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  • Green Day’s 21st Century Breakdown for bass released

    Alfred Music Publishing has released 21st Century Breakdown: Authentic Bass Tab, a songbook for Green Day’s latest album, 21st Century Breakdown. 21st Century Breakdown reached number one on the album charts in more than a dozen countries, eventually achieving number one on Billboard 200, European Top 100 Albums and UK Albums Charts. Titles in this... »

  • RIP George Russell

    Jazz composer George Russell has passed away. His publicist has released that he died due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease on Monday at the age of 86. Russell, a MacArthur fellow who is credited with the first theoretical contribution to music from jazz with The Lydian Theory, published in 1953 and responsible for first introducing... »

  • Ask Damian Erskine: Traveling with your bass

    Q: I have a gig coming up that requires me to fly with my bass. I’ve never done it and don’t know if I should check it underneath or try and bring it on board! Any help? A: I’ve done it every way you can think of and each has it’s upside and downside. Here’s... »

  • Alex James: No plans for new Blur recordings

    BBC News recently reported that the latest summer performances by Blur may mark the end of the band. Blur bassist Alex James comments: “That was what we said we’d do and we did it and it was great. It hasn’t been mentioned, the idea of doing anything else but hey, it was great.” James has... »

  • Steven Guerrero solo bass: Concluding Remarks

    Bassist Steven Guerrero sent us this video of his live solo bass performance at The Ground Level Coffee House in Toledo, Ohio. Steven’s extended range bass and looping techniques make him a terrific one-man band. Steven’s solo CD, Deployment of Ten Wails is available at CDBaby. Check out more about Steven on Twitter and Reverb... »

  • Gear Watch: Studio Devil Virtual Bass Amp

    Studio Devil has released a Virtual Bass Amp, available for purchase and download. Studio Devil is “a virtual tube amplifier processor based on dynamic models of vacuum tube preamps and power stages. While primarily intended for guitar amp modeling and direct recording of both electric guitar and bass, Studio Devil excels wherever natural tube overdrive... »

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  • Untold Secret to Melodic Bass lesson: Using Dynamics in Bass Lines

    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, Kindle Book and the all-new paperback formats. Internal Dynamics is an area that seems to be largely ignored in the teaching of Jazz, while at the same time is one... »

  • Adrian Belew Power Trio New Release, with Julie Slick

    Adrian Belew Power Trio New Release, with Julie Slick

    The Adrian Belew Power Trio has released their first studio album, e, featuring Belew on guitars and vocals, Julie Slick on bass and Eric Slick on drums. Belew calls it “exquisitely engineered electric eclectic energetic esthetic excellence!” From what we’ve heard, we have to agree. The album is available at StoreBelew in both signed and... »

  • Gear Watch: Carvin BX1200

    Carvin has delivered yet again with the BX1200 bass amplifier. The BX1200 pumps out 1200 watts at 4 ohms and remains free of distortion with it’s class A preamps. The BX1200 also has extensive equalization features, giving you total control over the shape and feel of your tone. The BX1200 also includes a bi-amp crossover... »

  • Victor Wooten bass solo, live with Gov’t Mule

    Gov’t Mule, Victor Wooten, bass solo. Do we need to say any more? »