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Archive for May 2009 - Page 2

Bass Videos

Primus covers Metallica: Master of Puppets

Check out Les Claypool and Primus taking Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” in a direction only they can:

David Ellefson’s Rock Shop: Best Case Scenarios
Bass Videos

David Ellefson’s Rock Shop: Best Case Scenarios

David Ellefson‘s Rock Shop Webisode continues with “Best Case Scenarios”, with a focus on how he travels with his gear. Travel is on David’s mind these days, as he kicks off the tour with his band, Hail!

Larry Graham’s Rock School
Bass Videos

Larry Graham’s Rock School

Check out this video from an early ’80s BBC’s “Rockschool” program. Larry Graham breaks down simple (but awesome) bass lines. We love how the guitarist jumps in on cue, followed by Larry doing the same:

Bass Lessons

Lesson: Double Thumb Technique

There are a ton of Youtube videos out there with amazing bassists using this technique. Want to learn how? As a disclaimer, this takes a lot of time to get to a functional level, I spent 4 months of consistent practice before I was able to use it. That being said, the technique is totally learnable with regular practice, this...

New Albums

Charnett Moffett: The Art of Improvisation

The Art of Improvisation is the latest release by bassist Charnett Moffett and features him on both electric and acoustic bass. Charnett is joined by Will Calhoun, Eric McPherson, and Charnette Max Moffett on drums, Yungchen Lhamo on vocals, Scott Brown on piano, Pat Jones and Steve Barnes on guitar, and Robert Joseph Avalon on trumpet. All About Jazz‘s Francis...

Bass Videos

Bootsy Collins: live bass solo

All we can say is this: It’s Bootsy! Oh yeah, and try not to look at the guy behind him.

Hot Rocks 1964-1971: New Rolling Stones Bass Tab Book
New Albums

Hot Rocks 1964-1971: New Rolling Stones Bass Tab Book

Alfred Music Publishing has just announced two new songbooks for bass and guitar, featuring the music of The Rolling Stones. The Rolling Stones: Hot Rocks 1964-1971 is a companion book to the band’s release of the same name, the best-selling compilation album featuring “19th Nervous Breakdown”, “As Tears Go By”, “Brown Sugar”, “Get Off of My Cloud”, “Gimme Shelter”, “Heart...

Bass Gear

LMMS: Free Music Production Software

Are you a fan of drum and bass techno music? Have you ever caught yourself thinking you could do something like that? Do you need a programmed drum-beat to practice your new slap riffs or to use in a one-man-band performance? LMMS – the Linux Multimedia Studio – provides the platform to do all this and more, and is now...

Bass Videos

Someday You’ll Find Me: a bass tapping solo by Mike Hill

Mike Hill plays with the Johnny Hiland Band, and he lays down a solid groove. After a 2-hour private lesson with Victor Wooten, he started exploring different concepts of the bass resulting in some solo compositions, like this one: For more Mike Hill check out his Myspace page.

New Albums

A pleasant surprise: a review of Last Time by Evanscapps

For someone who merely tolerates bands akin to Lynyrd Skynyrd, I was pleasantly surprised when I turned on Last Time by Evanscapps. My first impression was something reminiscent to the grunge bands, Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam. This impression lasted for the first three tracks (Hell if I Know, Dead is Rising, and Innocence), and then it took a turn...

Concerts & Tours, Player News

Michael Manring tour and updates

Michael Manring is set to door a few shows with acoustic guitarist Tony Kaltenberg in Oregon and Washington from May 29th through the 31st (details below). In June, Michael is making a return trip to the east coast to do a show with the Feinsmith Quartet, the chamber ensemble with cellist Jennifer Culp, guitarist Gyan Riley, pianist Christopher Taylor and...

Bass Videos

Zander Zon: Epic Love

I spent a lot of time this weekend watching videos by Youtuber Zander Zon, sorry I hadn’t heard of him sooner. It was hard to pick one video to feature, but here goes: “Epic Love” is an original composition by Zander (or is it Mr. Zon?), played on his Zon VB4 bass with D’Addario Piccolo strings. Zander started on cello...