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Archive for October 2012

Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories for October
Gear Roundup

Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories for October

Here’s a top 10 list of our most popular bass coverage in the month of October, 2012. As always, this is based on reader views. Thanks for reading, sharing and commenting! 1. Gibson Unveils New EB Bass In 1953, Gibson took its first step into the electric bass market with the EB-1, eventually releasing several models to follow musical trends....

Learning Theory: Recommendations for Resources and Steps to Making it Happen
Ask Damian Erskine

Learning Theory: Recommendations for Resources and Steps to Making it Happen

Q: What would you recommend as great resources for learning theory? I’m not someone who lacks in imagination or creative drive or even feel. I’m more of a groove player, and I’ve never stopped to get any formal grounding with modes, harmonizations, relationships of scales and arpeggios and putting that together for a given tonality. I’d appreciate any recommendations for...

Howie Waldman: “The Addams Family” Theme All-Bass Cover
Bass Videos

Howie Waldman: “The Addams Family” Theme All-Bass Cover

Happy Halloween, bass style. Here’s bassist Howie Waldman performing the theme to The Addams Family the best way possible: with his bass. Love the hair.

Black Country Communion Releases “Afterglow”
New Albums

Black Country Communion Releases “Afterglow”

Black Country Communion has released their third album, Afterglow, through J&R Records. Fronted by bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, the group brings together fellow rock legends Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham, and Derek Sherinian. Though there is some uncertainty to the band’s future, their latest effort is more proof that the mixture of talent is a winning one. “So happy that Afterglow is...

Reader Spotlight: Amy Humphrey
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Amy Humphrey

Meet Amy Humphrey, an “accidental” bassist from Missouri who got hooked on the bass 25 years ago and has been playing ever since. We love Amy’s story and her gear list, so it was an easy choice to make Amy our player in the spotlight for the week of October 30, 2012. Bio: Accidental bassist who has been making it...

Pavel Announces Jazz Pro Vintage USA Basses
Basses

Pavel Announces Jazz Pro Vintage USA Basses

Pavel de la Fuente has announced a new line of basses through his custom shop, Pavel Musical Instruments. The new Jazz Pro Vintage USA bass models include both 4- and 5-string basses, with a choice of Alder or Ash for the body, Rock Maple neck and a choice of Maple or Rosewood fretboard. The basses are available in natural, white,...

Bass Battle: “Breathe” Live Looping
Bass Videos

Bass Battle: “Breathe” Live Looping

Iuliu-Bogdan Diaconeasa, aka Bass Battle, sent us the latest in his live looping adventures with this song called “Breathe”. Kick back, relax and enjoy! Bass Battle has also made the audio track available via Soundcloud:

Hal Leonard Releases “Ultimate-Guitar Bass Bonanza”
Sheet Music & Instruction

Hal Leonard Releases “Ultimate-Guitar Bass Bonanza”

Hal Leonard has published their latest in the Bass Recorded Versions series with the new (and phone book-sized) edition, Ultimate-Guitar Bass Bonanza. The 352 page book contains transcriptions for the bass lines to 50 well-known tunes, presented in both standard notation and tab. In addition to the bass line for each tune, the lyrics and vocal melodies are also included,...

FunkBox: A Look at the Drum Machine App for iOS
Apps

FunkBox: A Look at the Drum Machine App for iOS

Funkbox Drum Machine is a fantastically done, retro-styled drum machine loaded with some of the most popular drum machine sounds from the 70’s and 80’s. This app has even been used live and in the studio by many artists including Joan Osborne and, most famously, by Gorillaz. If you’re at all familiar with the drum machines of old, then you’ll...

DunlopTV: The Marcus Miller Interview
Bass Videos

DunlopTV: The Marcus Miller Interview

Here’s a cool interview that DunlopTV did with Marcus Miller backstage at the San Francisco Jazz Festival. After speaking on his career a bit, Miller talks about getting his sound. The chat offers some nice insight into the bassist’s newfound use of effects and his approach to using them.