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 […]

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
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
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 […]

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 […]

Jul
20

Atavachron by Allan Holdsworth

Today’s Essential Record is Atavachron by Allan Holdsworth. If you traveled to a planet in a distant galaxy populated by a highly advanced alien life form, and then, after landing, you went into the local alien bar, this record would […]

Mar
21

Technique: Billy Sheehan

Billy Sheehan is one of rock’s iconic bassists.  His style includes 3 finger right hand picking, double hand tapping, harmonics, and more.  Being self taught, he has created some unusual techniques that might inspire new ideas in […]

Mar
17

Jon Reshard

Jon Reshard is a great young bassist who is carving a new path for the 4 string bass.  His style is heavily influenced by rock, but he adds angular fusion lines, slapping, tapping, sweep picking, fingerstyle, and funk […]

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
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
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 […]

Feb
8

“My Generation” by The Who

Today’s Classic Bass Line is from “My Generation” by The Who.  This version is from the record Live At Leeds.  Bassist John Entwistle should have been arrested for aggravated assault after this performance.  He creates an […]

Jan
31

Rocco Prestia

Today’s Know Your Player  is about legendary fingerfunk bassist Rocco Prestia of Tower of Power.  Prestia revolutionized the fingerfunk style in the 1970’s by incorporating complex left-hand string muting.  This muting enables him to play the fast […]