Feb
25

Jaco Pastorius: “Continuum” Live

I came across this video of Jaco performing “Continuum” live at the 1979 Berlin Jazz Festival.  He uses a wireless system and walks around the auditorium while playing this classic composition from his debut album. If you’re new to […]

Feb
22

“Lounge Act” by Nirvana

Today’s Classic Bass Line is “Lounge Act” by Nirvana. It’s impossible to overstate the impact Nirvana had on rock music.  Their album Nevermind completely altered the musical landscape by embracing a gritty garage band ethos that mercifully euthanized the […]

Jan
14

Ozark Resonator Bass

I was looking around the Internet and I stumbled across this cool 4 string resonator bass.  It’s constructed of nickel plated steel with a lipstick pickup and a biscuit resonator.  After seeing the videos and hearing the tone of […]

Dec
19

Tom “T-Bone” Wolk

For today’s Know Your Player let’s look at the storied career of Tom “T-Bone” Wolk.  T-Bone was a fantastic session bassist as well as a sideman for many of the biggest acts of the last 25 years.  He worked with […]

Dec
14

The Major Scale

Why should you know the different scales?  Because they are the foundation of the melodic and harmonic aspects of music.  Is it more complex than that?  Yes, but we have to start somewhere. In music […]

Dec
6

Gnod’s Music-Map

I found Gnod’s Music-Map the other day while wandering around the web.  The creator Marek Gibney describes it as “a search-engine to find things you don’t know about.”  That is an apt description. Music-Map allows you to […]

Nov
26

“Nuages Gris”: A Harmonic Analysis

Today let’s take a look at the piano piece “Nuages Gris” (Gray Clouds) by Franz Liszt.  David Bennett Thomas produced this informative video analysis of this unusual work.  In his videos, he analyzes Western European music with […]

Nov
20

“Schism” by Tool

Today’s Classic Bass Line is “Schism” by Tool.  Emerging in the 1990’s, Tool bridged the gap between classic heavy metal and progressive rock, mixing grinding guitars, dark thundering rhythms, and challenging lyrics. The Age aptly described […]

Nov
11

Tree of Sound

Today let’s look at how different woods create different tonal characteristics.  Remember, how the wood looks often has very little impact on how it sounds. Here is a great article from Active Bass member Kasra […]

Nov
9

Robert DeLeo

Today’s Know Your Player is about bassist and songwriter Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots. Stone Temple Pilots were one of the most successful rock bands of the 90’s. Bassist Robert DeLeo is credited with much of […]

Nov
3

Steve Smith: The Art of Practice

I found this interesting video of drummer Steve Smith outlining his philosophy on practicing.  It is a great explanation on how to get the most from your practice time.  Check it out. Steve Smith on The Art of […]

Nov
1

“Limelight” by Rush

Today’s Classic Bass Line is from “Limelight” by Rush.  Bassist Geddy Lee is one of the legends of the electric bass, and his playing on this track is a perfect primer for learning his style and technique. Since […]