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  • Divinity Roxx and Steve Lawson: Masterclass Improv Jam

    Divinity Roxx and Steve Lawson: Masterclass Improv Jam

    Here’s one to get you jamming. Divinity Roxx and Steve Lawson teamed up to teach a masterclass at Kidderminster College in the UK, resulting in some funky jams. The clip starts with Divinity beatboxing with a foundational bass groove and Lawson adding his signature thoughtful accompaniment and soloing. The duo connects on a deep level,... »

  • Rush’s “Exit… Stage Left” Released in Vinyl Reissue Series

    Rush’s “Exit… Stage Left” Released in Vinyl Reissue Series

    The year of Rush vinyl reissues from the trio’s Mercury Records era continues with the two-LP live album from 1981, Exit… Stage Left. The album, recorded during the Moving Pictures tour, is an impressive live package from bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee, drummer/lyricist Neil Peart, and guitarist Alex Lifeson, featuring “The Spirit of Radio,” “Closer to the... »

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  • I Worship Chaos: An Interview with Henkka Blacksmith

    I Worship Chaos: An Interview with Henkka Blacksmith

    This year has been one of change for Finnish death metal outfit Children of Bodom. The band announced the departure of longtime guitarist Roope Latvala in May, leaving the group as a four-piece configuration. Their new album (due October 2nd) will be their first record created as a quartet, but their sound is just as... »

  • Stuart Clayton: Für Elise Solo Bass Performance

    Stuart Clayton: Für Elise Solo Bass Performance

    Stuart Clayton sent me another video of an all-bass arrangement. This time, Stuart takes on Beethoven’s “Für Elise,” which was originally written for piano. As was the case with his version of “Golliwog’s Cakewalk”, this arrangement is included Stuart’s book, Ultimate Tapping for Bass Guitar. »

  • John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension Release “Black Light”

    John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension Release “Black Light”

    Guitarist John McLaughlin and his band the 4th Dimension, featuring Etienne Mbappe (solo, Ultramarine, Zawinul Syndicate) on bass. has released Black Light, an album of eight original tunes. According to McLaughlin, the album “has opened a portal that is neither jazz nor rock, nor Indian nor blues, and yet all of these: it’s an open... »

  • JHS Pedals Introduces the Muffuletta Fuzz Pedal

    JHS Pedals Introduces the Muffuletta Fuzz Pedal

    JHS Pedals has announced the Muffuletta, a fuzz pedal that replicates five classic Big Muff circuits plus an original version without any digital signal processing or emulation. The pedal has four controls: Volume, Sustain, Tone, and Mode. The “JHS” mode is the company’s original take on the circuit and is described as more powerul, less... »

  • How to Change Up Your Practice Routine When You Don’t Feel Like Practicing

    How to Change Up Your Practice Routine When You Don’t Feel Like Practicing

    Q: What does one do about practice when you just don’t feel like playing and can’t get into it? Do you walk away for a few days or force yourself to play? A: Everyone likely has a different approach, but I have a few things that I try to do before throwing in the towel... »

  • Video Premiere: Abnormal Thought Patterns, featuring Michael Manring and John Onder: Synesthesia

    Video Premiere: Abnormal Thought Patterns, featuring Michael Manring and John Onder: Synesthesia

    Abnormal Thought Patterns recently released Altered States of Consciousness, a 7-track collection of instrumental prog-metal that will blow your hair back. The group, anchored by bassist Troy Tipton, also employed a host of guest artists to bolster the release. Today we’re premiering the video for “Synesthesia,” featuring bass wizards Michael Manring and John Onder. Tipton,... »

  • David Gilmour Releases Solo Album, Plays Bass on Several Tracks

    David Gilmour Releases Solo Album, Plays Bass on Several Tracks

    David Gilmour, best known as guitarist/vocalist for legendary rock band Pink Floyd, has released his fourth solo album, Rattle That Lock, which he co-produced with Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera. Gilmour handles bass on four tracks, while Guy Pratt (session bassist and son-in-law of late Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright) plays on two and double... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Anthony Cook

    Reader Spotlight: Anthony Cook

    We’ve covered the spectrum of bassists here in the Reader Spotlight section. Anthony Cook is one of those bassists who comes to us with a wealth of experience. With 30 years under his belt, Anthony is now keeping busy as a full-time musician – something he says was “not an easy flight, but a determined... »