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  • Manou Gallo Groove Orchestra: Chanter L’amour

    Manou Gallo Groove Orchestra: Chanter L’amour

    Leonardo van der Laat sent us this great clip of bassist Manou Gallo leading her Groove Orchestra during the Saint-Jazz-den-Noode festival in 2013. Born in the Ivory Coast and currently living in Belgium, Gallo’s style blends traditional African music with modern funk and pop in a fun way. Check out the Manou Gallo Groove Orchestra... »

  • Bryan Beller Creates Shockwave on Record as Part of Satriani’s Band

    Bryan Beller Creates Shockwave on Record as Part of Satriani’s Band

    Joe Satriani’s 15th album, Shockwave Supernova, sees the guitar great not only try on an outlandish alter ego, but also features a world-class band — bassist Bryan Beller (Dethklok, Steve Vai, Dweezil Zappa, The Aristocrats), keyboardist/guitarist Mike Keneally, and drummer Marco Minnemann. “I couldn’t have asked for a better band to help bring these songs... »

  • Learning Notes Versus Patterns

    Learning Notes Versus Patterns

    Q: Recently I’ve been struggling with scale degrees and chords. Right now I practice my scales using in 3rds, 4ths, 5ths, etc. However my problem is being able to name the notes of the scale because for the most part I have memorized scales based on patterns (like how playing E major is the same... »

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

    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 as his left hand glides... »

  • Symphony X Takes Cues from Literature and Myth on “Underworld”

    Symphony X Takes Cues from Literature and Myth on “Underworld”

    Progressive metal band Symphony X has released its ninth studio album, Underworld. With bassist Michael LePond (Affector, Rattlebone, Mike Bino Project) holding down the low end, the album takes its inspiration from the classic Dante poem the “Divine Comedy,” particularly its “Inferno,” as well as the ancient Orpheus myth, said Symphony X guitarist and songwriter... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Jeffrey Bryan Rijnsburger

    Reader Spotlight: Jeffrey Bryan Rijnsburger

    Meet bassist Jeffrey Bryan Rijnsburger, a man who hails from the place with the “famous Dutch windmills”. But more important than that, Jeffrey is pursuing the dream of playing music. Here’s his story. Bio: I’m originally from Zaandam, the place with the famous Dutch windmills. Outside providing backing vocals wherever needed, I’m a 100% dedicated... »

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  • The Wing Bass Now Available

    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. “The concept is simple,” the company shared. “Place a capo at the twelfth fret of... »

  • Maceo Parker: Shake Everything You’ve Got

    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 . 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. »

  • Roger Waters Reissue Arrives; Concert Film Due in Theaters in September

    Roger Waters Reissue Arrives; Concert Film Due in Theaters in September

    Although Roger Waters released Amused to Death in 1992, its look at an entertainment-obsessed society still rings true, which helps make the remastered version of the album even more powerful. The record, featuring a slew of bassists (Waters, John Patitucci, Guo Yi, Tim Pierce, John Pierce, Randy Jackson, and Jimmy Johnson) has been given a... »

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

    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. “Previously I came across some beautiful, centuries-old Italian basses made from... »