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  • Doug Johns: Continuum/Bass Solo

    Doug Johns: Continuum/Bass Solo

    Here’s a great clip of Doug Johns performing one of his infamous bass solos at the drum set. Doug calls it the “monkey show”. He starts with a rendition of the Jaco Pastorius tune “Continuum” before launching into an all out funk attack. The video was shot at One Mind Studios in 2009. »

  • Phish Announce Summer 2011 Tour Dates

    Phish Announce Summer 2011 Tour Dates

    The jam masters in Phish have announced a string of summer tour dates spanning the East Coast, starting in Bethel, New York and snaking down to Georgia before finishing up at Portsmouth, Virginia’s Ntelos Wireless Pavilion. The tour will come hot on the heels of bassist Mike Gordon’s solo tour, which wraps up in late... »

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  • Fernandes Tony Campos Tremor 5 Bass Updated

    Fernandes Tony Campos Tremor 5 Bass Updated

    Fernandes has issued an upgrade to the Tony Campos Signature Tremor bass, which was originally released two years ago. The 5-string bass features an Alder body with a Lava Burst finish, Maple neck, and a Rosewood fingerboard including 24-frets with Tony’s Maldito X logo is inlayed at the 12th fret. A pair of passive EMG-40Hz... »

  • Custom Shop: Ansir Music

    Custom Shop: Ansir Music

    Ansir Music is a custom shop based out of Ohio, consisting of the team of founder Jody Michael and artist Deric Smith. Jody, who has owned and operated a high precision tool and die shop, began to mix his bass-playing hobby with work, designing and creating basses. In turn, his business partner Deric, a self-taught... »

  • Jay Leonhart: Bass Aboard a Plane

    Jay Leonhart: Bass Aboard a Plane

    Dr. D recently covered the painful topic of flying with a bass. Here’s bassist Jay Leonhart performing his own musical take on the subject. This comes from Leonhart’s one man show, The Bass Lesson: A Musical Comedy »

  • CruzTOOLS Releases Groovetech Jack and Pot Wrench

    CruzTOOLS Releases Groovetech Jack and Pot Wrench

    CruzTOOLS has unveiled their latest gadget, the GrooveTech Jack and Pot Wrench. Designed for bass, guitar, and just about every other piece of musical gear, the tool includes three thin wall sockets of the most common sizes: 1/2”, 7/16”, and 12mm. The sockets, arranged in a T-shape, deep enough for pot shafts, with the 1/2”... »

  • Larry Graham Announces First Dates of “Funk Around the World” Tour

    Larry Graham Announces First Dates of “Funk Around the World” Tour

    After appearing on a couple dates of Prince’s “Welcome 2 America” tour, Larry Graham has announced a string of initial US concerts for his band, Graham Central Station. Though the calendar only includes six dates, the slap bass pioneer posted on his website, sharing the “Funk Around the World” Tour will soon include more shows,... »

  • Focus and Time

    Focus and Time

    Q: I’ve been playing bass for five years, and I see that bass players that have been playing for three years who are way better than me! I focus on my modes, then on chord structure and then I focus on arpeggios… and it becomes hard for me to get technique down. What do you... »

  • Marcus Miller and Dennis Chambers: Scoop/Fatback Groove Mix

    Marcus Miller and Dennis Chambers: Scoop/Fatback Groove Mix

    This is incredible! Bassist Robin Koerts took Marcus Miller‘s video performance of “Scoop” and mixed it with Dennis Chambers’ video performance of “The Fatback Groove”. The only thing better would be if they actually performed this together. »

  • Tower of Power Releases 40th Anniversary CD/DVD Set

    Tower of Power Releases 40th Anniversary CD/DVD Set

    Tower of Power, the powerhouse funk and soul band anchored by bassist and original member Rocco Prestia is releasing their long-anticipated 40th Anniversary concert footage. The two disc (CD and DVD) release features the band performing live at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, recorded in October, 2008. The DVD includes bonus footage, including the... »