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  • Bass of the Week: Convolution Bass

    Bass of the Week: Convolution Bass

    When longtime friends Edwin Paanakker and Frans Haarmeijer decided to join forces to build basses, they knew they wanted to make something different. Enter the Convolution Bass: a lightweight, handmade bass that shares mechanical properties of an upright bass. Built with a red cedar body topped by Zebrano wood, the fretless bass has a gorgeous... »

  • New School: Quintin Berry

    New School: Quintin Berry

    Quintin Berry is a bassist who sticks out. Instead of holding his bass like most players, Berry created what he calls the “cradle style,” in which his right arm supports the body of the bass while the neck angles down towards the ground. It developed out of applying things he learned from violin lessons, and... »

  • Willy González Nuevo Trío: Zamba del pañuelo

    Willy González Nuevo Trío: Zamba del pañuelo

    I’ve been on a traditional folk music kick, so this video of 6-string bassist Willy González and his Nuevo Trio struck a chord with me. Here the group plays their version of Argentinian folk composer Gustavo “Cuchi” Leguizamón’s “Zamba del pañuelo”. The interplay between the musicians is superb and is matched in elegance by a... »

  • Green Day Cancel Remaining 2012 Tour

    Green Day Cancel Remaining 2012 Tour

    Green Day has announced that their remaining 2012 tour dates have been cancelled and concerts set for next year will be postponed due to lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong’s time in rehab. The news comes just weeks after the release of ¡UNO!, the first of a trilogy of new albums. Bassist Mike Dirnt weighed in... »