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Zander Zon: Thunderstruck
Bass Videos

Zander Zon: Thunderstruck

The news of Malcolm Young’s passing shocked the music world. Zander Zon pays tribute to the guitarist and band with this new solo bass arrangement of “Thunderstruck.” “This song rocks and always will. That riff at the start is so recognizable and iconic. I’ve seen great arrangements on acoustic guitar and cello, so I hope I represented the bass well...

Entheos Releases “Dark Future”
New Albums

Entheos Releases “Dark Future”

Entheos has returned with their second full length album, entitled Dark Future. Anchored by bassist Evan Brewer, the recording is described by the band as an expansion on their songwriting. “We wanted to evolve the sound a little bit,” drummer Navene Koperweis says. “Evan wrote a lot more. You can feel [guitarist Travis LeVrier’s influence in there. We didn’t have...

Fender Unveils Limited Edition Adam Clayton Precision and Jazz Bass
Basses

Fender Unveils Limited Edition Adam Clayton Precision and Jazz Bass

U2’s Adam Clayton is getting a new pair of special basses from Fender this year. The limited edition Adam Clayton Precision and Jazz basses come with maple fingerboards and a unique purple sparkle finish. Both basses are built with an alder body, carbon-reinforced maple neck, and maple fingerboard that’s adorned with abalone inlays. Fender fits them with their Custom Shop...

Damian Coccio: Inner Ponds
Bass Videos

Damian Coccio: Inner Ponds

Damian Coccio sent us this video with a simple note: “Here is something to help folks relax.” We’re all for that. The tune, “Inner Ponds,” features Damian’s fretless bass and EBow. And it is definitely relaxing.

Bass Transcription: Mattia La Maida’s Solo Bass Arrangement of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”
Transcriptions

Bass Transcription: Mattia La Maida’s Solo Bass Arrangement of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”

The first thing we have to consider to play this arrangement is the accents. The trick is to emphasize the 2nd and 4th movement, just as a drummer would do with the snare drum. To do this use the “strum” technique (think Stanley Clarke in School Days), accenting the 2nd and 4th movement where I can try to keep it...

Thundercat: NPR Tiny Desk Concert
Bass Videos

Thundercat: NPR Tiny Desk Concert

Thundercat has a style all his own. His playing is unbelievable and his songs are earworms. That’s evidenced on his recent NPR Tiny Desk Concert from October. With bandmates Dennis Hamm, Justin Brown, and Miguel Antwood Ferguson, the bassist plays through three tracks from his album, Drunk: “Lava Lamp,” “Friend Zone,” and “Them Changes.” Check out his chording technique on...

R.E.M. Releases “Automatic For The People” 25th Anniversary Reissue
New Albums

R.E.M. Releases “Automatic For The People” 25th Anniversary Reissue

It’s been 25 years since R.E.M.’s iconic album Automatic For The People and Concord’s Craft Recordings is celebrating with a deluxe reissue. Available in three versions, the remastered album includes their hits “Nightswimming,” “Man on the Moon” and “Everybody Hurts.” While it’s a hugely important record to so many people, the band members didn’t necessarily set out to make it...

Acoustic Amplification Introduces B410C Bass Cabinet
Amps

Acoustic Amplification Introduces B410C Bass Cabinet

Acoustic Amplification expanded their bass amplification lineup with the B410C bass cabinet. Featuring a 4×10-inch speaker configuration, the cab handles up to 400 watts at 8 ohms. The cab’s traditional ferrite speakers are also accompanied by a defeatable high-frequency horn driver. “This great cab harkens back to the original bass speakers that consistently delivered amazing tone for serious bassists,” says...

Stories Behind the Songs: Kenny Passarelli
Stories Behind the Songs

Stories Behind the Songs: Kenny Passarelli

Kenny Passarelli’s place in music history was cemented when he co-wrote Joe Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way,” but that just scratches the surface of his career. He also worked with Elton John, Hall and Oates, Stephen Stills, Tommy Bolin, Dan Fogelberg, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), and more. Naturally, he has more than a few stories to tell. The bassist grew up...

James Brown (Featuring Bootsy Collins): Live on Italian TV, 1971
Bass Videos

James Brown (Featuring Bootsy Collins): Live on Italian TV, 1971

This one should get you moving! Check out the 18-year-old Bootsy Collins backing up James Brown and the Original JB’s for a performance on Italian television in 1971. Funky!

Snarky Puppy Announces 2018 Tour, GroundUp Music Festival
Concerts & Tours

Snarky Puppy Announces 2018 Tour, GroundUp Music Festival

Michael League and Snarky Puppy have announced a U.S. tour for 2018 with support from fellow GroundUP artists Forq, Alina Engibaryan, Sirintip, and Banda Magda. The Grammy-winning band will begin their trek in Atlanta, Georgia on February 14th before heading north to Maryland then west. It is currently slated to wrap up March 4th after a four-night residency at SF...

S.I.T. Strings Introduces the Foundations Bass Strings
Accessories & Strings

S.I.T. Strings Introduces the Foundations Bass Strings

S.I.T. Strings unveiled a new set of bass strings called the Foundations line at Bass Player Live this year. The new strings are built with a “state-of-the-art core material” that the company says makes them extremely responsive. “Designed to be the brightest and most flexible bass string available, The Foundations are sure to become the building blocks of your sound,”...