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Posted on 28 Feb 2012

Artist Spotlight- Michael Van Polen

Michael Van Polen’s father owned an electric guitar and as a child Michael had his eyes on guitars. His father introduced him to guitars gods such as Jimi Hendix and Santana. Even growing up in the Netherlands Micheal was envisioning himself as a Radio DJ. Micheal’s father bought him an acoustic guitar and put him into guitar lessons. Michael... Read More »
Posted on 27 Feb 2012

Bass Players United Exclusive Interview-...

BPU:When did you get your first bass: CE:About 1986, it was a secondhand Japanese Fender Jazz copy called a “Maya”, I think it cost £40. BPU:How did you start playing, and where did you study bass, or self-taught? CE:Despite coming from a musical family background, I was disinterested in music at school, and was never really pushed by my... Read More »
Posted on 23 Feb 2012

Manuel Alvarez Trio-Lined with a Groove: a...

Lined with a Groove: a tribute to Ray Brown   Ray Brown’s standing in the jazz world is that of one of the most inspirational double bass players of all time. He found fame in the 1950s as one third of the Oscar Peterson trio, in which he defined the role of the bassist in that musical configuration for... Read More »
Posted on 17 Feb 2012

Bass Boost- Veno Gaube

  Damian: Hey Man, nice job!  There are certainly things that you could say “need improvement” but, for 4 months, you’re doing great man!  Everything related to your proficiency will come with time.  Every hour spent with the bass in your hands is an hour closer to being the player you want to be.  I would encourage you to... Read More »
Posted on 09 Feb 2012

Album Review: Andy Saxton, ‘Evolution of...

Album Review: Andy Saxton, ‘Evolution of the Thumb’   Andy Saxton’s ‘Evolution of the Thumb’ is the first solo album by the former member of little known London rockers New Device, and what an album it is! His playing displays such a high level of skill and panache that it seems to proudly proclaim Saxton’s desire to join the... Read More »
Posted on 09 Feb 2012

Bassics- Chord Tones

Chord Tones – Part One Hi there, Welcome to my column and to the first edition in the series of bass lessons I shall be sharing with you at Bass Players United. For this first lesson I have chosen to talk about chord tones and their use in building bass lines. For the time being we shall concentrate on... Read More »
Posted on 06 Feb 2012

The Woodshed- Tino Tedesco Basses

“I have always been fascinated by the principle usually associated with architecture and design stating that form follows function,” Swiss bass builder Tino Tedesco declares on the first page of his website. “My main goal in the last ten years has been to offer outstanding instruments that stay true to this statement.” Tino Tedesco first came to bass guitar... Read More »
Posted on 06 Feb 2012

Bass Players United Exclusive Interview-...

BPU:When did you get your first bass? CT:On my 14th birthday! I had started in the beginning of that year and had instantly decided that I needed to buy a bass of my own. By the time my birthday came along in March I’d managed to persuade my family to create a bass fund and went a couple of... Read More »
Posted on 01 Feb 2012

Bass Boost- Walter Padilla

  Damian  Erskine:Hey man,  Well done!  I dig your left hand technique (index and thumb)..  I do that a lot myself! Your time, articulation and dynamics all sound great!  The only critique that occurred to me was not an audible one but, rather, a technical thing that is apparent watching you play.I think your right hand technique may hinder... Read More »