Bass scholarship

This has been a big month for me, prepping for and taking my final exams at the Institute. I don’t have my results yet, but should find out how well I did over the summer. A few days after our

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Bassically speaking: Chris Kael, Five Finger Death Punch

My bass style is song-oriented. No matter the amount of shredding I have in the ol’ toolbox, the song is always the focus. I’ll play whatever it is to make the song as strong as it can possibly be. It’s

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Meet the team: Mike Brooks

Basses My main squeezes are a Status Empathy, GB Rumour, Musicman StingRay (H/HH) and a Fender P/J, but I use what’s needed based on the band or job. The arsenal consists of examples by Status, GB, Ernie Ball Musicman, Trace Elliot (T-Bass),

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Triumvirate: TM Stevens

Gravity by James Brown Although this 1986 album by the Godfather of Soul was only a modest success, and certainly not one of his finest efforts, it features some sublime playing by TM Stevens. Its biggest hit, thanks in no

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Revolver: Bob Babbitt – Ball of Confusion

Just over a year ago we lost one of our greatest: Bob Babbitt. As a fully-fledged member of the Funk Brothers, Bob was responsible for more groovalicious bass-lines than you could shake a huge funky stick at. This line from

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Direct action

Bass Direct are bringing UK bassists some mouthwatering gear this year, head honcho Mark Stickley tells us. The store will be the exclusive distributors on these shores for MTD, Mike Tobias’s New York state-based firm, and Rob Allen basses, which

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