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Archive for August 2009 - Page 4

Sheet Music & Instruction

The Best of Jack Bruce transcription book

Alfred Music Publishing has released The Best of Jack Bruce: 13 Classics from Cream and Beyond, a new transcription book featuring 13 songs from bass legend Jack Bruce. The book includes both full notation and TAB. Eleven songs are from Bruce’s recordings from Cream’s Fresh Cream, Disraeli Gears, and Wheels of Fire albums, and two are from Bruce’s own solo...

Columns, Ray's Raving About...

Ray’s raving about… Janek Gwizdala Podcasts

Janek Gwizdala is a very accomplished bass player who’s skills have him wearing many hats as a musician. He has played with some of the most respected players in the business and rightfully so. Janek is one of my personal favorites because he has a way of playing what feels right for whatever musical situation he is in, not to...

Bass Videos

Roberto Aymes Quartet: Besame Mucho live performance

This great latin jazz video features bassist Roberto Aymes, performing killer solos over “Besame Mucho”, with his band the Roberto Aymes Art Latin Jazz Quartet. The band features Aymes on bass, Jaime Reyes on piano, Mario Bastarrica on percussion and Salvador Merchand on drums. This tune swings! You can check out more on Aymes at his web site.


Bassist John Illsley sparks hearing awareness

My Bloody Valentine has partnered with Earplugshop to combat hearing loss at rock concerts. EarPlugShop is an organization dedicated to protecting hearing. Spokesperson Shaun Thornburgh said he respects the “ear-splittingly loud” rockers for tackling this very serious issue: “The band is highlighting how important it is to protect ears from damage which, once set in, is irreversible.” My Bloody Valentine...

Bass Gear

Gear Watch: Stanley Clarke Signature Wah-Wah

EBS Sweden has released their latest pedal product, the Stanley Clarke Signature Wah-Wah. This pedal has been designed specifically for the bass according to Clarke’s musical requirements and personal taste. The result is a “a distinctive tone and a clear idea of how it should sound, we all knew what to expect. A unique pedal design that satisfies his exacting...

Bass Lessons

Lesson: Bass Chords

It’s time to focus on the guitar aspect of bass guitar and learn to play chords. Why bother with this technique? First, it will improve your ability to hear the chord structures other band-mates play and give your ear a head-start on making a strong line. Second, you’ll get to learn a lot about what goes on above the root...

Victor Wooten & Steve Bailey: Mercy Mercy Mercy live at NAMM 2009
Bass Videos

Victor Wooten & Steve Bailey: Mercy Mercy Mercy live at NAMM 2009

Check out Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey performing Joe Zawinul’s “Mercy Mercy Mercy”, along with David “Fingers” Haynes, at the PreSonus booth.

Player News

Retrospective: Kam Falk’s Native Tongue

We have found another gem in the archives… Bassist Kam Falk released his debut album Native Tongue in 2001, combining jazz, rock, World and classical music with a taste of the blues. A little background on Native Tongue, from the album notes: “After years of performing, recording and developing his craft with some of today’s most respected musicians, such as...

New Albums

Armistice, the new release from Mutemath

Mutemath has released their new album, Armistice, featuring bassist Roy Mitchell-Cardenas. From a recent review by Soul Audio: “Roy Mitchell-Cardenas turns in bass work that’s nothing less than stellar throughout the whole album, handling the pop oriented songs with economy and taste and the rock/indie parts with intelligence and enthusiasm. His bass playing percolates and boils, writhing along the underbelly...

Ask Damian Erskine, Columns

Ask Damian Erskine: Theory and right hand technique

Q: Just wanted to ask you how can I get used to using the harmonized major and minor scales when soloing or using them when I’m playing a fill. I use the relative major or minor of the key I’m playing in regularly but I cant seem to get the other scale degree’s to work. My second question is how...

Bass Videos

Debra Killings: Love, live

This video shows bassist and singer Debra Killings performing “Love” off her 2003 album Surrender. In addition to her own compositions, Debra has played bass on many OutKast albums and has been a backup singer on most of the albums released by TLC.

Bass Gear

Gear Watch: Lyt F16 Pedal Board

The LyT F16 is the latest addition to the LyT pedal board collection. This board is specifically designed for tight locations and is great for when you need to get the most out of your stage space. The LyT F16 is designed to hold 4-8 pedals. The LyT F16 is made of the same lightweight ultra-strong wood composite material as...