When Hartke introduced their aluminum-coned speaker in the 1980s, purists in the bass community uttered words such as “fad” and “gimmick.” That was, of course, until the almighty Jaco pushed bass into another chapter by championing an 8x10
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Get Over Your Tone
We all have our tonal preferences. Those preferences often come from years of playing different styles and different equipment, and arriving at the conclusion that we’ve finally found our own thing. This is obviously a great developmental building block for who you are as an artist—an essential thumbprint of sorts. And quite a few world-famous bassists will tell you that it’s a good thing to be known for one instrument and have it be your visual and sonic trademark. This is great advice that holds lots of obvious validity, but I personally reached a point where I felt the need to challenge my own taste in tone.
Posted by Max Centorame at 8:52 AM
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
A tapping tip courtesy of Billy Sheehan: Increasing the attack of the right hand by adding the middle finger on top of the index finger helps get the volume of a tapped note close to the level of a plucked one by doubling the strength of the hand.
Posted by Max Centorame at 10:31 PM
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Markbass Announces New York 122 Ninja Richard Bona Signature Bass Cabinet
The Mark Bass New York 122 Ninja Bass Cabinet is a Richard Bona signature model, featuring 2 x 12'' Markbass custom speakers and a new 1.25'' compression driver. The custom speakers and innovative driver combine together to produce a very full yet focused sound with a controlled bottom end, incredible clarity and smooth highs.
Posted by Max Centorame at 8:26 AM
Thursday, December 3, 2015
The Confusion on Shopping For Bass Guitar Strings
Shopping for any kind of strings for for a guitar, mandolin or really any string instrument can be a bit tricky. You wouldn’t think it should be, but for any instrument there are various gauges, (thicknesses) types of material and so on. This gets even more confusing when look for bass guitar strings. For some reason basses have a lot more options that most other instruments. Our goal is to make shopping for bass guitar strings easier.
Posted by Max Centorame at 6:01 PM
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Music Wants Its Slap Back
While tunes like Sly & the Family Stone’s classic “Thank You” have inspired legions of slappers and changed the world of bass, the technique that was invented to enhance the groove by simulating drums unfortunately often ends up diluting it.
Posted by Max Centorame at 3:50 PM
Sunday, August 23, 2015
When I attended music school in Minnesota 20 years ago, I was a long-haired metal kid who also loved pop and soul music. Even though I was in music school, the idea of playing bass solos or performing unaccompanied didn’t appeal to me. I started playing because I loved the songs performed by great singers, and I wanted to be the
Posted by Max Centorame at 10:29 AM