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  • Past the Point of Unknowing

    Past the Point of Unknowing

    Q: I tend to hit a wall while practicing over a tune, where I don’t know what else to play. I know you’ve explained some chordal exercises and other ways to expand one’s vocabulary, but do you have any other thoughts about what to play when you just don’t know what to play? A: Actually,... »

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  • Marcus Miller: Purple Haze

    Marcus Miller: Purple Haze

    During a recording of David Sanborn and Friends Super Session in 1998, Marcus Miller (the program’s musical director) showcased his take on Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze”. »

  • Israel “Cachao” Lopez’s Final Performance Released

    Israel “Cachao” Lopez’s Final Performance Released

    The final performance by mambo legend Israel “Cachao” Lopez has been released as a two disc set, entitled The Last Mambo. The concert, which celebrated the bassist’s 80 years in music, was held at the Ziff Opera House a the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami Florida in 2007. The album has Cachao leading a 24-piece... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Patrick McCarthy

    Reader Spotlight: Patrick McCarthy

    Meet Patrick McCarthy, a bassist from New York who believes guitarists shouldn’t have all the fun (amen!). Patrick is our player in the spotlight for April 26, 2011. Bio: With over a decades worth of experience as a professional musician, bassist Patrick McCarthy chalks his ability up to hard work, patience, and the love of... »

  • Bootsy Collins Releases Tha Funk Capital Of The World

    Bootsy Collins Releases Tha Funk Capital Of The World

    Bootsy Collins has a released a new studio album, one he calls a “musical biography”, with strong ties to the bassist’s four decades in the music business. Tha Funk Capital Of The World features many cameo appearances including fellow P-Funkers George Clinton and Bernie Worrell, rappers Snoop Dogg, Chuck D, and Ice Cube, guitarists Buckethead... »

  • Damian Erskine With Tony Furtado: St. John’s Fire

    Damian Erskine With Tony Furtado: St. John’s Fire

    Here’s No Treble columnist Damian Erskine taking a solo with Tony Furtado in 2005, at the Hatch Fest in Bozeman, Montana. »

  • Gear Review: ToneGear Bass String Cleaner

    Gear Review: ToneGear Bass String Cleaner

    If there’s one thing about playing I’ve always had trouble with, it’s going through strings. My hands sweat. A lot. And sweat really breaks down strings, especially in places where the humidity can be really bad (such as the Midwest, where I live). I’ve played every brand and type of string: coated, uncoated, steel, nickel…... »

  • Upright Bass Set Up for Playability and Sound – Part 2

    Upright Bass Set Up for Playability and Sound – Part 2

    This is part 2 of this series by Dr. D. Check out Part 1. Set Up for Sound In terms of sound, there are any number of things that can affect the volume, sustain and tone of your instrument. The bottom line is that everything you do to the instrument matters. Strings matter. Tailpiece length... »

  • Old School: 1967 Epiphone EB-232 Bass

    Old School: 1967 Epiphone EB-232 Bass

    In our first installment of “Old School”, bassist Matt Shively shares the story of his 1967 Epiphone EB-232 bass. Make/Model/Year My bass is a 1967 Epiphone Rivoli EB-232, made in Kalamazoo, MI. How long have you owned it? Going on 3 years now. How did you come across it? Well, I have a cousin named... »

  • Yellowjackets: My Old School, Live in 1994

    Yellowjackets: My Old School, Live in 1994

    Filmed live at Ohne Filter in Baden-Baden, Germany, here’s the Yellowjackets performing “My Old School”, with some great bass solo breaks by Jimmy Haslip. This concert was later released on DVD. »