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  • Fender Unveils Limited Edition Adam Clayton Precision and Jazz Bass

    Fender Unveils Limited Edition Adam Clayton Precision and Jazz Bass

    U2’s Adam Clayton is getting a new pair of special basses from Fender this year. The limited edition Adam Clayton Precision and Jazz basses come with maple fingerboards and a unique purple sparkle finish. Both basses are built with an alder body, carbon-reinforced maple neck, and maple fingerboard that’s adorned with abalone inlays. Fender fits... »

  • Damian Coccio: Inner Ponds

    Damian Coccio: Inner Ponds

    Damian Coccio sent us this video with a simple note: “Here is something to help folks relax.” We’re all for that. The tune, “Inner Ponds,” features Damian’s fretless bass and EBow. And it is definitely relaxing. »

  • Bass Transcription: Mattia La Maida’s Solo Bass Arrangement of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”

    Bass Transcription: Mattia La Maida’s Solo Bass Arrangement of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”

    The first thing we have to consider to play this arrangement is the accents. The trick is to emphasize the 2nd and 4th movement, just as a drummer would do with the snare drum. To do this use the “strum” technique (think Stanley Clarke in School Days), accenting the 2nd and 4th movement where I... »

  • Thundercat: NPR Tiny Desk Concert

    Thundercat: NPR Tiny Desk Concert

    Thundercat has a style all his own. His playing is unbelievable and his songs are earworms. That’s evidenced on his recent NPR Tiny Desk Concert from October. With bandmates Dennis Hamm, Justin Brown, and Miguel Antwood Ferguson, the bassist plays through three tracks from his album, Drunk: “Lava Lamp,” “Friend Zone,” and “Them Changes.” Check... »

  • R.E.M. Releases “Automatic For The People” 25th Anniversary Reissue

    R.E.M. Releases “Automatic For The People” 25th Anniversary Reissue

    It’s been 25 years since R.E.M.’s iconic album Automatic For The People and Concord’s Craft Recordings is celebrating with a deluxe reissue. Available in three versions, the remastered album includes their hits “Nightswimming,” “Man on the Moon” and “Everybody Hurts.” While it’s a hugely important record to so many people, the band members didn’t necessarily... »

  • Acoustic Amplification Introduces B410C Bass Cabinet

    Acoustic Amplification Introduces B410C Bass Cabinet

    Acoustic Amplification expanded their bass amplification lineup with the B410C bass cabinet. Featuring a 4×10-inch speaker configuration, the cab handles up to 400 watts at 8 ohms. The cab’s traditional ferrite speakers are also accompanied by a defeatable high-frequency horn driver. “This great cab harkens back to the original bass speakers that consistently delivered amazing... »

  • Stories Behind the Songs: Kenny Passarelli

    Stories Behind the Songs: Kenny Passarelli

    Kenny Passarelli’s place in music history was cemented when he co-wrote Joe Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way,” but that just scratches the surface of his career. He also worked with Elton John, Hall and Oates, Stephen Stills, Tommy Bolin, Dan Fogelberg, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), and more. Naturally, he has more than a few stories to... »

  • James Brown (Featuring Bootsy Collins): Live on Italian TV, 1971

    James Brown (Featuring Bootsy Collins): Live on Italian TV, 1971

    This one should get you moving! Check out the 18-year-old Bootsy Collins backing up James Brown and the Original JB’s for a performance on Italian television in 1971. Funky! »

  • Snarky Puppy Announces 2018 Tour, GroundUp Music Festival

    Snarky Puppy Announces 2018 Tour, GroundUp Music Festival

    Michael League and Snarky Puppy have announced a U.S. tour for 2018 with support from fellow GroundUP artists Forq, Alina Engibaryan, Sirintip, and Banda Magda. The Grammy-winning band will begin their trek in Atlanta, Georgia on February 14th before heading north to Maryland then west. It is currently slated to wrap up March 4th after... »

  • S.I.T. Strings Introduces the Foundations Bass Strings

    S.I.T. Strings Introduces the Foundations Bass Strings

    S.I.T. Strings unveiled a new set of bass strings called the Foundations line at Bass Player Live this year. The new strings are built with a “state-of-the-art core material” that the company says makes them extremely responsive. “Designed to be the brightest and most flexible bass string available, The Foundations are sure to become the... »