Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hartke TX600 Review


When Hartke introduced their aluminum-coned speaker in the 1980s, purists in the bass community uttered words such as “fad” and “gimmick.” That was, of course, until the almighty Jaco pushed bass into another chapter by championing an 8x10

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Get Over Your Tone


Get Over Your Tone


Markbass New York 122 Ninja Richard Bona We all have our tonal preferences. Those preferences often come from years of playing different styles and different equipment, and arriving at the conclusion that we’ve finally found our own thing. This is obviously a great developmental building block for who you are as an artist—an essential thumbprint of sorts. And quite a few world-famous bassists will tell you that it’s a good thing to be known for one instrument and have it be your visual and sonic trademark. This is great advice that holds lots of obvious validity, but I personally reached a point where I felt the need to challenge my own taste in tone.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Reluctant Tapper

The Reluctant Tapper


A tapping tip courtesy of Billy Sheehan: Increasing the attack of the right hand by adding the middle finger on top of the index finger helps get the volume of a tapped note close to the level of a plucked one by doubling the strength of the hand.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Markbass New York 122 Ninja Richard Bona Signature Bass Cabinet

Markbass Announces New York 122 Ninja Richard Bona Signature Bass Cabinet



The Mark Bass New York 122 Ninja Bass Cabinet is a Richard Bona signature model, featuring 2 x 12'' Markbass custom speakers and a new 1.25'' compression driver. The custom speakers and innovative driver combine together to produce a very full yet focused sound with a controlled bottom end, incredible clarity and smooth highs.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Confusion on Shopping For Bass Guitar Strings


The Confusion on Shopping For Bass Guitar Strings

Shopping for any kind of strings for for a guitar, mandolin or really any string instrument can be a bit tricky.  You wouldn’t think it should be, but for any instrument there are various gauges, (thicknesses) types of material and so on. This gets even more confusing when look for bass guitar strings.  For some reason basses have a lot more options that most other instruments.  Our goal is to make shopping for bass guitar strings easier.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Music Wants Its Slap Back

Music Wants Its Slap Back

While tunes like Sly & the Family Stone’s classic “Thank You” have inspired legions of slappers and changed the world of bass, the technique that was invented to enhance the groove by simulating drums unfortunately often ends up diluting it.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Developing Your Solo Voice

Developing Your Solo Voice

When I attended music school in Minnesota 20 years ago, I was a long-haired metal kid who also loved pop and soul music. Even though I was in music school, the idea of playing bass solos or performing unaccompanied didn’t appeal to me. I started playing because I loved the songs performed by great singers, and I wanted to be the