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David Pastorius: It’s Not What You Think
Interviews

David Pastorius: It’s Not What You Think

When your last name is Pastorius and you play the bass, it only stands to reason that people will draw some immediate conclusions. In the case of David Pastorius, they’d probably be wrong. David, the nephew of the late, great bassist Jaco Pastorius, may share the same last name and instrument of choice as his uncle, but that’s where the...

Bass Videos

Esperanza Spalding performs “Tell Him” at The White House Unplugged Poetry Jam

On May 12, 2009, the White House held the “Unplugged Poetry Jam”, and bassist Esperanza Spalding was one of the featured performers. Esperanza is obviously becoming a White House favorite. She took the stage at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony this morning, and will perform a concert at the ceremony tomorrow. Here’s Esperanza performing “Tell Him”:

Bass Gear

Gear Watch: Magma cables from Lava Cable

Lava Cable has announced their new Magma cable line, featuring high durability and top-quality sound, while remaining at average consumer prices. Magma cable features: G&H Industries ‘Show Saver’ plugs Hi-Quality Copper Conductors, with a 20 AWG low strand count 29.5 pF/ft low capacitance And a 93% spiral shield, providing excellent RF protection The Magma cable has retailed at just $29.95...

Concerts & Tours

Yes announces U.S. tour

Legendary prog-rockers Yes have announced that they will be touring the U.S. east coast in February, 2010, starting in Concord, New Hampshire and ending up in Boca Raton, Florida. The band features original bassist and founder Chris Squire, and alongside him the current line-up includes Steve Howe, Alan White, Benoit David, and Oliver Wakeman. The dates for February, 2010 include:...

Ask Damian Erskine

Ask Damian Erskine: Learning to Feel

Q: I was wondering how you work on improving your ‘feel’ as a bassist? I really want to improve my groove and try and keep my approach as part of the rhythm section as fresh as possible. I’m finding it really difficult to come up with a concise way of practicing this and would really appreciate any insight you can...

Roberto Badoglio: “Oceania” Electric Bass Solo
Bass Videos

Roberto Badoglio: “Oceania” Electric Bass Solo

Our good friend Sigurdór Guðmundsson shares this video with us, saying “How about featuring this talented player?” One listen, and we are happy to feature this beautiful solo bass performance by Roberto Badoglio. The piece, “Oceania” is a bass improvisation on a D major pedal.

Player News

Player Watch: Henry Grimes, back in action

After a 35 year hiatus from the music scene, bassist Henry Grimes made his return to music in 2003. Or as Grimes calls it, “His Resurrection”. A recent Financial Times article focuses on Grimes’s return, and he shared what it was like before and after the break, and what it was like getting back into music. Before his break, Grimes...

Reader Spotlight: Paul Adams
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Paul Adams

Meet Paul Adams, our bass player in the spotlight for December 8, 2009. Bio: I am a busy professional electric and double bass player based in Stoke on Trent, England. I have performed throughout the UK, USA and Europe with various groups and artists, as well as working in the pit of many theatre productions, as well as being a...

How To Copyright Your Music
Bass Lessons

How To Copyright Your Music

You work really hard a musician. If you’re at the point of publishing your own original music you need to understand a few things about the music business to protect yourself and your work in the form of copyrights. It is not absolutely necessary to file copyright applications for your work, but there are a lot of advantages to doing...

Maurizio Rolli’s Tones Big Band: Little Wing, a tribute to Hiram Bullock
Bass Videos

Maurizio Rolli’s Tones Big Band: Little Wing, a tribute to Hiram Bullock

Maurizio Rolli and his Rolli’s Tone Big Band performed a tribute to the late, great guitarist Hiram Bullock earlier this year. Check out the 21-piece big band performing a very unique take on Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing”, live at Pescara Jazz 2009.

Events

Rotosound announces guest appearances at NAMM Show

String manufacturer Rotosound has announced a line-up of bassists who will be making appearances at their booth at NAMM 2010 on Saturday, the 16th of January. Five guests are scheduled for that day, including Duff McKagan of Guns & Roses/Velvet Revolver, James Lomenzo of Megadeth, Eva Gardener, who has been touring with Pink, Robbie Crane from Ratt, and the formidable...

Concerts & Tours

Phil Lesh “Furthurs” his career

Phil Lesh has teamed up once again with former Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir to create a new band, Furthur. The band also features members of their other projects. The group came together earlier this year, and debuted in September at the Fox Theatre in Oakland, California, and now they have announced a nationwide tour. Here are the upcoming dates:...