for your audience.
Issues I had learning the floating thumb technique
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Joseph Patrick Moore
Decade 1996-2005 is a compilation of mostly instrumental jazz fusion from bassist Joseph Patrick Moore. It draws tracks from his previous five solo discs: Never Never Land (1996), Soul Cloud (2000), Alone Together (2002), Drumb and Bass Society, Vol. 1 (2004), and Live in '05 (2005). It is a good single-disc introduction to Joseph Patrick Moore's work.
Joseph Patrick Moore
How to use the "Floating Thumb" by Todd Johnson. Thank you Todd.
I want to talk briefly about bass guitar setup. Many of us think we have a handle on setup issues, I know I did, but this isn't always the case. Let me tell you what happened to me and how it has affected my playing then judge for yourself how important proper setup is.
Like everyone else I have to really think about muting because it's really kind of automatic. To better understand what I do when muting I have tried to list every muting technique I use and why, along with any warnings I can think of for each.