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Monthly Archives: February 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 […]

By |February 28th, 2012|Artist Spotlight|0 Comments

Bass Players United Exclusive Interview- Colin Edwin

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 […]

By |February 27th, 2012|Artist Interviews|0 Comments

Manuel Alvarez Trio-Lined with a Groove: a tribute to Ray Brown

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 […]

By |February 23rd, 2012|Album Review|0 Comments

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 […]

By |February 17th, 2012|Bass Boost|0 Comments

Album Review: Andy Saxton, ‘Evolution of the Thumb’

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 […]

By |February 9th, 2012|Album Review|0 Comments

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 […]

By |February 9th, 2012|Bassics|3 Comments

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 […]

By |February 6th, 2012|The Woodshed|0 Comments

Bass Players United Exclusive Interview- Chloe Treacher

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 […]

By |February 6th, 2012|Artist Interviews|0 Comments

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 […]

By |February 1st, 2012|Bass Boost|0 Comments