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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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Posted in Bass, Blues, Classic Rock, Music Appreciation and Analysis

Bass Is The Place: How Being A Bassist Made Me A Better Musician

I play several different instruments but in the capacity of an actively performing musician, I am primarily a bassist. And like many bassists, I started out as a guitarist. I had been playing guitar for about five or six years

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