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  • Fernando Molinari: Destrambelhado

    Fernando Molinari: Destrambelhado

    Fernando Molinari sent us this smoking playalong clip of the song “Destrambelhado” from his first CD. The bassist mixes fingerstyle, slap, and strumming to drive the fusion track. »

  • Felipe Gianei: Charlie Parker’s “Cherokee” Solo on Bass

    Felipe Gianei: Charlie Parker’s “Cherokee” Solo on Bass

    We can learn a lot about our instrument by transcribing other instrumentalists, and Charlie Parker’s recordings are a lifetime of lessons. Bassist Felipe Gianei spent four months transcribing Bird’s solo on “Cherokee” and applying it to bass. “[The] first time I listened to this recording of Cherokee I thought, ‘Man, I want to know what... »

  • Tom Tartarin: Dizzy Gillespie’s “Matrix” Play-Along

    Tom Tartarin: Dizzy Gillespie’s “Matrix” Play-Along

    Reader Tom Tartarin sent this video to us of him playing along to the Dizzy Gillespie “Matrix”. (I believe Phil Upchurch was the bassist on the recording.) I wanted to feature this for two reasons: the bass line is killer, and Tom is feeling it! »

  • 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... »