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Beneath The Bassline Documentary Coming Soon
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Beneath The Bassline Documentary Coming Soon

Bassists will be getting their due in a new documentary called Beneath The Bassline. Directed by Nick Wells, the film features loads of interview time with some of the greatest bass players in the world. Wells traveled to Fodera Guitars, Sadowsky Guitars, and Aguilar Amplification in New York to get the scoop on gear and meet up with bassists Will...

Get In The Van: Touring Tips From The Pros
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Get In The Van: Touring Tips From The Pros

Spring is here and Summer is just around the corner. That means it’s just about time to pack up the van and take your jams on the road. Before you start pounding the pavement, it’s probably a good idea to take a few notes on what to expect and what to be prepared for on the road. Gear malfunctions, lack...

Sly and the Family Stone: “Hot Fun in the Summertime” and “I Want To Take You Higher”
Bass Videos

Sly and the Family Stone: “Hot Fun in the Summertime” and “I Want To Take You Higher”

“Hot Fun in the Summertime” is the perfect song for the season, and “I Want To Take You Higher” is a bass masterpiece. Larry Graham throws it down in this medley of the two songs. The mix on this clip is a little wonky, but luckily the bass is turned up nice and high.

Prince with Larry Graham: Motherless Child
Bass Videos

Prince with Larry Graham: Motherless Child

Like countless others, we were devastated to hear the news of Prince’s passing on April 21st. Since then, the flood of Prince videos and tributes have filled up our feeds on social media. This one stood out to us. Backed by Larry Graham on bass, here’s Prince performing their funky version “Motherless Child”. RIP, Prince.

From Pros to Newbies: 10 Bassists Share Advice for Up and Coming Musicians
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From Pros to Newbies: 10 Bassists Share Advice for Up and Coming Musicians

The bass is an incredible instrument. It’s never too late to start playing and there’s always something to learn for those who have already started. But sometimes we hit ruts in our growth that will wear us down. That’s why we’ve compiled advice for up-and-comers from ten of the world’s foremost bassists across a variety of styles. If you or...

Sly & the Family Stone 1968 Fillmore East Performance Released for First Time
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Sly & the Family Stone 1968 Fillmore East Performance Released for First Time

Legendary funk/soul/R&B/rock band Sly & the Family Stone was energetic and on the rise in 1968, with two albums — Dance to the Music and Life — already behind them. Live At The Fillmore East October 4th & 5th, 1968, captures the sound of a great band with an incomparable electric bassist — Larry Graham, who went on to create...

First Transcriptions of Sly & the Family Stone Bass Lines Released
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First Transcriptions of Sly & the Family Stone Bass Lines Released

Larry Graham, as you know, is one of those bass players who can easily take the title of THE MAN. And a new book can teach you how to play the bass lines he created with Sly and the Family Stone. , from Hal Leonard, is the first book to transcribe Graham’s iconic lines on songs like “Dance to the...

Larry Graham and Graham Central Station: Release Yourself
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Larry Graham and Graham Central Station: Release Yourself

In honor of Larry Graham’s birthday today, we wanted to look back at his earlier work with Graham Central Station. This is some serious old school funk right here – with Larry and the band making an appearance on Soul Train – I believe in 1975. There’s a nice interview to start, and then just plain ol’ funky goodness. Happy...

Larry Graham: Hair
Bass Videos

Larry Graham: Hair

When I started to learn how to slap, “Hair” was the song that stuck with me the most. It’s so much fun to play, and it’s even more fun to watch Larry Graham go wild on it in this clip taken from Japanese television.

Larry Graham and Graham Central Station Release “Raise Up”
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Larry Graham and Graham Central Station Release “Raise Up”

Bass legend Larry Graham has released Raise Up, his latest effort with Graham Central Station, following a 13 year recording hiatus. The iconic bassist of Sly and the Family Stone and his own group enlisted the help of Prince – a long time collaborator of Graham’s, as well as songwriter/guitarist/producer Rafael Saadiq. And while it has been 13 years since...

Raise Up: An Interview with Larry Graham
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Raise Up: An Interview with Larry Graham

It’s not often a musician can lay claim to changing the way their instrument is played, but Larry Graham is definitely one of those musicians. His story is the stuff of legends – Graham played guitar in his mother’s band. He also sang and played the bass pedals of an organ to fill the bottom end. The organ broke, so...

Larry Graham and Graham Central Station Return with New Album, “Raise Up”
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Larry Graham and Graham Central Station Return with New Album, “Raise Up”

Photo by Erich Francois Larry Graham and Graham Central Station are back! The slap bass pioneer and his crew have just announced that Raise Up, their first studio album since 1999’s GCS2000, will be dropping on September 25th. With guest appearances from Prince and Rafael Saadiq, Raise Up will include three new versions of classic Graham Central Station songs and...