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  • Strukture Introduces Pig Hog Cables

    Strukture Introduces Pig Hog Cables

    Strukture has introduced their new Pig Hog cables, which the company describes as “overbuilt” to withstand the most extreme touring conditions. The cables feature 8mm thick wire with quality connectors and tension-resistant stress relief. The Pig Hog cables come with a “no questions” lifetime guarantee. Available in instrument, speaker and microphone variations, the cables price... »

  • Oteil Burbridge: Live Bass Solo

    Oteil Burbridge: Live Bass Solo

    Here’s Oteil Burbridge taking a solo live during an Allman Brothers Band concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York on March 18, 2011. This a fan shot video (iPhone), synced with the soundboard recording. »

  • Rock Bass Songs for Dummies

    Rock Bass Songs for Dummies

    Hal Leonard has released Rock Bass Songs for Dummies, a transcription book featuring 38 classic rock tunes. The book includes transcriptions for all 38 songs, presented in both music notation and tab, along with performance notes. The guide presents additional details on bass techniques such as hammer-ons, pull-offs and slides. For music trivia enthusiasts, background... »

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  • Return To Forever Announces US Tour Dates with Zappa Plays Zappa

    Return To Forever Announces US Tour Dates with Zappa Plays Zappa

    Return to Forever has announced the their US dates to their World Tour, which will span August and September. Bass giant Stanley Clarke, who turns 60 in June, will be joining returning members Chick Corea and Lenny White as well as new members Frank Gambale and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty for the trek with the band,... »

  • Ray Brown: Isolated Bass on James Brown’s “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”

    Ray Brown: Isolated Bass on James Brown’s “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”

    We love these isolated bass tracks. While not so isolated, you can really hear Ray Brown‘s bass on this reworked version of the James Brown hit, “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”, with Louis Bellson’s orchestra. Lots of leakage on this recording, because the bass was mic’d, while the band performed live. The first part... »

  • Digitech Announces Whammy DT Pedal

    Digitech Announces Whammy DT Pedal

    Digitech has unveiled a new pedal in their Whammy series, dubbed the DT. The Whammy DT builds on its predecessors by including true bypass and a drop tuning feature that allows you to change your tuning by 7 half-steps or an octave – up or down – without changing your bass. The drop tuning interface... »

  • Foo Fighters Announce U.S. Tour Dates

    Foo Fighters Announce U.S. Tour Dates

    The Foo Fighters, anchored by bassist Nate Mendel, has announced a U.S. tour spanning September in support of their latest effort, Wasting Light. The album is is their first in four years, following 2007’s Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace. Mendel says the new record has the group getting back to basics. “The last couple of... »

  • Melvin Lee Davis with Lee Ritenour: Rio Funk

    Melvin Lee Davis with Lee Ritenour: Rio Funk

    There’s nothing like a nice jam to make your day. Here, Melvin Lee Davis lays down some funky slap grooves on guitarist Lee Ritenour’s tune Rio Funk from the Northsea Jazz Festival in 2009. The man is groovin’ so hard, you can tell even with the sound muted! »

  • David Hughes Releases “Hopeful Romantic”

    David Hughes Releases “Hopeful Romantic”

    David Hughes has released his fourth solo album, entitled Hopeful Romantic. The album features ten of the bassist’s original tunes, revolving around jazz, funk, and jazz/rock fusion. While the bass gets a lot of time to shine on melodies and solos, the album’s tone centers more around the ensemble playing and the compositions. Hughes pulled... »

  • Traveler Guitar Unveils TB-4P Travel Bass

    Traveler Guitar Unveils TB-4P Travel Bass

    Traveler Guitars has introduced the TB-4P Bass, an electric travel bass designed specifically for practice. Featuring a classic double cutaway design, the bass has several unique features to aid silent practice including a built-in headphone amplifier and a 1/8” aux-in jack for connecting an mp3 player. For increased portability, Traveler removed the headstock and reduced... »