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  • How to Practice Double Stops (with the Bow)

    How to Practice Double Stops (with the Bow)

    Double stops can present a major challenge for double bassists just being introduced to them, specifically in the arena of intonation. Finger spacing, shifting, and dropping and lifting of multiple fingers are all areas that can trip someone up. Below, using a famous passage from Edouard Nanny’s Concerto attributed to Dragonetti, are a few ways... »

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  • Mark Lettieri: Slant

    Mark Lettieri: Slant

    Wes Stephenson is a favorite around here, thanks in part to his work with the Funky Knuckles. Here’s Wes laying down the low end with Mark Lettieri’s band, on the tune “Slant.” The track is from the band’s album, . »

  • Ibanez Celebrates 30th Anniversary of SR Bass with Limited Edition Models

    Ibanez Celebrates 30th Anniversary of SR Bass with Limited Edition Models

    Three decades ago, Ibanez first introduced the SR bass. This year they’re celebrating their flagship bass model with four new instruments. “Throughout the past 30 years, Ibanez has been improving and developing the SR series by closely following market requirements and opinions from various artists and valued customers,” they write. “SR is now one of... »

  • Naked Giants: Twist

    Naked Giants: Twist

    KEXP is a constant source of musical discovery for us, and we just checked out Naked Giants for the first time on their channel. Here’s the band, anchored by bassist Gianni Aiello, performing their tune, “Twist.” We’re really digging this. »

  • King Crimson Announces Summer 2017 Tour Dates

    King Crimson Announces Summer 2017 Tour Dates

    After teasing that they would be going on a North American tour this year, King Crimson has finally revealed the tour schedule for 2017. The trek kicks off on June 13th in Seattle, Washington and will make its way across the U.S. and Canada before ending with a pair of to-be-confirmed dates in Mexico City.... »

  • Powafunk: Lost In Your Eyes (Bass & Drum Play-Along)

    Powafunk: Lost In Your Eyes (Bass & Drum Play-Along)

    Powafunk bassist Charlie Moreno sent me this video play-along video to their track, “Lost In Your Eyes.” “It’s the trickiest song on our record, so I decided to make a video of just Jeffe Otto and me playing it,” Moreno shared. »

  • Miles Mosley Announces Uprising World Tour

    Miles Mosley Announces Uprising World Tour

    Hot off the release of his killer solo album, Uprising, upright bassist Miles Mosley has announced an extensive world tour that will cover North America and Europe from April to July. As usual, his band The West Coast Get Down will be by his side. The tour kicks off April 1st at Sage Gates Head... »

  • Ashdown Engineering Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Limited Edition Amps

    Ashdown Engineering Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Limited Edition Amps

    Ashdown Engineering first launched in 1997, so this year they’re celebrating 20 years in the business with two limited edition rigs. Each of the sets will be handmade-to-order in England. First up is the pairing of the Limited Edition 20th Anniversary ABM-600 EVO-IV and ABM 410T EVO-IV. The models are takes on Ashdown’s flagship ABM... »

  • Ewan Cunningham: Echoes

    Ewan Cunningham: Echoes

    Today’s video doesn’t feature a complicated bass line, but it more than makes up for that. Ewan Cunningham is an 18-year-old multi-instrumentalist who started out on drums at the age of 4. “…Now I’m branching out into other instruments such as guitar, bass, keyboards, and vocals. I’ve been teaching myself to mix, record and film... »

  • Thundercat Releases “Drunk”

    Thundercat Releases “Drunk”

    Thundercat’s long awaited full-length followup to 2015 EP The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam is finally out. Drunk is a 23-track exploration of the bassist/vocalist’s dark humor marked by shorter, more intense musical vignettes. As always, his unique six-string chordal playing creates a dream-like sonic playground punctuated by funky licks and quirky lyrics. Thudercat,... »