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  • What Makes a Great Bassist? Part 1: Playing For The Song

    What Makes a Great Bassist? Part 1: Playing For The Song

    It’s easy to get wrapped up in the “hows” of bass playing: scales, chords, arpeggios, slapping, tapping, harmonics… Maybe you’re working on getting that one awesome lick just right so you can use it someday. With so much information to digest, sometimes it’s best to take a step back and remember what it is we’re... »

  • Andy Saxton: A Fire Inside

    Andy Saxton: A Fire Inside

    Andy Saxton really brings it in his tune, “A Fire Inside.” The hard-hitting, bass-up-front song features the bassist going nuts with slapping and tapping to drive unrelenting metal rhythms. The track comes from his new EP, Drum and Bass. »

  • KISS Releases “Destroyer Remix” and Oversized Collector’s Book

    KISS Releases “Destroyer Remix” and Oversized Collector’s Book

    KISS is kicking things up a notch for 2012 with set of new releases, starting with Destroyer: Resurrected. The album is a remixed version of the band’s multi-platinum 1976 record, featuring the songs “Detroit Rock City,” “Shout It Out Loud,” and “God of Thunder.” Remixed by original producer Bob Ezrin, the new release adds goodies... »

  • Sonuus Set to Ship Wahoo Dual Analog Filter Pedal

    Sonuus Set to Ship Wahoo Dual Analog Filter Pedal

    Sonuus is now accepting pre-orders for The Wahoo, a dual analog filter stomp box. The pedal, which was introduced at Winter NAMM 2012, allows for each filter to be configured as low-pass or band-pass and independently in wah, envelope, LFO, and pitch-tracking modes. Among the pedal’s innovations is a pedal sensor that the company says... »

  • Getting Started with the Nashville Number System

    Getting Started with the Nashville Number System

    Q: I am classically trained, so I’m used to Roman numerals to designate chords (I, IV, V7, etc.). I have become aware of lead sheets using numbers 1, 4, 5’ 1/5). Are you aware of any music I could download that uses this system? A: What you’re referring to is the Nashville Number system. The... »

  • Alberto Rigoni: Funky Metal Bass Riff

    Alberto Rigoni: Funky Metal Bass Riff

    Alberto Rigoni is gearing up for the release of his upcoming album, Three Wise Monkeys with a few teaser videos. Here’s a clip of a funky metal bass riff from the song “Free Falling”. Rigoni’s group also includes vocalist Jonas Erixon, drummer Mark Cross and guitarist Simone Mularoni. Three Wise Monkeys is releasing in October. »

  • Medeski Martin & Wood Announce New Live Album and New Tour Dates

    Medeski Martin & Wood Announce New Live Album and New Tour Dates

    Medeski Martin & Wood are releasing Free Magic, a new live album next month, offering up live performances during their first-ever acoustic tour in 2007. The album will feature the trio on five tracks, anchored by bassist Chris Wood, along with keyboardist John Medeski and drummer Billy Martin, in a highly improvised setting. “There’s a... »

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  • Reader Spotlight: Adam Stevens

    Reader Spotlight: Adam Stevens

    Meet Adam Stevens, a bass player living in Toronto who has been raised right – as a bassist with parents who helped develop and broaden his love for music. Adam is our player in the spotlight for the week of August 21, 2012. Bio: I grew up in a small town north of Toronto, surrounded... »

  • Bass Line Construction: Rhythm and Repeating Patterns

    Bass Line Construction: Rhythm and Repeating Patterns

    Let’s take a look at some of the fundamentals in bass line construction. In this lesson, we’ll improvise on some funk in the key of C. A quick note and correction: when I say “seventh” in the video, I mean flatted seventh. You’ll see the annotation when that comes up in the video. Here’s a... »

  • Jack Bruce and Friends: “Spoonful” Live (1980)

    Jack Bruce and Friends: “Spoonful” Live (1980)

    Nothing like a Jack Bruce video to get the day going right. Here’s Jack and his band in a 1980 concert, filmed for German music television network, Rockpalast. The group is playing “Spoonful”, one of Cream’s standard tunes, with vocalist Graham Parker joining in. The band also includes Clem Clempson on guitar, David Sancious on... »