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John Patitucci Releases Melodic Arpeggios and Triad Combining for Bass, Episode 1
Sheet Music & Instruction

John Patitucci Releases Melodic Arpeggios and Triad Combining for Bass, Episode 1

John Patitucci has teamed up with David Gage String Instruments to release Episode 1 of the bassist’s new Kindle book, Melodic Arpeggios and Triad Combining for Bass. The book, which is made of exercises that Patitucci developed over 10 years, is the first of a six part series designed to take the tedium out of practicing valuable skills. “It is...

Bass of the Week: Stash Stainless Bass Guitar
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Stash Stainless Bass Guitar

While perusing Facebook, I stumbled upon this uber-sleek, uber-unique instrument: The Stash Stainless Bass Guitar. Designed and built by Stanislaw Potyrala in Mississauga, Ontario, the bass is made entirely of stainless steel, which the company says improves stiffness, mechanical and environmental stability, sound quality and tunability. “The only disadvantage is that rock stars will not be able to destroy this...

Setting Yourself Up For Success In The Practice Shed (Part 2)
Columns

Setting Yourself Up For Success In The Practice Shed (Part 2)

If you are really serious about improving your bass playing, at some point you are going to realize that you need to have a solid practice plan in place. Merely working on a random variety of exercises or picking up your bass arbitrarily between performances will not put you on the fast track to solid and consistent progress. This is...

Marta Altesa: “Time Won’t Wait” Jamiroquai Play-Along
Bass Videos

Marta Altesa: “Time Won’t Wait” Jamiroquai Play-Along

Holy smokes. How have we missed Marta Altesa all this time? Once again, our friend Sylvain Gros-Desormeaux sent us a gem of a video, saying, “This cover is very good. Killing tone, perfect timing, I love the smile on [Marta’s] face…” Marta is playing along to Jamiroquai’s “Time Won’t Wait” on her MusicMan StingRay 5. And she says she started...

Grip Studios Introduces Ladies Series Guitar Grip Wall Hangers
Accessories & Strings

Grip Studios Introduces Ladies Series Guitar Grip Wall Hangers

Grip Studios has expanded their hand-shaped Guitar Grips with the GS Ladies series. Made in Detroit, the guitar hangers are shaped like female hands and mount to the wall to hang your instrument. Like the rest of their models, the Ladies series hangers are built from durable resin with felt on their “wrists” to protect your wall and TAH3 cushioned...

Playing Through Changes with Arpeggios: Exercises for Bassists
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Playing Through Changes with Arpeggios: Exercises for Bassists

Many of my past columns have focused on answer readers’ questions related to playing through changes. So for this week’s column, I decided to put together the video below to cover a few approaches to getting comfortable with changes, through the use of arpeggios. (Side note: I’m frequently asked about the software I’m using in these videos. The software I’m...

Sean Martinez: “Shards of Scorched Flesh” Rings of Saturn Bass Play-Along
Bass Videos

Sean Martinez: “Shards of Scorched Flesh” Rings of Saturn Bass Play-Along

Extreme death metal bassist Sean Martinez does a play-through of the song “Shards of Scorched Flesh” by his band Rings of Saturn. Hold on to your hats. Things are going to get heavy.

Les Claypool Announces Tour Dates with Duo De Twang
Concerts & Tours

Les Claypool Announces Tour Dates with Duo De Twang

Les Claypool’s acoustic outfit, Duo De Twang, will be hitting the road in March and April. Starting in California, the tour will head East in mid-April with dates in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC and New York City. Claypool and guitarist Marc “Mirv” Haggard make up the duo, playing acoustic versions of the bassist’s tunes as well as...

Reader Spotlight: Adam Neely
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Adam Neely

Meet Adam Neely, a bass player living in Brooklyn, NY and keeping busy with a music-filled calendar. Kevin featured Adam during our Featured Reader Video week, with a video of his band, Inside//Outside. We enjoyed learning more about this exciting bassist with his spotlight submission. Adam is our player in the spotlight for the week of February 18, 2013. (You...

Petros Klampanis: “Countdown” Solo Looping Double Bass
Bass Videos

Petros Klampanis: “Countdown” Solo Looping Double Bass

Here’s an awesome rendition of the classic John Coltrane tune “Countdown,” performed by Petros Klampanis. The bassist gets creative with harmonics, insane rhythms, and a shaker attached to his ankle.

Rush Extends Clockwork Angels Tour
Concerts & Tours

Rush Extends Clockwork Angels Tour

Rush has just added 15 cities to its current North America tour, in support of Clockwork Angels, from June through August. The is the second time the trio has announced additional dates. The second leg of the North American tour will kick off in Austin, Texas on April 23rd, following the group’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of...

On the Music Path: A Look at the Music Lessons App for iPad
Apps

On the Music Path: A Look at the Music Lessons App for iPad

On The Path released a beautiful app that I’ve enjoyed for the past year or so, called On the Music Path. On the Music Path is an iPad app designed to offer in-depth lessons for a multitude of instruments by masters of their craft (like Roscoe Beck, Leland Sklar, Russell Ferrante, Eric Johnson, Lee Ritenour and many many more). While...