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Wednesday June 21, 2017. 05:00 PM
The musicians in the Tedeschi Trucks Band can throw down on some southern soul grooves, but they also have a love for free improv. Four members of the group – including Tim Lefebvre, Kebbi Williams, J.J. Johnson, Tyler Greenwell – formed a project called Whose Hat Is This?...
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If you’ve been online recently, you’ll know the most talked about story in the bass community in the last month has been the auction for a bass previously owned by James Jamerson. Owned by the Motown genius from 1962 until approximately 1968, the 1961 Fender Precision was...
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Tuesday June 20, 2017. 09:30 PM
Cort has expanded their GB7 series of guitars and basses with the GB74JJ, a jazz-style bass that they describe as integrating both modern and classic aspects. That blend is centered in its pair of VTB-ST pickups that are fitted into a swamp ash body. “Crafted with winding...
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Damian Coccio is back with a new tune, called “Cliffs of Aquinnah,” which is planned to be part of his next solo bass album coming out this year.
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Legendary punk band Rancid has returned with their ninth album, Trouble Maker. Anchored by bass freak Matt Freeman, the 19-song collection runs from blistering riffs to ska-infused jams. Freeman’s lines continue to be rooted in driving the song while bringing a melodic elemen...
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This week we’re checking out a slick headless, five-string version of the Bogart Bass Sport model. Built for Michael Klöckner, the bass is a modified version of their already lightweight Sport, which features a carbon fiber neck and an interesting body design. It’s a...
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Monday June 19, 2017. 09:00 PM
As musicians, wouldn’t it make sense to focus exclusively on musical applications and learn by practicing mainly songs? Why isolate technique drills and put so much focus on the mechanics, seemingly devoid of any musical context? Why waste an opportunity to build ears and...
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If you’re friends with Franklin Peredo on Facebook, you know he’s had a new video in the works, featuring a brand new tune. Well, today is the day. Here’s Franklin performing “Rhythms From The Hippocampus,” which as always showcases his impressive right hand technique (and...
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Sunday June 18, 2017. 05:00 PM
Stuart Clayton released Giants of Bass – Volume 2 back in March, and the videos keep coming. In this one, Stuart takes on the Level 42 bassist Mark King in this track he wrote for the book. “This complex, slap-driven piece was written in the style of Mark’s early work with...
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Saturday June 17, 2017. 09:30 PM
Fender has introduced the Classic Design series that they say is aimed at the company’s acoustic tone and aesthetic at an affordable price. The lineup includes the CB-60SCE, an acoustic bass guitar featuring a slim-taper neck profile and rolled fingerboard edges for...
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Kromosons is a creative music project which features the bass wizardry of Federico Malaman. They’ve just shared the “third chapter of the third season” of the project, which features some excellent musicianship all around. Enjoy.
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Friday June 16, 2017. 09:30 PM
As an instrument builder and pickup maker, Carey Nordstrand has helped scores of musicians find their voice in their tone. Now he’s getting to share his own musical voice with a new release by his band, Moba Jones. Soul Fish is the culmination of musical experiences of Nordst...
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I stumbled upon this video the other day of Fates, an all-women trio in Boston, and I was glad I did. “Although their voices are as distinct and unique – as their origins – when they sing together they create one united sound,” the video description reads. “With...
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In 2012, Paul Simon reunited with his Graceland musicians to perform special concert at the Hard Rock Calling Festival in London. Held at Hyde Park, the concert also featured special appearances by Hugh Masekela, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Jimmy Cliff. The whole cast was...
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Thursday June 15, 2017. 09:30 PM
Ibanez announced the expansion of their Portamento Fretless bass series with a six-string version. The SRF706 will retain the features of its four and five-string predecessors while adding a high C string. The bass is built with neck-through construction featuring a...
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The Bottom 40 Band just shared a new video for their single, “The Circle,” from their debut album,. Adam Nitti and the rest of the band really bring it on this one.
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Founding members Michael Angelo Batio and frontman Jim Gillette announced last year that they’d be reforming their ’80s glam metal band Nitro for a new album. They also announced that Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler would be filling the group out, though the question of who...
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Warwick’s Rockboard brand has released a new set of pedal connectors aimed at keeping the connection between your pedals as short as possible. The new compact connectors come in three versions – S-Connectors, N-Connectors, and Z-Connectors – each designed to fit your pedal...
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Wednesday June 14, 2017. 09:30 PM
Q: I’m wondering how to develop an expanded knowledge of the fingerboard without falling into a rut. I have been working on “Straight, No Chaser” for a couple of months. I know I should bifurcate my practice time to learn tunes I like and add melodic and technical ideas to...
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Our friend Uriah Duffy recently shared a play-along video for Points North’s tune, “Northstar,” and it is stellar. The tune is featured on the band’s 2015.
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