Darren Michaels – Seasons

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Darren Michaels newest release “Seasons”, presents the solo bassists as a singer/songwriter. Approaching the album with the idea of capturing the magical timbre of vocals and acoustic guitar but with bass, Michaels has created a highly personal, somewhat unconventional, set of solo bass tracks.  
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Teach Me Bass Guitar – Lesson 14 Review

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The Journey

Before I get into my review of Lesson 14 of Teach Me Bass Guitar I would like to talk a little about my journey so far. Looking back I am realizing that it has been more than 5 years since I started My Journey with Teach Me Bass Guitar. In that time I have had numerous ups and down in my life, but have continued to work through the course at my own pace. Upon completing Lesson 13 and returning from Roy Vogt’s Bass Boot Camp in 2013 I decided that I rushed through too many of the lessons and that I would start the course over. Working through the course a second time I feel I had a greater understanding of the concepts presented and thus got lot more out of it than I did the first time.  This journey has taken me longer than I ever anticipated, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I have learned so much about music and playing bass, and met so many incredible people along my path, I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Today I am proud to say that I have worked my way back through to Lesson 13 and am close to completing Lesson 14.  To some it may seem long over due, but to me it seems just about right. read more

TakeLessons.com Ultimate Gear Giveaway

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Looking to take lessons but not sure where to start?  Want a chance to win some new gear? Then head over to TakeLessons.com and check out their Ultimate Gear Giveaway.  

TakeLessons.com is an online marketplace dedicated to helping connect students with high quality teachers for private lessons. One of their primary lesson categories is music, and through April 30th TakeLessons.com is conducting an Ultimate Gear Giveaway, giving away three Guitar Center gift cards valued at $500, $1000 & $2000. read more

Review: Notation Trainer Android App

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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

Teach Me Bass Guitar Goes Digital

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Teach Me Bass Guitar, Roy Vogt’s comprehensive, effective and entertaining self-paced bass guitar instructional course is now available for Streaming and Digital Download.

Several options are available to get you going right away.  You can order the full course, bundles for beginner, intermediate, or advanced players, or purchase one lesson at a time.  No matter which option you choose, once purchased, you own them.  No recurring fees or subscriptions are needed to maintain access to your content.  You buy it, you own it.  Downloads are available for Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch , Android devices, and can be streamed online via a web browser. read more

Seeking Inspiration? Follow the Sonic Highways

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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

Orange Amplification Sponsor The Classic Rock Roll of Honour 2014 In Los Angeles

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For the fifth consecutive year Orange Amplification is delighted to be the presenting sponsor of the 2014 Classic Rock Roll of Honour awards. The awards will be held at the prestigious Avalon in Hollywood, California on Tuesday 4th November. Now in its tenth year, the event is one of the most highly respected music award ceremonies of the rock and roll calendar,  attracting the biggest names in the business. read more

Review: Rotosound Swing Bass 66 Nickel – 5 String Set

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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

An Evening At Wooten Woods

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For the past two summers I have had the great pleasure of spending an evening at Wooten Woods.  For those who may not know, Wooten Woods is Victor Wooten’s Music Camp, located outside Nashville, in the Tennessee woods.  Victor holds several camps throughout the year ranging from weekend camps, to an intensive 3 week music and nature camp.  Although the camp does have a bit of a bias towards bass, it is open to any instrument and musicians of all skill levels. read more