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  • In Memoriam: John Koko

    In Memoriam: John Koko

    Bassist John Koko has passed away at the age of 51, due to complications from a lifelong heart condition. He was a member of The Makaha Sons and had been a fixture of performing and promoting Hawaiian music. Koko started his musical career at just 12 years old when he joined Na Leo O Nanakuli.... »

  • G&L Introduces Tribute Series M-2000 and M-2500 Basses

    G&L Introduces Tribute Series M-2000 and M-2500 Basses

    Late last year, G&L upgraded their flagship bass line with the M-2000 and M-2500 basses. Now the company has announced Tribute Series versions of the instruments, which offer the models at lower price points. Both the 4- and 5-string basses come in two different configurations of either a honeyburst over swamp ash body with a... »

  • Progressions: A Guide to Making Practice Productive and Fun

    Progressions: A Guide to Making Practice Productive and Fun

    Q: I’m just now three weeks in to my bass lessons so I apologize for the “newb” question. Where can I go to find songs in a specific chord progression that I can play along with? For instance, I’ve learned 12 bar blues in G Major. Now I’m doing web searches to find tunes I... »

  • Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay: Bass & Vocal Arrangement

    Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay: Bass & Vocal Arrangement

    There’s tap, there’s solo bass arrangements, and then there’s this. Bassist Wes Sperry arranged Otis Redding’s classic “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” for bass and vocals fitting to the original. He even has the whistling part in there! It isn’t how many notes you can play. It is just finding the right ones. »

  • Rush’s “Clockwork Angels” Novelization Sneak Preview Released

    Rush’s “Clockwork Angels” Novelization Sneak Preview Released

    Hot on the heels of the release of Clockwork Angels, Rush’s 20th studio album, comes the first glimpse at the album’s companion novel, Clockwork Angels: The Novel. Author Kevin J. Anderson, who is collaborating with Rush drummer Neil Peart, posted news on his blog that a sneak peek booklet for the book has been released... »

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  • Reader Spotlight: Robert Asencio

    Reader Spotlight: Robert Asencio

    Meet Robert Asencio, a bassist from NJ who has overcome a lot through his music. We love his description of his day gig: “playing bass 24/7”. Nice. Robert is our player in the spotlight for the week of June 26, 2012. Bio: “All is possible through faith in the Lord & hard work.” These words... »

  • Tab Toolkit: A Look at the Notation and Tab App for iOS

    Tab Toolkit: A Look at the Notation and Tab App for iOS

    Seeing as I’ve always had a somewhat “snobbish” aversion to Tab, I had avoided most every app in the store that provided it. So I’m happy to report I overcame that for a minute to try out Tab Toolkit, and I’m glad I did. Tab Toolkit is a pretty wonderful app, beautifully executed and immensely... »

  • Evan Marien and Dana Hawkins: “Hiii”, Live

    Evan Marien and Dana Hawkins: “Hiii”, Live

    I’ve always enjoyed Evan Marien’s “Hiii”, a track from his Here We Are EP, though I wondered how it could be pulled off live. I can now cross that off the list. Here’s Evan with drummer Dana Hawkins (who is awesome, btw), performing the tune live at Matt Garrison’s Shapeshifter Lab in New York. »

  • Casey Abrams Releases Self-Titled Debut

    Casey Abrams Releases Self-Titled Debut

    Bassist/vocalist Casey Abrams has released his self-titled debut on Concord Records. Abrams caught national attention on the tenth season of American Idol after performing some rousing renditions of pop tunes while accompanying himself on bass. Through that experience, he hooked up with fellow bassist and Idol judge Randy Jackson, who produced the album. The album... »

  • Eastwood Introduces 34˝ Scale Airline Map Bass

    Eastwood Introduces 34˝ Scale Airline Map Bass

    Eastwood Guitars has had a busy summer. Rounding out their new retro releases is a 34˝ scale version of their Airline Map bass. A tribute to the 1962 National Newport Guitar, the new full-scale bass comes in Seafoam Green and is equipped with D’Addario Chrome flats. Similar to their 30˝ scale version, the bass features... »