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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]