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The Wing Bass Now Available

1. The Wing Bass Now Available

Bassists looking for a portable bass to travel, practice and perform on have a new option. Measuring in at just 21 inches, the Wing Bass is an instrument that feels and plays like the top range of a bass guitar…

Primus: Lee Van Cleef

2. Primus: Lee Van Cleef

Just about all of Les Claypool‘s bass lines are catchy and fun to play, but “Lee Van Cleef” is one of my favorites. Check out this clip of Primus performing it on the Jimmy Fallon show from February 2012…

Mike Watt with Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, & Pat Smear: Big Train

3. Mike Watt with Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, & Pat Smear: Big Train

I’ve been revisiting some of Mike Watt‘s music recently after listening to his incredible interview on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, and this clip floored me. The punk legend toured in 1995 with a superstar band to back him up including Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Foo Fighters members Dave Grohl and Pat Smear…

Learning Notes Versus Patterns

4. Learning Notes Versus Patterns

In this week’s “Ask” column, Damian Erskine answers a reader’s question about learning notes and scale degrees vs. just knowing the patterns. Damian shares some advice and other resources to check out…

Maceo Parker: Shake Everything You’ve Got

5. Maceo Parker: Shake Everything You’ve Got

In 1993, Maceo Parker and his band took the stage at The Fabrik in Hamburg, Germany. That performance ended up being filmed and later released as “My First Name Is Maceo”. During that performance, the group played “Shake Everything You’ve Got”, and the bass playing of Jerome Preston made the song live up to its name…

Alex Spradling: John Coltrane’s “Countdown” Solo on Double Bass

6. Alex Spradling: John Coltrane’s “Countdown” Solo on Double Bass

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, somebody like Alex Spradling comes along and blows your mind. The bassist tackles saxophone legend John Coltrane’s lightning fast solo from “Countdown” on his double bass. Spradling’s economy of motion makes the blazing lines come off as a fluid stream of notes…

Bass of the Week: Nick Lloyd Basses 3/4 Lloyd Standard Model

7. Bass of the Week: Nick Lloyd Basses 3/4 Lloyd Standard Model

There’s something uniquely beautiful about the double bass, and Nick Lloyd knows how to accentuate it. This week we check out his 3/4 Lloyd Standard Model featuring gorgeous woods and interesting twist. The bass’s design includes walnut back and sides with a classic flatback…

Wampler Pedals Introduces Low Blow Bass Pedal

8. Wampler Pedals Introduces Low Blow Bass Pedal

Wampler Pedals has released the Low Blow, an overdrive/distortion pedal designed specifically for bass. The Low Blow features two clipping modes – Smooth and Jagged – for dialing in your dirt as well as a 3-band EQ for further tonal tweaking…

Acoustic Image Introduces Clarus SL and SL-R Amp Heads

9. Acoustic Image Introduces Clarus SL and SL-R Amp Heads

Acoustic Image has announced it will be reintroducing the Clarus SL and Clarus SL-R single-channel amp heads as part of their 4plus Series. The compact units weigh in at just over 2 1/2 pounds while dishing out 600 watts of power into 4 ohms…

The Lightbulb Moment: Man VS Metronome

10. The Lightbulb Moment: Man VS Metronome

Ah, the war between playing and practicing. In this “Lightbulb Moment” column, Ryan shares her thoughts on practicing, being prepared for a lesson and more in this new column she dubbed “Man VS Metronome”…