TECHNIQUES
MAKING yo u A BETTER BA SS PLAYER
Ellen O'Reilly is a freelance bassist and vocalist currently studying
at ICMP. Ellen has extensive experience in gigging, studio and
television work.
www.lowendlady.com
ELLEN O'REILLY
beginners
theory
Paul Geary attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston and the
Musicians' Institute of Technology. He also heads up the Academy
Of Contemporary Musics bass school.
www.paulgeary.com
PAUL GEARY
BEGINNER'S techniques
W
elcome to our redesigned techniques section, in
which
Bass Guitar Magazine
collates the w it and
wisdom of the
creme de la creme
of the electric
and upright bass world. We're fortunate enough
to have some serious talent on the team, from
world-class music educators to experienced touring musicians, who
between them have laid down the low notes in every studio, club
and arena in the civilised world. Note that we've divided the columns
according to
Beginner
,
Intermediate
and
Advanced
level for easy
reference. Whether you're looking to improve your playing technique,
expand your awareness of theory, set up your rig to sound like your
particular bass hero or simply get on a bus and tour, we provide the
answers you need here. What are you waiting for? Dive in.
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Joel Mclver, editor
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Rob Statham has amassed over 25 years as a professional
freelance bass player. He has played in a wide range of musical
settings, including jazz, blues, prog and classical, and he has taught
for the past three years at Tech Music School.
ROB STATHAM
INTERMEDIATE TECHNIQUES
Alex Webster founded the frankly terrifying Cannibal Corpse in 1988
and has guested since then on musically complex projects such
as Blotted Science. He is the author of the Extreme Metal Bass
instruction book.
ALEX WEBSTER
intermediate
theory
Head of the Bass Department at BIMM Brighton, Franc has worked
with artists such as Steve Howe (Yes), Lisa Moorish, and Mike
Lindup (Level 42). Franc uses Jeff Chapman basses and Elites strings.
www.francoshea.com
FRANC O'SHEA
advanced
THEORY
Say hello to advanced techniques columnist Philip Mann, star of
studio and stage. Ready to get those fingers flying? Mann up.
..
pHILip MANN
advanced
techniques
David Etheridge studied double bass at the Royal College of Music.
Since then he's worked with musicians such as Nigel Kennedy and
Martin Taylor. David teaches double and electric bass and is the MD
of two big bands and a 55-piece jazz orchestra.
DAviD ETHERIDGE
upright
bass
Mike has written for
BGM
since 2004 and has been a bassist since
1987, clocking up over 3000 gigs around the world in the process. He
has played for and worked with the likes of Bonnie Tyler and Toyah
Willcox, and has a bass collection to rival a small shop.
Steve Lawson is the UKs most celebrated solo bass guitarist, with
15 years of touring and 36 solo and collaborative albums to his
name. He also lectures at colleges around the world.
w w w .stevelaw son.net.
STEvE LAWSON
effects
maestro
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