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Archive for May 2013

Creation Audio Labs Introduces The Funkulator Bass Pedal
Pedals & Effects

Creation Audio Labs Introduces The Funkulator Bass Pedal

Creation Audio Labs has introduced the Funkulator Bass Pedal, an EQ tone shaper designed with old school funk in mind. The pedal is built for simplicity with a single EQ knob that controls a variable upper mid frequency scoop with a gentle hi and low boost. Turning the control up enhances the EQ curve, while the footswitch allows for quickly...

Evan Marien: Eldridge Mach 2
Bass Videos

Evan Marien: Eldridge Mach 2

Whenever Evan Marien shares a new video with us, I usually stop what I’m doing to watch it. Here’s Evan’s latest, “Eldridge Mach 2” – a tune he wrote and performed using his bass, a looper, a Hot Hand and a laptop. It all adds up to some pretty incredible sounds coming from a bass.

Paul McCartney Reissues “Wings Over America”
New Albums

Paul McCartney Reissues “Wings Over America”

While currently on his Out There Tour, Paul McCartney is continuing to reissue his classic material with a new version of Wings Over America. The release is a remastered take of the 1976 triple album that captured the band during their Wings Over America tour of the same year. With performances including “Maybe I’m Amazed,” “Live and Let Die,” and...

Bass of the Week: Fclef Basses Custom Series II
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Fclef Basses Custom Series II

This week we take a look at the Fclef Custom Series II Bass. Introduced as part of their 10th anniversary, the Custom Series II model builds upon their Custom Series and is handcrafted in the United States. The company also boasts that each member of the crew is a bass player, which gets a big thumbs up in our book....

Transcription: Jaco Pastorius’ Solo on “(Used To Be a) Cha Cha”
Transcriptions

Transcription: Jaco Pastorius’ Solo on “(Used To Be a) Cha Cha”

Among the great tunes on Jaco Pastorius’ self-titled solo debut was “(Used to Be A) Cha-Cha”. His solo is a tricky one, at an upbeat tempo and with Jaco’s trademark melodic and syncopated lines. Along with Jaco, Hubert Laws (piccolo and flute), Herbie Hancock (piano), Lenny White (drums) and Don Alias (congas) performed on the original. Here is my take...

Flea, John Frusciante & Omar Rodríguez-López: 2004 Jam
Bass Videos

Flea, John Frusciante & Omar Rodríguez-López: 2004 Jam

Back in 2004, Red Hot Chili Peppers bandmates Flea and John Frusciante got together with The Mars Volta’s Omar Rodríguez-López in Los Angeles for a jam session. Here’s 20 or so minutes worth…

Hot Tuna Announces Summer 2013 Tour
Concerts & Tours

Hot Tuna Announces Summer 2013 Tour

Hot Tuna is gearing up a summer tour of the US, featuring both their electric and acoustic lineups. Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen will be joined by Barry Mitterhoff for the acoustic sets, with Skoota Warner joining in for the electric shows. Casady and Kaukonen have now played together for over 50 years, including their time with Jefferson Airplane. This...

Gibson Celebrates With 50th Anniversary Thunderbird Bass
Basses

Gibson Celebrates With 50th Anniversary Thunderbird Bass

Fifty years ago, Gibson stepped out with an edgy line of guitars and basses, respectively named the Firebird and the Thunderbird. The company is now celebrating the design with a 50th Anniversary Thunderbird Bass. Finished with Gold Bullion in a high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer, the bass sports through-neck construction with a mahogany body, a mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard with pearloid...

Getting Noticed – Part 2: Social Media
Ask Damian Erskine

Getting Noticed – Part 2: Social Media

Editor’s note: Damian continues his series on Getting Noticed Out There this week, focusing on social media. Check out Part 1: Your Demo. Q: I’ve reached the point where I know I need to meet new people to get my career up to the next level, but I don’t know where to start. What do you think makes effective networking...

Rage Against the Machine: Killing in the Name, Live at Rock am Ring
Bass Videos

Rage Against the Machine: Killing in the Name, Live at Rock am Ring

Tim Commerford’s raw power groove propels Rage Against the Machine in this performance of “Killing in the Name,” live at the Rock am Ring Festival in 2000.