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
As far as underrated bass players go, Mark White is right up there.
I spent my teenage years fruitlessly trying to play along to Pocket Full Of Kryptonite, only realising years later that the man is a chicken finger picker and I never stood a chance.
There are not many bass players
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!
If this has ever
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
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
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
I've been playing bass for a long time -- since I was 14. I've been playing gigs for almost as long. I haven't kept count, but there have been a lot of them.
Most of those gigs have been OK. Some have been kind of crappy. And some have been downright