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  • Fano Guitars Announces the JM4-FB Bass

    Fano Guitars Announces the JM4-FB Bass

    Fano Guitars has introduced the JM4-FB bass, and instrument they say is inspired by the classics and redefined by creativity. The model, which will be debuting at the Winter NAMM Show, is based on one of their guitars. “Using the ever-popular JM6 as a springboard, we designed the JM4 Bass to look and feel as... »

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  • Bass Transcription Analysis: “I Start With The Blues” Bob Mintzer Sax Solo, Part 3

    Bass Transcription Analysis: “I Start With The Blues” Bob Mintzer Sax Solo, Part 3

    Don’t be afraid to make some notes on your transcription! By that I mean to write in where there’s a cool diminished lick, a nice ii-V line, etc. If there’s a cool lick – outline that, and identify stuff you want to come back to. It’s so valuable to learn licks through the cycle of... »

  • Kinga Głyk: Difficult Choices

    Kinga Głyk: Difficult Choices

    Kinga Głyk’s new album, Dream, offers up some seriously great music. Here’s one of the tunes, “Difficult Choices.” »

  • Steep Canyon Rangers Announce New Bassist

    Steep Canyon Rangers Announce New Bassist

    The Steep Canyon Rangers have announced a change in the ranks with the addition of bassist Barrett Smith, who will fill the shoes of Charles Humphrey III. Humphrey was the band’s original bassist, but they say Smith is already a great fit. “Our new bass player is Barrett Smith,” Woody Platt stated. “He’s from Columbia,... »

  • Bass of the Week: Dream Studio Guitars Voodoo Bass

    Bass of the Week: Dream Studio Guitars Voodoo Bass

    This week we’re checking out the Voodoo Bass from Dream Studio Guitars. Created as a signature model for Jorge Casillas of the Voodoo Glow Skulls, the bass brings old-school tone with a more futuristic body. “No Active Pick Ups, no Ebony Neck; this is old school bass here,” Dream Studios writes. “Maple Neck, Maple Fretboard,... »

  • Stuart Clayton: Bass Lick of the Week #6 – Slow Fingerstyle Groove

    Stuart Clayton: Bass Lick of the Week #6 – Slow Fingerstyle Groove

    Here’s another entry in Stuart Clayton’s excellent “Bass Lick of the Week” series. “This exercise is a slow fingerstyle groove that’s played quite aggressively,” Stuart shares. “I was listening to a lot of Vulfpeck when I came up with this, there’s definitely a Joe Dart influence here… It was played on a Fender Jazz Bass.”... »

  • EvenMidi Updates H9 MIDI Controller

    EvenMidi Updates H9 MIDI Controller

    EvenMidi has updated their H9 MIDI controller with a host of new features. Designed for the Eventide H9 as well as other devices, the unit offers control of up to four devices simultaneously or switching from one to the other. It has nine banks of three presets for a total of 27 presets that can... »

  • Ibanez Announces Upswing Electric Upright Bass

    Ibanez Announces Upswing Electric Upright Bass

    Ibanez will be introducing their very first electric upright bass at the 2018 Winter NAMM Show. Dubbed the UB804 or “Upswing”, the bass was designed to mimic the tone of an acoustic upright bass. “The special AeroSilk Piezo pickup, along with the Walnut, Maple, and Jatoboa woods, combine to create a tone that is incredibly... »

  • Cody Wright and Chaisaray Schenck: Drum & Bass Groove

    Cody Wright and Chaisaray Schenck: Drum & Bass Groove

    Here’s a sweet groove Jody Michael Miller captured back in 2015. “My friends Cody Wright and Chaisaray Schenck stopped by while on tour with The Jonathan Scales Fourchestra and I was able to capture several great performances,” Jody shared. “Cody is an amazing bass player with a very unique style that brings a very funky... »

  • Mattoverse Electronics Announces The TetraStep MkII

    Mattoverse Electronics Announces The TetraStep MkII

    Mattoverse Electronics has released the TetraStep MkII, an updated version of their four-step square wave sequencer. It has four pitch controllable steps with on/off buttons for each step. Users can adjust the rate, tone, pitch, and volume of each step. The MkII version adds a slew of new features including a Tap Temp footswitch, Sync... »