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  • Exploring Alternate Chord Voicings

    Exploring Alternate Chord Voicings

    Q: Do you have any thoughts on how I can explore some alternate chord voicings? I’m having a hard time going beyond the typical root position chord shapes. A: Yes! I recently posted a Youtube video in which I work through a Steve Swallow tune (“Falling Grace”) in real time and demonstrate a great exercise... »

  • Esperanza Spalding and Bobby McFerrin Duet at Grammys

    Esperanza Spalding and Bobby McFerrin Duet at Grammys

    Here’s an electrifying clip of Best New Artist Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding with vocal phenom Bobby McFerrin performing at the Grammy pre-telecast ceremony, which they co-hosted. Esperanza’s playing is a great mix of jazzy and funky, and McFerrin deserves bonus points for picking up the bass line while she takes a solo halfway through. »

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  • Dave Pajo Quits Interpol

    Dave Pajo Quits Interpol

    Less than a year after replacing founder Carlos D, Interpol is once again switching bassists, as Dave Pajo quit the group. The announcement came from a statement on the band’s website. ”I would like to announce that I will no longer be performing live with Interpol on their upcoming campaign,” Pajo stated. “I’ll be taking... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Bob Bartram

    Reader Spotlight: Bob Bartram

    Meet Bob Bartram, a bassist from Baltimore, Maryland and our player in the spotlight for March 1, 2011. Bio: I’m a bass player from Baltimore, Maryland who has been playing local gigs with various bands for quite a while now. I work full time and am a husband and father of two, so this is... »

  • Ashdown Introduces Drophead DP-200 and LB-30 Combo Amps

    Ashdown Introduces Drophead DP-200 and LB-30 Combo Amps

    Ashdown Engineering has introduced a new all tube head, the DP200H, as well as two new tube “flip-top” combos incorporating the new head and the company’s Little Bastard with 15” speakers. The DP-200 Drophead H features the preamp from the company’s 427 Small Block head, utilizing two ECC82 tubes, a ECC99, and two ECC82 tubes,... »

  • Evan Marien: “Between Worlds” Solo Bass

    Evan Marien: “Between Worlds” Solo Bass

    Here’s Evan Marien performing a solo bass version of the title track from his Between Worlds album, released in 2009. I’ve always enjoyed the studio version, and this version offers a nice build up thanks to the layers and looping. »

  • Seether Announces Spring 2011 Tour

    Seether Announces Spring 2011 Tour

    South African rockers Seether have announced an extensive spring tour schedule spanning the U.S. East Coast and Midwest. The trek comes in support of their upcoming album, Holding on to Strings Better Left to Fray, available May 24. Bassist Dale Stewart explains the new record mixes it up by featuring writing contributions from the whole... »