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musicman bass
(Saturday, 22 December 2012) Written by jay1
h as anyone got any pre eb musicman radio knobs they want to sell? thnx J (australia)
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Darkstar Pickup
(Wednesday, 28 December 2011) Written by badbassist
I'm looking for a Darkstar pickup for my 73 Fender Tele Bass... Anybody know where I can find one?
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Lady luthiers
(Tuesday, 10 May 2011) Written by Jenna
Not too many luthiers are women... that's a simple matter of fact.  So Cat and I are members of a pretty exclusive club.  We make basses and guitars for a living and Xperience Guitars (www.xperienceguitars.co.uk) has been going for 25 years now here in Nottingham,UK. It would be nice to know if there are any other girls out there making a living building, maintaining modifying and repairing instruments. It'll be great to hear from you if you are.  Jenna 
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viva Analog "360+ Pro" Bass Preamps
(Sunday, 24 April 2011) Written by vivaAnalog
Hi gang !! If you're looking for vintage super tone in a small package you may want to check out my hand-made "360+ Pro" Bass preamps : http://www.lynx.net/~jc/pedals360.html http://www.viva-analog.com   thanks for looking
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Playing bass with a pick.....
(Sunday, 07 November 2010) Written by andy till bass
Andy Till Pick style - Playing bass with a pick Playing bass with a pick / Pick style bass playing.. Andy is a pick style player influenced by Bobby Vega, Paul McCartney, Ron Blair and Carole Kaye and the pick style and sound that evolved from the sixties. A lot of bass players have talked about the wrong and right way to play the bass guitar, what way should we play? What sounds do we get and is it right to play bass with a pick or plectrum? Different people have many answers to this. Yes there are right and wrong ways of playing bass, but however there is nothing wrong with playing the bass with a pick, there is nothing wrong playing bass with fingers (we will look at finger style soon!) and also slapping away on your favourite bass grooves. Learn pick and finger style, to be a great bass player you should play both! However there is nothing wrong in playing the way you want to play bass, get your sound, and enjoy the style and technique that is for you. Playing with the pick is what I enjoyed and a style I have worked close with. My article is focusing on the pick player, the pick style of bass playing! I myself am a pick style bass player, I love playing with a pick, love the sounds I can make and the great part of making people dance and enjoy the music! If you are a player starting out, a player who wants to know more about the pick or a player who never looks to the pick this is looking at the side of the pick style, the players, some history, how to play and things I have learnt in this style of many styles on the bass guitar…. the pick player! Not to go on too much, but some brief history here. When the fender bass first ever came out it was made to be heard, made to be easy to carry not big like the upright bass, made to be electric and one thing made to be easy for guitarists to play so they could double up, get more work playing bass as well. The electric bass was played with the thumb to start with; the guitarists came along and started to use their picks on the bass! This started to become a technique with the electric bass player in the studios. The attack of the pick could be heard, it didn’t get lost and worked well with the studio equipment and sound at that time. It was a very precise sound with a high end and a good cut through sound. Session bassist Carol Kaye picked up the fender bass when a bassist didn’t turn up for a session. She put down her guitar and picked away on the fender bass. From then on she made pop music history. Take a listen to hits from the Beach Boys, the Doors and the original mission impossible theme tune. Carol developed the flat wrist pick technique and the deep sound with the click. She has taught and published many books on this subject. For me Carol is an influence in the way to play with a pick. For me this was the start of pick playing, there are other players who played with the pick, on big hit records and also helped to shape this style of playing. So what sounds can you get? Playing with a pick you can get a range of sounds depending on how you set your amp and bass up and the way you play! If you play with a pick properly and not sloppy you can get some great deep tones, tones with a click or if you wish a trebly sound. Also where you play on the bass with the pick comes in to play. Play near the neck you get a deeper sound, play near the bridge you get a more treble sound. Work and experiment playing in various parts around the bass’s pick ups to get different sounds. Picks are for punks and heavy metal players with wristbands! I hear this all the time! Not really you can apply a pick to any style of music, any groove, play any song you desire if played and practiced well. When I’ve been out recording or working live I was doing a show in the north of England. After the show someone came up and said “ I was amazed to see you played with a pick, the sound out front was so deep and great, but like fingers”. When doing a recording session I used the pick, one track I was asked to play very bright with the pick, the other tracks deeper sounding with the pick and a very slow acoustic number with the fingers…. that’s part of the job and knowing your chops… Working with the pick. Good performance and pick technique is what is required to get the sounds and get the feel. A pick is very percussive where you can keep the rhythm of the wrist going when you are not playing a note, light muting is good for keeping a tight feel and sound! Always keep the wrist flat and keep it on the body of the bass, like you are hugging the bass! Use your wrist and don't move your whole arm.... Like alternate fingering with fingers it’s important to play down – up picking. Down-up-down-up-down-up…. This makes your picking clean and constant witch is very important. DOWN the pick goes to the floor, UP the pick comes up to you. I have seen some players who just use down picking, great if your Jason Newstead and you will use down picking on slower more ballad type songs. Practice is the key to keeping your picking strong and feeling good. Mute the left hand on the stings and just play away with the pick different rhythms, up and down stokes. I still do this every day to keep on top of my pick style. Holding the pick is important! I have seen many players holding the pick in different ways. The way I hold the pick is between the thumb, first finger and the second finger. Now some bassists play with just the thumb and first finger. I find I have more grip and control using three fingers. Also there is open and closed hand position. Open you can let the fingers hand open and closed you close up the fingers like a fist. I prefer using the close fist and hand holding the pick with three fingers. I get a better attack with the pick and feel. I feel more in control playing this way. Don’t tense up the hand, keep it relaxed and in control. Two types of picking are scratch picking where you can get a scratchy sound by using the edge of the pick and digging in the string more and flat-picking where you are flat on the string. It depends on what sounds you want to get and what songs you are working on. Practice really digging in the stings to playing with more light and shade from heavy to lighter picking. It all works well learning the different way with the pick and opens up more tones and sounds. Another important part of playing with a pick and I learnt this in the early days, stick to the same pick. You want to get a sound of your own, the rite sound! If you use different picks, different gauges and weights of picks or just nick picks of the guitarist that are flimsy or the wrong size before a gig, it wont work. I used to change picks all the time. The sound changed, some picks were too heavy, had no grip and I struggled. I tried out lots of different picks and plectrums, gauges, thickness until I found what worked for me! I have stuck to the same pick, same size, good grip and same gauge. I find a 1mm tortex blue pick works great for me as I am not a heavy pick player, although everyone is different, so find what works for you and feels good. Stick with the same type of pick! Well, we have had a brief insight in to playing and performing bass with a pick and looking at the bass pick style. I hope it helps if you are playing bass with a pick, wanting to learn pick style as another style along with finger style, wanted more info about playing with a pick or just interested in the bass guitar and the way its played or simply what is bass pick playing. Andy Till www.andytill.com
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(Thursday, 04 November 2010) Written by q1111
Many geoengineering schemes have been proposed, but all can be reduced to two main strategies: reduce the amount tiffany rings of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere (increase the amount of infrared radiation escaping to space) or reduce the amount of solar energy the Earth system absorbs. Two of the most common examples of these geoengineering strategies involve removing carbon from the atmosphere by adding fertilizer to selected regions of the ocean to increase phytoplankton growth and reflecting more sunlight by injecting tiny, non-absorbing particles (aerosols) into the upper tiffany bracelets atmosphere (stratosphere). While both of these geoengineering examples might counter global warming for a time, they could also have significant drawbacks. Increased fertilizers and/or phytoplankton growth could have unintended consequences on ocean ecosystems, including increased ocean dead zones and tiffany necklaces toxic blooms. Adding aerosols to the upper atmosphere could modify the chemistry of the upper atmosphere, affecting ozone and thereby having possible unintended impacts on the lower atmosphere.
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(Thursday, 04 November 2010) Written by q1111
  Adding aerosols to the upper atmosphere could modifylinks of london bracelets the chemistry of the upper atmosphere, affecting ozone and thereby having possible unintended impacts on the lower atmosphere.
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lord speaks
(Tuesday, 12 January 2010) Written by Lord of the Bottom End
michael manring....just saw video of selene in a private show/instruction........WOW!!!
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Searching...
(Sunday, 18 October 2009) Written by T0MMYB0Y
Looking for a Gibson EB-750. Anyone have one for sale?
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ttownrocks
(Friday, 05 June 2009) Written by ttownrocks
deperately need bass player  in toledo ohio area 419 810 7560  dave
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Lords of the "Bottom End"
(Monday, 01 June 2009) Written by Lord of the Bottom End
To my fellow lords of the bottom end:I'm new to this site but been playing bass for 21 years.I'm in CHIcago and enjoy reading all your blogs!Any info on gigs, equipment,styles,etc. I would be glad to know about.   Bassplayer05@live.com
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Bass playing status
(Sunday, 07 September 2008) Written by Uberjam
I had a bass lesson from Jim Lambie yesterday. It's my third lesson with him. At the first lesson he gave me a cello suite to learn on electric bass. My first thoughts were something like this. "um... this would be for upright bass, not electric, what a waste of time." But as I've started learning the piece what I've learned is not the fingerings and shifts but the music and the melody. I played it yesterday for him at the lesson and technically I played it correctly, not perfectly, but mostly correct. Anyway when I was done he said I played it like I didn't care or like I was going through the motions. And I was just going through the motions. But now I've started trying to play it more musicially so hopefully things will change.    I feel like I've leveled off. Like my learning curve has just stopped. I think it's because I'm moving now and I had to quit playing with the bands I was playing with. That sucks btw I was playing with a lot of good musicians. Hopefully when we get all settled in I can find some new players to play with and get back into learning. That is the best mode to learn in. The pressure is on to perform at your best and you don't want to let your bandmates down.   that's it for me. Wife is on the phone.    
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Uncle Rays bass Player cook book
(Tuesday, 12 August 2008) Written by Uncleraysbass
The Uncle Rays Bass player cook book is soon to be released. If you have a favorite meal / recipe send it to us along wiht a nice picture of you playing bass, and we will put it in the upcoming edition.   Thanks Uncle Ray 
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Uncle Rays Bass Cale~zine 2009
(Sunday, 10 August 2008) Written by Uncleraysbass
Please visit www.uncleraysbass.com to check out the new 2009 Bass Cale~zine.
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(Wednesday, 02 July 2008) Written by big bottom
 just wanted to say hi to evryone,just joined the forum,looking forward to using the site and meeting new players
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What Up too All.
(Thursday, 17 April 2008) Written by Dboy87200
Whats up too all at this wonderfull website. I just joined on April 17th, My name is Mike G. I play gospel over in stockton, ca, in apostolic tabernacle. I love what you are doing with this web site, its all about the basses, the materials, and the music. Rite now im playn a MTD USA 535, MTD Strings. going through a DAvid Eden Traveler 600, with the matching 4X10 cab. I also got a Aguilar GS4X10 at the house. Im lookin to pick up a Aguilar DB750 at bass and beyond when I get the chavos. Shout back anybody who wants to talk. Peace and God Bless. also my Email is DBOY872002@yahoo.com
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Video Profiles
(Monday, 24 March 2008) Written by kirkhayes
Ok folks,  we have added a new link in your user menu "Videos" it will allow you to add videos from site's like youtube.  Someday when we can afford it we will be able to upload and convert our own video, but we're not there yet. Check out your host's profile Harleyyy to see the videos he has up. 
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27FEB08
(Wednesday, 27 February 2008) Written by Uberjam
This site has really changed. I've always wanted to write a blog about something, or atleast have a place to write it. So musically speaking things are going well. I'm currently playing with several groups that challenge me to play better. Two of the gigs I've posted on the site are with a group called The Marshall Ruffin Trio. Marshall has a record contract and all that with a legitimate record label. He writes really great music. http://www.myspace.com/marshallruffin Check him out if you want.  In that group I play only upright bass which is great because it forcing me to use my ear more. In my early days playing I learned the theory of how chords worked before I learned what they should actually sound like. It hasen't helped me as much as you might think. I'm getting to the point now where I can hear something and pick up it pretty quick but that comes from just playing with the radio and other people. How many times have you found yourself standing next to a guitarist while he starts playing and tune and asking you if you know this one? Anyway, Marshall's group is great. The drummer for the group is the percussion instructor at the local , very well known, college of music. He's very good and playing with him has broadened my palate. I'm also playing with him in a different group that consists of several more college professors and a co-worker of mine. I'm in the Army Band and stationed at Fort Benning GA. I do a lot of playing at work and sometimes find co-workers while performing outside jobs. I call them outside jobs but to me it is all the same. I'm a musician first and a soldier second. Shhh... Don't tell anybody... My two year old daughter is trying to help me type. I think it's almost her bedtime. I love that this site has a blog thing now. I will probably make several entries.   Uberjam
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Browse User Profiles
(Sunday, 03 February 2008) Written by kirkhayes
I added a Browse Profiles Link in the (Users Menu) which will bring you to a list of all the users which you can then browse and search.
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MP3 Media Player
(Monday, 28 January 2008) Written by kirkhayes
Today we added the mp3 player to every registered persons profile.  The songs must be less than 10MB each. So please upload some songs of your band, your bass guitar, your girlfriend, etc...  Let us hear you rock !!!! 
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New Store Front
(Monday, 28 January 2008) Written by kirkhayes
So today I managed to finally finsh the new store from for BABP.  Go check it out and buy something so i can work all the bugs out No seriously, I hope it works, but if not let me know and I will try to get it fixed asap. 
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