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  • Reader Spotlight: Kurt Skrivseth

    Reader Spotlight: Kurt Skrivseth

    Meet Kurt Skrivseth a multi-instrumentalist who plays bass and guitar in the band Pale People. Kurt has overcome some pretty amazing physical challenges with playing bass, as you’ll see in this story… Bio: I’m a 27 year old bassist from Montana. I’ve played in numerous local bands, big bands, jazz combos, cover bands, corporate gigs... »

  • Talking Style: Flavoring the 3:2 Clave

    Talking Style: Flavoring the 3:2 Clave

    In this episode we’ll continue to explore the Afro-Carribean influence on the musics that we know as Rock and Roll and R&B. I’m going to show you just a few ways that I use note length and some other “flavor packets” to spice up the 3:2 Clave and give it my own style and personality. ... »

  • Christian McBride: Berklee Bass Department Clinic

    Christian McBride: Berklee Bass Department Clinic

    Today is Christian McBride‘s birthday, and he’s giving us a gift. In this video, Christian plays (with Berklee Bass Chair Steve Bailey) and shares some tips on intonation during a clinic. Happy birthday, Christian! »

  • Two Full 1970 Shows from Frank Zappa Released in “Road Tapes” Series

    Two Full 1970 Shows from Frank Zappa Released in “Road Tapes” Series

    Not many full shows from Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention are available from mid-1970, making the Road Tapes, Venue #3 package a special one. The set includes two complete July 5, 1970 shows from Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At the time, Jeff Simmons handled bass for the Mothers, which also included... »

  • Bass of the Week: Jersey Girls Goose Bordeaux

    Bass of the Week: Jersey Girls Goose Bordeaux

    This week we’re checking out a Goose bass by Jersey Girls Homemade Guitars. This particular bass – built by the team of luthiers Kaz G, Akiko Oda and Eiko Goto – is called the Bordeaux for the lovely wine colored finish over its light ash body. Its hard maple neck is topped by a fingerboard... »

  • Working with Printed Transcriptions

    Working with Printed Transcriptions

    Studying transcriptions of masterful performances can provide a wealth of learning material for a musician. Musically speaking, we will gain the most by completing our own transcriptions, entirely by ear, of course. However, there is still a great deal to be gained by working from published transcriptions by other musicians, provided we approach them in... »

  • Ben Titus: Looping Bass Arrangement of “Radioactive”

    Ben Titus: Looping Bass Arrangement of “Radioactive”

    Bassist Ben Titus sent in this awesome looping arrangement of the Imagine Dragons hit “Radioactive”, and I’m glad he did. He gets a gorgeous tone from his six-string and creates a perfect pad with his chord voicings. »

  • In Memoriam: Marshall “Rock” Jones

    In Memoriam: Marshall “Rock” Jones

    Sad news to report today: Ohio Players bassist Marshall “Rock” Jones has passed away after battling cancer and recently suffering a stroke. He was 75 years old. Jones was a founding member of the Ohio Players precursor band The Ohio Untouchables in 1959, though he left after getting in a fistfight 1964. Another shakeup led... »

  • Weekly Top 10: Robert “Bubby” Lewis Bass Gear Contest, Talking Technique, Top Bass Videos, Lessons and More

    Weekly Top 10: Robert “Bubby” Lewis Bass Gear Contest, Talking Technique, Top Bass Videos, Lessons and More

    This week’s top 10 reader favorite list features a lot to be excited about from the world of bass. Here are the top 10 most read stories, most watched videos and more for the week of May 21-27, 2016. Thanks for reading, watching, commenting and sharing. 1. Contest: Win a Robert “Bubby” Lewis Bass Gear... »

  • Cog Effects Introduces Knightfall 66 and Mini 66 Overdrive Pedals

    Cog Effects Introduces Knightfall 66 and Mini 66 Overdrive Pedals

    Cog Effects has discontinued their Knightfall pedal to create two new stompbox offerings: the Knightfall 66 and Mini 66 Overdrives. Each pedal is built one at a time with true bypass switching, engraved aluminium enclosure and no PCB-mounted jacks. The Knightfall 66 has two Gain knobs with an A/B footswitch so users can have two... »