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Sunday December 18, 2016. 03:30 PM
Funk legend George Porter, Jr. is celebrating his 69th birthday in style on December 26th with a concert at the Maple Leaf in his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. The party/concert will feature Porter’s trio including keyboardist Michael Lemmler and drummer Terrence Housto...
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Saturday December 17, 2016. 09:30 PM
Kiesel Guitars has introduced two new multi-scale versions of their Vanquish bass. The VM49K and VM59K are four- and five-string basses, respectively, that are the Kiesel custom shop’s first multiscale bass instruments. The design includes fanned frets and offers some...
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Metallica made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on December 14th in support of their new album,. They performed “Atlas, Rise!”, from the new album in the first segment before going old school in the second with “For Whom The Bell Tolls”. Hardwired… to Self-Destruct, which...
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Forty years ago, Rush released one of the most epic albums of all time. Now Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart are celebrating with a special 40th Anniversary Edition of 2112 that features extensive liner notes, outtakes, and previously unreleased live tracks. “Although...
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The octave pedal specialists at Cog Effects have unleashed a new octave/fuzz called the Rogue One. The flexible pedal combines two of the company’s Grand Tarkin bass fuzz channels with a third parallel sub-octave channel found in their T-70 for a huge sound. “Each fuzz...
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Friday December 16, 2016. 09:30 PM
Sometimes a simple shift in accent or change in the length of a note can really mark a particular style or genre. In this episode, Iā€™m taking a very recognizable Dominant 7 line and shifting accents and note length to demonstrate how the exact same harmonic material sounds ...
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It is always great to get a new video from Adam Ben Ezra. In this one, Adam performs his tune “Sunny Shades” at London Live TV.
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Joe Dart and Vulfpeck have announced a spring tour that will take the band around North America in May and June. The trek kicks off on May 1st at First Ave in Minneapolis, Minnesota and will include a pair of dates in the city as well as Chicago and Toronto before heading...
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Thursday December 15, 2016. 09:30 PM
Gigs tend to dry up for bassists during the winter months (besides holiday work), making it the perfect time to start composing new music for the spring. Whether you’re a seasoned composer or just starting out on the bass, writing music will help you grow as a player and...
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Here’s another great video by The Funky Knuckles and bassist Wes Stephenson. This high energy tune brings all the goodness: great bass (and bass faces), horns, and all the rest.
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Folk/rock legend Neil Young has released his 37th studio album, entitled Peace Trail. The stripped-down, 10-song collection is classic Young that focuses on social and political issues in his own unique voice. Though he has been touring with Promise of the Real for the past...
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Providence has expanded their line of utility pedals with the PEC-4V. The programmable effects controller features their Vitalizer circuit with four Provolt9 DC9V outputs. The effects loops break down into three series loops and one separate that can be set up in four...
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Wednesday December 14, 2016. 09:30 PM
Q: Why are some musicians resistant to changing gear and/or playing techniques when the player gets faced with pain, hits a technical wall or is dissatisfied with their own progress? A: Note: I saw this question on a Facebook thread I was tagged in recently and thought it...
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Here’s a great clip of The Derek Trucks Band with bassist Todd Smallie tearing it up in a live performance of “Get What You Deserve.” This track and video comes from the band’s release.
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Attention double bassists: The Bradetich Foundation has announced its Second International Double Bass Solo Competition. Hosted at the University of North Texas in Denton, the event is set for September 1st through the 5th in 2017 and will have a first prize award valued at...
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Meet Christoph Miebach, who started out on guitar and keys until that one day the band needed a bassist. He made the switch – a moment he calls “love at first sight.” Christoph is this week’s reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: I studied bass guitar in the Netherl...
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Tuesday December 13, 2016. 09:30 PM
Fender has unveiled the American Professional Series, which takes the place of their recently discontinued American Standard line. The new series will, of course, include Precision and Jazz bass models, but each will have new features. Updated specs include a new fret shape, ...
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YYNOT’s latest virtual Rush cover brings back a lot of memories of spinning 2112 back in the day. Our good friend Tim Starace handles the bass and air drums on this one. And once again, they nail it.
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After announcing he was working on a solo project back in August, former Pantera bassist Rex Brown has revealed his solo debut album is slated to be released in May 2017. Brown opened up on the process to Eddie Trunk on Trunk Nation this week. ā€œI went to NAMM last year,...
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Andy Irvine of The Daily Funk Club shared some pictures of this bass on Facebook and it made me stop scrolling. The Picasso by KD Basses is a colorful, artistic take on the instrument made in Bulgaria. The bass’s body is built with an Elm core, but luthier Kostadin Dimitrov...
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