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Thursday December 7, 2017. 03:30 PM
Music Nomad has a new product for getting the grime off of your frets. FRINE fret polish is designed to clean and polish all frets safely and quickly. The kit comes with an ounce of the polish and three fretboard guards to fit small, medium, and jumbo fret sizes. It also...
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Wednesday December 6, 2017. 09:30 PM
Q: I have been playing bass for others for years but when it comes to writing my own music I constantly question myself about the rules. I understand if it sounds good play it but, “what key could this be and, can I play a dominant 7 here, and will it still be in a...
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In 2013, Richard Bona joined the Metropole Orkest for a performance at Lantaren Venster in Rotterdam. Among the tunes they played was Jaco Pastorius’s “Three Views of a Secret.” This has always been one of my all-time favorite tunes, and it was a treat to check out this...
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It’s been 40 years since Rush released A Farewell To Kings. The album, which notably features the hit “Closer to the Heart” among others, is being celebrated by the trio with a reissue including a massive box set. Anchored by the incredible bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee, each ve...
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Pigtronix has expanded their micro pedal lineup with three new pedals: the Gatekeeper Micro noise gate, Class A Boost Micro clean boost, and all-new Octava Micro octave up/drive/fuzz. Each of the units features true bypass switching and a housing with dimensions of 3.75...
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Tuesday December 5, 2017. 09:30 PM
The whole tone scale is a really interesting scale. Unlike our major and pentatonic scales, it’s built out of all whole steps making it sound a little bit eerie and bright. Because the scale is symmetrical, it does not sound like it has a beginning or an end. Another neat...
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I discovered Roger Brown and the Nyumba Yetu Band thanks to Berklee’s Youtube channel, and I was glad I did. Anchored by bassist Lucy Clifford, here’s the band performing their composition, “The Beautiful Ones.”
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Bobby Vega has a reputation, or maybe several. He’s known for his incredible knowledge of bass gear. He’s known for being the go-to bassist in the Bay Area. He’s also known for grooving his ass off with a pick, but that’s not all there is to his playing. Now fans who know...
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Japan’s Free The Tone has released the PA-1QB, a programmable 10-band EQ pedal for bass. The device’s signal path is analog with a digital parameter control section for storing and processing your settings. The pedal revolves around the Holistic Tonal Solution, or HTS,...
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Monday December 4, 2017. 09:30 PM
This week we’re checking out the Tsukanoma bass built by luthier Jim Fleeting of Fleeting Guitars. Taking a cue from Japanese design, the hand-built instrument features striking aesthetics. “The Tsukanoma bass is designed as a tribute to the incredible woodworking and modern...
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Our friend Ben Titus sent us this video of a new arrangement of The Beatles’ “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” he made for solo bass. “I first started doing this song on solo bass for a Beatles feature at a bass camp years ago. However, it was a bit too repetitive to stay in...
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Back in July, Moe. announced that they were going on hiatus after Rob Derhak was diagnosed with cancer. Now the bassist has some good news to share. “After being scanned, poked, and prodded my Dr.’s have given me a green light,” he wrote on Facebook. “Did I kick cancers ass...
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Sunday December 3, 2017. 09:30 PM
Z. Vex Effects has introduced a new vertical version of their Vexter Fuzz Factory pedal. Formerly configured as a horizontal pedal, the new VFF will feature the same effects and circuitry in a more pedalboard-friendly setup. It utilizes two new old-stock ’60s germanium...
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Here’s a clip from a 2005 performance by Marcus Miller and his band performing Edgar Winter’s “Frankenstein.” Marcus (as always) lays down one solid groove, and there are just a ton of burning solos throughout.
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Megadeth bassist David Ellefson is reviving the legendary thrash label Combat Records through his EMP Label Group. Combat was founded in 1983 and was known for representing bands like Exodus, Circle Jerks, Death, Agnostic Front, and more. It also signed Megadeth and released ...
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Saturday December 2, 2017. 09:30 PM
Seymour Duncan has a new pedal called La Super Rica. Translated to mean “super rich,” the silicon fuzz pedal is “inspired by iconic fuzz sounds” with a classic parametric midrange for versatility. “First we brought [the classic fuzz circuit] up to modern standards by adding...
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Back in October, Berklee put on a concert with (and in tribute to) A. R. Rahman. Here’s a clip from that concert of the tune “Thee Thee & Malargale,” featuring members of The Berklee Indian Ensemble. The best part for us: the tune is a showcase for bassist Mohini Dey.
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Modern jazz bass master Scott Colley will be joining guitarist Julian Lage for his upcoming European and North American tour dates. Lage’s trio, filled out by drummer Kenny Wollesen, will be trekking in support of their new album, Modern Lore, due out next year. The group...
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GHS Strings has introduced a new line of strings called the Pressurewound Bronze Bass for acoustic/electric bass. The newly designed strings aim at eliminating harsh tones associated with bronze strings. “Many acoustic/electric bass players know that the traditional bronze...
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Friday December 1, 2017. 09:30 PM
As a soul music enthusiast, one of the greatest assets to my record collection has been the Atlantic Rhythm And Blues 1947-1974 compilation. It documents the early years of popular American music, the rise of the R&B genre, and the classic recordings that continue to show up...
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