John Dymond Interview (Part 1)

John Dymond has collaborated with a who’s who of Canadian music.  If you’ve listened to artists like Bruce Cockburn, k.d. lang, Colin Linden and Blackie and the Rodeo Kings you’ve heard John.

I’m always interested in what makes bass players tick.  My questions come from my own curiosity as well as a bit of my own insecurities.   I asked John if he would be interested in participating in an interview.  Thankfully he agreed.   You’ll find some great insights and advice for life as a bass player who splits his time between Toronto and Nashville and points in-between while on the road.   John has been very generous with his time in answering my questions.  So much so that I’ll split the interview into three parts.

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Level 42/Mark King :: Seven Years :: First 8 Bars

One of my students mentioned that he was working on the Level 42 tune Seven Years so I listened to the tune and transcribed the bass line.  Mark King was one of my bass heroes after my early Paul Simonon/The Clash period had passed, although I still love The Clash.  Mark was doing things on a bass I had never heard before like really funky finger style bass lines and busy slapping and popping.  Later on I would learn that he was inspired by bass players like Larry Graham, Stanley Clarke and Marcus Miller.  Not only does he play syncopated bass lines but he sings over them as well!   Continue reading

Bass Books

I have a bit of an obsessive compulsive habit for buying music books.  I have shelves full of books for bass technique, theory as well as a seemingly endless number of Fakebooks from as far back as my Humber College days in the late 80s.  So many of the books have hardly been used but I’ll get to them somewhere along the way.  I thought I’d show you some of the books I recommend and use for teaching. Continue reading