Oct
11

Jazz Jam Sessions: A First-Timer’s Guide

From The Vault.  I thought I’d lighten things up with a hilarious article from Bill Anschell.  Bill is an accomplished jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and humorist. Here is an article that gives great insight into the self inflicted trauma that […]

Aug
25

The MechBass

The MechBass is just another ill-conceived attempt at relegating the bass player to obsurity.  It won’t work.  We escaped the synth wave, the sampling craze, and we will continue playing the root after this as well.  Bassists are like […]

Mar
5

The Six Fingered Man: Part 2

Today is Part 2 of the Six Fingered Man.  Part 1 is here. Some players have worked up the speed and complexity of their solos to such a virtuosic level that I’ve nicknamed them “The […]

Feb
28

The Six Fingered Man

Since Jaco took over the bass world in 1976, we’ve seen countless bass players head down the road to the mystical land of “Lead Bass”.  (I’ve been down there myself – it’s a long and […]

Jan
2

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!  This is for the hard working bassist who is always doing at least two of the following: burning the midnight oil, living on a prayer, walking the tightrope without a net or a balancing pole […]

Nov
22

Bass Face: The Silent Killer

Michael League of Snarky Puppy is a great player, but he has one of the worse cases of Bass Face that I’ve ever seen.  His prognosis is not terminal, but without treatment his condition will certainly cause continued hilarity for the forseeable […]

Sep
4

That Cat Can Play

Today I thought I would share some humorous quotes about music.  I found these on a site called Grinning Planet.  Enjoy!   “A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will on unsuspecting […]

Aug
23

Live Jazz: A Comedy of Errors

Here is an amusing article about listening to live jazz by Ed Friedland, aka ‘The Bass Whisperer’. If you’re new to jazz or an experienced jazz player, you will enjoy this post. Check out Ed […]

May
27

Shredding

Today let’s have some fun and take a look at two of my favorite “Shred” videos by STSanders. STSanders takes the video of famous musicians and replaces the sound with his own playing.  He does a good […]