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Weekly Top 10: The Top Bass Stories, Videos & More for the Week of May 18th
Weekly Top 10

Weekly Top 10: The Top Bass Stories, Videos & More for the Week of May 18th

This past week wasn’t all great in the world of bass. First, we reported the passing of Randy Coven, who left us far too soon at the age of 54. We also learned that Paul McCartney had to postpone his tour due to health issues. On a happier note, we enjoyed some terrific videos by Ian Trusheim, Joe Dart with...

Victor Wooten Announces Summer 2014 Tour and Clinic Dates
Concerts & Tours

Victor Wooten Announces Summer 2014 Tour and Clinic Dates

Victor Wooten is coming off a tour of Europe, but that’s not stopping him. The bassist isn’t known for taking it slow. Vic has just announced a tour which will cover 14 states in the U.S. this summer, including some free clinics along the way. And if that wasn’t enough, VixCamps has announced their summer and fall programs at Wooten...

Deltron 3030 Featuring Juan Alderete: City Rising From the Ashes
Bass Videos

Deltron 3030 Featuring Juan Alderete: City Rising From the Ashes

Juan Alderete has such a singular voice on the bass, and yet he can be so versatile. He got his first break in the metal scene, spent plenty of years with innovative rockers Mars Volta, and has his own experimental duo Big Sir with vocalist Lisa Papineau. Through it all, he’s always been about hip hop. “When [I joined Racer...

Hal Leonard Publishes Dream Theater Bass Anthology
Sheet Music & Instruction

Hal Leonard Publishes Dream Theater Bass Anthology

John Myung’s playing in Dream Theater is hard to duplicate, but the from Hal Leonard aims to help you do just that, with transcriptions of 14 of the progressive metal band’s most popular songs as played by the iconic bassist. You can try your hand at replicating his technique, particularly his tapping style on “Metropolis-Part 1”, with the help of...

Freekbass: Victoria Thunder
Bass Videos

Freekbass: Victoria Thunder

Tie dye? Check. Disco skating? Check. Funky bass? Check, check, check. Freekbass likes to keep things funky and, well, freeky. Here’s the first video for the track “Victoria Thunder” from his latest album, Everybody’s Feelin’ Real.

Luminlay Introduces M19 Luminescent Knobs
Accessories & Strings

Luminlay Introduces M19 Luminescent Knobs

Luminscent position marker company Luminlay has expanded their product line to include the MA19 series of knobs. The knobs, which come in five colors, are inlaid with luminescent numbers for easy visibility on a dark stage. Similar to their inlays, the knob’s numbers are activated by a Luminlay LED light charger. Suited for a six millimeter shaft diameter, the knobs...

Bass Players to Know: Jack Bruce
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players to Know: Jack Bruce

Time to throw a little rock and roll into the series! This column features Jack Bruce, the classically influenced singing bass player from across the pond. So who is Jack Bruce? Widely known for his work with Cream, Bruce has had an amazing career both as a band member and solo artist. Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, Bruce grew up in...

Gino Vannelli: “Wild Horses” Live
Bass Videos

Gino Vannelli: “Wild Horses” Live

The first time I heard of Gino Vannelli was thanks to Damian Erskine (who now plays regularly with Gino). Back in 2007, Gino and his band at the Java Jazz Festival in 2007, including this tune, “Wild Horses”. The thing that grabbed me most about this performance was bassist Sandin Wilson’s fretless work and tone. See if you agree.

Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band Releases “Life in the Bubble”
New Albums

Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band Releases “Life in the Bubble”

“Your life will be greatly enriched” by Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band’s sixth album, . Or at least that’s what bandleader Goodwin has to say. The 10-song collection (seven of which are originals) features the Grammy-winning band, featuring Rick Shaw on bass (he also plays with Johnny Mathis, Bill Holman, and Chick Corea,) in top form. Goodwin said the players...

Bass of the Week: Oliver Lang Instruments Limes “Erik”
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Oliver Lang Instruments Limes “Erik”

This week we check out the Limes bass, a unique singlecut design that’s handmade by Oliver Lang Instruments. The series came as a collaboration between Lang and his customer Michael after meeting at a fretless workshop. Together they created the first of the Limes series, dubbed the “Erik,” which features a five-piece maple and walnut neck, walnut body wings with...