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Steve Harris – Know Your Bass Player

Steve Harris – Know Your Bass Player In this episode of Know Your Bass Player we discuss Steve Harris from Iron Maiden. Steve Harris is renowned for being the mover and shaker of all things Iron Maiden. One of the starting members of the band, he’s been with the group since the inception in 1975. Steve…




Read bass tabs in minutes – Beginners how to read Tablature

How to read bass tabs Classical scores are a beautiful method of reading and writing music. It has been for hundreds of years. It is though greatly time consuming and takes deliberate practice to maintain and perfect. A revolutionary alternative today is the Tablature (bass tab). Today we show you how to read bass tabs. We…



4 string vs 5 string bass – How many strings should I have?

4 string vs 5 string bass for beginners Do I need a 5 string bass? For all intensive purposes, a four string bass will perform just fine without a fifth string. Beginners will ask whether they need a five string bass at the start of their journey. The answer is no. You don’t need one. Five string basses…



Precision vs Jazz bass – Whats the difference?

Tell me the difference – Precision vs Jazz bass The difference between the Precision vs Jazz bass is simple to explain aesthetically. Both basses are made almost the same but have very specific advantages to them and this is where the distinction lies. We go into the details further down the post. The answer though, may surprise…



Bass guitar strings – Construction, sound and genre

Bass guitar strings and their construction What’s in a string? Along with the bass you choose to play, bass guitar strings are the next big factor in creating your sound. Many bassists and guitarists for that matter will spend a fortune in time and money to find which strings will work for them, as trial…



Bass guitar wood – The body, neck and fretboard

 Bass guitar wood – A guide to the parts  The bass guitar has 3 main parts that are constructed from wood. The body, neck and fretboard. The choice of bass guitar wood will greatly affect the tonal output of the bass. There are two key attributes to define these bass guitar wood types. Hardwoods and Softwoods….



Let’s talk about bass frets – What do I need to know?

Bass frets – What do they do? Fretting the finger board or to fret is the action of changing the tension on a string to produce a certain fixed sound. The bass frets are the means to create the music. Each fret corresponds to a certain pitch (or note). When the string is plucked on…



Bass pickups explained – A guide to pickup types

Beginners guide to bass pickups What do bass pickups do? Bass Pickups are the heart of analogue instruments they produce sound through an amplifier. They are a transducer which captures the strings vibrations via a magnetic field. The magnetic field then fluctuates and again transforms the vibrations into an electrical current. This in turn is amplified by…



The professional bass amplifier guide

Professional bass amplifier Half and full stacks If you’ve been playing a few years now you should seriously consider obtaining a professional bass amplifier. You will want to have a look at stacks also known as half stacks, full stacks, cabinets, or rigs. The main benefit of this set up / rig is the customisation,…



Combo amplifiers – Good Size, Good Sound

Combo amplifiers – Middle of the road amplification Combo amplifiers are so called named because of their two components. They house both the speaker enclosure and the amplifier head which gives powers it. You will find combo amplifiers to be over 100  watts or more by default, anything lower than that and you risk damaging…