Bassist Byron Isaacs steps out into the limelight with his first solo release Disappearing Man. Co-produced by Hector Castillo (David Bowie, Bjork, The Brazilian Girls) and Brian Cullman (Lucinda Williams, Ghazal) and recorded at Castillo’s studio in Brooklyn, Disappearing Man will be released June 15 on the Cosmic Trigger label.
Currently podcasting seems to be the new darling form of media. You can find podcasts focused towards everything from self-help, business, and comedy, to story telling and music production. I’ve found myself diving deeper and deeper into the world of podcasts for a while now. For me there’s nothing better than listening to a good podcast on my morning and evening commute. While I have explored many different types of podcasts, my favorites all revolve around music. Being a bass player I naturally sought out bass related podcasts first. While I can’t say I’ve found many devoted specifically to the bass, the couple I have found are truly stellar. As audio production and songwriting are also areas I have an interest in, I eventually branched out to find more and more interesting podcasts to fill my drive time.
If you ask me 2016 seemed to be a bit of a musical disaster. We lost way too many incredible musicians and had the craziest election year I have ever witnessed. I myself started the year with several well-intentioned musical goals but sadly did not manage to achieve any of them. Let this be my attempt to kick things into gear again for the new year. I’ve dragged my heels for far too long working through Teach Me Bass Guitar. 2017 is the year that I finish it!
Decade II- 2006-2015
One of the very first album reviews I did on BassRamblings.com was for Joseph Patrick Moore’s excellent album To Africa With Love. Since that review I have become quite a fan of Moore’s music. Moore’s uplifting and energetic bass lines have earned him a top spot among my favorite bass players.
Having completed Lesson 16 of Roy Vogt’s Teach Me Bass Guitar has me feeling like I am in the home stretch. It’s been a longer journey than I anticipated, but I can’t say I regret a second of it. Just 4 more lessons to go!
Lesson 16 of TMBG takes us into what Roy refers to as “The Working Bassist’s Toolkit” which focuses on skills a bass player will need to have if they want to play professionally. The first lesson in the toolkit stresses the importance of learning to sight-read. Roy discusses Tablature (TAB) and while it can be useful for beginners, it is not something that you will encounter in an arrangement or professional working situation.
GHS Strings has added a very cool bass string tension guide PDF to their website. The guide features information on how to calculate string tension, a frequency chart, tension specifications for all of their bass string sets and singles, plus a few other GHS Strings facts.
Official Press Release:
Battle Creek, MI, 8th March 2016 – GHS Strings is pleased to announce updated Tension charts for Bass guitar strings are now available FREE on their website. GHS Strings is one of the few companies to offer such comprehensive information with layouts that include single strings as well.
Bassist Collyn McCoy lays down some heavy grooves with a huge helping of funk and soul with Los Angeles based rock and soul group Sugar Fly.
Sugar Fly was conceived by Collyn McCoy (bass) and Grammy nominated producer Noah Lifschey (aka Stereo Lif), after performing together on Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s TV show, HitRecord. Fueled by a steady diet of classic vinyl, vintage tube amps and Kentucky bourbon, the two sequestered themselves to Noah’s studio and birthed the burgeoning sound that had been swimming in their heads. All they needed was the vocalist of their dreams with the ability to peel the paint off the walls of their studio. Enter Tia Simone. Equal parts Aretha, Etta, and Bon Scott (with the charisma of Freddie Mercury) she evokes starpower and infuses several vocal styles into one deeply soulful fusion. “Sure soul and rock have been fused many times before, but just not the way we do it,” says Tia.
Lesson 15 of the Teach Me Bass Guitar focuses mainly on the technique of two-handed tapping. Roy refers to this technique as a “Spice”, meaning a little is okay, but too much can be a bad thing. Two-handed tapping is more of a “Look at me” style of playing, not something you would make a living out of doing.
Orange Amplification unleashes the O Bass, the latest brainchild of Ade Emsley, Technical Director and Lead Designer. It first made an appearance at the 2014 Winter NAMM as a demonstrator piece, hidden from view backstage. However Orange has been inundated with production requests following videos of prototypes posted online.
Arguably two of the most respected bass players in the world today, Billy Sheehan and Doug Wimbush will be appearing together on the Rotosound booth at Winter NAMM 2016.
Billy is one half of the dynamic rhythm section of super rock trio Winery Dogs who have just released their second album ‘Hot Streak’ to wide critical acclaim. He is the bass virtuoso who gained fame playing with Mr. Big, David Lee Roth and Steve Vai.