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Weekly Top 10: Ibanez/Korg Bass Teamup, Inspiring Bass Videos, Jaco Film News, Bass How-To’s and More

We love these lists, because they’re created by readers. After we tally the story and video views, we enjoy looking back at this snapshot of what the world of bass had to offer in a seven day capsule.

This week was no exception.

That includes the inspiring solo bass videos by Tony Grey and Alun Vaughan to the funky ones by Vulfpeck and Snarky Puppy.

There are also the expert columns by Dr. D and Damian Erskine that inspire improvement in our playing.

Plus the news of the Jaco film and Slipknot’s new bassist, and our Bass of the Week.

Once again, another great week in the land of the low end. Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing!

Ibanez Teams with Korg for the SR Kaoss Bass

1. Ibanez Teams with Korg for the SR Kaoss Bass

Here’s something different: Ibanez has teamed up with Korg to introduce the SRKP4 Bass. The 4-string model takes the company’s flagship SR model and equips it with a Korg Mini Kaoss Pad 2S, which has 100 effect programs…

Tony Grey: Coldplay’s “The Scientist” All-Bass Cover

2. Tony Grey: Coldplay’s “The Scientist” All-Bass Cover

Tony Grey has the magic touch… so musical, and with a great bass tone. Here’s Tony performing his cover of Coldplay’s “The Scientist” with his bass, a Keith McMillen 12 Step foot controller, plus some electronic beats and vocals added in…

Starting Back Up on Bass After a Long Break

3. Starting Back Up on Bass After a Long Break

Even those of us who maintain a regular practice routine may find ourselves taking an extended period of time away from our instrument. When that happens, we can expect to find our technique slightly eroded. Dr. D has the remedy…

Alun Vaughan: “Bohemian Rhapsody” Solo Bass Arrangement

4. Alun Vaughan: “Bohemian Rhapsody” Solo Bass Arrangement

About three years ago, bassist Alun Vaughan shared a video of Simon Fitzpatrick performing an all-bass arrangement of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Alun just shared with us his own take on the tune, also arranged for solo bass…

Bass of the Week: Beardly Customs Rainbow Bass

5. Bass of the Week: Beardly Customs Rainbow Bass

Beardly Customs luthier Rick Link sent us this example of his take on a rainbow style bass, and it looks like he knocked it out of the park. Check out the Bass of the Week…

Vulfpeck: Sky Mall

6. Vulfpeck: Sky Mall

Vulfpeck’s latest video from their new album, Fugue State started out with a bit of a mishap. Then bassist Joe Dart said “if there was ever a time to slap it would be now”…

Maintaining Your Tone Between Fingerstyle and Slap

7. Maintaining Your Tone Between Fingerstyle and Slap

In this week’s column, Damian Erskine fields a reader question about maintaining a punchy tone when switching between fingerstyle and slap bass. Check out what Damian has to say and add your voice to the column…

New Slipknot Bassist Revealed?

8. New Slipknot Bassist Revealed?

Ever since Paul Gray’s death in 2010, Slipknot fans have been wondering how the band would replace such an integral member. A music video for their new song “The Devil in I” offers up clues on the newest member…

Snarky Puppy: Lingus

9. Snarky Puppy: Lingus

“Lingus” was one of the tunes released on Snarky Puppy’s We Like It Here, an album and DVD recorded live in Kytopia Studios in Holland back in 2013. Here’s the group performing that track during this session – one that offers up some incredible, intertwined rhythms and some groovalicious bass…

“Jaco” Documentary to Get Sneak Peek at Mill Valley Film Festival

10. “Jaco” Documentary to Get Sneak Peek at Mill Valley Film Festival

We’ve been waiting for this. Robert Trujillo is hosting a “work-in-progress screening” of his Jaco documentary next month at the Mill Valley Film Festival. The film, which has been in production since 2012, is described as one capturing “the story of his restless, indestructible spirit” of Jaco Pastorius…