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  • Motorhead: Live To Win – The Definitive Biography

    Motorhead: Live To Win – The Definitive Biography

    Motorhead’s thirty-five or so year run has been chronicled by the band’s official biographer, Alan Burridge (aka “Professor Motorhead”), in a new book entitled Motorhead: Live To Win. Live To Win begins with Motorhead’s humble beginnings, with all the struggles and hardships – personal, professional and financial. Founder and bassist/vocalist Lemmy Kilmister stood alone in... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Kayhan Golkar

    Reader Spotlight: Kayhan Golkar

    Meet Kayhan Golkar, a bass player from San Francisco who makes his living playing music (mostly), and performs with a band he says is “equal parts rock, western, surf and world music”. Kayhan is our player in the spotlight for the week of August 28, 2012. Bio: I’m Kayhan Golkar, a Bay Area native. I... »

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  • Gear Review: Vigier Arpege IV Bass

    Gear Review: Vigier Arpege IV Bass

    In 1978, Patrice Vigier set out to become an independent luthier of guitars and basses, and Vigier Guitars was born. Thirty-four years later, the Vigier is still going strong. We got our hands on the company’s Arpege IV bass, and took it for a test drive. The Arpege IV is a lovely sounding four string... »

  • Damien Langkamer: Bass Groove / Solo Idea

    Damien Langkamer: Bass Groove / Solo Idea

    Facebook friend Alex Kalicinski sent us this great clip of UK bassist Damien Langkamer working out a groove and some solo ideas. Dig that tone! For the gear heads out there, Damien is playing a Roscoe SKB3005 bass. »

  • Rush Releases “Clockwork Angels” Authentic Bass Tab

    Rush Releases “Clockwork Angels” Authentic Bass Tab

    Alfred Music Publishing has just published Rush: Clockwork Angels for both bass and guitar, as part of their Authentic Bass TAB series. The 108 page book includes the tab for all of Geddy Lee’s bass lines from the Clockwork Angels – the album released in June of this year, as well as complete lyrics and... »

  • Fuzzrocious Pedals Introduces Heliotropic Stompbox

    Fuzzrocious Pedals Introduces Heliotropic Stompbox

    Fuzzrocious has just introduced the Heliotropic, a new pedal that combines a modified big muff circuit and preamp. The new stompbox was inspired by a song of the same name by the band Failure. “Failure coaxed some amazing and unique sounds out of their instruments,” Fuzzrocious builder Ryan Ratajski stated. “I have been chasing those... »

  • Progressive Scales: A Bass Player’s Guide to Learning Scales and Improving Reading Ability

    Progressive Scales: A Bass Player’s Guide to Learning Scales and Improving Reading Ability

    I’ve written in the past about the importance of scale work to solidify instrumental technique (see the Lowdown archives for those columns and more). If we are new to learning a particular scale it is probably wise to start by playing from root to root (e.g. C-C in C major) until we are comfortable. This... »

  • Marcus Miller Band: “Slippin’ Into Darkness”, Live at the Thanks Jimi Festival

    Marcus Miller Band: “Slippin’ Into Darkness”, Live at the Thanks Jimi Festival

    Earlier this year, Marcus Miller and his band took part in the Thanks Jimi Festival in Wrocław, Poland. Here’s one of the best fan-shot videos I’ve ever seen, capturing the band in their performance of WAR’s 1971 tune, “Slippin’ Into Darkness”. And it is awesome. This tune made it to Marcus’ recent release, Renaissance (read... »

  • Weekly Top 10: New Gear, Constructing Bass Lines, What Makes a Great Bassist Discussion, Top Videos and More

    Weekly Top 10: New Gear, Constructing Bass Lines, What Makes a Great Bassist Discussion, Top Videos and More

    1. Schecter Unveils Sean Yseult Signature Casket Bass Sean Yseult now has her own signature casket bass from Schecter Guitars. The new coffin-shaped axe is based on the bass she designed for White Zombie’s AstroCreep tour in 1994, which led up to the release of AstroCreep: 2000. The bass features a mahogany body and 3-piece... »

  • Smoke & Jackal: Kings of Leon Bassist Jared Followill Debuts New Band with First Single

    Smoke & Jackal: Kings of Leon Bassist Jared Followill Debuts New Band with First Single

    Kings of Leon may be taking a break, but that’s not stopping bassist Jared Followill. Followill has launched Smoke & Jackal, a new band with Mona front-man Nick Brown. “Coming together just worked,” Followill said. “I think it’s because we took such an easy approach to it, we didn’t bring any egos to it. We... »