Joe Hubbard talks bass

I’m an improvising bassist. Improvisation is a concept of creating musical lines based on understanding the components of music which includes melody, harmony, rhythm, counterpoint and form. When learning you need to break down all of these components in isolation

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Andy Pullin of Voodoo Sheiks supplies bass advice

I’m always striving to be in the pocket, while aiming to be as creative and ‘moving’ as I can be, and avoiding over-indulgence. I’m partial to some thumping and popping. I’m working at the moment on developing the mad Victor

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Dan Kenny of Suicide Silence on the low notes

I have been playing five-string basses for so long now that four- and six-string basses feel uncomfortable now. I am a big fan of five-strings, especially for heavy music. I also play a five because it just goes perfectly well

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Joe Principe of Rise Against on the bass life

I try to have the intensity of Darryl Jenifer (Bad Brains) and the melodic sensibility of Karl Alvarez (Descendents) and I like to keep it simple. I play four-string basses but tune to Eb. I do not slap. It’s never

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Keith Farrell of the Cathy Davey band on the low end

I would describe my bass style as eclectic, adaptable, modern, groove-based, melodic and versatile. I do not play six-string basses because they almost never sound good in the upper register. They are often abused by players who might otherwise sound

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Kelly Southern of Johnny Foreigner talks bass

The first bass I owned that actually saw a stage was a green Fender Squier P-Bass with Smash Hits stickers of Macaulay Culkin and Blossom over it. It played okay, and lived long enough to play some Johnny Foreigner shows,

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Chris Charlesworth remembers John Entwistle

Remember our cover story from back in 2012, a decade after we lost the great John Entwistle? Please read this appreciation from John’s friend and journalist Chris Charlesworth and share it on social media. Thanks!  

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Willie Paredes of Activator discusses all things bass

My bass style is just blues-based punk with some hip-hop thrown in for good measure. The first band I ever played in, Natural Selection, was a hip-hop act with live bass and drums where we were basically holding down these

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Rob Reed on bass style

I mostly play with a plectrum because I like the accurate sound it produces. It also has more bite for harder music, and makes it easier to place in the mix. I play a four-string bass, I’m not so sure

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Ahren Stringer of The Amity Affliction considers bass options

I’m really not a very technical bass player, I don’t even really have a style! I really just put the thing on and go for it. I do not play five- or six-string bass, because I’m not Les Claypool. The

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