Check out Alain Caron with “Le Band”, Alain’s project from the mid-90’s. This tune, “Slam The Clown” is from the album Rhythm ‘N Jazz. If you’re interested, Alain also has a Rhythm ‘n Jazz Ultimate Play-Along for Bass instruction book and CD to help you figure it all out.
David Ellefson, bassist for F5, continues with his Rock Shop series on YouTube with “The Discipline of Practice”. Ellefson explains the many benefits to disciplined practice and ways to make the process enjoyable as well as productive.
If there was ever the perfect name for a song, this is it. What an intro! Check out Adam Nitti playing his composition, Skitzo, from the Balance CD.
Today’s video features bassist Michael Manring nailing John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps”, with the help of Jamie Findlay on guitar, Barry Gurley on piano and David Tull on drums. Enjoy!
Marcus Miller takes a solo break during a recent SMV concert at The Olympia in Paris, France (the show was on July 3, 2009). During the solo, Marcus quotes Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” and the Jackson 5’s “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)”, and even grabs the bass clarinet for part of the performance. By the way, we wish...
There have been many videos circulating of bassist Tal Wilkenfeld with Jeff Beck, and we’ve covered a few. This one, a live performance of “Big Block” during the 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago might just be our favorite:
As we celebrate Independence Day today in the U.S., we decided to look around for videos of Jaco Pastorius performing his landmark arrangement of “America The Beautiful”, aka “Amerika”. Along the way, we discovered this gem by bassist Neftali López: Have a safe and happy Fourth!
Check out Tom Kennedy taking care of business on “The Chicken”, a song most people think was written by Jaco Pastorius. (It was written by Pee Wee Ellis, a member of James Brown’s band, though Jaco made it famous). Holy smokes!
After a day of teaching at Mile High Bass Camp, Damian Erskine and Ray Riendeau took a break to play together. In this segment, Damian solos over Pat Metheny’s “Bright Sized Life”. The only problem with this video is that it isn’t long enough. I wonder if Damian picked up something from the bassist on Bright Sized Life’s original recording,...
Someone said “Michael Hedges’ devil’s advocate plays electric bass, and his name is Jeff Schmidt.” We can’t think of a better way to describe it, so here goes… Jeff Schmidt, performing “From Under the Weight of Knowing” live at Solo Bass Night in Berkeley, California in 2006.