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Coffee Break Grooves – Smooth Backing Tracks For Bass Players

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Coffee Break Grooves – Smooth Backing Tracks For Bass Players…

Over the past five years Coffee Break Grooves has been quietly establishing a reputation for supplying top quality backing tracks for musicians across a variety of instruments. Last year, the company released a series of backing tracks geared specifically to bass players, as well as versions for drummers, both of which are remixed specifically for those instruments. And the result is surprisingly good!

First impressions
The first thing that hits you when you visit www.coffeebreakgrooves.com is how well laid out the site is compared to some of the more amateurish alternatives. I’m personally not 100% sure about white text on black, but that aside, it’s great to be able to clearly see different genres in an instant, and what’s more to be able to sample the catalog of albums and tracks with just a couple of mouse clicks. Kudos to the design team.

Before we go on, I should explain that the site focusses on the more laid back stuff, so you won’t find any thrash metal or rock. What you do get is a collection of polished original tracks – no covers – which are impeccably recorded and run for an impressive 15 minutes each. Definitely long enough to get into the flow of the groove.

The lack of instantly recognisable tracks from famous names may put some people off, but I found it quite refreshing to be able to listen to fresh new grooves like this, especially since many of them are genuinely catchy enough to inspire some great jams. You can see what I mean by checking out the video below.

The bottom line
The site also offers free and premium video lessons, although for some strange reason there are no bass (or drum) versions in the catalog. I understand that the company intends to add bass lessons as soon as they find some suitable instructors, so get your applications in now guys, while the opportunity is still hot. I didn’t get the chance to try out any of the premium lessons, but if they’re like the free ones, they’re pretty cool. No fluff or filler, just some straight up guidance on how to improve your playing skills, lick by lick.

Conclusion
Coffee Break Grooves offers up a unique selection of very cool tracks, ranging from blues to Smooth Jazz, Funk, Reggae and beyond, so it’s great to see the specific addition of a selection for bassists in particular. You’ll have to go somewhere else if you’re looking for Bon Jovi or REM, but if you’re a lover of the ‘groove’ in all its glory, then this is definitely the place to visit. The individual tracks cost $3.75 each, and you can buy full 8 track albums at $18.99. My tip is to subscribe to their newsletter because they regularly offer discounts and special offers across their catalog.

Visit online at www.coffeebreakgrooves.com

 

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Artist Update With Mark Egan, Cross Currents

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Artist Update With Mark Egan, Cross Currents

I am sure many of you are very familiar with Mark Egan as we have been following him and his music for many years now. The last time we chatted was in 2020.

Mark teamed up with drummer Shawn Pelton and guitarist Shane Theriot to produce a new album, “Cross Currents” released on March 8th, 2024. I have been listening to this album in its entirety and it is simply superb (See my review).

Now, I am excited to hear about this project from Mark himself and share this conversation with our bass community in Bass Musician Magazine.

Photo courtesy of Mark Egan

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Review: Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB

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Review: Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB

Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB…

Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB – Hearing protection has always been front and center on my mind because I love music so much, I cannot imagine my life if I were unable to hear.

You might remember back in 2021, we had a good look at the Minuendo Lossless Earplugs featuring adjustable protection. This system has a lot of very good features but there was always the question of how much sound attenuation to choose.

Now, the great folks at Minuendo have come up with a new version of their earplugs that has a set 17dB noise reduction. You still get a lot of the great features of the adjustables but you just don’t have to think about the specific sound level. In addition, this new version of earplugs comes at a very attractive price point.

For more information, visit online at Minuendo.com

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Review: The Bastard Instrument, A Cultural History of the Electric Bass by Brian F Wright 

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Review: The Bastard Instrument, A Cultural History of the Electric Bass by Brian F Wright 

I was intrigued when The Bastard Instrument showed up on my desk… let’s dig in!

When we dive into the history of our beloved instrument, the bass, we find roots that go back as far as the 15th century. This instrument was a member of the violin family and was for the longest time, an acoustic instrument. As the years passed and music changed, there was a need for the instrument to evolve and the electric bass was born.

Comparatively, the electric bass is a relatively new instrument with its earliest appearances dating back to the 1930s and it is exciting to be an electric bass player while this history unfolds around us. Fortunately for us and future generations to come, Professor Brian F. Wright has taken on the herculean task of documenting the trajectory of the electric bass with this excellent book.

The Bastard Instrument presents an extraordinary amount of fine details about the instrument itself, the development of the amplification to handle its output, the pioneers that dared play it, the rapidly evolving music that flourished because of its presence and so much more. 

When I first started reading this book, I noticed that it felt a tad academic, like a textbook (it might be one someday) or a doctoral thesis, but to present all this information accurately, this approach is more than appropriate. Another detail that might be a bit of a spoiler is that the book only gets us up to the late ’60s. I was left wanting more as we know that so much has happened in the bass world since that time frame; I hope there is another volume in the works to get us up to the present!

All in all, “The Bastard Instrument, A Cultural History of the Electric Bass” is a must-read for all of us who play electric bass and understand its essential place in music.

I found that there was a lot that I already knew but also quite a bit that I was unaware of. I believe that to know and understand where you are, you must know the history of exactly how you got here.

Highly recommended.

The Bastard Instrument is available at Amazon.com (beginning July 2024)

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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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Interview With By the Thousands Bassist Adam Sullivan

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Bassist Adam Sullivan…

Hailing from Minnesota since 2012, By the Thousands has produced some serious Technical Metal/Deathcore music. Following their recent EP “The Decent”s release, I have the great opportunity to chat with bassist Adam Sullivan.

Join me as we hear about Adam’s musical Journey, his Influences, how he gets his sound, and the band’s plans for the future

Photo, Laura Baker

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