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  • John Patitucci master class announced

    Aguilar Amplification’s master class series continues on January 10, 2009, with John Patitucci. The event is free to the public at Aguilar’s showroom in New York City and will include a tour of the Aguilar factory. Space is limited. RSVP to info@aguilaramp.com by January 9th, 2009. Event details: John Patitucci Clinic and Aguilar Factory Tour... »

  • Michael Manring 2009 Tour Updates

    Michael Manring is kicking off 2009 with a busy schedule. On January 10th, Manring is leading a clinic at Bass Club Chicago. The show is open to everyone, but seating limited to 40 attendees. Call (312) 666-3521 to purchase advance tickets. More shows Fri. Jan. 9 at 8pm Accompanying up singer-songwriters John Gorka and Susan... »

  • Flea joins The Faces reunion tour

    It looks like the Faces reunion is really going to happen, with Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea holding down the low end. In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Ronnie Wood said “We had a few fantastic rehearsals last week and we’re ready to go. It’s like no time has passed by. There’s a lot... »

  • Phil Harwood replaces Derek Cloonan in Ramming Speed

    Canadian thrashers Ramming Speed say they have lost their bass player Derek Cloonan to a bad haircut. Phil Harwood (Bones Brigade, Coctopus) is filling in for now, but they are looking for a permanent replacement with “long hair and (the ability) to play the set set after drinking 6 or 7 beers.” Ramming Speed will... »

  • Daniel Fernandez leaves Dark Moor

    Spanish Bassist Daniel Fern├índez has left the power metal band Dark Moor, according to an announcement on the band’s blog. “In the last few months,” he says “my head was not with Dark Moor and this situation could have been damaging for the band.” He will be devoting all of his attention to InnTrance, which... »

  • B.C. Rich offers 2009 sneak preview

    As B.C. Rich Guitars celebrates their 40th anniversary, they’ll be hosting a private online preview of their new 2009 models. The preview will be available to registered members of the B.C. Rich web site, before the 2009 NAMM Show. To gain access, sign up at www.bcrich.com by January 10th at midnight (eastern standard time). The... »

  • Aguilar Introduces White Hot DB Series Bass Cabinets

    Aguilar Amplification has expanded their DB series bass cabinets to include a new color, White Hot, debuting at the upcoming NAMM show in Anaheim, California. The new cabinets also feature a contrasting burgundy and black grill cloth, silver piping and the famous silver and black Aguilar logo. White Hot joins four other colors in the... »

  • GrooveTech Multi-Tool

    CruzTOOLS has introduced the GrooveTech Multi-Tool, a new tech tool for bass and guitar. The GrooveTech provides all the tools needed to handle basic work on most makes and models, including bridges and truss rods. The tool includes: Seven hex wrenches, both metric and inch-based, with ball-end tips on three truss rod sizes since direct... »

  • The Buzz for 12/24/08

    Researchers have determined that music is healing, literally. In a Maryland study, just a half-hour a day of music lowered cholesterol levels. Unlike studies on music’s effect on endurance and mental focus, this study found that it doesn’t matter what kind of music it is, as long as you enjoy it. Nearly a decade of... »

  • Alfred Releases 3 New Instructional DVDs for Bass Players

    Alfred Publishing has released three new instructional DVD and book sets, featuring instruction by Todd Johnson and Steve Bailey. Todd Johnson breaks down the art of walking bass lines, beat theory, ear training, major and minor triads, and chromatic approaches in Walking Bass Line Module System, Volume 1: Triad Modules. Standard notation and TAB are... »