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  • Kim Deal Quits The Pixies

    Kim Deal Quits The Pixies

    Kim Deal has left the iconic alternative rock band The Pixies, according to a post on the band’s Facebook page. “We are sad to say that Kim Deal has decided to leave the Pixies. We are very proud to have worked with her on and off over the last 25 years. Despite her decision to... »

  • Bass of the Week: Utrera Ellegance Single Cut Bass

    Bass of the Week: Utrera Ellegance Single Cut Bass

    Freddy Utrera is a Venezuelan luthier who has been producing some gorgeous basses, including his Ellegance singlecut. Available in 4-, 5- and 6-string versions, the bass is evidence of the luthier’s love of natural finishes and often ships that way, just to display the gorgeous cuts of wood he utilizes. The Ellegance comes in two... »

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  • Carrying on the Mingus Dynasty: An Interview with Boris Kozlov

    Carrying on the Mingus Dynasty: An Interview with Boris Kozlov

    It’s not easy to fill the shoes of a legend, and Charles Mingus has some huge shoes to fill. The iconic jazz bassist and composer left behind a body of work so massive, so complex, and so uniquely his own that it takes an equally rare musician to convey its spirit. Mingus’ music lives on... »

  • Evan Marien and Dana Hawkins: Sweatn

    Evan Marien and Dana Hawkins: Sweatn

    Evan Marien sent me the latest of his duo with drummer Dana Hawkins. This time around, they’re performing the tune “Sweatn.” I’ve said it before… these guys just knock me out. How about you? »

  • Peerless Guitars Introduces Retromatic B1 and B2 Basses

    Peerless Guitars Introduces Retromatic B1 and B2 Basses

    Peerless Guitars has launched a pair of 4-string versions of their Retromatic guitar with the Retromatic B1 and B2 basses. Sporting a vintage vibe, the basses feature a chambered, semi-hollow body design finished in natural, teal green, honey sunburst, ivory, black, gold or candy apple red colors. The B1 is fitted with a single humbucker... »

  • All Sides of the Beat: A Discussion for Bass Players

    All Sides of the Beat: A Discussion for Bass Players

    Q: I was wondering if you could share your thoughts on playing around the beat: when to play behind the beat? Ahead? And so on… A: Good question! And also one that is a bit dependent upon how you feel the music. Generally speaking, it is up to you and the rest of the band... »

  • Simon Fitzpatrick: “Roundabout” Live Solo Bass Performance

    Simon Fitzpatrick: “Roundabout” Live Solo Bass Performance

    Simon Fitzpatrick is a guy who constantly pushes himself to see what can be done on the bass. Here’s the latest example: an incredibly intricate solo bass version of the classic Yes track “Roundabout.” After putting it all together with just his bass and his hands, Fitzpatrick builds the piece with a looper to lay... »

  • Paul McCartney and Wings’ Remastered Rockshow Concert Film Released

    Paul McCartney and Wings’ Remastered Rockshow Concert Film Released

    In 1975 and 1976, former Fab Four bassist Paul McCartney and his band Wings took the world by storm with the “Wings over the World” tour, a 66-date trek across Australia, Europe and North America. It was the largest tour the band would ever undertake, and it resulted in the triple live album Wings Over... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Gabe Bernard

    Reader Spotlight: Gabe Bernard

    Meet Gabe Bernard, a bassist and student who has one of the coolest dads around. We really enjoyed Gabe’s story, and so he was an easy choice for this week’s reader in the spotlight. Plus, he put Joe Dart down as one of his influences. Awesome. Bio: My dad decided that the moment he left... »

  • Lesson: Funky Finger Funk with Pentatonic Fill

    Lesson: Funky Finger Funk with Pentatonic Fill

    Time to get funky. Here’s another quick bass lick lesson for you, centered around a pentatonic fill. Follow along with the video and this transcription (PDF download). If you want some background, there are a few lessons here covering pentatonic scales and patterns: Breaking Down the Pentatonic Scale: The Five Positions on Bass Improvising and... »