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  • Bassists Alliance Teams Up For “Crush”

    Bassists Alliance Teams Up For “Crush”

    If you’ve felt the ground rumbling late, it’s probably because bassists from all over the world have teamed up for the Bassists Alliance. The project, which features thirteen bassists and one drummer, has released their debut album, Crush. Formed by Alberto Rigoni and Six Feet Under bassist Jeff Hughell, the group’s new album is as... »

  • Mark Michell: Bass Playthrough of Tetrafusion’s “10,001”

    Mark Michell: Bass Playthrough of Tetrafusion’s “10,001”

    Tetrafusion has just released their latest album, Dreaming of Sleep, on Bandcamp. The prog-metal outfit is anchored by bassist Mark Michell, who released this playthrough video for the song “10,001” to show you how it’s done. Michell rips through the track with killer technique, slick tapping licks, and absolutely monster tone. Dreaming of Sleep is... »

  • “Advanced Rock Bass” Features Video, Audio and Print Instruction

    “Advanced Rock Bass” Features Video, Audio and Print Instruction

    Mark Michell, bassist for the progressive band Scale the Summit, has created an instructional book, with a video component, called Advanced Rock Bass: for 4-, 5- and 6-String Basses. “This is a complete guide to my approach when composing basslines. I focus on every single aspect imaginable: chord analysis, fretboard mapping, composing lines with harmonics... »

  • Mark Michell: Scale The Summit’s “The Dark Horse” Playthrough

    Mark Michell: Scale The Summit’s “The Dark Horse” Playthrough

    Here’s another great metal playthrough by Scale the Summit’s Mark Michell. The bassist tears through “The Dark Horse” from the band’s album The Migration at EMG Pickups TV studios. The song’s creative rhythmic variations tied with Michell’s tone make for a great bass part. Be sure to check out the bass break at the 3:48... »

  • Mark Michell Releases Sightreading Instructional Book for Bass

    Mark Michell Releases Sightreading Instructional Book for Bass

    If you’re looking to beef up on your sight reading, listen up. Scale the Summit bassist Mark Michell has just published his second instructional book entitled Sightreading 101 for Bass, Reading Standard Notation, Vol. 1. Michell was motivated to write the book after having to learn to read music notation and seeing the gaps in... »

  • Scale the Summit: Mark Michell Plays Through “Narrow Salient”

    Scale the Summit: Mark Michell Plays Through “Narrow Salient”

    Here’s some monster playing by Scale the Summit’s Mark Michell as he demonstrates the bass part for the track “Narrow Salient” from the band’s fourth album, The Migration. After a percussive intro, Michell launches into an awesome bass solo that utilizes the range of his six-string, then lays down a heavy foundation for the rest... »