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Friday November 17, 2017. 09:30 PM
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...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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Thursday November 16, 2017. 09:30 PM
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...
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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!
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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...
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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...
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Wednesday November 15, 2017. 09:30 PM
Q: I’ve been checking out this site for a while. Love it all. However, I have a problem: I don’t know where to start. Let me tell you a little about me. I’ve played bass for quite some time and even taken lessons by some famous players. I’m the student that everyone...
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It is clear Diego Tarantino is quite the student of music. Here’s a video he shared with us recently of him performing a bass version of “After You’ve Gone,” based on the version by Django Reinhardt. Amazing musicianship on display!
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31 years after its release, Metallica is paying tribute to their iconic Master of Puppets with an incredible reissue box set. The band’s third album has been remastered for sound quality in CD, vinyl, and digital formats. An expansive deluxe box set includes the album in...
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Tuesday November 14, 2017. 06:30 PM
Here’s another great entry in Stuart Clayton’s popular “Bass Lick of the Week” series. “This week’s exercise is a slow bass groove that combines harmonics with fretted bass notes to create chords,” Stuart shared. “The inspiration for this piece was Jaco Pastorius’s...
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American Head Charge bassist Chad Hanks has died after fighting a terminal disease. He was 46 years old. Hanks co-founded the Minneapolis-based band in 1997 and, along with frontman Cameron Heacock, was one of only two consistent members throughout the group’s history. He’s f...
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Just months after playing his final concert with Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne has announced his own Farewell World Tour that’s slated to last into 2020. The metal pioneer may be finishing up his time on the road, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be done with music altogether....
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Monday November 13, 2017. 09:30 PM
Back in May we shared an incredible bass by Frederiek de Vette. Shockingly, it was her first ever build. Now she’s followed up with her second bass that looks just as stunning. We’ll let her tell you the story: “For this build, my second, I decided on a five string fretted...
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It is always great to see a new video by bassist Viktor Lőrincz. In this clip, Viktor shows off his impressive skills on his Modulus FB5. This one has some smooth slap bass technique on display before he switches to two-handed tapping. His technique always blows us away!
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Levy’s Leathers has expanded their line of guitar straps with the Onyx, a model they say offers deep, rich colors and comfort thanks to a special process. “The Onyx utilizes a unique process transforming firm veg-tan leather into a thick supple leather that needs no breaking ...
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Sunday November 12, 2017. 09:30 PM
Norway’s OnkartGromt has released a new compressor called the Grompressor, which the company describes as an advanced compressor that is very useful for bassists. “With options to control Input Level, Threshold, Attack, Release, Ratio, and Output Gain it is almost like a...
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No Treble reader and bassist Case Tanner sent us this video of his band, The Bus Tapes, covering the great Black Dub tune, “Surely.” Case lays down the bass line on his sweet ’64 Jazz.
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Oteil Burbridge’s unique blend of funk, rock, jazz and more is crystallized in his new solo album, Water in the Desert. The album, which was 10 years in the making, revolves around the theme of love that is summed up in the title track. “[The song, “Water in the Desert”]...
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