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  • In Memoriam: James Jamerson, Jr.

    In Memoriam: James Jamerson, Jr.

    Very sad news to report today: James Jamerson, Jr. has passed away at the age of 58. A cause of death has not been announced, though he had been ill for some time. Jamerson followed in the footsteps of his father, the legendary Motown studio musician, as a bassist. In fact, much of his childhood... »

  • 3Leaf Audio Introduces Octabvre Mini Octave Pedal

    3Leaf Audio Introduces Octabvre Mini Octave Pedal

    3Leaf Audio has introduced the Octabvre Mini, a compact version of the octave pedal developed with Tedeschi Trucks Band bassist Timothy Lefebvre. The new pedal pares the controls down to Volume, Mix, and Tone knobs. “It starts with the popular Tim-tuning mod from the original and takes it further with a reworked tone knob that... »

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  • Dealing with Sound Engineers

    Dealing with Sound Engineers

    Q: I have a question regarding how I might get my sound man to successfully change all the monitors on stage, (5 stage mixes) before a song with a different lead singer and making the original lead singer a backup and not in the musicians mix anymore. Changing to a song that is led by... »

  • John Legend and The Roots: Little Ghetto Boy, Live

    John Legend and The Roots: Little Ghetto Boy, Live

    When John Legend and The Roots released Wake Up! back in 2010, I had it on auto-play for at least a couple of weeks. I stumbled on this video yesterday of their live performance of Donny Hathaway’s “Little Ghetto Boy”. Owen Biddle is laying it down on this one. »

  • Beathaven Offers Unique Opportunity To Be Heard and Paid for Your Music

    Beathaven Offers Unique Opportunity To Be Heard and Paid for Your Music

    The Beathaven service offers a players a unique way to be heard, and get paid. The process is pretty simple: pay $4.99 to access one of the many tracks on Beathaven’s site. Download the track. Add your parts to the track. Upload the track, with your parts. Get feedback from music industry professionals about your... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Simone Croes

    Reader Spotlight: Simone Croes

    Meet Simone Croes, a bassist from Holland who tells us she holds the distinction of being the first female bass guitarist to graduate from the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Simone is busy working on her debut album now. Here’s her story… Bio: I’m a bass guitar player from Amsterdam, Europe. I’ve played in several bands and... »

  • Advanced Bass: Anatomy of a Groove

    Advanced Bass: Anatomy of a Groove

    What exactly is a groove? Aside from attempting to teach feel, which is predicated on stylistic interpretation and flight time on the bandstand, a groove is a repetitive idea – often organized into two, four or eight bar phrases that is based on the harmonic rhythmic and melodic content of a song. Often when coming... »

  • Brian Wroten: David Bowie’s “Lazarus” Bass Play-Along and Transcription

    Brian Wroten: David Bowie’s “Lazarus” Bass Play-Along and Transcription

    When I first heard David Bowie’s Blackstar, I ended up repeating the third track (“Lazarus”) more than a couple of times. I was so drawn to Tim Lefebvre’s terrific bass line on the tune. If you agree, then Brian Wroten did us all a favor by transcribing it for us. Follow along with the video... »

  • Marcos Varela’s Latest Generates Praise

    Marcos Varela’s Latest Generates Praise

    Bassist and composer Marcos Varela’s new album, San Ygnacio, has already garnered a four-star review from All About Jazz. Varela, who was born in Texas, but has been a New York jazz fixture for more than a decade, explores his heritage on San Ygnacio. “San Ygnacio is a rare mixed bag disc that works exceedingly... »

  • Bass of the Week: Skjold Design Drakkar

    Bass of the Week: Skjold Design Drakkar

    Pete Skjold has been wowing bassists with his incredible instruments for nearly two decades. Last year he introduced a trio of new models based on his most popular body shapes, and this week we’re checking out the singlecut Drakkar bass. “The Drakkar is the modern version of the classic Whaleback,” Skjold explains on his website.... »