Sabyasachi Deb Performs Bach’s Cello Suite #1 Prelude

Today’s video was sent to us by Sabyasachi Deb, a 23-year old bassist from Calcutta, India. Deb uses the upper range of his bass to perform Bach’s Cello Suite #1 Prelude, demonstrating some deft work on the fingerboard. Deb’s tone is excellent, and his use of reverb evokes a nice “concert-hall” feel to the performance….

Professor John Performs Bianca’s Song

John Mallanda a.k.a. Professor John is an independent, solo, experimental funk artist based out of Atlanta, GA who has a very unique sound.  The combination of live bass guitar, real instrumentation, and electronic production sets Professor John apart from similar artists.  John’s electric bass guitar performance has been compared to the playing of Les Claypool,…

5 Ways to Quantum-Leap your Bass Skills

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We’ve all either been there, or are there now – you’re bass skills aren’t where you want them to be, and you know you can be better, but you just don’t know how to get there. You listen to your favourite players and dream of ripping out those killer fills and runs, you try to…

The Right Way to Play Bass

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We bass players are always looking for ways to make our playing interesting. But let’s face it. Most of the time, what we’re really doing is trying to keep ourselves interested, rather than actually making the bass part more interesting. One of the ways we do this is to funk up our bass lines by…

Jaco Pastorius – Modern Electric Bass

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Before we begin, I’ll warn you straight up – this video goes for an hour and a half. So maybe don’t start it in your lunch break or watch it on mobile data! The reason I am posting this video is this: When I was getting back into bass playing after a five-year hiatus, I…

Paul Hardy’s Bass Rig

Show us your bass rig! Hot on the heels of Sam’s kick-off to the Show Us Your Rig series, I’ll add my rig breakdown to the mix, which will be relatively brief, since I’ve always been a pretty straight-forward, “plug-in and go” kinda bass player. I’ve always opted for simplicity, since, frankly, I’m just not a…

Sam Lloyd’s Bass Rig

Sam Lloyd's Bass Rig Crown XLS 1000 Power Amp

Show us your bass rig! I’ll kick things off by introducing you to my good series of friends – Presonus Studio Channel, Crown XLS 1000 and old mate Hartke 4.5XL.   Presonus Studio Channel Whilst not a specifically bass-oriented piece of equipment, this thing has still got all the right stuff. Tube preamp, full compressor and partial…

John Entwistle-Won’t Get Fooled Again-Isolated Bass

Was The Who’s John Entwistle the greatest rock bassist the world has ever known? Well, that would purely be a matter of opinion. But for those who remain unconvinced that Entwistle was a revolutionary rock bassist who set a new standard for an entire generation of four-stringers, we present to you exhibit ‘A’: The Who bassist…

Need for Speed

The only speed exercise you’ll ever need About eight years ago I developed a bad case of tennis elbow thanks to my 9-5 office job. The doctor called it RSI; I affectionately dubbed it my bass playing days are over! Tennis elbow affects the tissue joining a particular forearm muscle to the bone of the…

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