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  • Ask Damian Erskine

    Q: What would be a good way to start practicing soloing over changes? A: I’ll tell you what I worked on the most with the soloing thing. Take a jazz standard (so there’s a lot of chord changes) and practice arpeggiating the chords through the tune. First, like a walking bass line (quarter notes…1, 3,... »

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  • Janis Ian and Richard Bona duet: At Seventeen

    Janis Ian and Richard Bona duet: At Seventeen

    Wow, this video was really unexpected and pleasant surprise: legendary singer/songwriter Janis Ian performing “At Seventeen” with Richard Bona backing her up. The performance took place on a Dutch TV show a few years ago. More than once Janis smiles at Bona’s playing (and harmonics). »

  • Metallica bassist Cliff Burton biography available

    The official biography of Metallica bassist Cliff Burton is now available. To Live Is to Die: The Life and Death of Metallica’s Cliff Burton highlights Cliff Burton’s career with Metallica and includes information on the making of the ground-breaking first three Metallica albums, Cliff’s short career and tragic death three and a half years after... »

  • Sara Wasserman debuts “Solid Ground” with Rob Wasserman & Christian McBride

    Sara Wasserman, the daughter of legendary bassist Rob Wasserman debuts Solid Ground, an album seven years in the making. Solid Ground features Rob Wasserman as a guest musician, along with Aaron Neville, bassist Christian McBride, Lou Reed, turntablist DJ Logic, Jane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins and Living Colour’s Vernon Reid. Preview the album: Amazon.com Widgets... »

  • SuperBass: Two For The Blues

    We’ve been following John Goldsby on Twitter for a while now, and he’s one of the great friends to us and many others there. So as we were browsing for videos of John, I ran into this one. Four bass players, a vocalist and a drummer playing a phone book. I couldn’t resist. The four... »

  • New Release: Kind of Brown by Christian McBride & Inside Straight

    Jazz bassist Christian McBride has released “Kind of Brown”, the debut album by his quintet Inside Straight. In addition to McBride, the quintet includes Eric Scott Reed on piano, Steve Wilson on sax, Carl Allen on drums and Warren Wolf on vibes. The album is an energetic acoustic jazz recording featuring seven original compositions, and... »

  • Ultimate Bass Play-Along: Geddy Lee & Rush

    Alfred Publishing is releasing another bass tab book covering the work of prog-rock master bassist Geddy Lee. The Ultimate Bass Play-Along: Rush provides faithful transcriptions and play-along tracks on an included CD. As an added feature the CD contains a play-along version of each song (without the bass) as well as the complete track. It... »

  • Untold Secret to Melodic Bass lesson: Anchors

    This lesson is derived from Jon Burr’s The Untold Secret to Melodic Bass. Be sure to check out the complete method book in downloadable PDF or Kindle Book formats. We left off last week with an overview of the topics we’ll be covering in this series. The material this week is foundational; I doubt that... »

  • Funeral details for Hugh Hopper

    If you read our previous post you know of the passing of bassist Hugh Hopper. Information about the details of his funeral have been released by his wife Christine: Hugh’s funeral will be on Thursday 25th June at 10am at Deerton Natural Burial Ground, which is situated close to the village of Teynham, in Kent... »

  • Al Cardillo covers John Clayton’s Bach To Blues

    It seems I keep running into great double bassists on Youtube every day. Today, I discovered Al Cardillo for the first time. Al is a jazz bassist and teacher, born in Italy, graduated from Berklee and lives and performs in New York. Here he is, in a performance from a couple of years ago, performing... »