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  • Magnus Sjoquist: Jammin’ with My Kala UBass

    Magnus Sjoquist: Jammin’ with My Kala UBass

    Magnus Sjoquist sent us these impressive jams featuring his UBass. Hard to believe that little bass could produce that sound! Magnus, who is joined by Johan Edin on Hammond B3 and Daniel Björnmo on guitar in this recording, offers video lessons for UBass/bass players on his website. Have a video to share? Send it to... »

  • Freekbass Releases “50 Freekbass Licks You Must Know” Instructional Video

    Freekbass Releases “50 Freekbass Licks You Must Know” Instructional Video

    Freekbass has released a new instructional video with a whopping 273 minutes of lessons. 50 Freekbass Licks You Must Know includes jam tracks, text commentary, tab and notation as well as power tab files. Aimed at intermediate students, the licks are designed to teach new techniques as well as build upon common ones. Freekbass also... »

  • Bass of the Week: Spalt Instruments vViper

    Bass of the Week: Spalt Instruments vViper

    This week we look at the Spalt Instruments vViper, a custom built bass with a unique pickup design that pivots. The idea for the “wiper” arm pickup is the brainchild of proprietor Michael Spalt, a luthier who started building after studying film, photography and painting in San Francisco. After consulting on it with Bill Bartolini,... »

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  • Extreme Metal Bassist: An Interview with Alex Webster

    Extreme Metal Bassist: An Interview with Alex Webster

    The evolution of heavy metal has presented a plethora of extreme subgenres: thrash metal, death metal, tech metal… the list goes on and on. But while the term extreme metal covers lots of territory, you can’t talk about extreme metal bass playing without talking about Alex Webster. As a founding member of the iconic band... »

  • Rule of Thump: Pocket Full ‘o’ Beans Bass Groove

    Rule of Thump: Pocket Full ‘o’ Beans Bass Groove

    Rule of Thump (aka Or Lubianiker) covers all the bases in this nifty solo bass piece he wrote and shared with us. Love the harmonics, love the slap, love the finger-style funk. Or said, “The bass guitar is the most beautiful instrument conceived by man, a true ambassador of Groove, Harmony and Melody.” Well said,... »

  • Roger Waters Announces 2012 Tour Dates for “The Wall”

    Roger Waters Announces 2012 Tour Dates for “The Wall”

    Roger Waters has announced North American tour dates for his production of “The Wall” for 2012. The 36-stop tour begins May 1st, 2012 in Houston, Texas and will include several outdoor stadium concerts at venues including Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Toronto’s Rogers Centre. Waters, who revived the show in 2010 and has performed it over... »

  • Bass vs. Guitar: The 6-String Debate

    Bass vs. Guitar: The 6-String Debate

    Q: I mean this in the most respectful of ways but, when I listen to six string bassists who play a lot of chords and solo. I can’t help but wonder why they don’t just play guitar. A: I’ve heard this question before, and thanks for being respectful. I’m a 6-string player, so I’ll share... »

  • Joel Moncorvo: Rockin’ The Bass

    Joel Moncorvo: Rockin’ The Bass

    Here’s a ripping bass performance by Brazilian bassist Joel Moncorvo. Moncorvo, who is a well rounded player with styles ranging from jazz to extreme metal, displays some awesome technique including a three-finger style and some incredible tapping. »

  • Megadeth Releases TH1RT3EN, Featuring Dave Ellefson

    Megadeth Releases TH1RT3EN, Featuring Dave Ellefson

    Megadeth’s highly anticipated thirteenth studio album, one which marks the return of bassist Dave Ellefson, has been released. TH1RT3EN follows Endgame, released in 2009, and blends the works of Megadeth’s previous twelve albums, says guitarist Dave Mustaine. “There are moments on TH1RT3EN that capture my every emotion,” Mustaine said. “…and other moments where I am... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Ollie Pietruch

    Reader Spotlight: Ollie Pietruch

    Meet Ollie Pietruch, a bassist, session musician and teacher from the UK who some liken to the late Cliff Burton. Ollie is our player in the spotlight for November 1, 2011. Bio: I started playing bass at the age of 15, and now five years down the line I have achieved distinctions for both years... »