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  • Makers of the Melody: Part 1

    Makers of the Melody: Part 1

    As we begin our journey as bass players, we are drawn to particular types of grooves. Perhaps our ears perk up with a soulful R&B line, the sound of a walking upright, or a rock tune where the bass is pedaling the roots. Many of us are intrigued by vibrant staccato grooves, the slaps and... »

  • Robert Glasper Experiment: NPR Tiny Desk Concert

    Robert Glasper Experiment: NPR Tiny Desk Concert

    The NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert series always seems to draw something special out of artists. The setting forces musicians to make a statement with a reduced set and limited instrumentation. Essentially, it shows viewers what a group is really made of, and the Robert Glasper Experiment used to the opportunity to prove they’re the... »

  • Nashville Pussy Releases “Up The Dosage”

    Nashville Pussy Releases “Up The Dosage”

    , Nashville Pussy’s first studio record since 2009’s From Hell to Texas, is being called the hard rockers’ band’s Back in Black by frontman Blaine Cartwright. Now, this record isn’t an album of mourning and rebirth following the death of a member like AC/DC’s classic album, but it is the first on-record appearance of bassist... »

  • Bass of the Week: Franz Bassguitars Sirius

    Bass of the Week: Franz Bassguitars Sirius

    This week we take a look at the Franz Bassguitars Sirius, a stunning bass made in Bavaria by luthier Xaver Tremel. I found this bass through this excellent demo played by German bassist Ralf Gauck: The bass features a singlecut design that comes in either 4- or 5-string versions. Tremel starts the bass with a... »

  • Profiles in Tone: Jack Casady

    Profiles in Tone: Jack Casady

    Jack Casady has one of the most distinct tones in rock and roll, and it’s not by accident. The Hot Tuna/ex-Jefferson Airplane bassist has always been very detail oriented when it comes to getting his sound right. “I think tone is essential,” he shared with us in our 2012 interview with him. “I think tone... »

  • Hadrien Feraud and Federico Malaman: Cherokee Jam at NAMM 2014

    Hadrien Feraud and Federico Malaman: Cherokee Jam at NAMM 2014

    I’m still in recovery mode from NAMM this year, but I’ve been checking out all the great videos pouring in from the show. Here’s a crazy fast version of “Cherokee” by Hadrien Feraud and Federico Malaman at the Ken Smith booth. The duo trade solos at break-neck speeds, each more intense than the last. Hold... »

  • Periphery Releases “Clear”

    Periphery Releases “Clear”

    Periphery’s album is all about experimentation, with each of the metal band’s members controlling an individual track on the record, and an overture linking them all. “Extraneous” is the track handled by bassist Adam “Nolly” Getgood, and it’s one that impressed The Musical Melting Pot, prompting this description: “the bass lines in Extraneous sound like... »

  • Source Audio Introduces the Soundblox 2 Manta Bass Filter

    Source Audio Introduces the Soundblox 2 Manta Bass Filter

    Source Audio debuted the latest in their line of bass envelop filters at the NAMM show this year with the announcement of the Soundblox 2 Manta Bass Filter. The Manta is the next generation, following the company’s Soundblox Pro Bass Envelope Filter. The Manta offers 12 filter effects, plus a new edition for the Soundblox... »

  • Learning Modes and Scales: A Study Guide for Bassists

    Learning Modes and Scales: A Study Guide for Bassists

    Q: I hope that you’ll be able to explain this problem. I learned so far that major and minor scales have certain patterns (i.e. minor steps: W,H,W,W,H,W,W). Now, I’ve moved to modes and, for example, the Lydian mode. Does it have the same pattern for minor scale? I found some other patterns on the web,... »

  • Omer Cordell: Jennie

    Omer Cordell: Jennie

    Omer Cordell sent us this video of a tune he calls “Jennie”. Omer composed and performs this bass-focused tune with multiple bass tracks, harmonics and a nice vibe throughout. »