Aguilar Amps: Understanding Bass DNA

aguilarKnown by many as the “players’ choice” in amplification (and sporting a family of artists that’s easily a who’s who of sidemen and studio legends), Aguilar Amplification approaches the creation of their amps as an extension of the sound of the electric bass. “We’ve always approached the electric bass as an incomplete instrument, without a […]

Ibanez 1806E SR Premium by Eric Parsons {Bass Review}

Mono-Rail IV Bridge ImageThe SR1806E arrived at my doorstep in excellent condition – which is probably no surprise since it was packaged in a gig bag and then double boxed.  The attention to detail did not stop at the packaging.  Once the bass was completely unwrapped, the craftsmanship and attention to detail was immediately evident. Overall Appearance The […]

Bassist Jimmy Haslip – Why Is Music Important (The Panel Experiment) by Brent-Anthony Johnson

Jimmy Haslip - Modern Improvisation for BassWho are you, and what do you do? My name is Jimmy Haslip, and I am a musician/bassist/producer/composer. Who are your primary musical influences? All music, R&B, Rock, Funk, Jazz, Classical, pop, ethnic music, folk music, Jaco Pastorius, Ron Carter, Weather Report, Jimi Hendrix, Bartok, Sly Stone, Mstislav Rostopovich, Salif Keita, Antonio Carlos, Jobim, Issac Delgado, […]

Bassist Jermaine Hall – Why Is Music Important (The Panel Experiment) by Brent-Anthony Johnson

Jemaine Hall- Why Is Music ImportantWho are you, and what do you do?  I am Bassist Jermaine Hall and I have been playing for a grand total of 24 years to date! (Laughs) It’s been a blast and I’m looking forward to many more great years going forward!! Who are your primary musical influences? My influences are: Mike Pope, Tony […]

Balancing Act – Interview with Bassist and Film Scorer, Sean O’Bryan Smith by Ty Campbell

Bassist Sean OBryan SmithSean O’Bryan Smith is an internationally acclaimed bassist, solo artist, composer and producer. He’s recorded for over 100 major and independent artists worldwide ranging from George Clinton to Keith Urban to Larry Carlton. His solo albums have topped radio charts around the globe and he’s about to release his fourth solo album as a leader. […]

Jaime David Vazquez – BASS LINES: Eminem ft. Nate Ruess – “Headlights”

Jaime D. Vazquez - Lathon Bass Wear Exclusive ArtistThis is it! The new hit single by the American rapper Eminem, featuring Nate Ruess (Fun). It was released as the album’s fifth single on February 5, 2014. “Headlights” was met with generally positive reviews from music critics. The new single is the fifteenth track on his eighth studio album The Marshall Matters LP2 (2013). […]


HAL LEONARD BASS PLAY-ALONG - EAGLESThe Eagles Bass Play-Along Volume 43 Bass Play-Along series will help you play your favorite songs quickly and easily! Just follow the tab, listen to the CD to hear how the bass should sound, and then play along using the separate backing tracks. The melody and lyrics are included in the book in case you […]

Rolling Stones Gear {Book Review}

Rolling Stones GearA history of The Rolling Stones as told through the instruments they used on the stage and in the studio Rolling Stones Gear is a coffee table  book that gives an in-depth history of the Rolling Stones from their inception in 1962 to present date and provides detailed descriptions of the gear used at every tour […]

Bass Transcription First SOLO from “So What” by Miles Davis {Video}

Mark Marxon-Bio-Feb2014Learn to play the first solo from “So What” on the Bass… CLICK TO DOWNLOAD – Mark Marxon [so what 1st solo transcription] About Mark MarxonMark has completed a bachelor of music at Newcastle University and also studied under Steve Hunter (Chic Corea/Kim Lawson Trio/AIM). Mark is a guest teacher on the PLAYBASSNOW.COM website ( […]

Win a BBE Mind Bender Vibrato/Chorus Pedal

Win a BBE Mind Bender Vibrato bass pedalYou guys have been great so I thought, “Why not take a pedal off my rig and GIVE IT TO ONE OF YOU GUYS!”. To enter, simply subscribe to the Mark Marxon You Tube Channel, Like the Mark Marxon’s Bass Channel page on Facebook and share this post. Mark’s YOUTUBE channel - Mark’s Facebook page […]

John Myung: The Progression Towards Excellence – Bass Musician Magazine, April 2014 Issue

John Myung - Bass Musician Magazine - April 2014There are few players that can be attributed to having pushed the boundaries in their respective genres. Not only in sheer influence but also in technical mastery of their instruments. Among bassists, we have known one man who has held down the foundation for the band that has reshaped progressive rock as we know it […]

RapScallions Release New CD, In My Head, Featuring Bassist Chris Clemence

RapScallions Release New CD, In My Head, Featuring Bassist Chris ClemenceRapScallions recently released their new record “In My Head” (produced by Wendy Starland who discovered and developed Lady Gaga) which has garnered over 1,300,000 hits on YouTube in only a months time. The song is currently in rotation on 65 Clear Channel radio stations nationwide via iHeart Radio and was selected as featured “Music You […]

Bassist Gabe Crisp and Band, Whitechapel, Release CD

Bassist Gabe Crisp and Band, Whitechapel, Release CDDeathcore giants Whitechapel are releasing their latest album “Our Endless War”.  The album is going to be released on 4/29 via Metal Blade Records.  The band once again worked with producer Mark Lewis (who produced their last self-titled album).  Bassist Gabe Crisp (a founding member) continues his exceptional bass playing on what is the band’s […]

Bassist, Vocalist, Songwriter Lisa Mann Releases New Rhythm & Blues CD, Move ON

LisaMann-MoveOn-Cover-275x246Lisa Mann’s new CD “Move On” is her most stylistically adventurous work yet. R&B aficionados will appreciate Mann’s reverent mining of the royal musical archives of Stax, Motown, and Muscle Shoals to create an impressive modern homage to her rhythm and blues forebears.  Originally from West Virginia, Mann’s vocals effortlessly straddle the line between the honey […]

John Patitucci, Nathan East and More to Judge Lee Ritenour’s Six String Theory Music Competition

Bassist-John-Patitucci-Bass-Musician-MagazineLee Ritenour has brought together a host of talented musicians friends to judge the applicants of his Six String Theory competition in guitar, bass, piano and drums. This ‘who’s who’ of incredible talent include: Steve Lukather, Joe Bonamassa, Daryl Stuermer, Joe Satriani, Dave Grusin, John Scofield, Dave Weckl , Harvey Mason, Sonny Emory, Will Kennedy, […]

Bassist Polly O’Keary Releases New CD, Compass

PollyOKearyPolly O’Keary, award-winning and world-touring bass player, vocalist and songwriter, is back in the northwest with a new album titled Compass. Polly has had a long career in blues, and brings 25 years of experience to the stage. Pollyquickly caught the attention of Pacific Northwest blues fans, playing top venues and festivals and winning many […]

Fender Announces the American Design Experience – Design Your Own Electric Bass

Fender is Announces the American Design Experience - Design Your Own Electric BassFender is pleased to announce the American Design Experience, an innovative new offering on that allows consumers to design electric guitars and basses based on Fender’s iconic instruments – the Telecaster®, Stratocaster®, Precision Bass® and Jazz Bass® guitars. Consumers’ personalized designs are then built by hand in Fender’s flagship Corona, Calif.-based facility and delivered to their door within 90 days. The Fender American Design […]

Warwick Announces BassCamp 2014

Steve_Bailey_1Warwick’s BassCamp in cooperation with Gitarre&Bass is entering its third year – and never before has the event sold out as quickly as this time! The 80 spots for bassists from all over the world were filled within weeks after applications opened, and bass enthusiasts will be traveling from as far as Japan and Australia […]

Freekbass Unleashes Retro-Modern Funktronica Grooves with New CD, Everybody’s Feelin’ Real

Freekbass Unleashes Retro-Modern Funktronica Grooves with New CD, Everybody's Feelin' RealFreekbass Unleashes Retro-Modern Funktronica Grooves with New CD ‘Everybody’s Feelin’ Real’, Offers Free Download of New Track and Spring Tour Dates Announced to Support CD Release  New Album Produced by Duane Lundy (Ben Sollee, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James) Featuring Contributions From Members of Bootsy’s Rubberband, Parliament-Funkadelic & Trey Anastasio Band Freekbass Offers New Album Track […]

Warwick Open Day

Warwick Open DayOpen Day is back! On September 6th, 2014, Framus & Warwick is opening the doors to its famous manufacturing facility in Markneukirchen, Germany. For one day, inquisitive music-lovers and enthusiasts can check out how our fine Framus guitars and Warwick basses are crafted! Naturally, we are also offering a high-class entertainment program: Worldwide renowned artists […]

Barefaced Audio Announces New Generation 3 Bass Cabs

Barefaced Audio  Announces New Generation 3 Bass CabsBarefaced Audio have just announced their brand new Generation 3 bass cabs with the introduction of updated versions of their flagship best sellers the ‘Big Baby II’ and ‘Big Twin II’. The full range 800W ‘Big Baby II’ is potent enough to punch and thunder through any loud rock gig, yet being only 12kg, this […]

Brazilian Bassist Isaias Elpes Releases CD

Brazilian Bassist Isaias Elpes Releases CDAfter two years of study with the bass master Abraham Laboriel, Brazilian bassist Isaias Elpes has composed and produced his latest self-titled album; extraordinary Cuban drummer Jimmy Branly collaborated on this project. The Album has eight songs with a refreshing fusion of Brazilian, Cuban and jazz music. If you are looking to explore new interesting […]

Alberto Rigoni Announces New Alusonic Aluminum Hybrid Signature Bass

AlusonicAlbertoRigoniHybidSignatureAlberto Rigoni is proud to announce the new Alusonic Aluminium Instruments Alberto Rigoni Hybrid Signature. Here’s the 3D rendering, with more details  unveiling soon…we will keep you updated! Alberto Rigoni’s new album fundraising campaign About Raul AmadorRaul Amador serves as the Executive Editor of Bass Musician Magazine and is the Co-founder of […]