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  • Ask Damian Erskine: Gigging with No Preparation Time?

    Ask Damian Erskine: Gigging with No Preparation Time?

    Q: How do you prepare for a gig when you have a short amount of time to learn tunes? A: For me, it is more important that I have the tune internalized and have the vibe inside. The second thing is any hits that I’ll need to be aware of. If I can feel the... »

  • Jeff Corallini: Avé Maria

    Jeff Corallini, a bassist from France, is quite an accomplished bass player on fretted, fretless and upright basses, including 4-, 5-, 6- and 7-stringed instruments (if that’s not enough, he also plays guitar and sings). Here’s a nice little tapping/frettless arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Avé Maria. On two 7-string basses :) He has two solo... »

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  • James LoMenzo keeps busy after Megadeth, with Hydrogyn

    Metal head James LoMenzo has been keeping busy, despite having just left the ranks of metal legend Megadeth. LoMenzo will be recording on the new Hydrogyn album, sharing bass duties with Jake Wolf. The album is in the process of being recorded, and will be ready for release this summer, along with a tour by... »

  • Reader Spotlight: David Baron

    Reader Spotlight: David Baron

    Meet David Baron, a bassit from New York, and our player in the spotlight for the week of February 23, 2010. Bio: A native New Yorker, David has played bass in a variety of original and cover projects, including Tripping Monsters, The NY Ruffians, Huggy Bear & the Sweathogs, The Tremors and The Georgia 5.... »

  • Review: Let the Games Begin… by Derek Frank

    Review: Let the Games Begin… by Derek Frank

    Let the Games Begin… is one funky record! It sounds like it was fun to play this music and it’s definitely fun to listen to. It’s a playful, funky, groove-driven, mostly instrumental record that reminds me a little of those 70s jazz-funk records that recorded when the session superstars got together to have fun. Derek... »

  • Early Zawinul Syndicate featuring Gerald Veasley: March of the Lost Children

    Here’s a live performance, recorded for German television in 1989, featuring the Zawinul Syndicate with Scott Henderson on guitar, Gerald Veasley on bass, Cornell Rochester on drums, Bill Summers on percussion, and of course, the great Joe Zawinul on keyboards. The tune is “March of the Lost Children” from the Syndicate’s first release, The Immigrants... »

  • Gear Watch: Warwick Thumb SC Single Cutaway

    Warwick has announced the Thumb SC single cutaway bass. The German made bass, which is their Thumb NT model mixed with a single cutaway design, is tailored towards jazz, funk, and R&B settings. The Thumb SC features a specially designed passive MEC soap-bar humbucker and active MEC 3-band electronics with 2 toggle switches for coil... »

  • Bassist Billy Cox Featured on Experience Hendrix Tribute Tour

    Bassist Billy Cox Featured on Experience Hendrix Tribute Tour

    The Experience Hendrix Tour will be hitting the road in March featuring a who’s who of rock and blues artists, including bassist Billy Cox, who played with Hendrix in the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the Band of Gypsys. Other performers include Joe Satriani, Jonny Lang, Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Brad Whitford (of Aerosmith), Doyle... »

  • Looping Lesson: Programming the Behringer FCB1010 with Mobius

    Looping Lesson: Programming the Behringer FCB1010 with Mobius

    This is a lesson based around use of the popular Behringer FCB1010 MIDI foot controller surface for hand-free control of the freely available and very capable, Mobius looping software from Jeffrey Larson at Circular Labs. The Gear The Behringer FCB1010 Foot Controller has 100 memory positions to store MIDI controller data for up to 5... »

  • Michel Camilo’s New York Band with Anthony Jackson: Not Yet

    Here’s Anthony Jackson, playing along with Michel Camilo’s All Star New York Big Band. The footage comes from the “Live in Altos de Chavón” concert. I don’t think I need to attach any comment to this… this is why I think Anthony Jackson is one of the greatest bass players in the world (and you... »