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

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

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

Digging in?

  You practice, you rehearse – you’ve got a nice little pair of callouses on your fingers. You rock up to your gig all smiles, and go home with two whopping blisters instead. Um, what? How did that happen? Now I can’t use the touchscreen on my smartphone! Digging In If this has ever

Adding the Magic

The bass guitar occupies an essential place in the frequency spectrum of rock and pop music. We can all agree on that. But in this awesome video, an outtake from the Sound City sessions, we get a little glimpse at how bass players can also play an important role in

The Sound Out There

The following is a guest post by New York City bass player Chris Tarry. If you put me in a room, say 14 x 10, give me an amp, a bass, and few minutes alone, I can come up with a pretty good bass sound. There’s control to be found in

Going through gig withdrawal

Ugh. I just checked out my gig calendar and realized I haven't played a gig since June 12 and won't play another until August 14. That's more than two months without playing.  This 'Gigging Bass Player' is NOT gigging right now. Not cool. Lucky for me, I don't depend on gigs

Are You a Bass Snob?

bass snob

I've been lurking around various bass guitar discussion forums for quite a few years, and one thing is very clear: There's a whole lotta bass snobbery going on out there. I don't know if this kind of snobbishness exists in other circles. But in the bass world, it's everywhere. Use a pick?

7 Ways To Improve Your Playing

OK . . . this is going to piss off a few bass players, but I'm just going to say it: Bass is easy to learn. Come on bass players, let's just admit it to ourselves and everyone else. The bass guitar really wasn't that difficult to figure out, was it? Unlike guitar