6 Podcasts Every Bassist Should Listen To


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.  
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Tonic: The Music Improvisation Card Game

Tonic Game

Tonic: The Music Improvisation Card Game is finishing up it’s Kickstarter campaign this week, having more than doubled its original pledge goal.

Created for all musicians, playing any style, on any instrument.  Tonic is a new card based game, developed as a new way for musicians to learn & practice improvisation in a way that emphasizes freedom and fun.  For most of us the idea of improv can be intimidating, and the goal of Tonic is to break through that barrier and make it more accessible.  The game can be played either alone or with a group and requires no experience or knowledge of music theory.   read more

Review: Notation Trainer Android App


Concept and Features

Notation Trainer is an incredible Android app created to help musicians improve their sight-reading skills.  Designed by London-based music tutor Stuart Bahn, Notation Trainer generates original sight-reading exercises to musicians’ exact requirements.   read more

Seeking Inspiration? Follow the Sonic Highways


I just finished watching Dave Grohl’s HBO series Sonic Highways, and I must say that I think it is the most inspirational series I have ever seen.  Each one-hour episode features a different iconic American city’s music scene and one of the studios that make it tick.  The history of each city’s music scene is explored as well as it’s culture and interviews with artists that have defined and been shaped by each city’s musical identity.   read more

Review: Rotosound Swing Bass 66 Nickel – 5 String Set


There was a time, early on in my bass playing years, that the only strings I would use where Rotosounds.  To be honest, I don’t remember which exact strings they were, all I recall is that they came in an orange package, that the E string was .105 gauge and that they tore the crap out my fingers and frets.  At the time I really had no inkling of what the differences in strings were.  Steel, nickel, roundwound, flatwound, I just played whatever was on my bass and when I needed a new set I’d buy a set of Rotosounds. Looking back, I’d have to guess I was using Stainless Steels, which accounts for the loss of finger skin and fret metal.   read more