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  • Frank Russell Releases “Circle Without End”

    Frank Russell Releases “Circle Without End”

    Bassist Frank Russell’s second solo album, Circle Without End, is now available for download. For his follow-up to 2005’s Covering All Basses, the Chicago native recruited a cast of high caliber musicians including bassists Daryl Jones (Rolling Stones) and Richard Patterson (Miles Davis, David Sanborn), renowned trumpeter Wallace Roney, pianist Robert Irving III and others.... »

  • Barefaced Ltd Introduces Big Twin Bass Cab

    Barefaced Ltd Introduces Big Twin Bass Cab

    Barefaced Ltd has released the Big Twin, a 1500-watt bass cabinet containing two 12″ woofers, a high-output midrange driver, and huge ports for maximum low end while keeping an “unusually” flat frequency response. The cab also boasts a full 2-way crossover with steep slopes, similar to that found in studio monitors, resulting in higher efficiency.... »

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  • Blues Bass: Jump Blues, Two-Beat and “The Bump”

    Blues Bass: Jump Blues, Two-Beat and “The Bump”

    So far, we’ve examined different kinds of blues progressions, tips for playing on the bandstand, and two common blues feels: the shuffle and the slow blues. In this column, as well as the following one, I’d like to dig deeper and discuss other standard blues feels that you’ll be likely to play. I’ll try to... »

  • Olivier Babaz: Midnight Caffeine

    Olivier Babaz: Midnight Caffeine

    Talk about multi-tasking! French bassist Olivier Babaz shared this video with us in which he plays a reduced version of his piece “Midnight Caffeine” on his bass while simultaneously playing chords on his kalimba. The two instruments create a really cool texture while a prerecorded egg shaker keeps time. Have a video to share? Send... »

  • Damian Erskine Releases “Live at Portland State University”

    Damian Erskine Releases “Live at Portland State University”

    Damian Erskine has released Live at Portland State University, a new album featuring a performance of his band, The Damian Erskine Project. The quartet, made up of Erskine on bass, Reinhardt Melz on drums, Ben Darwish on piano and John Nastos on tenor sax, performed the set for students of the university, in what they... »

  • Bass of the Week: Ritter Royal Flora Aurum

    Bass of the Week: Ritter Royal Flora Aurum

    Based out of Deidesheim, Germany, Jens Ritter is an electric bass luthier known for his artistic flair and luxurious basses. In addition to his exceptional line of basses is the Ritter Royal collection, which are set apart due to a “unique feature or an exceptional design history aspect of Jens Ritter’s career as a luthier.”... »

  • Steve Vai: “Now We Run”, Live with Bryan Beller

    Steve Vai: “Now We Run”, Live with Bryan Beller

    Hold on to your hats! Here’s Steve Vai and the String Theories band performing “Now We Run” live. Bryan Beller holds down the low end for the group, laying down some hard-hitting, driving bass and some great unison lines with Vai. This comes from the DVD . »

  • Randall Kertz Releases New Edition of The Bassist’s Guide to Injury Management, Prevention and Better Health

    Randall Kertz Releases New Edition of The Bassist’s Guide to Injury Management, Prevention and Better Health

    Dr. Randall Kertz, DC has released an all-new, second edition of his popular book, The Bassist’s Guide to Injury Management, Prevention and Better Health. The second edition features expanded content and a new cover. The Bassist’s Guide is written specifically for bassists, dealing with the common, and not-so-common issues bass players encounter when practicing and... »

  • Fuzzrocious Pedals Introduces K-A-E-D-E-N Drive

    Fuzzrocious Pedals Introduces K-A-E-D-E-N Drive

    Fuzzrocious Pedals have introduced a new stompbox: the K-A-E-D-E-N Drive, a versatile pedal with three stages to the circuit. Described as “not just a booster” and “not just an overdrive,” the K-A-E-D-E-N has pre-gain, gain, and tone knobs to dial in the right amount of drive. The pedal is built with your choice of tone... »

  • A Practical Guide to Modes and Scales

    A Practical Guide to Modes and Scales

    Q: What are modes and how do they work? A: I get this question a lot, but have only touched on it in past columns, as it relates to other questions. Here’s a straightforward guide to modes and scales to follow. Modes are a very simple concept but can take some time to really understand... »