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Sitting In: Just Say Yes
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Sitting In: Just Say Yes

There are certain things in life that require a great deal of courage… bungee jumping off a bridge, rafting through class five white water, snowboarding down a double black diamond mountain side, etc. Even the daredevil in me doesn’t have the guts to try those things. These are pretty extreme cases of having to muster up courage and it’s pretty...

Elvis Presley with Jerry Scheff: “Suspicious Minds”, Live 1970
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Elvis Presley with Jerry Scheff: “Suspicious Minds”, Live 1970

We recently featured Jerry Scheff in a new series, Profiles in Tone. In that interview, Jerry shared insights on how he got his tone. While I was researching for the interview, I found this clip from a 1970 concert with Elvis Presley in Las Vegas. The whole band is cooking, but Scheff’s bubbling yet muscular bass line really brings the...

Nufutic, Featuring Jeroen Paul Thesseling, Releases Debut Track
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Nufutic, Featuring Jeroen Paul Thesseling, Releases Debut Track

Seven-string fretless bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling has released the first track from his new band Nufutic entitled “Dark Full Moon.” The band, formed by Thesseling and Sadist guitarist Tommy Talamanca, blends metal and fusion with plenty of awesome bass lines. “We had ideas that we couldn’t use in bands we played in in the past, and we thought it could...

Bass of the Week: Becker/Martian Basses Mantis 4-String
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Becker/Martian Basses Mantis 4-String

My Facebook friend Dusty Mulholland shared a picture of a Becker/Martian Bass a couple weeks ago, and I’m glad he did. It led me to find this fine specimen of a bass, known as the Mantis – a bass with a body shape that you might expect from an other-worldly bass company. While they can be made to order, this...

Studio Jams with Leland Sklar: Cissy Strut
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Studio Jams with Leland Sklar: Cissy Strut

Leland Sklar recently took part in an episode of Studio Jams, an online series that brings together different legendary musicians to jam on songs and see what happens. The rest of the band includes saxophonist Najee, guitarist Joe Jewell, drummer Rayford Griffin and David Garfield on keyboards. The group decided to jam out the classic Meters song, “Cissy Strut.” “These...

Darryl Jones: Rolling Stones Have Lots of Unreleased Material
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Darryl Jones: Rolling Stones Have Lots of Unreleased Material

When a band has been active for five decades, there’s bound to be some songs that fall through the cracks. That’s certainly the case with The Rolling Stones, according to bassist Daryl Jones. Jones, who has been playing with the veteran rockers since Bill Wyman’s departure, told Noise11 that there’s a wealth of unreleased tracks from the band’s recording sessions...

EBS Announces Classic 500 Bass Amplifier
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EBS Announces Classic 500 Bass Amplifier

EBS will be releasing the Classic 500, a solid state, retro-styled bass amp. Building upon the company’s Classic 450, the 500 is rated at up to 500-watts at 2 ohms while fitting into a more compact casing. Although the Classic 500 is a solid-state amp, EBS says its sound is aimed at capturing a classic tube amp tone. Controls include...

Overcoming Tone Loss When Switching from Finger-Style to Slap Bass
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Overcoming Tone Loss When Switching from Finger-Style to Slap Bass

Q: I have a question regarding when switching between finger-style and slap. I set my amp up predominantly for finger-style playing, but when I switch to slap – particularly mid-song – or if I throw in a slap embellishment, the slap gets buried underneath everything else and is barely audible, consequently losing the momentum and presence of the tune/bass part....

Flying Colors: “Odyssey”, Live
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Flying Colors: “Odyssey”, Live

Dave LaRue sure deserves more appreciation, including from us. Here’s a great live performance of Flying Colors in Europe, performing the tune “Odyssey”. LaRue’s soloing is epic.

Reader Spotlight: Nick Wells
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Nick Wells

Meet Nick Wells, a bassist and member of a party/disco band who plays “death defying music without a safety net”. Unlike many we’ve spotlighted here, Nick was first drawn to the bass. He also uses the word “crikey” in a sentence, which is not common for us in the States, but something we think is cool. Nick is No Treble’s...