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Stan Sargeant Live Bass Solo
Bass Videos

Stan Sargeant Live Bass Solo

During an Al Jarreau tour in 2008, Stan Sargeant takes a solo break and really gets the audience going, before the band kicks in to back him up. The band even throws in a little bit of Weather Report’s “Black Market” at the end.

Bass for Kids: A Beginner’s Guide with Step-by-Step Instruction for Bass Guitar
Sheet Music & Instruction

Bass for Kids: A Beginner’s Guide with Step-by-Step Instruction for Bass Guitar

Hal Leonard has introduced a new bass method, designed for children who want to learn the bass guitar, Bass for Kids: A Beginner’s Guide. The 32-book format includes 17 songs in layouts that allow the student to focus on one concept at a time. Lessons include selecting a bass, holding a bass, hand position, reading music notation and counting. Bass...

Mike Watt Announces New Album Release, Tour
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Mike Watt Announces New Album Release, Tour

Punk legend and Minutemen co-founder Mike Watt has announced an extensive North American tour in support of his upcoming CD, “Hyphenated-Man.” The new record, which is already available in Japan, is 30 tracks which Watt describes as thirty parts of one big tune. “My third opera ‘hyphenated-man’ will be released everywhere except Japan on March 1, 2011 through my new...

RIP Phil Kennemore
In Memoriam

RIP Phil Kennemore

After being diagnosed last year, Y&T bassist Phil Kennemore lost his battle to cancer January 7th. The 57 year old was a founding member of the band in 1974 and continued touring with the band up until his hospitalization. A benefit concert featuring Queensryche, Heaven & Hell, and Testament was held on December 31st to offset Kennemore’s medical expenses. ”Phil...

Florent Ghys: Multi-Tracked Upright Bass
Bass Videos

Florent Ghys: Multi-Tracked Upright Bass

In this exciting video, the French bassist Florent Ghys combines multi-tracking bass loops and video clips shot in his hometown of Bordeaux, France to create a unique work. It was featured at the June, 2010 Bang on a Can Marathon Concert in New York.

Rylee Releases Bass Fretboard Addict App
Apps

Rylee Releases Bass Fretboard Addict App

Michael Rylee has just released the Bass Fretboard Addict app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The app is a fretboard trainer game designed to help “improve your visual, mental, and listening bass guitar skills” as well as your ability to read music notation. Using real bass guitar sounds, the app challenges you to find notes on the fretboard by...

New Book Of Photography Chronicles Les Claypool’s Career
News

New Book Of Photography Chronicles Les Claypool’s Career

A new book chronicling Les Claypool’s career through photos has been published in a limited run through San Francisco based Rock Out Books. To Defy The Laws of Tradition is a collection of over 750 photographs taken by Jay Blakesberg’s 10,000+ image archive of Claypool’s groups including Primus, Holy Mackerel, Sausage, Oysterhead, and the Frog Brigade. Claypool also contributes an...

Nikolai Fraiture Confirms New Strokes Album for March
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Nikolai Fraiture Confirms New Strokes Album for March

Bassist Nikolai Fraiture has confirmed that the new Strokes album is almost complete and is set for a March release. In an interview with BBC Radio 1, Fraiture explained the group’s fourth album hearkens back to their “classic sound.” “Sonically, I feel it’s the album which should have been made between Room On Fire and First Impressions Of Earth,” he...

Return To Forever: After the Cosmic Rain (1974)
Bass Videos

Return To Forever: After the Cosmic Rain (1974)

Here’s the original Return to Forever line up, performing for German TV in early 1974 – without an audience! Guitarist Bill Connors, who was soon replaced by Al Di Meola, is present along with Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea and Lenny White. Sadly, the camera operators and/or editor decided not to focus on Clarke very much during the first half of...

Reader Spotlight: Leighton Allen
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Leighton Allen

Meet Leighton Allen, a bassist from the UK and our player in the spotlight for January 5, 2011. Bio: I’m a bass player from the south of England, currently writing/playing with Steve Byrd 80’s session musician and ex-guitarist with Kim Wilde and Ian Gillian, amongst many many others. I have played many of the UK top venues and festivals with...

Plucking Patterns: Right Hand Exercises for Bass
Ask Damian Erskine

Plucking Patterns: Right Hand Exercises for Bass

Q: You covered playing chords on the bass and going beyond the roots. I use chords a lot when I compose/write and when I practice different things. I often find myself short when it comes to rhythms and different strumming patterns over the chords. Do you have some good ideas for strumming patterns? A: The rhythm you use is one...

What Blues Bass is All About: Russell Jackson with B.B. King
Bass Videos

What Blues Bass is All About: Russell Jackson with B.B. King

Russell Jackson joined B.B. King’s band in the late ’70s, staying with the legendary guitarist for seven years. In this early ’80s clip from French TV, the band plays an instrumental, then kicks into “Let the Good Times Roll,” with another segue into “Everyday I Have the Blues.” The whole band swings hard to Russell’s bouncy lines, as he lays...