15% Off All Books Today With Special Magic Code

Okay, its not all that magic, it's just a coupon code TANGO305.

If you use that code during checkout you can pick up some awesome bass books, about, oh, I don't know, a whole bunch of ways to play chord tones.

There are other good bass books up there as well, but this is a way to save on some great practice books on chord tones.


Send Some Good Thoughts in Justin Raines Direction

Justin Raines, bass player for Israel and New Breed and a very funky and melodic bass player has some health issues going on right now.

So follow him on Twitter and send him a note and let him know you are a bass player thinking about him. Let's send him some good thoughts, and if any of you have an extra kidney in good working condition you are not doing anything with...well, you should talk to Justin.

Check out Justin in action, and even if gospel ain't your thang, he brings it. C'mon that is some serious bass playing. Gorgeous.

Billy Sheehan at NAMM 2011

Mr. Sheehan canoodling around on his very customized signature bass at the Hartke booth this year. Um, thats a lotta notes! Maximus Velocitus Ridiculus!

Interesting to see his technique up close like this, his three finger thing is kinda Garrison-esque so this idea has certainly been around for quite a while. He has his own take on it of course, and it has made him one of the most recorded bass players around and a regular poll (popularity) winner.

Apparently, Another Amp manufacturer that had many endorsees (such as Mr. Sheehan) alienated all their players by not really paying attention to or listening to them, and so pretty much en masse most of those endorsees left that Other Amp Co. and are now split between one of two companies it seems - Hartke (wooten, hamm, bailey, sheehan) or TC Electronic (gwizdala, JPJ, Nathan East, plus scads of others) and a few others on Mark Bass ( berlin ). Sheehan was a long time endorser of That Other Co, so this was him showing off his new rig in public.


Triads with Octaves This Time: 8 Ways To Play Them

Well the triad postings have been such a hit, here is yet another take on them. This one adds one more note, the octave, so it has a total of four notes - root, third, fifth, then the octave.

Basso Ridiculoso on Amazon.com

So, you can buy the first book in the Book of Chord Tones (Major chords) series on Amazon.com now. And when they finally take their sweet time about it, the other two will be up there as well.

Lots of folks have discounts on shipping and other benefits at Amazon so now you can use those if you want to get some some bass books. Or write a review. Or ask a question or whatever.

Amazon.com: Basso Ridiculoso: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle


"Love Foolosophy" From Rock In Rio 2011

A mellower version of their hit, until the bass kicks in and they pick it up.

JK doesn't do many gigs lately so its great to see the full band (and feathered headdress) doing a bunch of the Jamiroquai hits which always have great basslines.

Here are some additional links to the rest of their set as it was broadcast live on YouTube last week.
  1. Rock Dust Ligth Star (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_06Scwq-Jk)
  2. Main Vein (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJPb9JxFIys)
  3. Cosmic Girl (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmctwtoXPhQ)
  4. High Times (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NALds_sWuM)
  5. Little L (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej3RDKnNDtQ)
  6. Canned Heat (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMqiYH9fG_k)
  7. Love Foolosophy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLG6aIIfgQI)
  8. Travelling (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXlj4XkYz3Y)
  9. Deeper Underground (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ahd1oSW-yA)
  10. White Knuckle Ride (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WV6IT1jqf74) (less info)
Many thanks to YouTuber 17McKagan for uploading these.