NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF BASS
A few days ago, musicradar.com posted an interview with Geddy Lee - from the band Rush. Geddy also named 10 bassists that "blew his mind". We thought it would be a good idea to make a synopsis of that list. The full text can be found HERE. 10. James Jamerson I’m gonna...
This year's Grammy nominees were announced last weekend for recordings released during the eligibility year (Oct. 1, 2017 - Sept. 30, 2018). The great bass guitar virtuoso, Marcus Miller, has also been included on the list as his most recent album titled "Laid Black"...
Very recently, the bass guru Nate Watts appeared on the bassguru.com with a lesson pack where he demonstrates some of his classic bass lines. He breaks down the parts to such classic songs as: "Sir Duke", "Master Blaster", "Do I Do" and "I Wish" from Stevie Wonder,...
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BASSGUITAR.BEATIT.TV – THE BASS PLAYERS’ WEBSITE
There’s bass players who take special interest in the drums and spend quite a lot of time taking about them with their colleagues in the rhythm section. Thanks to those conversations, many of those bassists are aware of the existence of beatit.tv, which is a dynamically growing website devoted to drums, drummers and drumming, created by professionally active drummers. BeatIt’s creators have spent countless hours talking to bass players – about gear, playing techniques and (first and foremost) making their drum parts work together with the bass. The result of those conversations is the idea to create a website for bass players, which we are doing just now having succeeded with the drumming website. To that end, we are collaborating with professional bassists, who know exactly what it means not to be certain what kind of gear to buy and to be afraid that our hard-earned money may not be put to good use. They also realize how much time and effort it takes to master bass playing techniques and theory to a degree which allows a person to play in a good band with really good instrumentalists. Their beloved gear has broken down once or twice as well, which is why they have learned a few ways to solve or avoid certain problematic situations. They also know the frustration of being unable to find the sound they’ve been looking for. Do you have similar problems? bassguitar.beatit.tv is a website meant to function as a platform for sharing experiences, knowledge and tricks concerning the art of bass playing.
Do you want to know what’s going on in the world of bass? What are the latest artistic endeavors made by the likes of Marcus Miller, John Patitucci, Victor Wooten, Stanley Clarke, Pino Palladino, Les Claypool, Billy Sheehan, Lee Sklar, Tony Levin, Nathan East, Jeff Berlin, Richard Bona, Christian McBride, Esperanza Spalding, Mark King, Hadrien Feraud, Wojciech Pilichowski, Filip Sojka, Kinga Głyk? Who’s coming to town with a concert or a bass workshop? Who’s making a new album? You will find out about everything in our NEWS section. Who were Charles Mingus, Jaco Pastorius, Walter Page, Bernard Edwards, Charlie Haden, Donald ’Duck’ Haden, Louis Johnson, Paul Chambers, Jack Bruce, Ray Brown, or James Jamerson? Young bass players will find out, and those more knowledgeable will perhaps learn something new. New bass guitar and amp models, cabinets, effects, luthiers, hardware and accessories (machines, frets, knobs, cables, etc.), concerts, festivals, trade shows, workshops, new album releases, books and lots, lots more. What’s the best purchase? An American-made, Japanese or Mexican Fender? Perhaps a smaller manufacturer such as Sadowsky, Maruszczyk, Sandberg, or Lakland? A Gibson? Music Man? Maybe those basses from Marcus Miller – Sire, is it? If it’s Fender, should it be a Jazz Bass or a Precision Bass? Perhaps an Epiphone is enough? What about a double bass? What type of strings? D’Addario, DR Strings, Ernie Ball, Dunlop, or some other kind?
What type of wood? Maple, ash, rosewood? What about the amp and the cabinet? Ashdown, Fender, Ampeg, EBS, Trace Elliott, Kemper, or something completely different? A tube or transistor head? Perhaps it’s best to leave the head and cabinet alone and use a DI box with a compressor and effects? Rack effects or boxes? BOSS, Zoom, Aguilar, Ampeg, Darkglass, MXR, Dunlop, Electro-Harmonix, TC Electronics? Pickups, cables, picks, bags, flight cases, headphones, etc. – what is the best choice? What bass guitar courses are the best (DVDs, books)? All of that is described in the TESTS/REVIEWS section. Especially for bassguitar.beatit.tv viewers, we meet up with renowned bass players, music producers, sound engineers, gear manufacturers, etc. If you want to know what established pros think about issues related to a bass player’s profession, e. g. practice, warm-up, the choice of instruments, hardware and accessories, studio technology, recording, mixing, the music business, bass workshops, as well as juicy anecdotes from working with big music stars, then the INTERVIEWS section is what you’re looking for. LIVE is where we present performances by renowned or promising bassists. Thanks to our cameras, bassguitar.beatit.tv viewers can see excellent players in action. Bass guitar and double bass players! BeatIt Group gives you a website devoted entirely to that greatest passion of yours!