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  • Walking Bass Lesson: 12 Bar Blues

    Walking Bass Lesson: 12 Bar Blues

    When you’re presented with a 12-bar blues, you have different options for how to create a walking bass line. In this lesson, we’ll cover those options. The song example I’m using is “Gotta Mind to Travel” by Coco Montoya, if you want to check that out. »

  • The Winery Dogs, featuring Billy Sheehan: Time Machine

    The Winery Dogs, featuring Billy Sheehan: Time Machine

    The insanely talented trio of Ritchie Kotzen, Mike Portnoy and Billy Sheehan – aka The Winery Dogs – has released a new music video for the track “Time Machine,” from their debut album, and it’s one fine piece of rock and roll. The mid-tempo stomper is glued together by Sheehan’s gnarly bass tone. He also... »

  • In Memoriam: Marc Trovillion

    In Memoriam: Marc Trovillion

    Former Lambchop bassist Marc Trovillion passed away last week after suffering a heart attack. He was 56 years old. Trovillion was a founding member of the Nashville-based band and referred to himself as a “charter member.” It was in the bassist’s bedroom where he, Kurt Wagner and Jim Watkins first got together to jam in... »

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  • Seasick Steve Releases “Hubcap Music”, Featuring John Paul Jones

    Seasick Steve Releases “Hubcap Music”, Featuring John Paul Jones

    Seasick Steve is back with his sixth studio album, Hubcap Music. Steve named the album because “cus I play some songs on a guitar made out of two hubcaps and a garden hoe, and cus I couldn’t think of nothing else.” The new album was “recorded on a tape recorder, on old fashion tape, mixed... »

  • Fodera Unveils Anthony Jackson Presentation II Bass

    Fodera Unveils Anthony Jackson Presentation II Bass

    Last year, Fodera teased the public with pictures of an interesting prototype hybrid bass they were developing. The company has now unveiled the result: the Fodera Anthony Jackson Presentation II Bass. Building on the AJ Presentation body shape, the next generation of the bassist’s signature series has a completely hollow acoustic body that’s built with... »

  • Shifting Exercises for Bass

    Shifting Exercises for Bass

    Sometimes, just for fun, I like to work on the short shifting exercise below. It helps me measure my accuracy, ensure I am light during the shift, and that I am using minimum pressure with my fingers, all while keeping my shifting fluid. It’s short, fun and challenging. Keep the following things in mind: Play... »

  • Bass Battle: “Finding Myself” Live Looping Solo Bass

    Bass Battle: “Finding Myself” Live Looping Solo Bass

    Iuliu-Bogdan Diaconeasa, aka “Bass Battle”, has released the fifth video in his series of live looping bass compositions. “Finding Myself” is a solo bass song that slowly layers up, eventually adding chords, bass, melody and percussion. Check it out: »

  • Gov’t Mule Releases “Shout!”

    Gov’t Mule Releases “Shout!”

    For Gov’t Mule’s tenth studio album, the band decided to do something never done before. Shout!, which is their debut on the Blue Note Label, is a two-disc set. Disc one includes the band’s eleven brand new songs, while disc two features an all-star lineup of vocalists performing their interpretations of the band’s new songs.... »

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Nominees

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Nominees

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the list of nominees for the 2014 induction, and the bass world is well represented. Half of the artists have been nominated before, with several returning from last year’s picks, while the other half are all first-time nominees. This includes Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Hall and... »

  • Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of October 13th

    Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of October 13th

    This one goes to 10. Here are the top 10 most read stories and most watched videos for the week of October 13-19, 2013. Thanks as always for reading, commenting and sharing. 1. Low Action on a Bass: The Pros & Cons In this week’s “Ask” column, Damian Erskine answers a reader’s question about setting... »