Archive for September, 2013

No Treble, the all-bass-players magazine, featured a very interesting article on how a bass player doesn’t need just a bass. If you are a beginner and you would like to learn the dos and don’ts to avoid any headaches ahead, this could be a very interesting first read, especially if you have no idea of how much you’ll be spending to get all the gear you need.

Here’s a quote:

Investing in a new instrument is a lot like moving into a new house. You have a budget in mind, a good idea of the amenities that you want and need, and a few sources to help you find the perfect place. Finally, you find the right home; it’s in your price range, you sign the lease, and prepare for the move in date.

And then, something hits you: You need to hire movers, guilt trip your friends into helping, and prepare a few pizza orders.

For the whole article, click here and enjoy!

It’s a hard thing to come by the perfect method of practicing C scales… But I think I might have found a way to teach you just the easiest one! Check it out:

I’m not sure how well you like the grunge era, but one of my all-time favorite grunge bands has to be Alice in Chains. I had the chance to meet Mike Inez during this year’s NAMM show and let me tell ya’, he’s one hell of a sweet guy! He sure can rock out some awesome tunes as well. Here’s a quick bio:

Mike Inez (born May 14, 1966) is an American rock musician best known for his role as the bassist of Alice in Chains. Inez has also worked with other popular musical acts such as Ozzy Osbourne, Slash’s Snakepit, Black Label Society, and Heart. He is of Filipino descent.

Check out Inez playing with AIC back in 1996:

Who’s your favorite musician?

Posted: September 28, 2013 in Music
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For us at Tree Rat Records, we like to think that one of the most talented and gifted musicians of all is undoubtedly so Jaco Pastorius.

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Here’s a quote from his official page‘s bio:

Jaco Pastorius may well have been the last jazz musician of the 20th century to have made a major impact on the musical world at large. everywhere you go,sometimes it seems like a dozen times a day, in the most unlikely places you hear jaco’s sound; from the latest tv commercial to bass players of all stripes copping his licks on recordings of all styles, from news broadcasts to famous rock and roll bands, from hip hop samples to personal tribute records, you hear the echoes of that unmistakable sound everywhere. (it may even be more imitated at this point than the previously most pervasive jazz sound to escape into the broader culture beyond the local borders of jazz, the moody harmon mute stylings of miles davis). for all the caterwauling that has gone on about new musicians that have shown up in recent years being toted as the “next miles”, or the “duke ellington of their generation”, or whatever, jaco outranks all of them and all of that by being the one and the only of his kind, without predecessor; the only post 1970 jazz musician known on a first name basis with all music fans of all varieties everywhere in the world. from the depths of africa where he is revered in almost god-like status to the halls of most every music university on the planet. to this day, and maybe more than ever, he remains the one and the only JACO.

And we agree. He remains the one and the only JACO.

Here’s a sweet video of him playing A Portrait of Tracy:

Hello world! And welcome to my new website! I hope you enjoy treeratrecords.com. I’ll be giving you hints on how to play your bass better and talking about music and music industry news every now and then. But first, I would like to share a little lesson with you.

This is one of my most-watched videos online “How to play a walking bass line, simple”! I’m going to stop talking now and let you watch it for yourself. Enjoy!