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  • Sammy Hagar & Michael Anthony are At Your Service

    Sammy Hagar & Michael Anthony are At Your Service

    Not many bands can release a live greatest hits record as its debut. But not many bands have a personnel roster like Sammy Hagar and The Circle. At Your Service features Hagar’s onetime Van Halen bandmate Michael Anthony on bass, and late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham’s son Jason on drums, as well as Vic... »

  • Maxon Introduces the BD10 Hybrid Bass Driver

    Maxon Introduces the BD10 Hybrid Bass Driver

    Maxon has announced the BD10 Hybrid Bass Driver, a bass overdrive pedal that features a symmetrical clipping circuit for “heavy yet articulate distortion.” The company teamed up with famed Japanese bassist Masaki to design the unit to keep up with extended techniques. The BD10 has a dedicated clean level for mixing in your dry signal.... »

  • West Coast Get Down: An Interview with Miles Mosley

    West Coast Get Down: An Interview with Miles Mosley

    Miles Mosley is a man that keeps busy. Since we last talked with the Los Angeles native, he’s done extensive touring and been featured on several albums including Kendrick Lamar’s chart-topping To Pimp A Butterfly. His most recent work can be heard on bandmate Kamasi Washington’s album The Epic, where Mosley supports a wall of... »

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  • Simon Fitzpatrick: “Nessun Dorma” Solo Bass Performance

    Simon Fitzpatrick: “Nessun Dorma” Solo Bass Performance

    Simon Fitzpatrick has taken “Nessun Dorma” – one of the most well-known tenor arias in opera – and turned it into a solo bass arrangement. “Nessun Dorma” (“None shall sleep”), is from the final act of Giacomo Puccini’s opera Turandot. For this performance, Simon is playing his Sei Bass Flamboyant 6. »

  • Stuart Hamm Releases “The Book of Lies”

    Stuart Hamm Releases “The Book of Lies”

    Stuart Hamm, a bassist known for his bass instruction, as well as his work with virtuoso guitarists like Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, has released an instrumental record, The Book of Lies. The album features not only a seven-piece suite for solo bass, but also four songs featuring a full band. Other players on the... »

  • Practicing vs. Performing for Musical Growth

    Practicing vs. Performing for Musical Growth

    Q: I’ve been playing the bass in a blues band for two years. Then we started playing rock and funk songs, and my practicing has always been based on what I hear and what I feel. I don’t really count in my head, and I’ve hardly worked my scales but my band keeps telling me... »

  • Will Lee, With the CBS Orchestra: MacArthur Park

    Will Lee, With the CBS Orchestra: MacArthur Park

    Tonight marks the final episode of the Late Show with David Letterman, bringing an end to the legendary career of the longest running late-night talk show host. It also marks the dissolution of the CBS Orchestra, which has stuck with Letterman since his days at NBC when they were known as the World’s Most Dangerous... »

  • Coal Chamber’s “Rivals” Lineup Features Nadja Peulen

    Coal Chamber’s “Rivals” Lineup Features Nadja Peulen

    Coal Chamber’s first album since 2002 has arrived. Rivals is the first album to feature the band’s onetime touring bassist Nadja Peulen. She said for the record, she and several other band members started putting tracks together by working together by jamming on and fine-tuning riffs before heading into pre-production. This is what the ultimately... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Lynne Davis

    Reader Spotlight: Lynne Davis

    Meet Lynne Davis, a musician who started young in her musical journey, and turned her focus to bass thanks to Pino Palladino’s work with Paul Young. Lynne has enjoyed a busy and fruitful career as a bassist and educator. She also says “crikey!” For most of those reasons, she was an easy choice for this... »

  • Chris Squire Diagnosed with Leukemia

    Chris Squire Diagnosed with Leukemia

    Bass legend Chris Squire has been diagnosed with an uncommon form of leukemia called Acute Erythroid Leukemia, according to a post on the Yes website. The bassist, who co-founded the influential prog-rock band, will be receiving treatment in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona during the next few months. Squire’s treatment will force him to sit... »