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“Somebody To Love” . . . : Bassist Extraordinaire Jack Casady

It came to my attention that Jack Casady, bassist for Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, turned 72 earlier this month. Lately, with everyday bringing news of the death of another musican I grew up listening to and learning from, I

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“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” : The Genius of James Jamerson

Many, many years ago, I was at a party when my friend Craig began chatting up this girl. Whether he was being my wing man or just trying to make conversation with her (for his own nefarious purposes no doubt),

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The History of Bass: Highly Condensed Version

Continuing our bass theme from the last post, the video below is from CDZA, a loose knit group of New York musicians who produce cool videos. The one below offers a highly condensed history of the bass in music. Over

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“Tryin’ to make a livin” . . : Berry Oakley’s Isolated Bass Part to Ramblin’ Man

It’s been busy here at Casa de RoyMusicUSA so this will be a quickie (“that’s what she said”). Below is a video of the Berry Oakleys’s isolated bass track to the Allman Brother’s Ramblin’ Man off their 1973 album Brothers

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Summer In The City Part 3: Morphine and the Tragic Tale of Mark Sandman

It was in the summer of 1994 when while talking to a drummer friend she asked if I was going to see the band Morphine that weekend in Central Park’s SummerStage. I had seen the band mentioned in the Village

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Cool Video Alert: 10 Things EVERY Bass Player Should Know

I recently came across an excellent YouTube channel called Scott’s Bass Lessons (https://www.youtube.com/user/devinebass/featured). The channel features a collection of free online bass lessons. There is something for bassists of every skill level, beginner to advanced. The range of topics covered

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“I Feel Free”. . . . . . : Jack Bruce 1943 – 2014

Jack Bruce, bassist, vocalist and songwriter extraordinaire passed away on October 25, 2014 at the age of 71 from liver disease. With Cream, he was one of the handful of musicians who redefined the capabilities of his instrument and along

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