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Monthly Archives: August 2011

BPU Exclusive Lesson- Darren Michaels- Making and Using Tenths in G Major

By |August 27th, 2011|Exclusive Lessons|6 Comments

BPU Exclusive Lesson- Stewart Mckinsey-Fingerstyle Funk Lesson 2

By |August 26th, 2011|Exclusive Lessons|1 Comment

Album Review: Just Outside of Normal – Stuart Hamm

Stu Hamm is one of the great American bass virtuosos of the past thirty years with a CV that has seen him tour and record alongside some of the most technical (and speedy) guitarists alive,including lengthy stints with both Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. It’s therefore of little surprise that for this, his fifth solo […]

By |August 26th, 2011|Album Review|0 Comments

Record A Riff And Win!


BPU Bass Riff Contest


Each player must submit a minimum Five second to maximum 10sec riff in 16bit, 44.1. Must include name, phone, email and address.

Has to have a clear beginning and ending not a piece cut out of something already recorded.

Must be original.

What YOU win:

A free set of Bass Strings and a chance for their […]

By |August 25th, 2011|BPU News|3 Comments

Gear Review: Radial Tonebone Bassbone

Nowadays many bass players use at least two basses when performing on stage.  While this helps to provide a wider tonal variety, there can be certain technical challenges that need to be overcome when switching basses.  Volumes need to be adjusted, amp settings may have to be tweaked, plus if you’ll want to mute your […]

By |August 24th, 2011|Gear Reviews|0 Comments

BPU Exclusive Lessons- Anthony Crawford-Bass Thump and Slap Instruction

By |August 23rd, 2011|Exclusive Lessons|0 Comments

Foundations-Charles Mingus

Foundations – Charles Mingus


For those bassists who are unfamiliar with the world of jazz and are looking for a starting point, then the playing of Charles Mingus is a particularly good route to follow. Mingus was a bandleader, bassist and arranger, but he was first and foremost a composer and it is this capability which […]

By |August 23rd, 2011|Foundations|1 Comment

Gear Review- Jerzy Drozd Obsession Excellency V

Many of us are not too picky when traveling from point A to point B. As long as we get to where we are wanting go and remain in reasonable comfort, the vehicle for the job is not of much concern. However, there are times when sitting behind the wheel of a high-performance machine that […]

By |August 19th, 2011|Gear Reviews|1 Comment

Top Five- Joseph Patrick Moore

JPM – Top 5

Joesph Patrick has proven he diversity of talents! We caught up with Joseph and asked him about five albums that influenced him in one way or another.


Miles Davis – Bitches Brew
This was my first exposure to jazz and I remember when I heard the track “Bitches Brew” I was changed forever. Its […]

By |August 19th, 2011|Artist Spotlight|1 Comment

Artist Spotlight- Bruno Migliari


BPU:When did you get your first bass, and what age did you start playing at?

BM:I got my first bass when I was 14 years old, back in 1985. I had been interested in music since I was a very young child, and by the time I was 10, I was already spending most of my […]

By |August 17th, 2011|Artist Spotlight|1 Comment

Artist Interview- Zach Fowler

BPU:When did you get your first bass?  Can you tell us about it?

ZF:To be honest, I really didn’t see it coming.  I was looking through a catalog, saw a bass in there, and I made some remark to the effect that, “Ooooohh…that looks like it would be a fun instrument to play.”  Mind you, I […]

By |August 17th, 2011|Artist Interviews|1 Comment

Artist Spotlight- Elijah Hudson

Elijah Hudson came from a musical family and as such, music was something he took up at a very young age. Elijah received his first bass from a small music store at the age of six, and immediately fell in love with it. He started getting lessons from his uncle, James Scott and started exploring […]

By |August 10th, 2011|Artist Spotlight|0 Comments

Top Five- Stewart Mckinsey

Stewart Mckinsey is no stranger to the bass world. His work with extended-range basses is ground breaking. Stewart has many influences on his playing, but we asked Stew about five albums that shaped him in one way or another.


Invitation by Jaco Pastorius. This album really does have EVERYTHING! There is amazing tone, elegant solo performance, […]

By |August 10th, 2011|Artist Spotlight|0 Comments

BPU Exclusive Lessons- Damian Erskine-Chord Scales

By |August 10th, 2011|Exclusive Lessons|0 Comments

Foundations – Paul Chambers

Paul Chambers

Fifteen albums recorded as part of Miles Davies’s group, fourteen with John Coltrane, eleven as his own band leader, plus a further one hundred and nineteen(!) albums in which he played alongside such jazz greats as Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins, Lee Morgan, and Theolonius Monk – not to mention being responsible for the most […]

By |August 10th, 2011|Foundations|0 Comments