Top Ten Most Recognizable Basslines

Whether you love or hate the song or band, you hear two second (if that) of the bassline and immediately know what song it is, and who’s playing it. And usually, if you go into Guitar Center, there’s a really good chance you’ll hear someone play one of these lines, albeit badly. And if you’re…

Cage Match Bass Edition: Precision vs. Jazz

Probably the biggest thing that I hear when someone brings up the very polarizing question, “If you had just one bass for all kinds of styles, what would it be?” you will usually read the answer “Leo Fender got it right with the P Bass” or “Leo Fender got it right with the J Bass”…

The Complex Art of Simplicity in Grooving

In this internet age you can find nearly anything you want to learn. On one hand this is a great resource as it opens musicians up to learning things that they may not have otherwise had access to. On the other hand it’s creating a generation of musicians that may have some great chops, but…

Slap Bass Bassics – Nailing that Effected Tone

We briefly talked about it in the first installment of Slap Bass Bassics, but the easiest way to grab that slap tone sometimes is through the help of an effect pedal like an equalizer, compressor/limiter or harmonic expander. However, many notable slap bassists have used all sorts of effects with great results. So for today,…

Slap Bass Bassics – The Thumb

Simply put, the thumb in slap bass is the bass drum of the drummers kit. It provides that punch, it gives the rhythmic pulse that everything else is laid upon. It can be as simple or as complex as needed (please remember that comment, and repeat it to yourself a couple more times to let it sink in), but it needs to be solid to keep the beat moving. Anything else and you stand to lose the feel of the groove, which is priority number one as a bassist.

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