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  • Milt Hinton: Old Man Time

    Milt Hinton: Old Man Time

    I recently picked up Milt Hinton’s book Bass Line, and it just reinforced what a wonderful life he led. Known for his incredible slap technique, “The Judge” was also known for his great sense of humor, and here’s a great clip that shows off his personality and playing. The recording comes from the 1992 Mid-America... »

  • In Memoriam: Kevin Ayers

    In Memoriam: Kevin Ayers

    Kevin Ayers, who co-founded the 1960s British psychedelic band The Soft Machine, has passed away at the age of 68. The cause of death has not be released. Ayers formed The Soft Machine in 1966, naming the group after the classic novel by William S. Burroughs. The group became an influential force as part of... »

  • Ernie Ball Introduces Classic Sabre Bass

    Ernie Ball Introduces Classic Sabre Bass

    After a limited release for their Premier Dealer Network, Ernie Ball has reissued the Music Man Sabre as a standard model. The original Sabre, first introduced in 1978, was Music Man’s first dual humbucking bass. The new Classic Sabre is the first production of the instrument in twenty years and brings back the vintage design... »

  • Vulfpeck: Adrienne & Adrianne Happen to Bossa Nova

    Vulfpeck: Adrienne & Adrianne Happen to Bossa Nova

    Ever since Vulfpeck released Vollmilch about a month or so ago, the tunes have been in constant rotation in my playlist. This video (along with the one for “Outro” we featured three weeks ago) are among my most favorite tracks from the album. Joe Dart, as usual, is head bobbing and laying down some sweet... »

  • John Patitucci Releases Melodic Arpeggios and Triad Combining for Bass, Episode 1

    John Patitucci Releases Melodic Arpeggios and Triad Combining for Bass, Episode 1

    John Patitucci has teamed up with David Gage String Instruments to release Episode 1 of the bassist’s new Kindle book, Melodic Arpeggios and Triad Combining for Bass. The book, which is made of exercises that Patitucci developed over 10 years, is the first of a six part series designed to take the tedium out of... »

  • Bass of the Week: Stash Stainless Bass Guitar

    Bass of the Week: Stash Stainless Bass Guitar

    While perusing Facebook, I stumbled upon this uber-sleek, uber-unique instrument: The Stash Stainless Bass Guitar. Designed and built by Stanislaw Potyrala in Mississauga, Ontario, the bass is made entirely of stainless steel, which the company says improves stiffness, mechanical and environmental stability, sound quality and tunability. “The only disadvantage is that rock stars will not... »

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  • Setting Yourself Up For Success In The Practice Shed (Part 2)

    Setting Yourself Up For Success In The Practice Shed (Part 2)

    If you are really serious about improving your bass playing, at some point you are going to realize that you need to have a solid practice plan in place. Merely working on a random variety of exercises or picking up your bass arbitrarily between performances will not put you on the fast track to solid... »

  • Marta Altesa: “Time Won’t Wait” Jamiroquai Play-Along

    Marta Altesa: “Time Won’t Wait” Jamiroquai Play-Along

    Holy smokes. How have we missed Marta Altesa all this time? Once again, our friend Sylvain Gros-Desormeaux sent us a gem of a video, saying, “This cover is very good. Killing tone, perfect timing, I love the smile on [Marta’s] face…” Marta is playing along to Jamiroquai’s “Time Won’t Wait” on her MusicMan StingRay 5.... »

  • Grip Studios Introduces Ladies Series Guitar Grip Wall Hangers

    Grip Studios Introduces Ladies Series Guitar Grip Wall Hangers

    Grip Studios has expanded their hand-shaped Guitar Grips with the GS Ladies series. Made in Detroit, the guitar hangers are shaped like female hands and mount to the wall to hang your instrument. Like the rest of their models, the Ladies series hangers are built from durable resin with felt on their “wrists” to protect... »

  • Playing Through Changes with Arpeggios: Exercises for Bassists

    Playing Through Changes with Arpeggios: Exercises for Bassists

    Many of my past columns have focused on answer readers’ questions related to playing through changes. So for this week’s column, I decided to put together the video below to cover a few approaches to getting comfortable with changes, through the use of arpeggios. (Side note: I’m frequently asked about the software I’m using in... »