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5 Underrated Bassists You Need to Know About

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This article originally appeared on Soundfly.


When we talk about the greatest bassists of all time, the candidates usually fall into one of two categories. On the one hand, you have the Stadium Superstars: Flea, John Entwistle, Geddy Lee, Steve Harris. People who are indisputably awesome players, but definitely buoyed into the stratosphere by the fame of their world-conquering bands.

Then you have the Bassist’s Bassists: cats like Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorius, John Myung, Billy Sheehan. These masters of the instrument are far less well-known outside of the instrument’s niche audience. More for the hardcores than the casuals.

But there’s a third group: the Quiet Achievers. These bassists have never seen stadium fortune and don’t usually inspire Young Turks to hit the woodshed and practice their double-thumbing. What they have done is write memorable, rewarding music in which the bass plays a role that is both striking and supportive… like any truly great bassist should.

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6 Practice Tips You Can Use Right Now to Get Better at Bass

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Feel like you need to step your bass playing up a notch? You're not alone. Progression is the constant challenge facing every musician, but with these six practice methods, you can efficiently work towards better bass playing sooner than later.

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Jun 7, 2016 10:00 AM

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The 9 Most Essential Electric Bass Models

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There are many basses out there, but there are only so many classics. The market for any popular musical instrument is bound to be saturated with highlights and lowlights, legendary axes, and plain old duds. These nine basses have stood the test of time and risen to the top of the crop, earning each one a spot on our list of nine of the most essential electric basses of all time.

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Jun 6, 2016 07:00 AM

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A Quick Guide to Introducing Bass Chords Into Your Playing

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While playing chords on a bass is nothing new, the practice has long been considered a little taboo. But now that players like Thundercat are making chordal playing more prominent, it may be time for you to get your chord chops in shape.

In this article, I’m going to outline some of my favorite voicings on the four-string and talk about where you may want to try using them.

6 Bass Amps You Can't Go Wrong With

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There are lots of great bass amps out there, but many awful ones, too. Certain bass amps, however, are standards, benchmarks of quality in the field of low-end amplification. Check out this list to learn about six of the most familiar faces in the bass-amp game.