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The A.V. Club

Hey Willis, I was wondering if you always play what you hear because it’s realiy difficult when you have to play like a fast standard like Moment’s Notice or something. The Chords change so fast it’s difficult to maintain your cool and to play what you hear when it changes all the time. Do...

Flattery Sandwich

Hey Willis, Love your sound, man! I just wish I had your chops. Hey, looks like you use D’Addario strings. What type and gauge do you use? Thanks so much, -Dennis- PS: New web site is pretty cool! Normally in the bass-education community, when the semi-generic/quasi-boring question “what gauge...

TuBe or not TuBe?

Hey Willis, I’m looking for a good direct box for recording projects (bass).  I know that you use, or use to use, the Retrospec Juicebox.  Before that I think you were using the Eden Navigator for a while.  Both of them use a tube.  Do feel this is of particular importance for you?  What do you...

What About Five?

Hey Willis, I play a Fender four-string fretless jazz bass and like you I love the expressive possibilities and nuances I can obtain. What about the five-string bass? Does the low B string solve a particular problem: e.g. playing in D, or being able to reach down for the fifth while in G? Do you have to mute...

Make A Difference

G’day  Willis, I am enjoying your website heaps, thanks for sharing your wisdom. My question is about right hand speed. My current understanding is the faster you want to play, the lighter you have to play. Is it as simple as that? What are your thoughts? Thanks, Wayne Hey Wayne, You could say...

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