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  • Zoom Announces MultiStomp MS-60B Bass Pedal at NAMM

    Zoom Announces MultiStomp MS-60B Bass Pedal at NAMM

    Zoom unveiled the MultiStomp MS-60B at NAMM this year. The stompbox features over fifty types of effects and six amp models in a standard-sized pedal. The MS-60B comes with 30 preset patches with room to create up to 50 original patches, and players can switch through different patches using a unique toggle footswitch and cursor... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Florian Imbaud

    Reader Spotlight: Florian Imbaud

    Meet Florian Imbaud, a bassist now living in the UK while studying music and performing. Check out his story about switching to bass, and how he came full circle, in a way. Florian is our player in the spotlight for the week of February 4, 2013. Bio: I’am a French born bass player who decided... »

  • Expand Your Bass Fretboard Knowledge with the Pentatonic Scale

    Expand Your Bass Fretboard Knowledge with the Pentatonic Scale

    Here’s a great exercise aimed at expanding your fretboard knowledge. For this lesson, we’re going to use the five positions of the A minor / C Major pentatonic scale. The pentatonic scale contains five notes, of course, and you can play this from different positions. Learning these patterns will significantly increase your fretboard knowledge. Here’s... »

  • Andrew Balkwill: Let Go

    Andrew Balkwill: Let Go

    Here’s a fun video sent to us by bassist Dave Delgado, who rocks out his P-bass during this live session with pianist Andrew Balkwill on the tune “Let Go”. And Delgado grooves hard. He revealed to us that he used “muted plectrum grooves trying to imitate and old analogue synth with fast attack and short... »

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  • Peter Hook Releases Joy Division Book

    Peter Hook Releases Joy Division Book

    In a career that only spanned three years and produced two albums, the post-punk rock band Joy Division altered the direction of rock music. Their influence can be heard in the music of U2, The Cure, Interpol, and even the Red Hot Chili Peppers. A fair portion of their success is due to bassist Peter... »

  • Fender Introduces Four New American Vintage Basses

    Fender Introduces Four New American Vintage Basses

    Fender has expanded its American Vintage series with four new basses including the ’58 Precision Bass, the ’63 Precision Bass, the ’64 Jazz Bass, and the ’74 Jazz Bass. As with the rest of the line, the new basses are reimagined to bring new life to the original designs. Each bass was picked for significant... »

  • Visual Metronome: A Look at the Metronome App for iOS

    Visual Metronome: A Look at the Metronome App for iOS

    You might be sitting there wondering, “Why write about yet another metronome app?” If you were, my answer is this: there are almost as many ways in which to use a metronome as there are metronomes available on the App Store, and some fulfill a need better than others. This time around, we take a... »

  • Jaco Pastorius Band: Dolphin Dance

    Jaco Pastorius Band: Dolphin Dance

    Thank goodness for the web and for Charles Hoernemann, who shared today’s video with us. Charles said, “The genius of Jaco Pastorius. A very rare footage of a concert around 1985 on Belgian TV. Jaco’s solo starts at 6:43. Enjoy!” Enjoy indeed. »

  • Alice In Chains Announces Spring Tour Dates

    Alice In Chains Announces Spring Tour Dates

    Alice in Chains have announced a spring tour in support of their next yet-to-be-named album. The month-long trek will focus on the East Coast and Midwest starting in Miami Beach, Florida and ending up at Lincoln, Nebraska’s Pinewood Bowl Amphitheater. The group, anchored by bassist Mike Inez, is also confirmed for England’s Download Festival and... »

  • D’Angelico Introduces the EX-Bass

    D’Angelico Introduces the EX-Bass

    D’Angelico Guitars has been reborn for 2013. The brand, named for luthier John D’Angelico, has relaunched several instruments including the EX-Bass, which will be part of their Standard Series. With its single-cutaway, semi-hollow body, the 32.25˝ scale bass bears the company’s classic vibe and vintage feel. It also pays homage to D’Angelico’s New York roots... »