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Michael Gelfand

Michael Gelfand

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Michael Gelfand is a bass player and former senior editor at Musician magazine who has written extensively about music and musical equipment for many mainstream publications and websites. He lives in a log cabin on the wooded outskirts of New York City with his wife, twin sons and a disobedient Siberian husky, where he spends a lot of time rationalizing why any sane person needs 12 basses and a 2,000-watt 2 x 15 bass rig in a 90 square foot work space.

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You have to learn to crawl before you can walk (or run). That old saying applies perfectly to learning how to play bass. Looking back, I can see how the choices I made as a beginner — and those

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No matter how great your bass may be, it’s only a slab of wood if it doesn’t have strings. Throw strings on it, though, and it suddenly springs to life. The vibrations your hands create when they touch those strings

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Basses should be played, not objectified. The features, technical specifications and other aspects that make a bass special are important, but how a bass makes you feel when you play it matters so much more. For me, the main

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Music historians may disagree about whether the electric bass was first invented in the early 1920s, the early 1950s or somewhere in-between. But there’s no question that the technological catalyst required to make the concept a reality — a

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If you’re anything like me, your heart skips a beat whenever you hear about a new bass. Truth be told, some manufacturers get inordinately worked up over vanilla variations of the same old theme. But there are times when

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