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Thursday January 19, 2017. 03:30 PM
Birds may fly south for the winter, but tuna flies west. Hot Tuna has announced a string of West Coast dates for February including stops in California, Oregon, and Washington. The legendary duo of guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady will be appearing mostly in...
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Hartke is expanding their HD series this year with the HD500 Bass Combo. The 500-watt Class D amp weighs in at just 35 pounds and is fitted with a pair of the company’s 10-inch HyDrive speakers. The drivers blend paper and aluminum materials into their speaker cones that add...
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Wednesday January 18, 2017. 09:30 PM
Q: I gig about 10-16 times a month on double bass and electric and live in a rural part of the UK. Some gigs involve a drive of 50-100 miles for about £50-75. Do you have a minimum fee for local work, and a max distance you will drive for small bar type gigs? I...
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Nenad Vasilic doesn’t need a whole band to fill out a song. He uses his upright as a bass and as drums in his latest video, “For Luis.” The bassist starts the groove with a syncopated rhythm tapped out on the body of his bass before digging into the bass line and melody....
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Jan-Olof Strandberg has a great tradition of collaborating with fellow bassists, including Paul Jackson, Dominque DiPiazza, Michael Manring, and more. Now he’s teaming up with funk powerhouse Ida Nielsen for a new project. “The group will be in the studio to record new...
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I first discovered Brian Wroten thanks to his excellent bass transcriptions and videos. We connected over email, and he became a guest contributor here, offering up some terrific analysis and transcriptions. Now we get to hear about his life and background. Brian is this...
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Tuesday January 17, 2017. 09:30 PM
German bass building artist Jens Ritter has revealed two new bass models for 2017, which will debut at the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California. The Princess Isabella Bass and Cora Concept are riffs on previous instruments with a fresh take that have been introduced as...
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Vulfpeck has released another video from their latest album,. “Aunt Leslie” features guests Antwaun Stanley on vocals, Bethanni Grecynski on trombone, and Cory Wong on guitar. And as always, Joe Dart lays down the groove.
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Bassist and luthier Jim Mouradian has passed away after a massive heart attack following a performance with Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters in Connecticut. Mouradian grew up in a family of musicians, picking up the bass in junior high school. His family owned a rug...
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Jake Serek of Serek Basses has a unique way of blending old school and new school to create a fresh looking bass that remains rooted in the instrument’s history. This week we’re checking out the Midwestern, which blends aspects of Fender and Gibson basses. “The Midwestern is...
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Monday January 16, 2017. 09:30 PM
Are you (like me) always on the hunt for the latest and most efficient practice “hacks”? Today I am starting a series here on Talking Technique introducing you to my personal favorites. Some of them are quite unexpected, and I encourage you to try them and see the...
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Fernando Molinari has released another video for a track from his album,, and it’s heavy. “Tropical Rain” blends jazz and metal elements for a song that teeters between introspective and in-your-face.
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Bill Laswell has always been about mixing different cultures in his music, and his latest release is a stellar example of why it works so well. The bassist/producer teamed up with Maâlem Mokhtar Gania to create TAGNAWWIT – Holy Black Gnawa Trance, an album that fuses Gnawa...
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We’re getting ready for the Winter NAMM show, and have already started our coverage on some of the new gear being announced. Add to that our interview with House of Waters bassist, Moto Fukushima, a great column by Damian Erskine, some top bass videos and more, and you have t...
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Sunday January 15, 2017. 09:30 PM
Genzler is gearing up for the 2017 Winter NAMM show by unveiling the expansion of their Magellan bass amp line and Bass Array cabinet series. The Magellan 350 and Bass Array BA10-2 will each debut at NAMM as separate pieces as well as a combo unit. The Magellan 350 pushes...
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Bassist Marek Bero sent us this heavy slap groove reminiscent of an early nineties alternative rock, and the back story is one that many of us can relate. “I’ve started playing bass as a teenager, and nobody around me was taking me seriously,” he wrote. “At the beginning, my...
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Former Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook will be heading to the U.S. for a book tour at the beginning of February. The intimate outing is in support of his new book Substance – Inside New Order, which documents the formation and story of the influential band,...
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Saturday January 14, 2017. 09:30 PM
Ibanez’s BTB Standard series is getting a facelift for 2017 with several new features across the line. The BTB845, BTB846, BTB745, and BTB746 all have a new refined body arch, a zero fret, and come standard with D’Addario NYXL strings. Each of the basses are still...
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I can’t get enough of The Funky Knuckles and bassist Wes Stephenson. Thankfully, they keep putting out some fantastic videos. Here the band grooves on their song “Arise” from their latest album,.
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Session bass legend Carol Kaye has plenty of stories to tell from her many years in the business, and now you can read them in her new autobiography. Studio Musician: Carol Kaye, 60s #1 Bassist, Guitarist is now available directly through her website. The 503-page book...
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