Interview: Michael ‘Smoove’ Hamilton, Jessie J

I play a five-string bass so that the low end growl is readily accessible. I detune my bass down a step to A-D-G-C-F. Understand that you are the backbone of the band. I’m a firm believer that the bass brings

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NAMM voting time!

The 2016 TEC Nominating Panel is currently accepting product and studio design project entries for the 31st Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards (TEC Awards). Click the appropriate link below to access the form and enter the products or

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Interview: Barend Courbois, Blind Guardian

Pic: Florentijn I slap since I saw Larry Graham for the first time on the BBC Rock School TV programme back in 1980. Be the glue between the guitar player (or whatever solo instrument applies) and the drums: study drum

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Interview: Russ Meehan, Crisis

I love bass. Simple as that. I’ve been a lead singer since I was 14, but I was a bass player even before that. I have a very wide taste in music, everything from Talking Heads and Sly & Robbie,

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Interview: Jonas Renkse, Bloodbath

Pic: Ester Segarra I play five-string bass to be able to maintain tone and clarity even in the deepest, downtuned audial crypts. I do not slap because it does not fit well in death metal. My bass heroes? In metal

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Epiphone news

Throughout June 2015, Epiphone is celebrating the 100th birthday of longtime mentor Les Paul. Buy any Epiphone Les Paul guitar or bass for $299 or more during the month of June and receive a free copy of The Epiphone Guitar

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La Bella Strings news

La Bella Strings are introducing a new Vapor Shield Treated range, adopting a technology superior to typical coated strings, they tell us. Apparently they are like no other string on the market because the surface of the string is modified during

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Interview: Yoyo Röhm, Carl Carlton

Interview: Jo Wilms I would describe my bass style as eclectic, fueled by a variety of very different sources. I do not play five- or six-string bass, because four-strings were fine for hundreds of years, so why change something that’s

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Interview: Charlotte Cooper, The Subways

My bass style is far from perfect, but I get to run around on stage playing the music I love. A four-string bass has more than enough strings for me. Have you seen the size of my hands? I do

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Interview: Andy Glass, We Came As Romans

When I was younger I was in a band at school and everyone was like, ‘I wanna play guitar, I wanna sing and I was like, I wanna be in the band, what will I do?’ I asked for a

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