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  • Todd Matthews: “Little Drummer Boy” the Way We Like It: for Solo Bass

    Todd Matthews: “Little Drummer Boy” the Way We Like It: for Solo Bass

    Editor’s note: we’re celebrating the holidays this week with some awesome (and sometimes funny) holiday videos. Be sure to check back every day for some holiday cheer, bass-style. If you’ve been looking for a great video of Santa dancing while playing bass, look no further. Double bassist Todd Matthews sent us this video of his... »

  • Tommy Stinson: The Next GN’R Album will Come Quicker Than Chinese Democracy

    Tommy Stinson: The Next GN’R Album will Come Quicker Than Chinese Democracy

    Guns N’ Roses bassist Tommy Stinson says the follow-up to Chinese Democracy should come “much quicker” than its predecessor, which was a project 15 years in the making before it was released in 2008. “You know, I just see us making a record much quicker, because, in hindsight, a lot of what happened with Chinese... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Michael Olson

    Reader Spotlight: Michael Olson

    Meet Michael Olson, a self-described “perfeshinul bassist” from Fort Collins, Colorado who makes his day all about music. Michael is our player in the spotlight for December 20, 2011. You have to check out the “Band & Gigs” section below – that story is awesome. Bio: I have been a professional bassist since the day... »

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  • Kala Expands S-U-B Series with Cherry Burst U-Bass Option

    Kala Expands S-U-B Series with Cherry Burst U-Bass Option

    Kala has added a new Cherry Burst finish to its S-U-B line of solid body U-Basses. The new bass shares all the characteristics of its brethren, including a solid body, a 21″ scale, a Shadow active pickup system, a 2-band EQ, Hipshot-licensed tuners and proprietary polyurethane strings. Kala, a ukelele company, first introduced the U-Bass... »

  • Alex Bershadsky: Ma’oz Tzur

    Alex Bershadsky: Ma’oz Tzur

    In celebration of Hanukkah, we’ve got an incredible bass-only version of the traditional Jewish liturgical poem performed by Alex Bershadsky. The Israeli-raised bassist layers a lyrical fretless line on top of his chordal fretted work to create a rich and introspective arrangement of the song. This arrangement can be found on the new Zon Guitars... »

  • Mark Evans Releases Memoir, “Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside of AC/DC”

    Mark Evans Releases Memoir, “Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside of AC/DC”

    In 1975, bassist Mark Evans joined AC/DC, Australia’s hardest working rock band, when he was just 19 years old. Over the next few years, the band recorded four best-selling albums and the band shot up the ranks to headlining, world-tour super-stardom. Evans, who held down the low end for the band between March 1975 and... »

  • Mike Lull Unveils Jeff Ament JAXT4 Signature Bass

    Mike Lull Unveils Jeff Ament JAXT4 Signature Bass

    Mike Lull Custom Guitars has announced the Jeff Ament JAXT4 Signature bass, to be available starting in January 2012. The Pearl Jam bassist worked closely with Lull on the specifications of the bass, which is a modified version of Lull’s T4. One of the key features to the JAXT4 is it’s oversized body, which is... »

  • Dr. D’s Guide to Improving Your Walking Bass Lines

    Dr. D’s Guide to Improving Your Walking Bass Lines

    I regularly see students who are unhappy with their walking bass lines. Perhaps they don’t like how their lines lead (or don’t lead) from chord to chord. Perhaps they find themselves falling into predictable patterns over and over again. Perhaps their range is limited. Perhaps they just don’t find their lines satisfying. All of this... »

  • Hyunmo Kim: “The First Noel” for Solo Bass

    Hyunmo Kim: “The First Noel” for Solo Bass

    Editor’s note: we’re celebrating the holidays this week with some awesome (and sometimes funny) holiday videos. Be sure to check back every day for some holiday cheer, bass-style. Get your egg nog ready. Arthur Baucour sent in this video of Korean bassist Hyunmo Kim playing a jaw-dropping rendition of “The First Noel.” As a gift... »

  • Top 10: Great Bass Gear in the Spotlight, Jason Newsted’s Celebration with Metallica, the Top Bass Videos and More

    Top 10: Great Bass Gear in the Spotlight, Jason Newsted’s Celebration with Metallica, the Top Bass Videos and More

    In the Gear category, readers loved the Chillbass Pantera, our bass of the week, plus our Custom Shop interview with Mike Lull, and the all new Le Fay Fan Fret version of the Pangton Headless bass. In player coverage, the news of Jason Newsted reuniting with Metallica for their 30th anniversary – and the video... »