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Saturday May 25, 2019. 06:30 PM
Karl Clews sent me this very cool video of him performing Stanley Clarke’s “Lopsy Lu”, but with a twist. Karl switches between all four of the headless, carbon-fiber neck basses in his collection, to compare and contrast the tones of these instruments.
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The Experience Hendrix Tour is returning again this fall to celebrate the life and music of Jimi Hendrix. The musical event gathers some of the best guitarists alive to play on one monster show, plus bassists Billy Cox, Kevin McCormick, and dUg Pinnick.
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Vangoa Ghost Fire Aluminum Pedal Board Summary: The little brother of the larger and, in my opinion, more versatile board, this nonetheless provides a roomy surface to mount your pedals. It’s a basic board, really meant for using a 1-Spot, but that doesn’t take away from its...
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…It probably is. BUT! There is a way to determine if something really is too good to be true. For that, let me share a quick story… On my Facebook feed, I saw an ad for a cheap wireless guitar system. It was just two identical-looking units about the size of a clip-on tuner;...
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Innovation Bass Strings, a brand of double bass strings that have been manufactured in the UK up until now, will now be produced by GHS Strings in the USA. The brand’s unique designs will be matched by GHS to retain their qualities.
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Friday May 24, 2019. 09:30 PM
Payson Bass has been making strings designed for multi-scale basses for several years. Now, after two years of prototyping, they’ve announced the Payson Fanned SuperCharger series of basses is ready.
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My bucket list includes attending a GroundUP Music Festival one day. Here’s a clip they just shared of violinist/vocalist Andrew Bird’s band performing at this year’s festival, with bassist Alan Hampton (and one cool bass.)
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Twenty years after releasing his debut solo album, bass icon Rocco Prestia has announced he’s working on his second. The Tower of Power legend unveiled the new project via an ArtistShare crowdfunding campaign.
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We have a special “Talking Technique” episode in honor of No Treble’s 10th anniversary this month. It's all about Dominant 7 13 Chord (and some birthday celebration too).
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Thursday May 23, 2019. 09:30 PM
Tim Fletcher’s fifth entry of the “Unsung U.S. Bassists” series is here. Check out Tim’s transcription and analysis of Karl Alvarez’s Bass Line on “I’m The One” by The Descendents.
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We can always count on Zander Zon to share something timely, and epic, in the realm of solo bass arrangements. In this clip, Zander takes on something from The Avengers “Endgame” soundtrack.
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The Rolling Stones will be back on the road after being forced to postpone their “No Filter” tour when singer Mick Jagger needed heart surgery. The iconic band has rescheduled the tour, which will feature longtime bassist Darryl Jones.
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Vangoa Ghost Fire Aluminum Pedal Board Summary: If you’re looking for a reasonably-priced, lightweight pedal board, look no further. This is a sturdy board that should do well in any venue. Pros: Very lightweight, yet super-sturdy. Board height seems specifically made for a...
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Wednesday May 22, 2019. 09:30 PM
This week, a reader asks Damian for advice on mastering the three-finger technique. This is something Damian has spent a lot of time on and offers up a great how-to for exploring every possible variation.
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The Claypool Lennon Delirium recently visited The Current studio to perform music from their latest album, “South of Reality.” Here’s Les Claypool, Sean Lennon, and the band performing “Blood and Rockets.”
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Paul McCartney’s “Egypt Station” has just been expanded with a new release called the “Explorer’s Edition.” The original album, which was released in September 2018, was the first of his to debut at number 1 on the Billboard 200 since 1982’s “Tug of War.”
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In my recent “Stupid Gear Myths” article, a reader commented, “…Work with what you have. Simplify your set-up, tailor it to your needs, your music style…” Wiser words cannot have been spoken. If you buy into the common wisdom that your tone comes from your fingers, then do...
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Meet Tom Martin, a bassist from California who had some great answers to our “Why I Play the Bass” and “Superpower/claim to fame” questions. Here’s his story...
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Tuesday May 21, 2019. 06:30 PM
It has been quite a while since we’ve been able to feature a new video by Dirty Loops. That changes today with the return of the band and a new video they just shared.
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Bassist and composer Avery Sharpe has released a poignant new album documenting the story of African Americans called “400: An African American Musical Portrait.”
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