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 […]

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 […]

Jun
25

History of the Fender Jazz Bass

Here is a cool piece about the history and evolution of the Fender Jazz Bass. The Jazz Bass is known for it punchy low mids, fast slim neck, and tones ranging from bright (Geddy Lee) […]

Apr
17

“Havona” by Jaco Pastorius

Today’s Classic Bass Line is from the song “Havona” written by Jaco Pastorius and performed by Weather Report.  Jaco was the pioneer of the fretless electric bass, and has influenced bassists of all genres.  Jaco’s style […]

Apr
2

Fender Jazz Bass Shootout

I found this interesting head to head sound test of various Fender Jazz Basses at NoTreble.com. Guitar Bank created this video comparing the following: 2000 USA Jazz – Alder body, Rosewood neck 1995 MEX Jazz – Alder body, […]

Mar
26

Superunknown by Soundgarden

Today’s Essential Record is Superunknown  by Soundgarden.  The 1990’s were a revival of guitar rock, and Soundgarden were at the forefront.  Heavy riffs, catchy melodies, odd meters, and unusual tunings make this record a classic. The album’s recording sessions […]

Mar
24

“Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin

Today’s Classic Bass Line is from “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin.  A pure classic, and a must know line by one of the great rock bassists – John Paul Jones. “Black Dog” is a blues riff […]

Feb
18

Fingerstyle: Getting Different Sounds

Today I thought I’d write about how fingerstyle players get different sounds from their bass depending on their technique.   Let’s start with two great fingerstyle players who both use the Fender Jazz Bass. John Paul […]

Jan
5

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” by The Beatles

Today we have another Classic Bass Line from Paul McCartney. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is from The Beatles White Album and was written by George Harrison.  This line has everything – double stops, slides, wide ranging scales and arpeggios […]

May
11

Legend by Bob Marley and the Wailers

Today’s Essential Record is Legend from Bob Marley and the Wailers.  If you look up ‘bass groove’ in the dictionary, this should be one of the top three definitions.  In some music, the bass is […]