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  • Gear Watch: A Closer Look at the Ibanez Ashula Fretted/Fretless Hybrid

    Gear Watch: A Closer Look at the Ibanez Ashula Fretted/Fretless Hybrid

    The concept of a hybrid fretted/fretless bass has been attempted before, and Ibanez might just have the best version yet with their Ashula model. The six-string fretted/fretless hybrid bass offers this unique configuration: four fretted bass strings and two fretless. This offers a more fluid approach to playing than other hybrids, where the fretless option... »

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  • Time Warp: Robert Trujillo Breaks Down His Technique

    Time Warp: Robert Trujillo Breaks Down His Technique

    Not long after Robert Trujillo joined Metallica, Time Warp interviewed him and asked him to showcase his “gallop” approach to playing. The slow-motion part is pretty cool. Thanks to our Facebook friend Steve Walser for submitting this video. [editor’s note: the original video we posted was removed for copyright reasons. This new video isn’t quite... »

  • Marcus Miller: Come Together

    Marcus Miller: Come Together

    Marcus Miller just shared this video on Facebook from over the weekend at the Solidarity of Arts Festival in Gdansk, Poland. The group, which includes Miller, Leszek Możdżer, Alex Han, and Louis Cato, rips through a funkified version of the Beatles’ tune, “Come Together”. »

  • Doug Johns Announces New Album and Free Music Download

    Doug Johns Announces New Album and Free Music Download

    Bass phenom Doug Johns is giving away a free download of his song “Manic,” from his 2008 album, Pocket Fulla Nasty. The track is available in your choice of 320k MP3, FLAC, or “just about any other format you could possibly desire.” The caption for the song says it all: No lyrics, just pure nasty... »

  • Allman Brothers Add Tour Dates

    Allman Brothers Add Tour Dates

    The Allman Brothers Band is making their touring return, now that Gregg Allman is recovering from a liver transplant in late June. The group features the bass talents of Oteil Burbridge, who took up the position after the Allen Woody left in 1997 to pursue Gov’t Mule full time. The 11-date trek takes place this... »

  • Slap Bass 101: Part 4 – Right Hand Pluck/Pop

    Slap Bass 101: Part 4 – Right Hand Pluck/Pop

    In this lesson, we’ll build on the concepts in Part 3 and add the right hand pluck/pop. Next time: Funk/Rock Scale Basics! In case you missed them, here are Parts 1-3: Part 1: Slap Bass Introduction Part 2: Building on the Basics Part 3: Left Hand Slap & Hammer-Ons »

  • Jimmy Garrison with John Coltrane: Impressions

    Jimmy Garrison with John Coltrane: Impressions

    Here is a classic example of modal jazz with the John Coltrane Quartet, featuring Jimmy Garrison on bass, McCoy Tyner on piano, and Elvin Jones on drums. Garrison takes an extended and intimate solo in the middle to add character to the song. Garrison had a long standing relationship with Coltrane, and played with him... »

  • Bunny Brunel Bass Technique Books Re-Issued

    Bunny Brunel Bass Technique Books Re-Issued

    Mel Bay is re-issuing two classic bass technique books by Bunny Brunel, both originally released in the ’90’s. Bunny Brunel’s Bass Secrets, originally released in 1995, is a 239 page, advanced studies method, including improvisation techniques. The Complete Book of Bass Technique, originally released in 1993, is a 250 page, in-depth study of contemporary bass... »

  • Stu Hamm Announces Collaborators for New Solo Album

    Stu Hamm Announces Collaborators for New Solo Album

    In a recent Facebook status update from Stu Hamm, the rock legend revealed the names of the musicians who will be joining him on his upcoming solo album, Just Outside of Normal. The list includes “[Joe] Satriani (2 tracks), Robert Fripp, Jude Gold and Frank Gambale on [guitar], Stanton Moore, John Mader and Alan Hertz... »

  • Ask Damian Erskine: Practicing on the Road

    Q: Do you practice while on the road? If so… how? A: Actually, I tend to be more inspired to practice while on the road because I tend to be very ‘high’ on music while traveling and doing what I love! I get very single-minded and focused when on the road and can’t seem to... »