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  • Buying a Bass: There’s More to the Budget than Meets the Eye

    Buying a Bass: There’s More to the Budget than Meets the Eye

    Investing in a new instrument is a lot like moving into a new house. You have a budget in mind, a good idea of the amenities that you want and need, and a few sources to help you find the perfect place. Finally, you find the right home; it’s in your price range, you sign... »

  • Simon Fitzpatrick: All Bass Cover of Bastille’s “Pompeii”

    Simon Fitzpatrick: All Bass Cover of Bastille’s “Pompeii”

    It is always great to share a new video by bassist Simon Fitzpatrick. This time around, Simon performs his solo bass arrangement of the Bastille tune “Pompeii”. I wasn’t familiar with that tune, so I checked out the original. And then I was even more impressed with Simon’s performance. If you’re interested, here’s the original: »

  • Pino Palladino Joins Nine Inch Nails for North American Tour

    Pino Palladino Joins Nine Inch Nails for North American Tour

    Pino Palladino will be going on tour with Nine Inch Nails during their “Tension” North American Tour. Palladino also contributed to the band’s latest release, Hesitation Marks, and NIN main man Trent Reznor called him “probably the best bass player in the world.” The tour kicks off at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul,... »

  • Geddy Lee: Rush is Taking a Break From the Road

    Geddy Lee: Rush is Taking a Break From the Road

    In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Geddy Lee has revealed that Rush is taking a break from their constant touring schedule. The trio just finished their year-long Clockwork Angels World Tour, and according to Lee, will be taking 2014 off, without discussing their future. “Our manager is talking all the time about the future... »

  • Bass of the Week: Mensinger Cazpar

    Bass of the Week: Mensinger Cazpar

    Featuring a 30-inch scale, Mensinger describes their Cazpar bass as designed with players with smaller hands in mind. It also works nicely in both piccolo and standard tuning for versatility. Available in 4-, 5-, and 6-string versions, the Cazpar is built with a body consisting of an alder or mahogany core sandwiched between two pieces... »

  • Sitruss: “I Left America” Solo Bass Cover

    Sitruss: “I Left America” Solo Bass Cover

    A bassist who goes by the screen name Sitruss has turned in one impressive cover of Michael Manring’s “I Left America”. “This one has been in the works for a while,” the bassist said. “Playing solo gives you a lot less leeway for mistakes… it came out pretty good though considering it was the first... »

  • Dream Theater Releases New Album and Announces Tour Dates

    Dream Theater Releases New Album and Announces Tour Dates

    Dream Theater has released their twelfth album, Dream Theater. Not only is this the band’s first self-titled release, it is also the first to fully feature the band’s newest drummer, Mike Mangini, who replaced Mike Portnoy in 2010. Dream Theater’s longest tenured members, bassist John Myung and guitarist John Petrucci are also joined by vocalist... »

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  • King Crimson Returns With New Lineup

    King Crimson Returns With New Lineup

    Progressive rock fans rejoice! Guitarist Robert Fripp has announced that King Crimson is back with a new lineup. Originally formed in 1968, the iconic band has gone through several incarnations, the last of which disbanded in 2009 after a cancelled tour. The eighth incarnation of King Crimson will be anchored by bassist Tony Levin. “King... »

  • Truly Listening: Playing Bass with Impaired Hearing

    Truly Listening: Playing Bass with Impaired Hearing

    Q: I’m an intermediate level hearing-impaired bassist who cannot identify notes or pitch or key by ear. I play songs by memory. How would I go about breaking through to the next level? A: Wow, this may be the hardest question I’ve ever had to attempt to answer. The impression that I have is that... »

  • Nathan Navarro: Bass Effects Demonstration

    Nathan Navarro: Bass Effects Demonstration

    Nathan Navarro is a total beast of a bassist who really knows how to make effects sound good. Here’s a demo he made to show some of what he can do. Things start out pretty ambient and serene up until the 1:30 mark when all hell breaks loose. Check out those sweeps at 2:00! For... »