Byron Isaacs – Disappearing Man

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. read more

Teach Me Bass Guitar – Lesson 16

Lesson 16 Teach Me Bass Guitar

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. read more

GHS Strings Bass Guitar Tension Charts

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.  

Bass Guitar String Guide

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. read more

Interview: Collyn McCoy of Sugar Fly

Sugar fly

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. read more

Getting Back into the Groove

back into the groove

For the past couple of months I have gotten way off track with my writing and bass playing and desperately need to get back into the groove. It is evident here as I haven’t written a new post in quiet some time. My bass studies have, unfortunately, suffered the same fate.  Truthfully I hardly touched my bass for a span of almost 2 months. read more

The New Cool – Bob James and Nathan East

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Long time collaborators Bob James and Nathan East have created a true jazz masterpiece with their latest effort “The New Cool”.  Yamaha Entertainment Group label president Chris Gero equipped a state-of-the-art Nashville studio with Yamaha gear and gave the two free reign to create.  The result is an unexpected classic jazz album showcasing the amazing talents of these two Grammy recognized artists.

Throughout the The New Cool, East’s silky meandering bass lines interplay perfectly with James’ pastoral piano wanderings.  From sparsely arranged duets to complex orchestrations, The New Cool truly explores the outer limits of strait-ahead jazz. read more

Timothy J Wilson: Artist Spotlight

Meet Timothy J Wilson; Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Multi-Instrumentalist.  Hailing from White Plains, NY, Wilson is currently based in Atlanta, GA where he has quickly made a name for himself.

On his latest release, “Lovesongwriter”, Wilson lays down some serious bass grooves, ranging from silky smooth to full-out funk.  A true musician, his talents don’t end with just the bass.  Wilson plays all of the instrument on the “Lovesongwriter” EP and his powerful vocals bring each track to life. read more