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  • Scott Varney: Slow Down

    Scott Varney: Slow Down

    Here’s an example of a singer/songwriter doing it right. The very talented Scott Varney builds his song “Slow Down” all by himself with a bass, a djembe, his voice and a looper. After getting a serious groove and sweet backup vocals going, Varney adds his lyrics overtop while comping chords on his bass. Make sure... »

  • Ben Harper with Jesse Ingalls & Relentless7: By My Side

    Ben Harper with Jesse Ingalls & Relentless7: By My Side

    I’ve been spinning Ben Harper’s latest album – and his first collaboration with his mother Ellen – a lot lately. That album features Jesse Ingalls on double bass, who is part of Harper’s Relentless7 band. Here’s Ben with Ingalls and Relentless7 performing “By My Side” live the Machine Shop. Dig Ingalls’ Ric, and that sweet... »

  • Andrew Workman: Playthrough of Taken By The Tide’s “Long Pig”

    Andrew Workman: Playthrough of Taken By The Tide’s “Long Pig”

    Here’s another great metal bass play-through from Taken by the Tide’s Andrew Workman, who demonstrates how to play their song “Long Pig.” The track comes from their latest EP, Hands of Spite. Workman uses a healthy mix of fingerstyle, slapping, and tapping to get lots of textures out of his 7-string AC Guitars bass. »

  • Rufus Reid’s Out Front Trio: Come Rain or Come Shine

    Rufus Reid’s Out Front Trio: Come Rain or Come Shine

    Rufus Reid has a vibe on bass that will fill an entire room. Check out this video of his Out Front trio performing the jazz standard “Come Rain or Come Shine” live at Dizzy’s and you’ll see what I mean. Reid’s distinct tone and cooler-than-cool phrasing sets the tone as he plays the melody and... »

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  • Carol Kaye Gives Gene Simmons a Bass Lesson

    Carol Kaye Gives Gene Simmons a Bass Lesson

    Here’s something I never thought I’d see. Studio legend Carol Kaye gave KISS bassist Gene Simmons an impromptu bass lesson at Sunset Sound studios in Hollywood, and luckily cameras were rolling to catch it. The clip is an outtake from the 2012 documentary . After showing off a few licks, Simmons points out a particular... »

  • Dirty Loops: Wake Me Up (Avicii Cover)

    Dirty Loops: Wake Me Up (Avicii Cover)

    Dirty Loops has just released a new cover video, this time tackling Avicii’s “Wake Me Up.” Taking a more laid back feel than their previous covers, the clip has bassist Henrik Linder taking a more chordal approach. And no, your eyes do not deceive you. The bassist is using his Mattissonbass that features true temperament... »

  • Adam Stevens: “I Think She Knows Interlude” All-Bass Cover

    Adam Stevens: “I Think She Knows Interlude” All-Bass Cover

    Adam Stevens has shared some impressive all-bass covers over the years. This time around, he’s taking a new approach – technically speaking – in covering Justin Timberlake’s “I Think She Knows Interlude”, as part of his experimentation with live performance relying on looping. “Just having some fun with Ableton Live and its incredible live looping... »

  • Bryan Ladd, Justin Stanton and Jason Patterson: Stranger in Moscow

    Bryan Ladd, Justin Stanton and Jason Patterson: Stranger in Moscow

    We last featured the trio of Bryan Ladd, Justin Stanton and Jason Patterson back in January with their version of “Havona”. Here’s the trio laying into the groove on Michael Jackson’s “Stranger in Moscow.” Check out Ladd’s tasty solo starting at the 1:09 mark. »

  • Cheikh Ndoye Group: “Alchemy”, Live at the Kennedy Center

    Cheikh Ndoye Group: “Alchemy”, Live at the Kennedy Center

    Check out this video of Cheikh Ndoye’s electrifying performance on his tune “Alchemy.” Taken from a performance at the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the song brings together world music and classic jazz fusion with an unstoppable groove. Ndoye takes the first solo, utilizing a pitch shifter to get add a cool texture to... »

  • Atom: Balinica

    Atom: Balinica

    Bassist Nikola Bocvarov sent in this video of his fusion band Atom getting down on their tune “Balinica.” The piece brings together a lot of influences. Bocvarov shares that it is “an instrumental music piece with elements of jazz rock fusion and a touch of traditional Macedonian melody. The song is interpreted with 13/8, 5/8... »