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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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?
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