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

Monday, August 10, 2015

Ibanez ATK815E Premium 5-String Bass Review

Ibanez ATK815E Premium 5-String Bass Review
Ibanez states on their website that, with the ATK bass line, they, “Took the traditional concept of the bass and turned it up to “11””. I couldn’t agree more. It is now the attack of the

Warwick Announces Rockbass Adam Clayton

Warwick Announces Rockbass Adam Clayton

After introducing the custom shop version in May, Warwick has made good on their promise to bring the Adam Clayton Streamer CV Signature bass to their mid-priced Rockbass Artist Line. The bass, which Warwick describes as the “little brother” of the custom shop model, carries many of the same features while being manufactured in