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  • Jayme Lewis Releases Christmas EP

    Jayme Lewis Releases Christmas EP

    The holidays will be getting a little funkier with the release of Merry Christmas from the Jayme Lewis Band. The four-song EP is the bassist’s offering to spread a little cheer. “We through this fun little project together for you to enjoy this holiday season!” Lewis wrote. “We hope you like these classic Christmas tunes... »

  • Developing Speed on the Bass: Take Your Time

    Developing Speed on the Bass: Take Your Time

    Q: I have been playing upright for about a year and wanted to know what I can do about developing speed. I mostly play jazz and at the college I go to it seems like everyone wants to play uptempo tunes (Charlie Parker, Rhythm Changes, etc.) I feel as though I’m falling behind trying to... »

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  • Tom Hemby Band, Featuring Adam Nitti: “Greasy G”

    Tom Hemby Band, Featuring Adam Nitti: “Greasy G”

    Adam Nitti recently shared this video on his Facebook page from a concert with the Tom Hemby Band at Nashville’s Third & Lindsley. Nitti and drummer Keith Carlock add all the grease to the tune with a laid back yet compelling groove. The rest of the band is filled out by guitarist Hemby, saxophonist Mark... »

  • NoahJames Guitars Introduces JENZ Bass Machine Heads

    NoahJames Guitars Introduces JENZ Bass Machine Heads

    NoahJames Guitars has introduced JENZ Machine Heads, a new type of bass tuning machine that the company says alleviates several issues in bass guitar design by the string to anchor at the lowest point on the machine head post. The channel automatically wraps the string neatly to avoid sticking and slippage from winding error. It... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Ted Gould, aka Blyss

    Reader Spotlight: Ted Gould, aka Blyss

    We first featured bassist Ted “Blyss” Gould back in September, with his all bass cover of the Stylistics tune, “People Make the World Go Round”. It was a hit. Now Ted shares his story in this week’s bassist spotlight. We love how he measures his experience in days, not years (though we’re pretty sure it... »

  • Amptweaker Announces Bass TightFuzz Pedal

    Amptweaker Announces Bass TightFuzz Pedal

    Due to bassist interest during Summer NAMM, Amptweaker is now offering a bass version of their new TightFuzz pedal. The Bass TightFuzz is tweaked for bass players with extended lower range of the Tight and Tone controls and an added Dry Low knob that blends dry low end into the signal. As with most of... »

  • Robert Trujillo, Steve Bailey and P-Nut Bass Jam

    Robert Trujillo, Steve Bailey and P-Nut Bass Jam

    Here’s a sweet jam from Warwick’s Fuss on the Buss 2012 DVD. Robert Trujillo and Steve Bailey set an interesting groove between Trujillo’s gnarly distorted bass and Bailey’s bell-like tone and lyricism on top. 311’s Aaron “P-Nut” Willis jumps in around the 3-minute mark to add some slap to fill the jam out. »

  • Rotosound Updates Steve Harris Signature Bass Strings

    Rotosound Updates Steve Harris Signature Bass Strings

    Rotosound has upgraded their Steve Harris Signature Bass Strings by using a new burnishing process to give them a smoother finish. The company explains the change facilitates fast playing as well as reduces string noise. The Iron Maiden bassist’s signature strings are flatwounds that are described as slightly brighter than traditional flatwounds. Available only as... »

  • Warwick Introduces Corvette $$ NT Special Edition 68 Bass

    Warwick Introduces Corvette $$ NT Special Edition 68 Bass

    Warwick has unveiled the Corvette $$ NT Special Edition 68, a custom shop bass inspired by the General Motors 1968 Model Corvette Stingray. The hot-rodded bass shares the car’s style with a Candy Apple red finish and an airbrushed aluminum center section while the Corvette name is inlaid into the tigerstripe ebony fingerboard. Available in... »

  • More Forked Fingering Techniques: Using the Thumb

    More Forked Fingering Techniques: Using the Thumb

    Last time we talked about playing fourths across strings using two adjacent fingers, a concept sometimes called “forked fingering.” For example: We can, of course, use the same exact concept in the upper registers of the bass, or thumb position. For example: As mentioned before, this can be easier to execute effectively in the upper... »