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Archive for May 2017

Serious Play and the Bass Solo
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Serious Play and the Bass Solo

A good friend of mine came to a gig I had recently in Seattle. Jeremy Sherman lives in San Francisco and our relationship began as one of student and teacher (he would fly to Portland on occasion to take a few lessons from me and hang out for a weekend) and we soon became friends both within and outside of...

Adam Chaffins: Hate It Here
Bass Videos

Adam Chaffins: Hate It Here

Discover Double Bass’s Geoff Chalmers shared this video, and it blew me away. Adam Chaffins delivers a solo performance of Wilco’s “Hate It Here” with intensity, intimacy, and great bass playing.

Trickfish Amplification Now Shipping the Bullhead .5K Bass Amp
Amps

Trickfish Amplification Now Shipping the Bullhead .5K Bass Amp

After announcing the amp at NAMM this year, Trickfish Amplification is now shipping the Bullhead .5K bass amp. The straight-ahead unit features a Mike Pope low noise preamp matched to a Class D power amplifier that dishes out 500 watts at 8 ohms or 700 watts at 4 ohms. Its EQ section is flush with four bands with two selectable...

Richard Bona: Please Don’t Stop
Bass Videos

Richard Bona: Please Don’t Stop

Richard Bona is a captivating musician on his own. Add the Metropole Orkest and you’ve got some glorious music for your ears. Here’s Bona and the orchestra performing last year honoring Quincy Jones for the BBC Proms. Bona fronts the massive group with his bass and a microphone, whipping the group into a frenzy. Be sure to check out his...

Korg Unveils Bass-Specific Clip-On Tuner
Accessories & Strings

Korg Unveils Bass-Specific Clip-On Tuner

Clip-on tuners are notorious for being iffy on the bass, but now Korg has released one specifically for us. The AW-LT100B is a clip-on tuner dedicated to bass instruments with enhanced sensitivity for detecting the low-frequency range. “It uses a chromatic mode with dedicated circuitry that boosts the detection sensitivity in the ultra-low range below 100 Hz,” Korg explains. “The...

Bass of the Week: Frederiek de Vette’s Singlecut Fretless
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Frederiek de Vette’s Singlecut Fretless

This week we’re checking out a submission from Frederiek de Vette, who just finished making her first bass. For a first shot, it looks like an incredible instrument. “Building a musical instrument is something I dreamed of doing one day. After having to quit playing because of an injury I found no reason to pursue that dream anytime soon,” de...

Jason Everett: “Caramel” 7-string Fretless Bass Cover
Bass Videos

Jason Everett: “Caramel” 7-string Fretless Bass Cover

Jason Everett, aka Mister E, sent in this awesome cover of Suzanne Vega’s “Caramel” on his fretless seven string bass. Covering the bass line and chords, the bassist mixes in Vega’s vocals for an awesome and intimate cover.

Between the Buried and Me Announce Colors 10th Anniversary Tour
Concerts & Tours

Between the Buried and Me Announce Colors 10th Anniversary Tour

2017 marks the ten years since Between the Buried and Me released their seminal album Colors. To celebrate, the band is embarking on an extensive North American tour in which they will play the album in its entirety. “Colors was our statement of rebellion,” the band states. “We were challenging how others identified us in the context of heavy metal,...

Greuter Audio Unveils the Fuller Drive Pedal
Pedals & Effects

Greuter Audio Unveils the Fuller Drive Pedal

Switzerland’s Greuter Audio has expanded their line of effects with the Fuller Drive. Described as a “very expressive low-to-mid-gain overdrive,” the pedal features a discrete JFET circuit design that they say makes it act like a good tube amp. “The basic idea was to build an overdrive pedal that can produce the break-up point we love in tube amplifiers,” Greuter...

Wayne Jones Band: Get Up
Bass Videos

Wayne Jones Band: Get Up

Wayne Jones may be known for his innovative bass amp designs, but he’s also a great bassist himself. Here’s a cool clip of his band playing a benefit concert on December 4th, 2016 at Memo Music Hall, St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia. Jones leads the band on his bass with additional groove bass played by Craig Newman. For extra fun, the...