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25/10/2018

Deep Thinking: Sidney Carton’s Steps

This Deep Thinking piece is a solo bass tune with a nod in the direction of Charles Dickens (a ‘nod’ being the important ...

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07/09/2018

Deep Thinking: Sidney Carton’s Steps

This Deep Thinking piece is a solo bass tune with a nod in the direction of Charles Dickens (a ‘nod’ being the important ...

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09/05/2018

Deep Thinking: Addicted To Chic

As mentioned in previous Deep Thinking columns, I have always admired the bass playing of the late Bernard Edwards (1952–1996), ...

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20/03/2018

Deep Thinking: Sting Plays Bass

I’ve always been an admirer of Sting ’s songwriting and singing (especially while playing some very tricky bass lines). ...

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09/02/2018

Deep Thinking: Fretting Over Picking Technique

What more could a bassist ask for than something to play while sitting in the sun waiting for the onslaught of New Year’s ...

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25/10/2017

Deep Thinking: Jaco Pastorius

Back in February, I had an accident that every musician dreads – I cut the tendon and nerves that control my left index ...

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03/05/2017

Deep Thinking: Polymetric Basslines

In this issue we are going to look at polymetric basslines and drum patterns that have been recorded by two bands described ...

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15/03/2017

Deep Thinking: The Age Of Aquarius

In this issue I am looking at a tune from a musical I saw when I was 15 years old. It was one of the reasons I became a professional ...

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21/12/2016

Deep Thinking: Some 12/8 Xmas Trickiness With The Verlaines!

As it’s the Christmas period, I thought I would do some shameless marketing. There is a new album, ‘Dunedin Spleen’ ...

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