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  • Donation Fund Set Up for Chuck Rainey’s Recovery

    Donation Fund Set Up for Chuck Rainey’s Recovery

    A Medical and Well Health Fund has been set up for bass legend Chuck Rainey, who suffered a major stroke last year. Though his family is hopeful for a full recovery, Rainey has not been able to work during his treatment. As his medical bills increase, his income has decreased, according to the message on... »

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  • Armin Metz: “Sanskar Valley” Solo Bass Performance

    Armin Metz: “Sanskar Valley” Solo Bass Performance

    Facebook friend Luke Morris shared this video of bassist Armin Metz performing the tune “Sanskar Valley” on his Neuser bass. Armin is the bassist for Imogen Heap. Armin said “There is rarely footage with Imogen whereyou see me playing, but you can hear me in most of the ones [from] 2010.” Have a video you’d... »

  • In Memoriam: John Levy

    In Memoriam: John Levy

    Bassist and talent manager John Levy has passed away at the age of 99. In addition to Levy’s own career of playing with artists like Stuff Smith, Billie Holiday, Don Byas, Lennie Tristano and George Shearing, Levy managed a host of jazz legends including Nancy Wilson, Cannonball Adderley, and Wes Montgomery. He’s often credited as... »

  • Bass of the Week: CB Basses D-Bass 4-String

    Bass of the Week: CB Basses D-Bass 4-String

    This week we take a look at the D-bass by CB Basses, a custom shop run by luthier Cliff Bordwell. Featuring a Jazz style neck and pickups, the bass is an exquisite example of craftsmanship with its diverse mix of exotic woods. The body is built around a Spanish Cedar core with an Amboyna burl... »

  • Finger-Style Funk Bass Lesson: Build Dexterity and Accuracy in Your Playing

    Finger-Style Funk Bass Lesson: Build Dexterity and Accuracy in Your Playing

    In this lesson we’re going to focus on a style known as finger-style funk (or “finger funk”), with the goal of developing both dexterity and accuracy in your playing. Finger-style funk is typically centered around the 16th note, and many of the notes are muted. You’ll notice in the notation for this lesson that those... »

  • Snoop Dogg, Featuring Bubby Lewis: Get The Funk Out Of My Face

    Snoop Dogg, Featuring Bubby Lewis: Get The Funk Out Of My Face

    Here’s a cool clip of Robert “Bubby” Lewis getting down with Snoop Dogg on The Late Show with David Letterman. The band performs Snoop’s take on the classic Brothers Johnson tune “Get the Funk Out of My Face” while Lewis lays down a solid low end with some really tasteful runs. The tune of course... »

  • TC Electronic Announces the Polytune Mini

    TC Electronic Announces the Polytune Mini

    TC Electronic has announced their newest polyphonic tuner, the Polytune Mini. The device is a more compact version of their original Polytune. The Mini is a polyphonic tuner, but for tuning bass, the device only works in chromatic mode. The company says that the polyphonic setting is for guitar only, and that it is a... »

  • Dingwall Unveils Super P Bass at NAMM 2012

    Dingwall Unveils Super P Bass at NAMM 2012

    Dingwall Guitars showcased a modern take on a classic design at the NAMM Show this year with the introduction of the Super P. Sporting the Novax Fanned-fret System, the bass features a multi-laminate neck for increased stability and decreased dead spots while the body is balanced by thickness for better weight distribution and increased resonance.... »

  • Stuck On A Song: How to Finish that Composition

    Stuck On A Song: How to Finish that Composition

    Q: I’m struggling with some new compositions. I have some solid parts I like, but overall I feel that the melody or changes (or both) don’t work everywhere in the tune. It also feels that it may need more movement. How do you approach fine-tuning a tune? A: While I have written and arranged music,... »

  • Evan Brewer: “A Climate For Change,” Live at NAMM 2012

    Evan Brewer: “A Climate For Change,” Live at NAMM 2012

    It’s been a few days, but I’m still reeling from all the bass greatness that was NAMM 2012. One of my highlights was meeting solo bassist Evan Brewer while cruising the halls. Here’s a terrific clip of Evan performing his song “A Climate for Change” during his clinic at the ESP booth. The mellow tune... »