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Weekly Top 10: Talking Technique, Creative Bass Lines, New Bass Gear, Top Videos and More

Happy Sunday. Another great week from the land of the low end. Check out the top 10 reader favorites this week.

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Talking Technique: The Pistol Grip

1. Talking Technique: The Pistol Grip

If you’ve followed this column for a while, you know we place a lot of emphasis on good technique. In this lesson, Ariane discusses the disadvantages and advantages of the “pistol grip” and proper left hand technique…

Creative Bass Lines: Beat Displacement

2. Creative Bass Lines: Beat Displacement

Here we have the second installment of the Creative Bass Lines, and this month, it’s “Bass Gruv”. For this we’re looking at a Headhunters-esque bass groove I wrote. This would fit the harmony of an E dominant 7th chord, or for a crunchier sound, try setting up a vamp with an E7♯9, too…

Darkglass Electronics Launches Microtubes 900 Bass Amp

3. Darkglass Electronics Launches Microtubes 900 Bass Amp

After showing a prototype at the NAMM Show this year, Darkglass Electronics is now shipping their first bass amplifier. The Microtubes 900 offers several upgrades from the prototype including extra power and an intuitive footswitch…

Fender Introduces T-Bucket 300E Bass

4. Fender Introduces T-Bucket 300E Bass

Fender has revamped their T-Bucket series for 2016, including the introduction of the 300E Bass. The medium-scale, acoustic-electric bass is fitted with a Fishman Isys III pickup system…

Aaron Gibson: Full Dark

5. Aaron Gibson: Full Dark

It has been a while since we were able to share a video by Aaron Gibson. Thankfully, there’s a new one out, and once again, it is stellar. Aaron is working on a new album, which he’s crowdfunding…

Metallica: Moth Into Flame

6. Metallica: Moth Into Flame

Metallica has given another preview of their upcoming album Hardwired… to Self-Destruct, due out November 18th. Similar to “Hardwired“, “Moth Into Flame” is another thrasher anchored by bassist Robert Trujillo, who also handles backup vocals…

Preparing for a College Bass Audition

7. Preparing for a College Bass Audition

This week, a reader asks Damian for advice on handling the college audition on bass. While not every reader is at this stage, Damian’s advice applies to us all – the building blocks to becoming a better, more prepared bassist…

Serena Dominguez and Tim Carey: Isn’t She Lovely

8. Serena Dominguez and Tim Carey: Isn’t She Lovely

Tim Carey shared his latest video, and as always, we were quite impressed. “It’s a duo version of ‘Isn’t She Lovely’ featuring 17 year old Serena Dominguez on guitar and vocals,” Tim shared…

Tal Wilkenfeld Embarks on Fall Tour

9. Tal Wilkenfeld Embarks on Fall Tour

Tal Wilkenfeld will be hitting the road this fall for a tour that will take her up the West Coast. Starting at Phoenix, Arizona’s Musical Instrument Museum, the trek will snake up California before heading through Oregon and Washington. Wilkenfeld and her band will wrap up on October 13th at the Biltmore in Vancouver…

Bass of the Week: J Ferro Basses Escalon

10. Bass of the Week: J Ferro Basses Escalon

This week we’re checking out the J Ferro Escalon bass. The model is part of a new series created by industry veteran Jose Ferro, who spent 17 years as Executive Vice President of ESP Guitars…