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Applied Techniques With Igor Saavedra: Tips for the Modern Bass Player – Part Four

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Meet Igor Saavedra –

After many years of experience, after many mistakes, after many experiments, and finally after many conclusions, I think I have something to say regarding this matter. There’s no better master than experience itself, because when you experience something it is more likely that you’ll never forget it. So beware of this article, and don’t think because you read it you will be completely prepared for everything that might come your way because experience itself will be the only one that will really teach you.
There are tons of tips for me to give you, so this series of articles will be divided in 3 or 4 parts at least. I don’t want to give you all the tips at once because I think it will be much better for you if I give you enough time to think and to process each of them. Well, let’s go then with this fourth part.

On this last Part of the Saga that is going to be really very brief, the tips I will be sharing with you are not going to be related with the obvious aspects, like Technique, Equipment or Music Theory. On this article I’m sharing with you some thoughts that are going to be included on my Poetry Book that will be released in 2011. These thoughts are related with YOU, the “Human Being”.

Tip #1 – “I love the Electric Bass… but never forget this: “First of all you are a Person, then a Musician, and compared to that, the less important thing really is that you are a Bassist”.

Tip #2 – “Whichever experience you will have in your life that will not kill you.. is going to teach you something”.

Tip #3 – “Be Perseverant.. do not be Obstinate”.

Tip #4 – “Don’t worry so much about making a mistake in your life, because the most important action you can perform is not the one that you just did, it’s the following one… so the most important note that you can play, even if it’s a wrong note, is not the note you are actually playing, it is the following one”.

Tip #4 – “Perseverance and Talent are tools that are capable of building a house completely. The Talent makes it able for you to build a house in just one month that will last ten years, but your perseverance is capable of building a house in these same ten years that will last forever”.

Tip #5 – “I always tell my fans and followers in my Concerts and my Clinics that they have to always keep studying, and I often put myself as an example… but don’t take me wrong… what I really tell them is that my only Talent is to have been able to overcome in every moment and a thousand times my oppressive lack of Talent”.

Tip #6 – “Simplicity is the real treasure… and Complexity is just the key to its door”.

Tip #7 – “When I have one of those unlucky days in which I’m being attacked by a fanatic, dogmatic or fundamentalist position… the only thing I can think about, but not to say, is that if life would be only about music.., there would be nobody whom to dedicate a song”.

Tip #8 – “In my humble opinion… a Mistake only exists if it is sheltered by Ignorance, if that’s not the case, what you really just have is Irresponsibility and Inconsequence”.

Tip #9 – “The Error as a concept does not exist unless there is a context of successes on which to cope. Different, very different… is failure”.

Tip #10 – The greatest day in the life of a musician………. is one in which, after a long process the Neuron eventually hands over his work of years, so that the Hormone is responsible for publishing it.

This is for now my friends… I see you next month on my next article…

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Artist Update With Mark Egan, Cross Currents

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Artist Update With Mark Egan, Cross Currents

I am sure many of you are very familiar with Mark Egan as we have been following him and his music for many years now. The last time we chatted was in 2020.

Mark teamed up with drummer Shawn Pelton and guitarist Shane Theriot to produce a new album, “Cross Currents” released on March 8th, 2024. I have been listening to this album in its entirety and it is simply superb (See my review).

Now, I am excited to hear about this project from Mark himself and share this conversation with our bass community in Bass Musician Magazine.

Photo courtesy of Mark Egan

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Review: Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB

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Review: Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB

Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB…

Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB – Hearing protection has always been front and center on my mind because I love music so much, I cannot imagine my life if I were unable to hear.

You might remember back in 2021, we had a good look at the Minuendo Lossless Earplugs featuring adjustable protection. This system has a lot of very good features but there was always the question of how much sound attenuation to choose.

Now, the great folks at Minuendo have come up with a new version of their earplugs that has a set 17dB noise reduction. You still get a lot of the great features of the adjustables but you just don’t have to think about the specific sound level. In addition, this new version of earplugs comes at a very attractive price point.

For more information, visit online at Minuendo.com

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Review: The Bastard Instrument, A Cultural History of the Electric Bass by Brian F Wright 

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Review: The Bastard Instrument, A Cultural History of the Electric Bass by Brian F Wright 

I was intrigued when The Bastard Instrument showed up on my desk… let’s dig in!

When we dive into the history of our beloved instrument, the bass, we find roots that go back as far as the 15th century. This instrument was a member of the violin family and was for the longest time, an acoustic instrument. As the years passed and music changed, there was a need for the instrument to evolve and the electric bass was born.

Comparatively, the electric bass is a relatively new instrument with its earliest appearances dating back to the 1930s and it is exciting to be an electric bass player while this history unfolds around us. Fortunately for us and future generations to come, Professor Brian F. Wright has taken on the herculean task of documenting the trajectory of the electric bass with this excellent book.

The Bastard Instrument presents an extraordinary amount of fine details about the instrument itself, the development of the amplification to handle its output, the pioneers that dared play it, the rapidly evolving music that flourished because of its presence and so much more. 

When I first started reading this book, I noticed that it felt a tad academic, like a textbook (it might be one someday) or a doctoral thesis, but to present all this information accurately, this approach is more than appropriate. Another detail that might be a bit of a spoiler is that the book only gets us up to the late ’60s. I was left wanting more as we know that so much has happened in the bass world since that time frame; I hope there is another volume in the works to get us up to the present!

All in all, “The Bastard Instrument, A Cultural History of the Electric Bass” is a must-read for all of us who play electric bass and understand its essential place in music.

I found that there was a lot that I already knew but also quite a bit that I was unaware of. I believe that to know and understand where you are, you must know the history of exactly how you got here.

Highly recommended.

The Bastard Instrument is available at Amazon.com (beginning July 2024)

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This Week’s Top 10 Basses on Instagram

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Check out our top 10 favorite basses on Instagram this week…

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Interview With By the Thousands Bassist Adam Sullivan

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Interview With By the Thousands Bassist Adam Sullivan

Bassist Adam Sullivan…

Hailing from Minnesota since 2012, By the Thousands has produced some serious Technical Metal/Deathcore music. Following their recent EP “The Decent”s release, I have the great opportunity to chat with bassist Adam Sullivan.

Join me as we hear about Adam’s musical Journey, his Influences, how he gets his sound, and the band’s plans for the future

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