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Letting the Innate Showmanship Emerge

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Letting the Innate Showmanship EmergeLetting the Innate Showmanship Emerge…

With the continuous emergence of new bands, people have now gained knowledge that groups are always comprised of these members: the most-loved lead singer, the axe-wielding lead guitarist, the reliable rhythm guitarist, the energetic drummer, the occasional keyboardist, and the least recognized of all, the quiet bassist. But things have now changed as the once-underrated 4-stringed player image of just staying on the side wings has been debunked. Respected bass-wielding musicians such as: wunderkind John Myung of Dream Theater, groovy Jermaine Jackson of the Jackson 5, KISS glam rocker Gene Simmons and the most beloved Beatle Sir Paul McCartney among others replaced such myths by exuding an unforgettable presence during performances. Shuffling to the beat, donning outrageous costumes, jumping 10 feet in the air, and taking the lead vocals are some of the flamboyant additives these icons give.

The global phenomenon of show-stopping bassists also raged other continents, one of which is Japan. With the country helmed as Asia’s Technological Wonderland, Japanese musicians took much advantage of the advancement in terms of musical equipment. One such JRock or Japanese Rock bassist would be Tetsuya Ogawa or more popularly known as Tetsu. Founding member of L’Arc~en~Ciel, which literally translates to rainbow in English. Currently joined by members: Hyde, Ken, and Yukihiro, the quartet made waves in the local industry in 1991. With the British Gothic Rock genre as their major influence, Laruku has been able to produce 25 full-length albums and countless chart-topping singles in their 22 years in the music business. The band has been known to don excessive leather, eclectic hairstyles, and brightly-colored wardrobe. Adding to the flamboyancy of the group is their tendency to turn each of their gigs into an audio-visual carnival.

As a bassist, Tetsu himself gave audiences an electric performance to no fail. Thundering tempos, wicked slapping, and rapid dexterity are omnipresent in all of his presentations. He has this amazing ability to beguile Western bass players through the bass line inputs he marks in each song. Letting the sound of the bass speak for itself, the deep tones coming from the constant flick of each metal string resonates evenly. Regarded as a technical and anal bass player, Tetsu prides himself the fact that his skill is the result of years of practice and of being a natural perfectionist.

With the global popularity of L’Arc~en~Ciel, Tetsuya and the band were given the opportunity to perform in the Madison Square Garden. The company that owns this has been in partnership with Foxwoods Resort Casino. This leisure resort offers countless slot machine games to choose from, similar to the number of choices PartyCasino offers as well. With an array of colourful casino slots, patrons are visually-stimulated. Seeing cheery images while trying out slot machines actually give positive vibes to players. Such casino gadgetry also relaxes guests. With a simple flick, one can already gain huge pay-offs with ease. Those who are unsure of how to start playing their favourite card game online can always check on the Getting Started tab. Those with advanced playing skills can sign up for the VIP membership to maximize the features of the game and their account.

While L’Arc~en~Ciel was able to reach international acclaim even in Western shores, Tetsu still upholds one thing whenever he performs: that a bassist should let his skills emerge through his innate showmanship.

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Working-Class Zeros: Episode #3 – John Patitucci IG Video, The Summer Festival Gig, iPads on Stage

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WORKING-CLASS ZEROS With Steve Rosati and Shawn Cav

In this episode we cover John Patitucci’s IG video about saying ‘no’ to the gig, the Summer Festival gig, and iPads on stage (sure it’s awesome but is it necessary?)

These stories from the front are with real-life, day-to-day musicians who deal with work life and gigging and how they make it work out. Each month, topics may include… the kind of gigs you get, the money, dealing with less-than-ideal rooms, as well as the gear you need to get the job done… and the list goes on from there.” – Steve the Bass Guy and Shawn Cav

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Interview With Bassist Curly Hendo

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Interview Wity Bassist Curly Hendo

Bassist Curly Hendo…

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, bassist Curly Hendo has been super busy. Starting with dance from a young age, Curly took up bass shortly after and has been going strong ever since. She has collaborated with numerous acts worldwide and is an in-demand session/touring bassist and musical director.

Join me as we learn about Curly’s musical journey, how she gets her sound, and her plans for a very bright future.

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This Week’s Top 10 Basses on Instagram

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Check out our top 10 favorite basses on Instagram this week…

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New Album: Ben Mortiz, MORENO

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New Album: Ben Mortiz, MORENO

The Chilean bassist, producer and sociologist, Ben Mortiz, celebrates the launch of his latest studio work, “MORENO” an album that mixes jazz, soul, and funk following the characteristic Latin style of  Mortiz. The artist completely produced the album under the label “Fallen Lab Records” in the south of Chile.

“MORENO” brings deep and smooth sounds, expressing a sophisticated and elegant Latin vibe. You will find meditative harmonies and joyful melodic voices. The record’s core is the human vibration that Mortiz feels from the Latin American music. The Caribbean rhythms and strong Latin percussions are the musical glue in every song that emerges with the force of the electric bass.

“MORENO” creates a real connection between corporal reactions and mind sensations, always in reference to the originality of Mortiz to fuse modern and classic Latin sounds.

For more information, visit online at danielbenmortiz.com/

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New Gear: Phil Jones Bass X2C Dual Compressor/Effects Loop

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New Gear: Phil Jones Bass X2C Duel Compressor/Effects Loop

Step Into X2C With Phil Jones Bass Dual Compressor/Effects Loop…

Phil Jones Bass latest pedal innovation is the X2C Dual Compressor with Dual Effects Loop for performance and recording. The X2C incorporates advanced compressor circuit technology and provides comprehensive tone control with a dual crossover feature which divides the signal into frequency bands ranging from 100Hz to 500Hz, ensuring exceptional clarity and dynamics in tone refinement. 

With insert jacks on each band, the X2C unlocks limitless creativity, enabling players to use various FX pedals for custom tone sculpting. Additionally, it functions as an electronic crossover, ideal for driving high-performance, 2-way bass rigs.

PJB’s Dual-Band compression design is more flexible than standard single-band compressors and provides a more natural and transparent sound. It also provides greater control over shaping and managing dynamics where standard compressors affect the entire frequency spectrum of an audio signal.  

PJB’s dual compressor enables the player to shape specific frequency ranges of an audio signal which allows for compressing the low frequencies while preserving the high frequencies, or vice-versa. Treating the low-end with a dedicated band also allows for heavy compression without affecting the midrange frequencies, which carry the attack of the sound. 

Effects can be plugged into the insert jacks on the X2C and controlled separately. As an example, the lows can be adjusted separately for an overdrive pedal while the highs can be controlled for a chorus. 

Dividing the audio spectrum into fundamental frequencies and harmonics is also effective in the enrichment of slapping techniques. The low frequencies can be compressed without changing the dynamics of the “slap”. By controlling the low frequencies and focusing the attack on the slap the amplifier will sound louder while avoiding overloading of the amp or speakers. The low band can be compressed without the harmonics being affected. In addition, the send jacks can go to different amplifiers/speakers for a bi-amplification set up.

Compact and potent, the X2C embodies studio-grade excellence, setting a new standard for dynamic processing in an uncompromising, portable pedal. The street price is $359.99.

Visit online at www.pjbworld.com

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