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  • Practice Techniques: Utilizing Metronome to Improve Facility

    Practicing very, very slowly One of the main advantages to playing a passage vastly under performance tempo is that you give yourself ample time to think. It is easier to plan, calculate and control your playing at slower tempi. Exactly how slowly you should practice depends on the difficulty of the passage. In general, the... »

  • Victor Wooten and Stu Hamm Jam: Chameleon

    Victor Wooten and Stu Hamm Jam: Chameleon

    Check out this jam session between Victor Wooten and Stu Hamm at the Hartke booth during Winter NAMM 2009. They’re performing an all bass version of Herbie Hancock’s “Chameleon”! »

  • Rewind: The Top 10 Bass News, Reviews, Videos and Columns of the Week

    1. Player News: Black Sabbath Bassist Remembers Dio Black Sabbath bassist Terry “Geezer” Butler released a statement last week, remembering his friend and band mate Ronnie James Dio. 2. Video: Ran Levi (aka Bassran): Bass Solo Here’s Israeli bassist Ran Levi doing a cool bass solo on his 6-string Ken Smith bass. 3. Gear Watch:... »

  • Summer NAMM’s “Wanna Play Sunday” to Feature Victor Wooten

    This year’s Summer NAMM show in Nashville will include the first ever “Wanna Play Sunday,” which will be open to the public. The event takes place on Sunday June 20th (the last day of NAMM), and will include music education sessions on how to get endorsed, how to set up a home studio, and more.... »

  • Bass Exploration of Percy Jones

    This clip of fretless bass master Percy Jones comes from his instructional video, “Bass Exploration of Percy Jones”. Jones is joined by Van Manakas on guitar, Marc Wagnon on MIDI vibes and Jonathan Mover on drums. »

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  • Muse Bassist Reschedules USA Tour Dates

    Muse has cancelled two shows and rescheduled two others for the North American tour in the late fall of this year. The changes are being made to accommodate bassist Chris Wolstenholme so he can be present for the birth of his fifth child. Muse has made refunds available for the changed shows and has assured... »

  • Avishai Cohen Trio: Gently Disturbed

    Here’s a great live performance of Avishai Cohen and his trio performing “Gently Disturbed” at the Leverkusen Jazztage in 2007. Shai Maestro is on piano and Mark Guiliana is on drums. »

  • Esperanza Spalding’s New Album Announced: Chamber Music Society

    Bassist, vocalist and composer Esperanza Spalding is releasing her second album on the Heads Up label, Chamber Music Society, on August 17th. Chamber Music Society is Spalding’s follow up to the 2008 release, Esperanza, which sat atop Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart for over 70 weeks. Backed by drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and pianist Leo Genovese,... »

  • Gear Watch: Pro Tone Pedals Blasko Bass Overdrive Pedal

    Pro Tone Pedals has teamed up with metal bassist Blasko to produce the Blasko Bass Overdrive Pedal. The pedal is designed to be tonally versatile, which is “something Blasko needs as he rips through rock anthems as well as ballads onstage with Ozzy Osbourne.” The Blasko pedal, which is hand made in the USA, has... »

  • Black Sabbath Bassist Remembers Dio

    Black Sabbath bassist Terry “Geezer” Butler released a statement Tuesday remembering his friend and band mate Ronnie James Dio. A brief excerpt from his latest entry: “It’s impossible to express in mere words the relationship Ronnie and I, Wendy and my wife Gloria had. He was much more than a friend, fellow musician, band mate.... »