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Saturday April 29, 2017. 05:15 PM
Yesterday’s video of Béla Fleck & The Original Flecktones performing at Mountain Jam VII took me down the rabbit hole. That brought me to Grace Potter & The Nocturnals performing “Paris” at the previous year’s jam. Catherine Popper is laying it down with some sweet, fat...
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Friday April 28, 2017. 09:30 PM
Fender’s online Mod Shop has expanded their set of options for 2017 with new colors, a new neck profile, and new pickups. Users can pick a model to begin with (Jazz and Precision for bassists), then choose colors, hardware, woods, and more. The instruments are built in Fender...
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Béla Fleck & The Original Flecktones played the Mountain Jam VII back in 2011. Here’s the band – with Victor Wooten – performing “Sinister Minister” during that performance. Vic gets the crowd going with a solo around the 3:17 mark.
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The world lost one of its great bass players in November with the passing of the legendary Victor Bailey. His work with artists ranging from Weather Report to Madonna as well as his own solo albums influenced a whole generation of bassists. Now, as part of his wishes, his...
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Thursday April 27, 2017. 09:30 PM
Spring is here and Summer is just around the corner. That means it’s just about time to pack up the van and take your jams on the road. Before you start pounding the pavement, it’s probably a good idea to take a few notes on what to expect and what to be prepared for on...
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We’re used to featuring videos with multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier playing bass (among other things). In this video, Jacob turned to Robin Mullarkey to put together one funky version of The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby.” The session took place at Maida Vale for BBC...
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Paul McCartney fans rejoice: the former Beatle has announced a new 14-show leg of his “One on One” tour. The trek will kick off with a string of dates in July forcusing on the South and Midwest before covering New Jersey, New York, and Michigan in September and October. It...
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Walrus Audio is now shipping the Monument tremolo. Named after and inspired by the Monument Valley, the pedal is described as “both a harmonic, and standard tremolo that produces a rich, luscious, warm pulsating modulation capable of peaks and valleys as smooth or as jagged...
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Wednesday April 26, 2017. 09:30 PM
Q: I’d like some advice on a sensitive issue. I find myself working with a band whose musical ambitions seem quite often to outstrip their technical abilities. While it is always a good thing to stretch yourself, I can’t help but feel that a grasp of some the fundamentals...
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Bassist Huw Foster shared his latest project with us, and we’re digging it big time. “This track is called ‘Get Up’. It’s quite bass-heavy (I co-wrote it with the singer Danny Sharples so that’s to be expected!), and people have been comparing it to the likes of Chic,...
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Longtime Temptations bassist Kerry Turman passed away April 23rd from what are believed to be natural causes. He was 59 years old. The classic soul band announced the news on their Facebook page. “The Temptations lost a dear member of our family, as bass player Kerry Turman...
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Tuesday April 25, 2017. 11:30 PM
Meet Franziska Plueckhan (aka Sissip), a bassist who has traveled the world, and covers the musical spectrum from solo bass and vocals to studio work, to top 40. Franziska says she got her start on bass due to the size of her hands and has been playing ever since. She’s this...
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Luthier Shawn Shannon was showing off his production bass prototypes at the NAMM Show this year, and now the first model is available for order. The SVS Designs Adapt is a four-string bass designed to provide tonal clarity in standard, drop, and sub tuning that the company...
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Black Mamba is a trio consisting of bassist Cecilia Nappo, guitarist/vocalist Irma Mirtilla and drummer Federico Maragoni. They just shared their videos with us, including this one of their cover of Rush’s “Tom Sawyer.” I love how they decided to remake it in their own...
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Monday April 24, 2017. 11:00 PM
As I’ve said many timed before, Facebook is a great tool for discovering awesome instruments. I saw bassist Roey Haviv’s quick demo of his new double-neck headless bass from Bonobo Guitars while scrolling through my feed and my jaw dropped. With one fretless neck and one fret...
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Let’s start with a simple exercise. I say, go ahead, get your bass and just do it – that way you get the full benefit from this article. To start, let’s play a simple shift, such as C to D on the A string with the first finger on both notes (this is not the...
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As we mentioned in their “YYZ” video, YYNOT has a new drummer (Chris Moore). And so they’re recording lots of new versions of their epic Rush covers with this new lineup. As always, the bass (and more) is handled by Tim Starace, with Billy Alexander on guitar and Rocky...
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Sunday April 23, 2017. 08:30 PM
ESP expanded their Thinline acoustic bass series this year with the TL-4Z Fretless and the TL-5SM. The models are four- and five-string basses, respectively, that feature modern aesthetic with exotic tops. The TL-4Z Fretless carries the same features of the TL-4Z in a...
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Bach’s music is timeless and goes beyond the scope of any single instrument. Today we’re featuring an awesome duet of Bach’s Invention No. 13 in A minor where the double bass meets the electric bass. Craig Strain and Lauren Pierce teamed up to tackle the classical...
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Saturday April 22, 2017. 08:00 PM
We have not one, but two lessons for you this month! In this lesson, I’ll talk you through major 7th, then 9th, ♯11th and 13th arpeggios, which follows part one (“Triad Visualization”). I am a firm believer in learning these concepts in multiple ways/fingerings – it...
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