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  • Rush: “La Villa Strangiato”, Live (1978)

    Rush: “La Villa Strangiato”, Live (1978)

    In celebration of Geddy Lee’s birthday today, we thought we’d go back to some early years Rush, and ultimately picked this 1978 performance of “La Villa Strangiato”. Oh, that tone! As a teenager, I wore the grooves down on more than one Rush LP because of this tune. How about you? »

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  • David Friesen Pays Homage to Son with “Brilliant Heart”

    David Friesen Pays Homage to Son with “Brilliant Heart”

    When renowned jazz bassist David Friesen’s son Scott passed away in 2010, he knew he wanted to honor his life with a memorial CD, and after some time the opportunity arose at the end of a tour with his trio. The resulting album, Brilliant Heart, is a 13-track collection of songs Friesen composed for his... »

  • Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of July 21

    Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of July 21

    This week’s top 10 list offers a great blend of bass goodness: new gear, new how-to’s, new music and some excellent bass videos. Thanks as always for reading, commenting and sharing. 1. Fender Announces Modern Player 2.0 Basses Fender has upgraded its Modern Player series of instruments including updates to the Jazz Basses in the... »

  • Federico Malaman: “Do I Do” Bass Cover

    Federico Malaman: “Do I Do” Bass Cover

    Federico Malaman just nails these all bass covers. Here’s a new one from him, performing his take on Stevie Wonder’s “Do I Do”. Federico is playing his Laurus bass through an MXR M82 Bass Envelope Filter and a Boss RC3 Loop Station. »

  • Lesser Key, Featuring Paul D’Amour, Announce Debut EP

    Lesser Key, Featuring Paul D’Amour, Announce Debut EP

    Former and founding Tool bassist Paul D’Amour is gearing up on new project called Lesser Key. The group also includes Andrew Zamudio, Brett Fanger and Justin Hanson. The group describes themselves as “[representing] an exploration into personal artistic freedom,” and their sound centers around D’Amour’s steely bass tone and hard hitting lines. The Los Angeles... »

  • Felix Pastorius Talks About Recording with Jaco’s Bass

    Felix Pastorius Talks About Recording with Jaco’s Bass

    When Felix Pastorius joined the Yellowjackets to fill in for Jimmy Haslip, the move was supposed to be temporary. When Haslip ultimately decided not to return, Pastorius stayed on and went into the studio for the group’s newest album, A Rise In The Road, which came out late last month. But the story is even... »

  • Laszlo Demeter: Acoustic Bass Arrangement of Massive Attack’s “Teardrop”

    Laszlo Demeter: Acoustic Bass Arrangement of Massive Attack’s “Teardrop”

    We love to see it when bassist get creative to tackle their favorite songs. Here’s Laszlo Demeter playing Massive Attack’s “Teardrop” using only his six-string acoustic bass. The bassist covers every part of the tune, from using the bass’s body for percussion to using the strings above the nut for sound effects. And of course,... »

  • SAM, Featuring Julie Slick, Releases Debut Album and EP

    SAM, Featuring Julie Slick, Releases Debut Album and EP

    Bassist Julie Slick has teamed up with guitarist Peter Alexius and Chapman Stick player Marc Mennigmann to form SAM, a progressive-rock trio that bases all their music on improvisation. They’ve just released their first album, Another Life, and an accompanying EP entitled Yet Another Life. “This record contains some of the essence of one week... »

  • Fodera Announces Monarch 4 Fretless Standard Bass

    Fodera Announces Monarch 4 Fretless Standard Bass

    Fodera has once again added to their Standard line of basses with the Monarch 4 Fretless Standard. Initially limited to 15 pieces, the new model is the first fretless in the series, which offers batches of basses built in a single configuration with no options to keep wait time and prices to a minimum. The... »

  • Roger Alcantara: Pinball Number Count Play-Along

    Roger Alcantara: Pinball Number Count Play-Along

    Roger Alcantara sent us his play-along to the funky tune, “Pinball Number Count” – the song used by Sesame Street to teach kids how to count to twelve. The original features the Pointer Sisters on vocals. After researching this tune for 30 minutes or so, the bassist on the original is a mystery (at least... »