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06/04/2022

Deep Thinking: Using The Pentatonic Scales

The last couple of Deep Thinking columns that featured one of Jaco Pastorius’ best pieces (IMHO) have maybe made the learning ...

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02/02/2022

Deep Thinking: Weather Report’s Teen Town (Part 2)

Admittedly it's been a while now, but in the last NZM issue we tackled one of Jaco Pastorius’ compositions for Weather ...

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14/07/2021

Deep Thinking: Heavy Weather Hombre

This issue’s piece is a bit of a tough hombre. (See that, I used Spanish, not bad for a bassist!) I have transcribed one ...

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16/02/2021

Deep Thinking: Black And White Boy… On Bass

As we’ve spent the last few issues doing some tricky stuff more suited to solo bass performances, I thought that this issue’s ...

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09/10/2020

Deep Thinking: Alex And His Ragtime Bass

Hi everyone, for this lesson, I have taken the liberty of using a piece that I wrote as a study for my UK students before ...

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15/09/2020

Deep Thinking: Cross Hand Exercises

Hi everyone! Many movies have a prequel delivered after the main feature has been released, but this article is the other ...

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17/01/2020

Deep Thinking: Carol Kaye Of The Wrecking Crew

In this Deep Thinking session, we are going to look at a couple of tracks recorded by legendary US session bassist, Carol ...

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02/08/2019

Deep Thinking: Weather Report’s Birdland

For this issue, I have transcribed the opening bass part on the seminal Weather Report track Birdland from the band’s 1977 ...

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20/06/2019

The Verlaines: Dunedin Spleen

The Verlaines have been a seminal Dunedin band since 1980, creating songs that mix astute lyrics with complex, visceral music ...

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