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Reader Submission – Give em’ the Finger! By Tim Risser

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Tim Risser-Bio-May2013After hearing of the recent loss of Deftones bassist Chi Cheng, I combed the internet to find something positive to remember him by. I came across the article he wrote in early 2000 about his love for the instrument and a mutual analogy of sex, as he both admitted a love for the two; while accepting that he wasn’t a master of either. It was a great read and put a smile on my face.

I have had a similar tryst with both of those interests myself, and concluded that my bass playing will never reach the upper echelon of the talent pool, nor will I magically wake up tomorrow with a quarter pound of salami in my pants. It’s the love we have for the “art” and the execution that makes it real. Conviction and effort will always have purpose.

So two years ago, after twenty plus years of playing,  I decided to go “back to school” so to speak. I had hit that majestic and completely transparent wall that people invent. So I decided to seek out a bass teacher who could also play the guitar like he invented it! I mean, this guy could shred and make it look effortless. He was very gracious, which is also extremely important in a teacher. Yeah, he was ten years younger than me, but ego is something for lead vocalists, right?

We began with some intermediate stuff and some sight-reading and scales/modes, but I hastily approached him with more practical but complex ideas. The stuff we we’re into seemed so basic.

Before I got any further though, he questioned what was going on with my right hand technique? Well, I thought at first, he must be talking about how nimble and seamless my index and middle finger flow over the strings! No, that wasn’t it. Second thought was that he couldn’t believe how well my thumb was anchored and in great position to drop triplet patterns while everybody’s jaw dropped in disbelief! Not so much on that either. So what he said was nothing close to what I wanted to hear: “Your fingers are mess, you lead with the pointer and (selectively) use your middle finger and your thumb has you so locked in tight and stiff, that it honestly looks uncomfortable!” Wow. If I had any bravado left, it was stifled and sent back to the days of woodshedding in my parents’ basement. The days when I was convinced I could play Anthrax or Iron Maiden, mainly because my friends didn’t have the heart to tell me I blew. It was a humbling moment.

I think I needed to hear it and he introduced me to some concepts that may have escaped me over the years. This was the reason I came to a gifted guitarist and bassist, and someone who did not have bass as his primary instrument. We tackled the rotation of pointer and middle with finger alternations; string crossing and floating the hand and not “thumbing” the E string or pick-up (Watch me play “Wrathchild” now!). It was how I originally learned, and it reinvigorated my playing and allowed for smoother transitions and consistent plucking.  I have modified what he gave me to a hybrid of floating for speedier runs and anchoring the thumb for harder strikes when there is a need for accents. And I use a pick from time to time as well, because versatility is a must! I’m happy he opened up my eyes. We’re never too old to learn.

A lot of my favorite bassists look different to me now and there are so many greats out there. I have a few personal favorites and sometimes I notice that the pointer finger is carrying much of the load. Check it out for yourself next time you see a band live or on TV. The middle finger isn’t there just to tell off other drivers! You’re a musician and bass player! Don’t be afraid to give em’ the finger!

Visit Tim Risser online at unheraldedbassists.blogspot.com

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Gear News: Future Impact V4 Guitar & Bass Synth Now Available in the U.S.

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Future Impact V4 Guitar & Bass Synth

Future Impact V4 Guitar & Bass Synth Now Available in the U.S….

The Future Impact V4 is an incredibly versatile pedal with an exceptionally wide range of sounds. In addition to producing synthesizer sounds such as basses, leads and pads, it can function as an octaver, chorus, flanger, phaser, distortion, envelope filter, traditional wah-wah, tremolo, reverb, etc., and even has a built-in tuner. It can also drive external synthesizer gear via the optional CV/Gate. As such, it can potentially replace an entire pedalboard of dedicated single-effect pedals. 

The very powerful signal processor of the Future Impact V4 is able to replicate the various oscillator, filter, amplifier and envelope generator blocks found in classic synthesizers. In addition, it contains signal processing blocks more traditionally used for processing the sound of an instrument such as a harmonizer block and audio effects such as chorus, distortion and EQ. These architectures complement each other in a very flexible way.

Check out this short video with new sounds:

The Future Impact V4 has a completely new hardware platform with numerous enhancements, some of which are:

– 32-bit ultra-low-noise analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters
– New app-based software architecture 
– Vastly advanced pitch tracking based on 30+ years of experience
– Hard Sync between oscillators to open new sonic worlds
– On-pedal edits that can be saved into program memories
– Total compatibility with all previous Deep Impact and Future Impact patches

Setting the standard for the bass guitar synth pedals since 2015, together with an enthusiastic community and long line of great artists, the Future Impact V4 is the guitar synth platform for the next decade. 

For more information, visit online at pandamidi.com/bass-guitar-synth

Exclusive U.S. distribution by Tech 21 USA, Inc

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July 8 – This Week’s Top 10 Basses on Instagram

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TOP 10 Basses of the week

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

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New Gear: Cort Introduces the New Artisan C4/C5 Deluxe Bass Guitars

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New Gear: Cort Introduces the New Artisan C4/C5 Deluxe Bass Guitars

Cort Introduces the New Artisan C4/C5 Deluxe Bass Guitars…

Cort Guitars creates instruments that musicians love to play. The Artisan Series is for the bass player who knows the value of playing a tone-rich, affordable bass guitar that can hold up the back end. Cort Guitars launches the next phase of the series: The Artisan C Deluxe.

The Artisan C Deluxe was created with the serious bass player in mind. It is a bolt-on beauty made of lightweight poplar that allows for ease of playability with all the robust tone Cort basses are known for. The Artisan C4 and C5 Deluxe boast a pristine Hard maple neck with jatoba fretboard, 24 frets with White Dot inlays, and a 34” scale length. One more feature is the 18mm string spacing at the bridge on the C5 making playability a breeze for all styles.

This workhorse of a bass guitar comes in an array of gorgeous colors: Candy Red, Candy Blue, and Black, all tricked out with black hardware to easily stand out on stage and in front of the crowd. Bartolini® MK-1 pickups pack a punch with unparalleled clarity. A Markbass® MB-1 preamp controls Bass, Mid, Treble, Master Volume, Pickup Balancer, and an active/passive switch to manage all of the grooves and low end. The MetalCraft M4 Bridge offers better body contact and transfer of tone. Its dual-string loading system makes for easy string changes, either from the top or through the body. D’Addario® EXL165 strings complete this stellar instrument.

The Artisan C Deluxe is the go-to bass for any bass player looking to upgrade their instrument in looks and playability. No matter the genre, the Artisan C Deluxe outperforms the competition. To see the Artisan C4 Deluxe and Artisan C5 Deluxe, visit www.cortguitars.com.

Artisan C4 Deluxe Street Price: $449.00 USD
Artisan C5 Deluxe Street Price: $499.00 USD

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Working-Class Zeros: Episode #4 – Boutique and Vintage Basses, Dress Code for Summer Gigs

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WORKING-CLASS ZEROS With Steve Rosati and Shawn Cav

Here is episode 4 of WCZ, we discuss boutique and vintage basses in the working-class gig world, as well as navigating the heat and dress code for outdoor summer gigs. Plus another installment of ‘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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Jul 1 – 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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FEATURED @adamovicbasses @jermsbass @astluthier @cb_basses @officialspector @marleaux_bassguitars @lecomptebass @ramabass.ok @mattissonbass @mauriziouberbasses

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