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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 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

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

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

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

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?

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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

The Angry Bass Player

Hey you! Bass player! Yeah, you in the cover band. Do you realize you're playing everything wrong? Do you even care? You're getting paid, right? Would playing the songs correctly be too much to ask? It's not that hard, really. Just spend some time listening to the bass part. Then copy

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