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  • Evan Marien: Inner Urge – Solo Bass Performance

    Evan Marien: Inner Urge – Solo Bass Performance

    Evan Marien shares his latest video with us, with him performing the tune “Inner Urge” – a solo bass / loop bass performance. Evan also shared some news: “My new LP is coming along nicely, I’m expecting to finish it up early next year! The album will feature Dana Hawkins on drums for a couple... »

  • Scott Henderson, Jeff Berlin and Dennis Chambers Release “HBC”

    Scott Henderson, Jeff Berlin and Dennis Chambers Release “HBC”

    The trio of guitarist Scott Henderson, bassist Jeff Berlin and drummer Dennis Chambers have been playing together for years, have released their debut album, HBC. The album consists of covers of the members’ collective influences, including tunes by Weather Report, Herbie Hancock and Billy Cobham, along with some original tunes by Henderson and Berlin. “The... »

  • Bass of the Week: Malinoski Rodeo Bass

    Bass of the Week: Malinoski Rodeo Bass

    Peter Malinoski is a luthier with an artistic vision for his instruments and passion for uniqueness. With several college degrees in the arts, it’s no wonder his designs stand out. “[My instruments] are a step back and beyond the roots of electric guitars that represent what electric guitars could have been and still can be... »

  • Putting the Chart Before the Horse

    Putting the Chart Before the Horse

    Or, The Grateful Dead and the Top 40. I wonder if Jerry ever got jealous of acts that were able to put songs on the radio. (The Dead had exactly one hit record…) I hope not. Jerry was in a different business. Sure, he played music. Elton John also plays music. But they were in... »

  • MonoNeon: Sonic the Hedgehog “Green Hill Zone” Theme

    MonoNeon: Sonic the Hedgehog “Green Hill Zone” Theme

    Video game music has always held a special place in my heart. Looking back I realize that a lot of the themes from the games of my youth had really sweet bass lines, and I think MonoNeon realized that, too. Check out his play-along of the theme to the Green Hill Zone from the Sega... »

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  • The Fusion Syndicate: Billy Sherwood Releases New Album Featuring an All-Star Cast of Bass Players

    The Fusion Syndicate: Billy Sherwood Releases New Album Featuring an All-Star Cast of Bass Players

    Following the release of The Prog Collective, former Yes guitarist Billy Sherwood’s companion album, The Fusion Syndicate is now out and features the same sort of dream team line-up Sherwood assembled for the first one. Sherwood composed, produced and recorded the tracks with help from bassists Jimmy Haslip, Billy Sheehan, Colin Edwin, Percy Jones and... »

  • Bassline Publishing Releases iPad Versions of Ultimate Slap Bass Series

    Bassline Publishing Releases iPad Versions of Ultimate Slap Bass Series

    Bassline Publishing has taken their Ultimate Slap Bass books to the screen with the release of all three levels as interactive iPad editions. Originally released in 2005, the popular print counterpart of this book has been expanded to offer video demonstrations of all the main techniques, audio tracks for each exercise as well as the... »

  • On Modes and Getting Away from the Root

    On Modes and Getting Away from the Root

    Q: I have question about how to practice and apply modes that is killin’ me. We are constantly being being bombarded with the concept of getting away from root in our playing and practice. For instance, scale finger pattern 4 starting on the 3rd fret of the E string is like G A B C... »

  • The Deep MO: Civilized

    The Deep MO: Civilized

    Check out this video of The Deep MO performing their tune “Civilized” live on the BBC. The group is headed up by bassist/vocalist Yolanda Charles, who lays down some serious groove. »

  • Reader Spotlight: Matthew Kniffin

    Reader Spotlight: Matthew Kniffin

    Meet Matthew Kniffin, an 18 year old bass player who already has 11 years of experience under his belt. Matthew performs as a one-man band he dubbed Soundscape and is mighty confident, in a way we have to appreciate. (It worked for a young Jaco, right?) Matthew is our player in the spotlight for October... »