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  • The Best of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings

    Ex-Rolling Stone bassist Bill Wyman has released a new album, The Best of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings,. This best-of release features 20 tracks remastered by Jon Astley and a 24-page CD booklet of an exclusive interview with Wyman. The booklet also includes track-by-track commentary by Wyman to give the inside scoop over the recording history... »

  • Brad Russell & Steve Smith: Spain

    Today’s featured vid showcases the great bass work of Brad Russell, playing Chick Corea’s “Spain” to a recording with drummer Steve Smith. Brad is a freelance bassist who has worked with Clarence Clemmons, Pat Travers, Ric Derringer and Peter Cetera. »

  • Benefit fundraiser for Chi Cheng

    The Deftones have announced that they will be kicking off a series of fundraising events to help the family of Chi Cheng with the overwhelming medical bills accumulated for his treatment. Deftones are starting with a benefit show on November 19th, 2009 in Hollywood, California. Tickets are currently on sale and all proceeds will go... »

  • Live from Bonnaroo 2009 DVD Release Announced

    The latest Bonnaroo DVD is set to be released on December 15, 2009. Live from Bonnaroo 2009 includes a wide array of artists and styles, taken from the 140 bands and over 200 shows from the 2009 event, and includes backstage footage and exclusive performances. Bonnaroo takes place each summer, and is hailed by many... »

  • Ray’s raving about… Evan Marien’s “Between Worlds”

    One of my current favorite bass players to hit the scene is Evan Marien. Voted one of 2009’s “Most Exciting Players” in July issue of Bass Player magazine, Evan has already accomplished a lot at age 23. A recent graduate of the Berklee College Of Music, Evan has already worked with some amazing musicians such... »

  • Fretted or fretless? Make it a convertible

    Fretted or fretless? Make it a convertible

    Our Facebook friend Kirk Dickison shared a video with us featuring this odd, “convertible” bass that allows fast switching between fretted and fretless modes. So we decided to dig around and find out some more. Mikhail Chtchetinine, inventor of the bass, shares the background for the instrument: “Having discovered the liberation of fretless guitar music,... »

  • John Paul Jones confirms no Led Zeppelin tour

    Recently, Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones – along with band mates Jimmy Page and Jason Bonham – had considered touring as Led Zeppelin with a session singer. Original vocalist Robert Plant stated in 2008 that he “will not be touring or recording with Led Zeppelin,” even after the December 2007 reunion show attracted 1... »

  • Joëlle Léandre and William Parker “Live at Dunois”

    French double bassist Joëlle Léandre has carved a name for herself as one of the best improvisational bassists out there. Her latest release, Joelle Léandre and William Parker Live at Dunois, is a live recording with bassist William Parker where they show off their improvisational chops with a variety of bass techniques and disciplined skill.... »

  • The Zen of Ear Training – Part 2

    The Zen of Ear Training – Part 2

    In the last lesson we covered a few different strategies for starting to train your ears. This included singing with your instrument, singing over a drone, and singing intervals in all the keys. Now we’re going to take it a few steps further and work to really develop our ears ability to pick out notes... »

  • Steve Uccello: Chiral

    We covered bassist Steve Uccello‘s SYMMETRIA release back in August. Since then, Steve has posted a live looping instructional video of the eighth track on the album, “Chiral”. This video is also part of a lesson on our partner site, Learn the Low End, where Steve is a professor. »