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April 21, 2014

John Goldsby explores 7th intervals, which sound wide and angular.

August 1, 2010

Fellow hard rockers and metalheads (and maybe everyone else, too), lend me your ears.

April 1, 2010

LAST MONTH WE LOOKED AT SOME different ways to marry the organic power of arco double bass with the monstrous electric power of heavy met...

March 1, 2010

Bass master Bryan Beller shares ways to develop a more authentic hard rock/metal sound and feel, even while playing fingerstyle.

February 1, 2010

WHEN 17-YEAR-OLD JACO PASTORIUS laid eyes on his buddy Bob Bobbing’s Sony reel-to-reel tape recorder, he saw musical possibilities with u...

November 1, 2009

TOM KENNEDY WANTS TO MAKE you feel uncomfortable. But don’t worry, it’s all in the name of better bass playing. Since moving back to New ...

November 1, 2009

SOMETIMES I SIT AT THE COMPUTER and cut and paste funk loops into my sequencer program. It’s easy—I just pick something from my library a...

October 1, 2009

HIP-HOP, R&B, URBAN CONTEMPORARY, rap, drum-n-bass, nu-jazz—call it what you want, but it’s got to be funky. The term “funk” has beco...

October 1, 2009

WHEN IT COMES TO HARDCORE bebop bass cred, Charles Mingus is one tough cat to beat. A prodigious and adventurous composer, a bold and out...

September 1, 2009

IT’S MASTERCLASS, EVERYONE, WHICH means a detailed dissection of a bass line played by a high-level pro, along with insight from the player ...


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