Articles: Bass

/ August 7, 2011 1:41 am

Go TT-1 Tuner Product Review

The TT-1 Tuner by GoGo is a highly accurate clip-on tuner built with plenty of attention to detail. Forget a wordy first paragraph let’s dive right into the features: The Mic/Clip feature allows you to use it as a standard clip-on tuner or tune via the microphone. This feature is handy when you need to prove to your guitar player [...]

/ July 11, 2011 7:21 am

Interview with Alvin “Snake Bass” Harrison

My newest article on Bass creators is with local artist Alvin Harrison. I met Mr. Harrison at Larry Hartke’s Bass Lounge in Manhattan. Not only does Alvin sculpt beautiful one of a kind basses, but also produces fine paintings. No detail is overlooked, as is evidenced in not only his basses but his paintings as well. With a military upbringing, [...]

/ June 22, 2011 12:05 am

Introduction to the Flat Keys and F Major Scale Exercises

All the major scale lessons I have written out up to this point have been in the sharp keys. I wanted to start the flat keys this week. The flat keys and scales all follow the same major scale pattern as the sharp keys and scales. They also fall in order, as the sharp keys do and the order of [...]

/ May 29, 2011 12:17 am

Minor 7 Chord Tones and Bass Line Transcriptions

I introduced diatonic 7th chords a few weeks back and this week I want to focus on one chord type in particular, the minor 7th chord. In this lesson I will talk about the intervals involved in it’s construction and give three of my favorite bass lines that use these chord tones. If you remember the previous lesson, diatonic minor [...]

/ May 18, 2011 9:22 pm

Incredible Basses from Janaid Guitars

I am a sucker for a pretty BASS. I have as much a love for art as I do music and when I started seeing pictures of these basses pop up a few years ago on Facebook, I fell in love. The care and beauty taken with each instrument is evident and what the person ends up with is a [...]

/ May 13, 2011 12:23 am

Diatonic 7th Chord Exercises for Bass Guitar

Hey Everyone, It’s been a few weeks since my last post and even longer since my last lesson. Last month was devoted mainly to interviews of Bass giants David Ellefson and Frank Bello, what a month! Check out the interviews if you have not already. They both have such a long, incredible history and musical journey and had great stories [...]

/ April 19, 2011 9:37 pm

Interview with Megadeth’s David Ellefson

I first saw David Ellefson at the Hartke clinic inside Daddy’s Junky Music in Dedham, MA. What struck me most about him initially, is that he exudes a certain confidence, not born of cockiness but more a sense of purpose. In fact he speaks a few times during our interview about that sort of purposefulness a person can feel in [...]

/ February 20, 2011 6:57 pm

Interview with Legendary Bassist Stu Hamm Part 2

Welcome back to part 2 of my interview with Stu Hamm. This week we get more in depth on his thoughts as a player and composer. Stu talks about some of his writing techniques, who his inspirations are and a few of his road stories. JS - Are you currently studying any players, composers or new techniques? Stu - I’m always working on new stuff. I’ve got a [...]

/ February 14, 2011 6:39 pm

Interview with Legendary Bassist Stu Hamm

In order to be a master you need to think like one and in order to think like one, you need to know how they think! Stu Hamm’s musical career has spanned decades. His first musical ventures were with Steve Vai, who he met at the Berklee College of Music, and Joe Satriani. Later he went on to play with Billy Sheehan [...]

/ January 23, 2011 4:08 am

Get To Know Greg Smith Bassist for Ted Nugent

Ah my first interview with an artist. You’d think I’d be nervous. Either I’m over confident or Greg Smith was that accommodating. Things became much easier when I learned we lived close by. Now don’t go trying to find Greg’s house just yet. His current boss is, that’s right, Mr. Ted Nugent. If you know anything about anything, you don’t [...]