1. Player News: Billy Corgan Selects New Smashing Pumpkins Bassist
After holding an open audition for a bassist, Billy Corgan has announced the band’s new keeper of the low end for the Smashing Pumpkins.
2. Video: James Jamerson Isolated Bass Track: I Can’t Get Next to You
James Jamerson’s isolated bass track from the Temptations’ “I Can’t Get Next to You”, from the original Motown master tape.
3. Player Spotlight: Brittany Frompovich
Meet Brittany Frompovich, our player in the spotlight for May 11, 2010.
4. News: Red Hot Chili Peppers to Begin Work on New Album
According to drummer Chad Smith, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will begin recording a new album in July. This will be their 10th studio album, following 2006’s Stadium Arcadium.
5. The Lowdown with Dr. D.: Practice Techniques: Add a Note
When approaching a challenging passage, one very useful technique is that of “adding a note.” Adding one note at a time is an excellent tool for improving passages technically.
6. Review: A Review of Jeff Berlin’s “High Standards”
If you’ve followed Jeff Berlin’s career, you know he loves jazz and has released quite a few jazz and fusion solo albums. His latest, High Standards, is the first to feature jazz standards and consists entirely of Berlin and his trio’s spectacular take on nine well chosen tunes.
7. Ask Damian Erskine: Landing Endorsements
Damian answers a reader’s question about how to effectively land endorsement deals.
8. From the archives: Pino Palladino live with John Mayer Trio
A popular video from the archive, with the right camera angle.
9. Player News: Carlos D leaves Interpol
In a post on Interpol’s website, the indie rockers recently announced that bassist Carlos D would be leaving the band.
10. New Releases: Dominic Miller Releases “November”, Featuring Level 42’s Mark King
Dominic Miller, the guitarist known best for his acoustic guitar work, has released his first electric album of his solo career, November.