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Thursday December 15, 2016. 03:30 PM
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. “I 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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Monday December 12, 2016. 09:30 PM
When double bassists put their thumb on top of the fingerboard, rather than behind it, and use it to depress the string (just like the other fingers), we call that “thumb position.” There are a plethora of etude books and exercises to help us solidify the use of the...
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Miki Santamaria teamed up with bassist Anna Sentina and drummer COOP3RDRUMM3R to put together this cover of David Guetta’s “Dangerous.” Miki handled the arrangement on this, which features plenty of bass goodness.
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This week, we paid tribute to Greg Lake, who passed away at the age of 69. We also published two new technique lessons – one by Damian Erskine and another by Ariane Cap to help keep your chops up. Add to it a new transcription by Brian Wroten, some reader favorite videos,...
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Sunday December 11, 2016. 09:30 PM
Trickfish Amplification has unveiled the SM110 “Perch” cabinet. Originally intended for acoustic bass or guitar, the 1×10″ is described as a low profile light-to-medium duty electric bass speaker cab. It’s fitted with a 10-inch Eminence neodymium speaker rated at 300 watts...
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Man, we sure love Anthony Vitti’s “Forgotten Groove Yard”. In episode #34, Anthony sat down with Jonathan Elyashiv for what they simply describe as a “hip hop jam”. “John is one of our super talented Berklee students who you will be hearing from for years to come,”...
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Bassist/vocalist John Wetton has released a six-CD set of archive material called Official Bootleg Archive Vol 1: Deluxe Edition. The collection includes three of the former King Crimson member’s bootleg albums in remastered formats. It will also include new artwork fully...
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Saturday December 10, 2016. 09:30 PM
Fodera unveiled the third bass in their Masterbuilt line this past week with a special version of their Emperor II 5 Elite. The one-of-a-kind instrument is called “Brooklyn” and pays respect to the New York City borough that the company calls home. “Brooklyn, NY has been a...
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One of our favorite bassists is back with a new video. Fernando Lamadrid leads this band in their performance of his original tune, “Iniciático”.
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Bass phenom Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner has announced a massive world tour for 2017. Starting with a solid month in North America, the bassist will head to Europe for another month on the road. Thundercat will be joined by keyboardist Dennis Hamm and drummer Justin Brown,...
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Portland, Maine’s Arkham Sound has introduced the Bullet, a tube bass pre-amplifier housed in a surplus 30 caliber ammo box. The company says the new preamp is designed to survive the rigors to the road “as if Ampeg were given a military contract to arm Motown.” It is fitted...
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