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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

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

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

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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