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Archive for June 2009 - Page 2

Bass Videos

Zawinul Syndicate with Linley Marthe: Fast City

Right up until the end of his life, Joe Zawinul could still bring it (and pick bass players). Check out the Zawinul Syndicate’s version of Weather Report’s “Fast City”, a tune originally recorded for the Jaco Pastorius-era Night Passage album. Bassist Linley Marthe is a monster on this one. This clip comes from the Syndicate’s “75th” DVD. I was lucky...

Player News

Nate Mendel back with Sunny Day Real Estate

Bassist Nate Mendel has returned to play with Sunny Day Real Estate, after playing with the Foo Fighters. The reunion will be followed by a tour scheduled for this fall. Sunny Day Real Estate has split and re-formed two times already (once in 1998, reuniting without Mendel, and then again in 2001). Mendel’s comments on the reunion: “I wasn’t around...

Concerts & Tours, New Albums

Classic Metal Show features Ian Hill

Bassist Ian Hill, from Judas Priest, was a featured guests on this past weekend’s “The Classic Metal Show”. The buzz is that Judas Priest is working on a new album, A Touch of Evil: Live, to be released July 14 during the band’s summer tour. The album will feature 10 songs never released live. Rob Halford told, “I love...

Bass Videos

Whiteface for double bass

Freelance bassist Jason Sypher, aka dervishmusic, is the double bassist for Holland-based, “yiddish, gypsy, jazz hybrid” band Nikitov. But in today’s featured video, he goes solo, performing Joe Thrift’s old-time fiddle tune, “Whiteface” on a double bass. In case you’re wondering, he’s not left handed, the video is reversed. Check out more videos from Jason on his Youtube page.


Deftones re-record without Chi

The Deftones have re-entered the studio to re-record Eros, a project started last year that was interrupted with bassist Chi Cheng’s tragic car accident in November. Former Quicksand bassist Sergio Vega has been playing with the band since then. From their myspace blog, Deftone’s state in revisitng their work it “doesn’t best encompass and represent who we are currently as...

Bass Lessons

Lesson: Master the Fretboard – Part 1

One of the essential skills for any bassist is mastery of the fingerboard. At any point in time you should know exactly where you are and where you can go. Most of us have the first part of that down, it’s rare that you’ll be playing and not know where you are, but how many people have an understanding of...

Bass Gear

Orange Amps announces new Crush PiX line upgrade

The Orange Crush PiX line of amplifiers are getting an upgrade and will debut at the upcoming Nashville NAMM show next month. Eight models will be available, with the traditional Orange grill cloth, miniature Orange crest finish, signature Orange picture frame edging, exterior beading and the hieroglyph symbols. The CR10 and CR12L get two extra watts of power, in the...

Bass Videos

Zander Zon: “Memory” for solo bass

Bassist Zander Zon has done it again, this time performing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Memory”, from the musical Cats. Enjoy! Check out all of ZanderZon’s videos on his Youtube page.

Ask Damian Erskine, Columns

Ask Damian Erskine

Q: What would be a good way to start practicing soloing over changes? A: I’ll tell you what I worked on the most with the soloing thing. Take a jazz standard (so there’s a lot of chord changes) and practice arpeggiating the chords through the tune. First, like a walking bass line (quarter notes…1, 3, 5, 7 of each chord)...

Janis Ian and Richard Bona duet: At Seventeen
Bass Videos

Janis Ian and Richard Bona duet: At Seventeen

Wow, this video was really unexpected and pleasant surprise: legendary singer/songwriter Janis Ian performing “At Seventeen” with Richard Bona backing her up. The performance took place on a Dutch TV show a few years ago. More than once, Janis smiles at Bona’s playing (and harmonics).

New Albums

Metallica bassist Cliff Burton biography available

The official biography of Metallica bassist Cliff Burton is now available. To Live Is to Die: The Life and Death of Metallica’s Cliff Burton highlights Cliff Burton’s career with Metallica and includes information on the making of the ground-breaking first three Metallica albums, Cliff’s short career and tragic death three and a half years after joining the band. The book...

New Albums

Sara Wasserman debuts “Solid Ground” with Rob Wasserman & Christian McBride

Sara Wasserman, the daughter of legendary bassist Rob Wasserman debuts Solid Ground, an album seven years in the making. Solid Ground features Rob Wasserman as a guest musician, along with Aaron Neville, bassist Christian McBride, Lou Reed, turntablist DJ Logic, Jane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins and Living Colour’s Vernon Reid. Preview the album: Widgets Sara’s had quite the musical...