1. Video: Jeff Beck Tour: Rhonda Smith Live Bass Solo/People Get Ready
Here’s a great look at the new Jeff Beck band line-up with Rhonda Smith performing live at Tokyo International Hall in Tokyo on April 13, 2010.
2. Player News: Mick Karn Diagnosed with Cancer
Bassist Mick Karn has been diagnosed with advanced stages of cancer, according to a post on his official web site.
3. Player News: RIP: Marvin Isley
Marvin Isley, bassist of the popular ‘70s and ‘80s funk group the Isley Brothers, has passed away June 6 in Chicago, Illinois.
4. The Lowdown with Dr. D: Practicing for Performance
When we are first learning a new work, we might spend many hours putting it together. We can easily spend days, weeks or even months working on small sections, phrases, passagework, navigating specific chord changes, or other musical and technical items in a piece. In his latest column, Dr. D shares his thoughts on practicing.
5. Player Spotlight: Erik Uhlen
Meet Erik Uhlen, our bassist in the spotlight for June 8, 2010.
6. Player News: Chi Cheng Showing Signs of Improvement
After being in a coma since November, 2008, Deftones bassist Chi Cheng is showing signs of improvement, according to his band mates.
7. New Releases: Iron Maiden Announce New Album Release Date, Free Download and Tour
Iron Maiden unveiled the artwork and releases date of their upcoming studio album, The Final Frontier. The band’s new CD will be available Monday, August 16th. Until then they are giving away the first single, “El Dorado,” as a free download.
8. Player News: Doug Ardito Exits Puddle of Mudd
Puddle of Mudd have announced that bassist Doug Ardito, who has been with the group for nine years, has left the band.
9. Player News: Meshell Ndegeocello Joins Bootsy Collins’ Funk University Staff
Meshell Ndegeocello is the latest Guest Professor addition to Bootsy Collins’ Funk University.
10. Ask Damian Erskine: Speaking in Longer Sentences
Damian answers a reader’s question: “How should I go about developing longer solo ideas?”