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  • Mark Hoppus bass giveaway

    Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus will be meeting fans at The Fast Life in Los Angeles, California, on Halloween to give away his one-of-a-kind Fender Mark Hoppus model jazz bass with custom artwork by Chase Tafoya. He says it’s been his favorite bass on Blink-182’s latest tour. The giveaway will be in the form of a... »

  • Them Crooked Vultures announce album release

    Them Crooked Vultures, the supergroup made of Led Zeppelin’s bassist John Paul Jones, Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, and Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, have announced that November 17th will be the date for the release of their self-titled and self-produced album. The record is going to feature the studio versions of songs Them... »

  • Ask Damian Erskine: Shortcuts

    Q: Are there any real shortcuts to learning how to play? A: NO!!!!!!!!!!! Okay, I’ll go on… I have been frustrated by many a student who is disappointed when, at the end of a lesson, their not magically better but, rather, have a years worth of studying and homework to tackle. Not just kids, but... »

  • Colin Hodgkinson: 32-20 Blues

    Colin Hodgkinson: 32-20 Blues

    I bet Robert Johnson never imagined someone playing his “32-20 Blues” on bass. But it sure is cool that Colin Hodgkinson did. »

  • Gear Watch: Superior Bassworks Strings

    Did you know that there are specific types of strings for the upright bass? You get different strings for the different styles of music you can play – even different tunings if you’re playing a classical solo bass piece. Now there is a company dedicated to producing bass strings specifically with rockabilly players in mind:... »

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  • Reader Spotlight: Russ Sargeant

    Reader Spotlight: Russ Sargeant

    Meet Russ Sargeant, our player in the spotlight for October 27th, 2009. Bio: I’m a bass player living near Birmingham, England – playing a fusion of Jazz and Ambient music. I write and record in my home studio and I have recently taken an outing into the wonderful world of live-looping! Location: Dudley, West Midlands,... »

  • A review of Wayne Krantz – Krantz Carlock Lefebvre 2009

    Krantz Carlock Lefebvre is the first studio document of a trio that has been performing together since 1997, although Wayne Krantz regularly releases live recordings from his website. It’s also Krantz’s first studio album under his own name for fifteen years. Krantz is a phenomenal guitarist, and this is a record that guitarists will reference... »

  • Stanley Clarke acoustic bass solo (1994)

    In 1994, Stanley Clarke, Al DiMeola and Jean Luc Ponty performed in Montreux. A DVD of the live performance emerged more than 10 years later. This segment features Clarke’s extended solo break, including quotes from his Spanish Phases for Strings and Bass and self-titled albums. »

  • Jeff Schmidt and Melodyne Editor

    There’s a new product coming out that may re-shape the way we think of music. Melodyne Editor, a Direct Note Access (DNA) program offered by Celemony, is the first of it’s kind. You can analyze a piece of music and change any note in polyphonic material. Watching this software in action borders on spooky. Bassist... »

  • The Indie Maxium Exposure List

    Let’s face it bassists, in all probability our collective bands fall overwhelmingly into the independent-music category. Whether it’s our rock band, solo bass work, free jazz or metalcore, we’re independent artists. When Billboard published their “Billboard’s 2009 Maximum Exposure List” it included many unrealistic goals for independent musicians – for example, playing on the Oprah... »