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
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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jun
7

Pedulla MVP and Buzz Basses

Today let’s take a look at a couple of basses from Michael Pedulla at Pedulla Guitars. Pedulla has been hand crafting basses in the U.S.A since the mid 1970’s, and his designs are interesting and […]

Jun
5

Dusty Hill

For today’s Know Your Player let’s take a look at the great Texas Bluesman Dusty Hill.  Hill joined ZZ Top in 1969 along side founder/guitarist Billy Gibbons and drummer Frank Beard.  ZZ Top are known for their guitar based […]

May
22

Rhythm: Jojo Mayer

As a bass player it’s important to lock in with the drummer, so it’s helpful to watch drummers talk about how they approach rhythm and groove. Today let’s look at the great Swiss drummer Jojo Mayer.  His style is […]

May
9

Veillette Archtop Bass

Joe Veillette of Veillette Guitars has been designing and building unusual guitars and basses for over 30 years.  I first played his Paris Model bass a few years ago and was struck by the interesting […]

Mar
16

Bass Setup: The Basics

Today we’re going to take a cursory look at how to set up your bass.  There are many variables:  nut height, neck relief, saddle height, pickup height, and string length (intonation).  It’s important to understand […]

Mar
10

George Porter, Jr.

Today’s Know Your Player is about funk legend George Porter, Jr..  George was at the forefront of the great fingerstyle bassists of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.  His work with The Meters introduced a New Orleans feel to the R&B and Funk of the […]