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Bassically speaking: Derek Boyer, Suffocation

I take a very different approach to death metal bass playing than most of the players around me. I’m a finger player, and I’m not just there to fill in the bottom of a mix or play guitar on a

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As Jeff: additional strings and musical ability

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Hi Jeff, I’m enjoying your column very much and I thought I’d throw a question at you that has bothered me all my bass-playing life. How much does musical ability come from within and how much is it gained from

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Bassiaclly speaking: George Giourgis, Entropy

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I would describe my bass style as loud and aggressive. I play a five-string because it’s near impossible to play our songs with four. I do not slap because I leave that to guys who can make it sound good.

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Bass scholarship

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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

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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

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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

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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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Bassically speaking: Pat Byrne

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Pat from Delorean Suite tells us what he does in less time than it takes you to warm up your fingers…

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Bassically speaking: Keith Duffy

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Keith tell us what he does in less time than it takes you to warm up your fingers…

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