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    Melodic Bass Lines

    We’ve all heard about “chordal scales.” Chordal scales are useful; they contain the chord tones—we really need those!—and a set of neighbor and passing tones that will sound reasonably and reliably good. Chordal scales are emphasized in a lot of teaching methods. Are they the basis of what we need to know as bass players?... »

  • Robert Riegler: Passing Glance

    Today’s featured video showcases the work of Austrian bass player Robert Riegler, performing Ralph Thenner’s Passing Glance. Enjoy! »

  • Christian McBride tour update

    Bassist Christian McBride is on road with his quintet, Christian McBride & Inside Straight. Here are the dates for the summer: June 11: Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, CA June 12: Anthology in San Diego, CA June 13 & 14: Yoshi’s in Oakland, CA Jun 15: Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley in Seattle, WA June 17-20:... »

  • Kilian Duarte: Talking Bass

    Kilian Duarte sent in this video, from his Berklee bass department concert this year. Bass, loops and talk box. Wow! Check out more videos by Killian. »

  • Krist Novoselic announces candidacy for County Clerk position

    Former Nirvana bassist and current Fair Vote chairman Krist Novoselic filed to run for the office of Wahkiakum County Clerk (in Washington state) this week. He’s labeled himself on the ballot as part of the fictitious “Grange Party”. While Novoselic acknowledged this is a publicity stunt and that he has no interest in becoming the... »

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  • Edo Castro: Sacred Graffiti

    Bassist Edo Castro is recording his next album, Sacred Graffiti, the follow up to his 2006 release, Phoenix. Edo is joined by special guests David Friesen, Michael Manring, Dan Zinn, Ray Cooper and Percy Jones on the release, coming out later this year on the Passion Star Records label. Check out Edo in a live... »

  • Mike Stern: Big Neighborhood

    Jambase has the scoop on Mike Stern’s new album, Big Neighborhood, coming out on August 11, 2009. Stern’s track record for assembling a great line up of musicians continues with this release, and Big Neighborhood hosts a big lineup: Bassists: Richard Bona, Esperanza Spalding, Chris Minh Doky and Lincoln Goines Guitarists: Steve Vai and Eric... »

  • Edgar Meyer and Victor Wooten: Two players, one bass

    This is about the craziest bass duet we’ve ever seen. Did these guys even miss a beat? »

  • Esperanza Spalding tour dates

    Bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding has updated tour information for the summer, including many festivals along the way: June dates June 5, 2009 at 8:00pm: Discover Jazz Festival, Burlington, VT June 8, 2009 at 8:00pm: Via Funchal. Jorge Benson with Esperanza Spalding, Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo June 13, 2009 at 8:00pm: Playboy Jazz Festival, Holywood Bowl, Hollywood,... »

  • Metronome Madness

    Metronome Madness

    One of the biggest creeds for bassists is “thou shalt worship thy metronome” (it comes right after “thou shalt be the sexiest member in the band”), and with good reason. Sexiness aside, we are the foundation, both harmonically and metrically, for the rest of the band. We’re the pulse. These exercises will help you get... »