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Reader Spotlight: Mike Hall
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Mike Hall

Meet Mike Hall, a bassist from New Jersey who has an interesting story on how he became a bassist and has had a great run over 19 years of playing. Here’s his story…

Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (March 2021)
Top Ten

Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (March 2021)

Time to sit back and enjoy another full slate of bass goodness, in the form of the monthly top 10 bass videos. Here are your favorites for the month of March 2021.

Scary Pockets: Thinking Out Loud
Bass Videos

Scary Pockets: Thinking Out Loud

Scary Pockets are back with another fantastic cover. In this one, the band includes guest vocalist Ty Taylor and MonoNeon laying down the funky lines. Here’s their take on Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”.

Bailey, Wooten, and Patitucci To Host Billy Cobham Webinar
Events

Bailey, Wooten, and Patitucci To Host Billy Cobham Webinar

The Berklee Bass Department’s weekly webinar will return this Thursday, April 22nd with a special roundtable featuring drum legend Billy Cobham and his bassists.

Bass of the Week: Hot Wire Bass Funderbird III
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Hot Wire Bass Funderbird III

The Hot Wire Funderbird III is a three-string bass first commissioned by Magnum Coltrane Price from the company in 2003. Although it omits the fourth string, the bass retains all the dimensions of a standard bass.

Federico Malaman and Joe Dart: Dean Town (Live)
Bass Videos

Federico Malaman and Joe Dart: Dean Town (Live)

Until now, we’ve only seen a fan-shot video of this master class performance at the 2018 Sligo Jazz. Federico Malaman shared this version of his performance of the Vulfpeck hit “Dean Town”, with Joe Dart.

Karina Rykman Announces Spring Tour Dates
Concerts & Tours

Karina Rykman Announces Spring Tour Dates

Bassist Karina Rykman has announced a new spring tour with her band including drummer Chris Corsico and guitarist Adam November.

Spector Launches Line of Bass Strings
Accessories & Strings

Spector Launches Line of Bass Strings

Spector has announced a new line of electric bass strings for four-, five-, and six-string basses. Designed with La Bella Strings, the new sets are round-wound with nickel plating.

Brian Culbertson: “Heroes Of The Dawn” Behind the Scenes (with Jimmy Haslip)
Bass Videos

Brian Culbertson: “Heroes Of The Dawn” Behind the Scenes (with Jimmy Haslip)

I always love these behind-the-scenes videos in the studio. In this one, we see pianist Brian Culbertson in the studio with The Yellowjackets rhythm section: Will Kennedy and Jimmy Haslip. This clip is a clinic on drums and bass locking in the pocket.

Vijay Iyer Releases “UnEasy” With Linda May Han Oh
New Albums

Vijay Iyer Releases “UnEasy” With Linda May Han Oh

Vijay Iyer has just released “UnEasy”, an album that sees the pianist presenting a new trio completed by drummer Tyshawn Sorey and bassist Linda May Han Oh.

Bruno Mars: Jamareo Artis’s Isolated Bass on “Uptown Funk”
Bass Videos

Bruno Mars: Jamareo Artis’s Isolated Bass on “Uptown Funk”

“Uptown Funk” is one of those songs that gets you moving. That groove is infectious. Here is the isolated bass on the track. Jamareo “Jam” Artis has been one of my favorites since 2009, so this is a treat for me!

Alex Webster and Cannibal Corpse Release “Violence Unimagined”
New Albums

Alex Webster and Cannibal Corpse Release “Violence Unimagined”

Death metal mainstays Cannibal Corpse have released “Violence Unimagined”, marking their 15th studio album since the band’s inception in 1988. It’s the first to feature Erik Rutan, who has been their producer, as a full-time guitarist.