Nov
3

Steve Smith: The Art of Practice

I found this interesting video of drummer Steve Smith outlining his philosophy on practicing.  It is a great explanation on how to get the most from your practice time.  Check it out. Steve Smith on The Art 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 […]

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
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 […]

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 […]

Apr
11

Arpeggios: Part 2

Today’s post is Part 2 in a series on learning how to play and use arpeggios on the bass.  Part 1 is here. An arpeggio is a musical technique where notes in a chord are […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dec
14

Musique Obscure: Claude Debussy

Today’s Obsure Music is from French composer Claude Debussy.  Unless you’re an orchestral bassist, you probably won’t be playing this music on a gig anytime soon. So why listen?  Before recording technology, composers spent considerable time writing, rewriting, orchestrating, and polishing […]

Dec
4

Musicvox Space Cadet

I’ve been reading a lot about the Musicvox Space Cadet Bass lately, so I thought we should take a look at this interesting instrument.  The Space Cadet is a 12 string electric bass with four courses of three strings.  […]

Nov
20

Rickenbacker vs. Fender Precision

Fender Precision Bass vs. Rickenbacker Bass.  Head to Head.  Cage Match.  Battle Royale. Both of these basses have legendary histories, the kind that summon up Arthurian scenes of James Jamerson playing the magical P Bass named […]

Oct
17

Darkglass Vintage Microtubes Pedal

The new Darkglass Electronics Vintage Microtubes pedal is a beast.  This thing has an immense variety of sounds, from subtle overdrive to woolly gronk.  Below is a review and a great video demo of the Vintage in action.  Check it […]

Jul
20

Musique Obscure: Maurice Ravel

This is one of my favorite compositions from French composer Maurice Ravel.  Will this help your bass playing?  Probably not.  But you should take a day off once in a while.  If only I would heed my […]