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  • Understanding Blues Forms and Common Substitutions

    Understanding Blues Forms and Common Substitutions

    In this lesson, we’re going to examine a couple of different blues forms, specifically the 12 bar, 8 bar, and 16 bar blues. Additionally, we’ll go over a few different approaches to playing through the form and knowing when it would be appropriate to substitute chords or when to adhere to the traditional changes. Here... »

  • Fitz and The Tantrums: Don’t Gotta Work It Out

    Fitz and The Tantrums: Don’t Gotta Work It Out

    The love for the low end runs deep in my family. My brother Josh, a bass trombonist sent me this video, highlighting both the bass and the honkin’ good bari sax. This is Fitz and The Tantrums, a band from L.A. with bassist Joseph Karnes and sax man James King. The tune, “Don’t Gotta Work... »

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  • Jazz Bass Improvisation

    Jazz Bass Improvisation

    Musicians Institute has released Jazz Bass Improvisation, written by jazz bassist Putter Smith. The book offers approaches to chords, scales, arpeggios through detailed practice routines and techniques to help advance practical techniques, improvisation concepts, jazz theory, chord studies and scale patterns. The method is suitable for both electric and upright players. The book ships with... »

  • Bass of the Week: Rickenbacker Limited Edition Lemmy Kilmister Signature 4004LK

    Bass of the Week: Rickenbacker Limited Edition Lemmy Kilmister Signature 4004LK

    Rickenbacker paid tribute to metal icon and Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister with the introduction of the 4004LK, a signature bass limited to 60 pieces that was first spotted in 1995, though production started around 2000. The bass is half instrument, half art, as each piece’s walnut body features a hand-carved relief of oak leaves and... »

  • Still Fishin’: An Exclusive Interview with Les Claypool

    Still Fishin’: An Exclusive Interview with Les Claypool

    Les Claypool is a man that defies genres and labels. Since picking up bass at an early age, his influences of funk, prog rock and everything in between have melded to create his unique sound, which the bassist admits even he has trouble labeling. Of course, his creativity doesn’t stop at bass playing – Claypool... »

  • Chickenfoot: Big Foot Music Video

    Chickenfoot: Big Foot Music Video

    Chickenfoot has released a music video for “Bigfoot,” the first single from their upcoming album III, due out September 27th. The group includes Joe Satriani, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Arnoff, and ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, who supplies his rock solid playing and signature falsetto background vocals to the tune. Besides featuring the new song, the... »

  • Tommy Stinson Releases One Man Mutiny

    Tommy Stinson Releases One Man Mutiny

    Ex-Replacements and current Guns N’ Roses bassist Tommy Stinson has released his second solo album, entitled One Man Mutiny. With hints of influence from Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones, the ten-track record proves Stinson’s songwriting is just as solid as his playing. The album is aptly named, as Stinson created his own Done to... »