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  • John Ferrara: Two-Handed Tapping Lesson and Playalong

    John Ferrara: Two-Handed Tapping Lesson and Playalong

    We recently got to interview Consider the Source’s John Ferrara, who gave us the scoop on the band’s latest album, World War Trio, Pt. 1. It’s made up of a six-part epic song called “Put Another Rock in That Bag” that the bassist kicks off with some blazing two-handed tapping. Ferrara shares some insight on... »

  • MonoNeon: Joe’s Apartment – The Bathroom Scene

    MonoNeon: Joe’s Apartment – The Bathroom Scene

    MonoNeon adds a crazy amount of groove to everything he plays on, even if it’s a bunch of singing bugs. “Here is a new video of me playing along with a scene from the 1996 musical-comedy, Joe’s Apartment (first film produced by MTV Films),” the bassist shares. “This was and still is one of my... »

  • Alberto Rigoni: Dream Theater’s “Erotomania” Play-Along

    Alberto Rigoni: Dream Theater’s “Erotomania” Play-Along

    From the tricky fingerings to the melodic phrasing, Alberto Rigoni absolutely nails John Myung’s part on the Dream Theater song “Erotomania” in this play-along. Dig that tone, too! »

  • Fernando Molinari: “Taffontry 20mg” Country/Fusion Slap Bass

    Fernando Molinari: “Taffontry 20mg” Country/Fusion Slap Bass

    Yes, you read that right: Country/Fusion slap bass. Brazilian bassist Fernando Molinari posted this play-along of the song “Taffontry 20mg” from his album Identidade, which is kind of like a honky tonk song on speed. More of the fusion part of the equation comes out at 1:55 when Molinari plays some blazing tapping lines in... »

  • Roger Alcantara: Pinball Number Count Play-Along

    Roger Alcantara: Pinball Number Count Play-Along

    Roger Alcantara sent us his play-along to the funky tune, “Pinball Number Count” – the song used by Sesame Street to teach kids how to count to twelve. The original features the Pointer Sisters on vocals. After researching this tune for 30 minutes or so, the bassist on the original is a mystery (at least... »

  • Alessio Tori: “Storm Warning” Pino Palladino Playalong

    Alessio Tori: “Storm Warning” Pino Palladino Playalong

    Alessio Tori has offered up many great playalongs over the years. One such gem is this video, which features his cover of Pino Palladino’s lovely bass line on “Storm Warning” by Bob James and Hilary James. Another great example of Pino’s melodic but supportive bass lines. »

  • Poliana Magalhães: Jamiroquai’s “Runaway” Playalong

    Poliana Magalhães: Jamiroquai’s “Runaway” Playalong

    A few months ago, Marta Altesa impressed us with her play-along to Jamiroquai’s “Time Won’t Wait”. We just heard from another impressive young bassist, Poliana Magalhães, who shared some of her videos with us. This play-along to Jamiroquai’s “Runaway” is a lot of fun. Poliana said, “I tried not play like the original song. It’s... »

  • Mats Ödahl: Charlie Parker Solo Bass Play-Along

    Mats Ödahl: Charlie Parker Solo Bass Play-Along

    Bassist Mats Ödahl sent us this remarkable video he made of himself playing along to a Charlie Parker solo. Mats has some lofty goals, which he seems to be living up to. This year I [will] try to learn and upload a solo to my Youtube channel every (or every other) week,” he shared with... »

  • Joe Lester: “Australopithecus” Intronaut 5-String Fretless Bass Play-Along

    Joe Lester: “Australopithecus” Intronaut 5-String Fretless Bass Play-Along

    Joe Lester stopped by the EMG studio with his 5-string fretless Zon to record a play-along of his band Intronaut’s song “Australopithecus.” The bassist runs the gamut of tones from a beautiful clean fretless “mwah” to a bone-crushing distortion. »

  • Fabienne Gilbert: “Come On Come Over” Bass Play-Along

    Fabienne Gilbert: “Come On Come Over” Bass Play-Along

    We don’t feature a ton of bass play-alongs here, but when Francis Allen shared this one, it was too darn funky to ignore. Here’s Fabienne Gilbert laying it down on Jaco Pastorius’ fun and funky tune, “Come On Come Over”. »