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 […]

Oct
8

Steve Swallow

Today’s Know Your Player is about legendary bassist Steve Swallow.  Steve is a pioneer on the electric bass guitar and is a unique voice in the pantheon of great bassists.  Swallow has played with countless artist including Gary […]

Sep
25

“London Calling” by The Clash

Today’s Classic Bass Line is from “London Calling” by The Clash. The Sex Pistols may have been the first British punk rock band, but the Clash were the definitive British punk rockers.  Where the Pistols […]

Sep
16

Fernando Lamadrid

What’s up with all these European bassists?  They are learning all the classics and fusing them into an new and eclectic style. Here is Fernando Lamadrid blending some Rocco, Marcus, Jaco, Billy, and Flea all into one tune.  I’m […]

Sep
12

Bone Machine by Tom Waits

Today’s Essential Record is Bone Machine by Tom Waits.  Tom is one of the master songwriters of the modern era, and this album is one of his finest works.  Bone Machine takes you on a journey to […]

Sep
8

“Alive” by Pearl Jam

Today’s Classic Bass Line is “Alive” by Pearl Jam.  Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament‘s line is striking; his ominous fretless tone is accented by snake-like slides up and down the neck followed by chiming distorted harmonics.  Classic. From AllMusic: The […]

Sep
6

Tech 21 Bass Boost Chorus

Today let’s look at the Tech 21 Bass Boost Chorus.  Most bass chorus pedals destroy the low end, leaving the audience feeling sea sick and wondering where the bass player went.  This pedal seems to have […]

Sep
4

Chromatic Mediant Modulation

Today’s post is an excellent analysis by David Bennett Thomas of Wagner’s Prelude to Act 1 from Tristan and Isolde.  In his videos, he analyzes Western European music with both traditional music theory (below the music) […]

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 […]

Aug
24

Benjamin Orr

Today’s Know Your Player is about Benjamin Orr, the bassist from the classic power pop band The Cars.  Orr wasn’t just the bass player, he also sang lead on many of The Cars biggest hits.  […]

Aug
12

History of the Fender Precision Bass: 1950’s

The Fender Precision Bass.  The First. The Beginning.  Iconic.  Revolutionary. Let’s take a look at the Fender Precision Bass from its creation in 1951 through its evolution in the 50’s. Below is a interesting and informative article from Fender’s […]

Jul
29

Arpeggios

Today let’s look at arpeggios and how to use them. An arpeggio is a musical technique where notes in a chord are played in sequence, one after the other, rather than ringing out simultaneously.  We can […]