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  • Stefan Lessard joins Little Kids Rock

    Dave Matthews Band bassist Stefan Lessard has been made an honorary board member for the musically focused national non-profit Little Kids Rock. Little Kids Rock works to transforms children’s lives by restoring and revitalizing music education in underfunded public schools. Dave Wish, who founded the organization in 2002 and is the executive director, had the... »

  • Ask Damian Erskine: Facility, muscle memory & musicality

    Q: Can you make a recommendation in regards to how to develop speed and facility? A: I can!! In my opinion, the most common mistake people make when trying to develop speed and facility has everything to do with a lack of patience! Most people start trying to play things at speeds they can’t yet... »

  • John Patitucci Trio: Remembrance released

    Bass legend John Patitucci is geared to kick off the world premiere of his latest album, »

  • Lyman Bushkovski: Time After Time for bass ensemble

    Here’s Lyman Bushkovski, playing Cindy Lauper’s song Time After Time, arranged for bass ensemble. A nice job on a nice song with a classic bass line. Check out Lyman’s Youtube channel. »

  • Gear Watch: Dargie Delight Limited Edition Package

    Ernie Ball has announced the Dargie Delight Limited Edition Package is back and available on many Music Man instruments. The package features a two tone iridescent green finish known as “Caramel Apple Delight” a stunning paint job sure to make the bass an instant collector’s item. The DDLE Package is available only for a limited... »

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  • Untold Secret to Melodic Bass lesson: Rhythmic Overlays – Accents over the substrate

    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. One way of developing rhythm is through the use of accent overlays on the substrate. Overlays can come from the rhythm of the... »

  • Player Watch: Alberto Rigoni

    Something Different, released February 15th 2008 by bassist Alberto Rigoni, should be on your list of albums to check out. This album lives up to its title, moving between bass centered ballads, rock grooves, heavy metal mixed with fusion and experimental music. Something Different delivers a unique sonic journey. Guest guitar players Tommy Ermolli and... »

  • Bottom Line Duo: Flight of the Bumblebee

    Bottom Line Duo: Flight of the Bumblebee

    Do not adjust your video player… When I first watched this video, I thought my video player went crazy and was playing everything a double speed. Turns out that the bassist Spencer Hoveskeland was the one playing at double (or faster) speeds. »

  • Manhattan Transfer’s “Songbook” features Christian McBride guest appearance

    Jazz vocal group, Manhattan Transfer, is wrapping up their long-awaited new release, The Chick Corea Songbook, with the help of guest bassist Christian McBride. The release features vocal interpretations of popular songs from Corea’s vast library, including “Free Samba”, a new tune written for the album. Other guest musicians include Fred Hersch, Airto, Edsel Gomez,... »

  • Sloan bassist hit by drunk driver

    Bassist Chris Murphy, of the well-known Nova Scotia band Sloan, was hospitalized last week after being hit by a drunk driver. Murphy had been riding his bicycle. His injuries include a broken collarbone along with other collision damage. He’s been released from the hospital to rest, and he will require additional surgery later in the... »