Joseph ‘Bearclaw’ Burcaw of Black 47 on the bass

My bass style is a cross-pollination of John Taylor in the early days with Roger Taylor as his rhythm mate, and Sting with Stewart Copeland. Both players had an unorthodox ferocity to their technique and style which worked perfectly within

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Lloyd Chambers of Bear Trade on the bass end

I’m pretty straight up and solid: I won’t dazzle with loads of fills and frills, but you know I’m there. I play the bass quite low, and hit the strings between the pickups and the neck, so that certainly makes

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Russell Sawyer of Remnant talks the bass talk

My bass style is aggressive, fast and technical fingered bass, with a bit of a kick to it. I play a six-string, mainly because of the versatility and range it gives you as a bassist: it just gives you a

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Joe Ginsberg of Chuck Ragan and The Camaraderie steps up

Pic credit: Elena Vilain I try to fit into the pocket and stay out of the way, but I’m constantly listening to the melody and attempt to support it rhythmically and harmonically. My goal is to feel the melody in

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Win David Ellefson’s audiobook!

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson published an acclaimed autobiography, My Life With Deth: Discovering Meaning In A Life Of Rock’N’Roll, in 2013, co-written with BGM editor Joel McIver. The tome is now available as an audiobook, and Ellefson has slung three of the audio

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Session veteran Mo Foster to receive a BASCA Gold Badge

Hats off to bass legend Mo Foster, recipient of a prestigious award next month alongside Bob Geldof and others. Info here. You can also catch Mo in person at the ICMP on September 29. See here for infomation.    

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Chris Livesey of The Creature Comfort says yes to bass

I would describe my bass style as rolling thunderous and superglued to rhythm. I do not play five- or six-string bass, because our sound doesn’t require it yet. The secret of playing bass well? It’s not rocket science… My first

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Framus & Warwick Bass Camp and Open Day 2014 Review

Warwick Bass Camp 2014, presented by Gitarre & Bass, took place from 1st to 5th of September in Markneukirchen and had been fully booked since last November 2013. 81 participants from 17 nations attended and were divided into five workshop

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Josh Cana of The Gentlemen has the bass down

My style, I would say, is a blend of funky groovy vibes and driving rock. The band I’m in warrants both styles, which is great because it keeps me fresh and on my toes. I also play five-string basses because

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Spill Sixteen bassist Indy steps up

I would describe my bass style as solid and laid-back. I did once have a review that said I provided ‘bass with balls’ – which was different! I always try and improve the song. I knit together and emphasise different

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