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Archive for September 2011

Gibson Introduces Krist Novoselic Signature RD Bass
Bass Gear

Gibson Introduces Krist Novoselic Signature RD Bass

Gibson is helping to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind album with the introduction of the Krist Novoselic Signature RD Bass. The grunge bassist used an RD Artist series bass during his years with the trio and as such, the new bass is a recreation of its predecessor, with Novoselic’s own customizations. The RD body shape is an offset...

The Blues Shuffle: It’s All About the Feel
Blues Bass

The Blues Shuffle: It’s All About the Feel

Aside from knowing the 12 bar blues progression, familiarization with different bass patterns and feels becomes crucial. Since many songs have the same progression, the pattern and/or feel is the main characteristic that differentiates one blues from another. This column will focus specifically on the feel, how to differentiate one kind of shuffle from another by changing your articulation or...

Esperanza Spalding: Wild Is The Wind, Live
Bass Videos

Esperanza Spalding: Wild Is The Wind, Live

Esperanza Spalding leads this beautiful performance of “Wild Is The Wind”, filmed live in San Sebastian in 2009. The tune is from Esperanza’s Chamber Music Society. This one has it all.

Sting Releases “25 Years” Box Set
New Albums

Sting Releases “25 Years” Box Set

Fresh on the heels of the announcement Sting’s “Back to Bass” tour comes the definitive Sting box set collection, released this week. Sting: 25 Years is a 4-disc set, featuring 45 remastered tracks spanning Sting’s solo career on 3 discs, plus a DVD containing previously unreleased live concert footage. The audio portion begins with Sting’s 1985 solo debut Dream of...

Bass of the Week: BL Designs Barbary Fretless 5-String
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: BL Designs Barbary Fretless 5-String

Our featured bass this week is a BL Design Barbary 5-string. This custom fretless bass is a single cutaway design built with a redwood theme, the body is birdseye redwood with a maple veneer, while the stunning top is exhibition grade redwood burl. From there, the body is accented by a 9-piece padauk neck that has wenge and maple pinstripes...

Smooth Funk Bass Jam
Bass Videos

Smooth Funk Bass Jam

Bassist Philip Smith says, “a little funk jam for you.” Philip played all the instruments on this track, but it is the bass we liked the most, of course.

Alex Webster Releases Extreme Metal Bass
Sheet Music & Instruction

Alex Webster Releases Extreme Metal Bass

Cannibal Corpse’s Alex Webster has authored a new bass instructional book, released this week. is a book and CD combo guide offering insights into the techniques, concepts and applications of metal bass. The 64-page book is accompanied by an enhanced CD, offering demos of the materials presented in the book, play-along tracks for all the examples, and play-along MIDI drum...

Rush to Release “Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland” on DVD and CD
News

Rush to Release “Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland” on DVD and CD

Rush is prepping for the release of Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland, their first effort through the power trio’s new label, Roadrunner Records. The release is scheduled for November 8, 2011. The 2-disc album features the of the trio of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neal Peart performing the April 2011 concert at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland,...

The Purpose of Practice
Ask Damian Erskine

The Purpose of Practice

Q: Hi Damian, a few weeks back I started doubting the “purpose” of practice, due to the fact that if you practice a specific tune, or any give exercise, its only for a short period of time (couple of months or so) and then it goes to the back of your head. How can I make my practice more “permanent”...

The Rockin’ Chair Bass
Bass Videos

The Rockin’ Chair Bass

Last week we featured a video about a bass being built into a snowboard. This time, it’s a little different. According to the guys who made this, “the Rockin Chair was invented on a coffee break at a newspaper in Värmland, Sweden, back in 1984 by the journalist Kjell Palmers and noted by his college Stefan Markebo. Many years later...