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  • Beneath The Bassline Documentary Coming Soon

    Beneath The Bassline Documentary Coming Soon

    Bassists will be getting their due in a new documentary called Beneath The Bassline. Directed by Nick Wells, the film features loads of interview time with some of the greatest bass players in the world. Wells traveled to Fodera Guitars, Sadowsky Guitars, and Aguilar Amplification in New York to get the scoop on gear and... »

  • Get In The Van: Touring Tips From The Pros

    Get In The Van: Touring Tips From The Pros

    Spring is here and Summer is just around the corner. That means it’s just about time to pack up the van and take your jams on the road. Before you start pounding the pavement, it’s probably a good idea to take a few notes on what to expect and what to be prepared for on... »

  • Sly and the Family Stone: “Hot Fun in the Summertime” and “I Want To Take You Higher”

    Sly and the Family Stone: “Hot Fun in the Summertime” and “I Want To Take You Higher”

    “Hot Fun in the Summertime” is the perfect song for the season, and “I Want To Take You Higher” is a bass masterpiece. Larry Graham throws it down in this medley of the two songs. The mix on this clip is a little wonky, but luckily the bass is turned up nice and high. »

  • Prince with Larry Graham: Motherless Child

    Prince with Larry Graham: Motherless Child

    Like countless others, we were devastated to hear the news of Prince’s passing on April 21st. Since then, the flood of Prince videos and tributes have filled up our feeds on social media. This one stood out to us. Backed by Larry Graham on bass, here’s Prince performing their funky version “Motherless Child”. RIP, Prince. »

  • From Pros to Newbies: 10 Bassists Share Advice for Up and Coming Musicians

    From Pros to Newbies: 10 Bassists Share Advice for Up and Coming Musicians

    The bass is an incredible instrument. It’s never too late to start playing and there’s always something to learn for those who have already started. But sometimes we hit ruts in our growth that will wear us down. That’s why we’ve compiled advice for up-and-comers from ten of the world’s foremost bassists across a variety... »

  • Sly & the Family Stone 1968 Fillmore East Performance Released for First Time

    Sly & the Family Stone 1968 Fillmore East Performance Released for First Time

    Legendary funk/soul/R&B/rock band Sly & the Family Stone was energetic and on the rise in 1968, with two albums — Dance to the Music and Life — already behind them. Live At The Fillmore East October 4th & 5th, 1968, captures the sound of a great band with an incomparable electric bassist — Larry Graham,... »

  • First Transcriptions of Sly & the Family Stone Bass Lines Released

    First Transcriptions of Sly & the Family Stone Bass Lines Released

    Larry Graham, as you know, is one of those bass players who can easily take the title of THE MAN. And a new book can teach you how to play the bass lines he created with Sly and the Family Stone. , from Hal Leonard, is the first book to transcribe Graham’s iconic lines on... »

  • Larry Graham and Graham Central Station: Release Yourself

    Larry Graham and Graham Central Station: Release Yourself

    In honor of Larry Graham’s birthday today, we wanted to look back at his earlier work with Graham Central Station. This is some serious old school funk right here – with Larry and the band making an appearance on Soul Train – I believe in 1975. There’s a nice interview to start, and then just... »

  • Larry Graham: Hair

    Larry Graham: Hair

    When I started to learn how to slap, “Hair” was the song that stuck with me the most. It’s so much fun to play, and it’s even more fun to watch Larry Graham go wild on it in this clip taken from Japanese television. »

  • Larry Graham and Graham Central Station Release “Raise Up”

    Larry Graham and Graham Central Station Release “Raise Up”

    Bass legend Larry Graham has released Raise Up, his latest effort with Graham Central Station, following a 13 year recording hiatus. The iconic bassist of Sly and the Family Stone and his own group enlisted the help of Prince – a long time collaborator of Graham’s, as well as songwriter/guitarist/producer Rafael Saadiq. And while it... »