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"Hi Posido … just wanted to let you know I stumbled on your bass lesson site yesterday and felt like I had hit pay dirt! There is such a wealth of free material, and your explanations are some of the clearest and most concise I’ve seen. Bravo for making the best of your forced time off (I too have been there, having to stop playing due to body issues.) Thank you, and good luck on the journey!"
"I had been looking for something like that to kick my training wheels off and to start improvising. Thanks very much."
"Love your work man. I really appreciate your unique teaching style on Mutant Bass; its fresh, fun and funky. I picked up the bass guitar a few years ago and its just been a joy to grow with musically. Your teachings on Mutant Bass is by far one of the most inspirational sources of information I’ve come across and it has given me new perspectives on how I play the bass. I’ve always believed in the importance of developing a sound musical concept before anything else, so that you can have a core from which you can experiment with new ideas that can help you with songwriting and music composition. I think by gaining a clear understanding of a certain concept, you’ve instilled in yourself something that you can grow from. Your articles have explained new concepts to me in a matter of minutes; and thats really exciting. I’d be honoured to take a few lessons from you in person one day. Much respect, keep up the good work."
"Thanks for the hope that I might feel comfortable one day to actually take a solo and be a better all around bassist."
"I wanted to tell you, I was checking out your website chapter about playing melodies with dynamic direction, or such, and then I practiced an improvised solo with my drum machine and some chords underneath and it was amazing! I feel like the simple concept you stated, when I really took the time to understand it and apply it, just helped me get to a whole new level. That was exactly the problem I was having for years: playing random crap with no real concept or direction, mostly due to being nervous and feeling scared of empty space when everyone drops out. I’ve been trying to play simpler, shorter phrases lately and it’s made all the difference, but your idea of moving towards certain points in the phrases really helped it all come together, and the idea of building from low to high, and even back down again to end, was paramount in making the solo develop properly. Again, it’s not like I’ve never heard of melodic development, of course, but you put it in a way where I saw it in a new light and really was able to grasp the nature of the concept."
"…I’m working a lot around the chords passing tones and improvising unusual melodies over usual chords… your site gave me alot of inspirations! Take care!"
"Thank you so much for taking the time to write the article on carpal tunnel. I’ve been playing bass for 30 years and apply the anchored thumb technique and was experiencing a tingling in my right hand for a couple of months. Unfortunately I didn’t attribute it my playing and bang I got it…carpal tunnel…it almost brought a tear thinking I couldn’t play the bass anymore… but I am applying the shotgun method…. and floating thumb technique… Without going to much in depth I really want to say thanks and I hope you reach out to other bass players…and by the way your web site is great!"
"Hi Posido, Hope you’re well and are enjoying the holiday season. I recently decided to bite the proverbial bullet, and incorporate your floating thumb technique for my right hand. I played classical piano for years, and one of the things you learn playing the piano is that if you can relax your thumbs, the rest of your hand will follow suit and relax too. Apparently, this is one of the universal principles of technique! It still feels a little weird, especially when it comes to string crossing and raking – and I must admit that I do prefer the tone I was getting prior to switching to floating thumb. However, my overall speed and endurance nearly doubled, practically overnight…and it only requires about half as much energy to play this way. Plus, my wrist never gets sore or cramped anymore. I’ve had hand problems in the past too, and would definitely like to avoid any more of the same in the future! So I’m just gonna persevere and see where this new right hand approach leads me. Hopefully, my tone and control will improve with time. Wish me luck!…"
"I found your site through the video you have on youtube about the floating thumb technique. I’m really impressed by the info on your site. Some of it is new to me, and some I’ve seen before, but it’s very well presented and laid out. I’ve learned a lot! Keep up the great work! Thanks!"
"I just began looking at your articles, man do I recognize the concepts! After getting my music degree and joining the real world, I re-educated myself very much along the lines you speak of. Very impressive!"
"Awesome tips for playing bass!… Thanks for sharing your knowledge! Cheers from New York…"