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  • Nik West: Forbidden Fruit, Live

    Nik West: Forbidden Fruit, Live

    Nik West lays it down in this live performance of her song “Forbidden Fruit.” Drawing from R&B and funk, West leads the band on bass and vocals complete with a tasty solo at the three-minute mark. »

  • Motorhead’s Aftershock Reissued in a “Tour Edition”

    Motorhead’s Aftershock Reissued in a “Tour Edition”

    Motörhead has added something extra to its 2013 Aftershock album — a live CD. The package, called , features not only the original album, but also the bonus material, culled from the band’s mini Best of the West Coast Tour earlier this year. The live recording features Aftershock tunes and Motörhead classics, like “Ace of... »

  • Bass of the Week: Scott Guitar Works SB-2

    Bass of the Week: Scott Guitar Works SB-2

    This week we check out the SB-2 by Scott Guitar Works of Louisville, Kentucky. The bass is built to order and has a plethora of options, but its central point is its unique body shape. Scott shaves down to a minimalist design with a short lower horn and thinner, longer upper horn while keeping it... »

  • How Much Should I Practice?

    How Much Should I Practice?

    This is a question I get often from both serious students and amateurs alike. Since the answer depends on a person’s goals, and every person is unique, there is no single answer for everyone. However, I can make some general suggestions. My suggestions will presuppose a few things: You practice on a regular basis Daily,... »

  • Thomas Laffont Group: Pop & Slap Blues

    Thomas Laffont Group: Pop & Slap Blues

    Bassist Thomas Laffont sent us this video of his new project. He said he recently finished music school, and that this is his first video project as a band leader, bassist, composer and producer. The tune is “Pop & Slap Blues”, and it sounds like Thomas is off to a fantastic start. The audio for... »

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  • Eastman Releases VB95 Eastman Pro Bass

    Eastman Releases VB95 Eastman Pro Bass

    Eastman Guitars debuted a pair of new instruments at Summer NAMM this year including the VB95 Eastman Pro Bass. Designed with the touring player or weekend warrior in mind, the new double bass features a fully carved spruce top with gamba corners, a solid laminate back and ribs, and a solid ebony fingerboard. The bass’s... »

  • Weekly Top 10: Paul Jackson Groove, Slap Bass, New Gear, Mike Kerr Interviewed and More

    Weekly Top 10: Paul Jackson Groove, Slap Bass, New Gear, Mike Kerr Interviewed and More

    Another great week in the books, and we kick this top 10 list off with one of the deepest pockets around, by the one and only Paul Jackson. We had a great discussion on the value of slap bass, thanks to Damian Erskine’s latest “Ask” column, plus we got a chance to connect with Mike... »

  • Ampeg Now Shipping Revamped BA-112 and BA-115 Bass Combos

    Ampeg Now Shipping Revamped BA-112 and BA-115 Bass Combos

    After revamping the BA series earlier this year, Ampeg is now shipping the new BA-112 and BA-115 bass combo amps. The models carry all the new features including the foot-switchable Bass Scrambler overdrive circuit, a 3-band EQ, and a true sixty degree monitoring angle so they can be set up as a wedge. The Bass... »

  • Soulive: “Butter Biscuit” with Oteil Burbridge

    Soulive: “Butter Biscuit” with Oteil Burbridge

    In celebration of Oteil Burbridge’s birthday today, here’s a video that shows off his amazing groove and soloing skills. The video was filmed in March, 2010 in Brooklyn. The group described the event this way: “Eric Krasno, Alan Evans and Neal Evans called on a multitude of their closest friends and musical conspirators to join... »

  • Esperanza Spalding Announces “Thank You October” Tour Dates

    Esperanza Spalding Announces “Thank You October” Tour Dates

    Esperanza Spalding will be celebrating her birth month with a string of tour dates. The “Thank You October” tour will be a two-week outing focusing on the East Coast with a single Canadian show in Toronto. Spalding, who turns 30 this year, will get the party started at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut before... »