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Improving Time and Rhythmic Accuracy
The Lowdown with Dr. D

Improving Time and Rhythmic Accuracy

As important as playing with good intonation is, it is even more important to play with good time and rhythmic accuracy. Most of us know that counting, subdividing and practicing with a metronome can help. However, there are things we can do beyond these initial steps. Below are a few suggestions, and a few games, for taking your rhythmic accuracy...

Gheorghe Postoronca: Lullaby to the Sea
Bass Videos

Gheorghe Postoronca: Lullaby to the Sea

Solo bassist Gheorghe Postoronca‘s latest video is guaranteed to chill you out. Like many of his songs, “Lullaby to the Sea” utilizes a chordal fingerstyle to create a spellbinding musical journey. Postoronca performs the song in front of the sea to use the crashing waves as an ambient backdrop. Check out his innovative use of a capo over the lower...

Classic Mingus Album Reissued on Vinyl
New Albums

Classic Mingus Album Reissued on Vinyl

The album often cited as legendary jazz bassist/composer Charles Mingus’ best, The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady, has been released in a limited, remastered vinyl edition after being long out of print on vinyl. Composed in part as a ballet, the work recorded by an 11-piece band features a spectacular rhythm section, Spanish influences, and extraordinary improvisation. It also...

Weekly Top 10: RIP Mike Porcaro and Andy Fraser, Vertical Harmony, New Bass Gear and the Top Bass Videos
Weekly Top 10

Weekly Top 10: RIP Mike Porcaro and Andy Fraser, Vertical Harmony, New Bass Gear and the Top Bass Videos

Our least favorite thing here is to cover the news of a bassist’s passing. This week, we had to do it twice. This top 10 list is usually a celebration of all the great things from the world of bass. But this week is different, with two stories making the list. RIP, Mike Porcaro and Andy Fraser. 1. In Memoriam:...

Fender Introduces Deluxe Active Okoume Basses
Basses

Fender Introduces Deluxe Active Okoume Basses

Fender had a lot of new gear at NAMM this year including the Deluxe Active Okoume series. The basses, which feature okoume bodies with a natural finish, come in Jazz Bass, Jazz Bass V, and Precision Bass Special versions. Fender explains that okoume is a reddish-brown African hardwood with a straight grain that gives the bass a pronounced low end....

Now Vs Now: Ancient Alien, Live
Bass Videos

Now Vs Now: Ancient Alien, Live

Here’s a killer video of Now Vs Now performing “Ancient Alien” from their album Earth Analog, live at Relix. The song features the electro space groove travelers throwing down with a massive, futuristic soundscape. The band consists keyboardist Jason Linder, drummer Justin Tyson, and bassist Panagiotis Andreou, who utilizes some crazy effects to bolster the bottom end. He switches to...

John Wetton Anthology Released
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John Wetton Anthology Released

Cherry Red Records’ John Wetton The Studio Recordings Anthology is a prog-rock fan’s dream. Wetton is most well known as the singer, primary songwriter and bassist for Asia. However, he was also a member of King Crimson from 1972 to 1974 and played with the band UK. He has released solo work and performed as a session musician, as well....

Gear Review: Accuracy Basses Matisse Deluxe 5-String
Gear Reviews

Gear Review: Accuracy Basses Matisse Deluxe 5-String

Like any craft, the art of building basses takes finesse and attention to detail. Each contour is carefully considered and carved into the bass as a painter would add a stroke to his painting, so it’s only fitting that Accuracy Basses named their doublecut model the Matisse Deluxe after the French artist. Accuracy is a small bass building company based...

Kollejen with Jan Urbanec: Udder Terror
Bass Videos

Kollejen with Jan Urbanec: Udder Terror

Jan Urbanec just sent me this video of a project he’s doing with percussionist Adam Koller. Jan humbly said, “I hope you’ll like it! Still unnecessary amount of notes, but…we had great fun with it.”

Bunny Brunel Releases “Invent Your Future”
New Albums

Bunny Brunel Releases “Invent Your Future”

Fusion bassist Bunny Brunel, known for his work the band CAB and with the likes of Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, has released Invent Your Future. The album includes Brunel’s take on the Jaco Pastorius classic, “Continuum” and contributions from keyboardists like Patrice Rushen and Patrick Moraz. It also features compositions of his own, and some by Corea. Invent Your...