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  • Bass Transcription Analysis: “I Start With The Blues” Bob Mintzer Sax Solo, Part 1

    Bass Transcription Analysis: “I Start With The Blues” Bob Mintzer Sax Solo, Part 1

    I’m kicking off a new series here for Creative Bass Lines. In this episode, we’ll take a look at a really great solo over a jazz 12 bar blues – performed and transcribed by sax great Bob Mintzer! We’re really fortunate to have this music for our lessons. Bob very kindly agreed to let me... »

  • Lake Street Dive: Mistakes

    Lake Street Dive: Mistakes

    Back in 2016, Lake Street Dive hit the Bose studios to record a session. This clip of “Mistakes” features a solid groove by bassist Bridget Kearney, who also contributes backing vocals. »

  • U2 Release “Songs of Experience”

    U2 Release “Songs of Experience”

    U2 has followed up their 2014 album Songs of Innocence with Songs of Experience. Like its predecessor, the group’s 14th album looks back on the band’s career and lessons learned through the years. Adam Clayton explains that through everything they’ve experienced, it boils down to simple things: “The idea is what has it taught us?... »

  • Xotic Unveils the XJPRO-1 5-String ProVintage Series Bass

    Xotic Unveils the XJPRO-1 5-String ProVintage Series Bass

    Xotic has expanded their bass lineup with the XJPRO-1 5-String ProVintage Series Bass. As part of the ProVintage Series, the new bass combines elements of classic and modern features while building on their previous lineup. “The ProVintage Series basses, inspired by the Xotic XJ Series, feature a structurally balanced neck for reliable intonation that is... »

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  • Voba Sound Experience: Come Together / Uptown Funk

    Voba Sound Experience: Come Together / Uptown Funk

    Roberto Pace sent me his latest video from Voba Sound Experience, and it is killer. Joined by Marta Giulioni on vocals, the duo combines “Come Together” and “Uptown Funk.” »

  • Willcox Guitars Unveils 2018 Saber Bass

    Willcox Guitars Unveils 2018 Saber Bass

    Wilcox Guitars is updating their bass lineup by replacing their outgoing Saber VL Bass with the 2018 Saber bass. The reworked instrument features an AAAA flame maple top, lightweight chambered swamp ash body, and their patented LightWave optical pickup system. “LightWave pickups use infrared light technology to ‘map’ or ‘see’ string vibration, resulting in a... »

  • Phil X & The Drills: Superstition

    Phil X & The Drills: Superstition

    I stumbled upon this excellent video of Phil X & The Drills recently, and I was an instant fan. Anchored by bassist Daniel Spree – who offers up some monster tone – here’s the band performing “Superstition.” »

  • Bass Transcription: Ronnie Lane’s Bass Line on “Itchycoo Park” by The Small Faces

    Bass Transcription: Ronnie Lane’s Bass Line on “Itchycoo Park” by The Small Faces

    Ronnie Lane was born in Plaistow in East London on April 1st 1946. As a teenager, his father had encouraged him to play the guitar as “he’d always have a friend”. At first, he played skiffle, a type of rough country blues popular in the UK in the early 1960s, but he was also influenced... »

  • KNOWER: Time Traveler

    KNOWER: Time Traveler

    The last time we featured one of the “live sesh” videos by KNOWER (with bassist Sam Wilkes), it was a huge hit. Here’s another. This time around, they perform “Time Traveler,” which was “recorded at some guy’s house” in July. The band issued a warning for this video: “Fast Song.” But it also has a... »

  • Barefaced Audio Introduces Limited Edition Tweedy One10 Bass Cabinet

    Barefaced Audio Introduces Limited Edition Tweedy One10 Bass Cabinet

    Barefaced Audio has unveiled a special limited edition tweed version of their One10 bass cabinet. Limited to 10 units, the cab has all of the power of their regular One10 model in a vintage look with a tweed wrap, Marshall BluesBreaker cloth grill, brown piping, and genuine imitation leather strap handle. It is fitted with... »