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Bass Player

3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Bass Player magazine is written for serious musicians who play electric and acoustic bass. Each issue of Bass Player magazine features technique how-to articles, musician interviews and reviews of equipment, instructional videos, books and CDs.

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  • Format: Magazine
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Publisher: New Bay Media LLC
  • ASIN: B00005N7OU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #542 in Magazines (See Top 100 in Magazines)
  • This magazine subscription is provided by Synapse

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Bass Player's Resource November 5, 2001
By A Customer
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Bass Player features successful bass players every month. The subject matter is wide ranging. Towards the front of the magazine, there is a new gear section that gives a short description and thumbnail picture of new products such as effects pedals, speaker cabinets, strings, and what have you. Usually the magazine cover shot will be the main story where the magazine will give background information on a bass player and then interview him/her. One month you might find Paul McCartney, the next, Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. In the interview, the reader gets insight into the mind of working successful musicians and how they shape musical bass standards with their vision. Towards the back of the magazine, there are in-depth reviews of three or four pieces of musical equipment; always included are a bass guitar, often a bass amp, and speakers, strings, and pedals.
As you get further to the back, there are many lessons geared towards teaching the aspiring bass player how to do certain techniques they might have heard on a recording, as well as technical exercises to improve technique. One month, you may have a guest columnist teaching you about how to hold your hand over the fretboard on an upright, and the next, you may get lessons on how to keep better tempo with the drummer. This section is very valuable and pertinent to anyone aspiring to improve their playing style. Peppered throughout the magazine are ads from all the industry manufacturers and retailers advertising a broad spectrum of supplies available, as well as internet links to those products. These ads themselves are educational as they give the musician a chance to compare product specifications and pricing. If I had any requests from this magazine, it would be--how about a small humor section or a cartoon?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have grown up on this mag!!! June 28, 2005
Subscription Term Name:1 year
If you are a bassist and you even need to read a review to figure out if this is the right mag for you, best get your head checked! I have subscribed to Bass Player since 1992 and will keep renewing my subcription until I am so old I have to have my assistant read me all the features by my craftmatic lounger. Forget Fox news, Bass Player is fair and balanced, covering everyone from the sad passing of NHOP (greatest upright player of all time) to all the standards like Jaco and Vic. Dont think that you little mall-core kids are not rep'd...all the nu-metal low enders are there as well, even though they suck the rust from under my fretwire. I have always respected this magazine and the writers seem like family...go get this now fool! word.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still waiting!! April 14, 2005
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I ordered this mag in January and here it is, April, and I still haven't received the first issue. I have been on the phone with Synapse and they told me TWICE that they would get back to me with info on my subscription within 24 hours and I still haven't heard from them. The mag is great but the subscription service seems far below Amazon's usual service.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For Metalheads and Punks July 28, 2003
Subscription Term Name:1 year
While BP does do the occasional article on a straight-ahead jazz player or upright player, most of the editorial content (and what seesm like 90% of the cover photos) are deoted to the tattooed, pierced and punked up shredder of the month. Sure, there's actually a colum devoted to upright playing- sort of- but overall this is a magazine for young rockers. For them, it's great. For me... I'm still looking.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well balanced... November 2, 2001
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Bass Player keeps a good blend of instructional articles, album and product reviews, transcriptions and interviews. Their product shoot-outs and tips from inside the music industry are informative and helpful. All in all, a good mix.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very insightful May 25, 2002
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I have always enjoyed the Articles&Interviews with many Bass Players featured in this Magazine.Stanley Clarke had quite a few Interviews I have enjoyed over the years.Marcus Miller as well.great stories on Jaco as well.good reflections on James Jamerson,good stories on Larry Graham,Verdine White,John Patitucci,Louis Johnson,Flea,Bootsy Collins,Charles Mingus,etc... they have covered a wide range of Players&Topics.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best ain't cheap... January 9, 2002
Subscription Term Name:1 year|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent resource for all bass players and musicians. The reviews are good, the products reviewed are probally tied into ad layouts but are helpful. The product reviews are fair and usually truthful. The only draw back is the price of the book. The high end is probably a result of the lower subscription level, however your prices here help us that want to continue to get this great piece of reading...do it. They need the support and we need more good reading at reasonable rates.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous magazine for bass players October 30, 2001
Subscription Term Name:1 year
While many music rags limit their coverage to new and hip artists, while providing lots of song transcriptions, Bass Player is focused on teaching. The artists surveyed are always eclectic and exciting, and the lessons challenging and intriguing. In all, the focus of the magazine seems to me to be the philosophy of music, and is consistently intelligent and articulate. Every serious bass player would benefit from a couple of copies of this magazine.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A+++ I bought this for my son-in-law a few years ...
A+++ I bought this for my son-in-law a few years ago, and renew it every year as an ongoing Christmas gift. He loves it!!!
Published 4 months ago by Zebra Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Pictures
I'm a bass player and it has a lot of pictures so it's good for me....no big words either. Did I mention the pictures?
Published 11 months ago by Lil' Eddie
2.0 out of 5 stars Save your money....the quality and customer service are horrible
Your money is better spent on new strings and hanging at Talkbass than on this. Signed up for a year for $12.00 as a promotion in 2012.... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kurt Robair
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS RAG!
I let my subscription go for awhile and I'm so glad to be back. The feature artist interviews are great and it is always cool to hear what other gear others are using. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Captn' Bob
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok, not great.
Ok, this is a pretty thin magazine that is mostly full of ads... so pretty much like most magazines these days. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mag
Although I wouldn't call this mag a bassists' bible, but I think it's a thought provocative piece of writing. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Tony Medero
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish There Was An Alternative
First of all, I was a subscriber of Bass Player Magazine for about 6 years. That is about the time I started playing bass guitar in a rock cover band. Read more
Published 20 months ago by George K. Taus
4.0 out of 5 stars Slick , but with lots of adds
I really like this magazinge, but would like to see fewer ads. The interviews are interesting and I especially like the printed music and tabs for the various riffs. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Spyder B
1.0 out of 5 stars Would rate the magazine if could EVER RECEIVE IT!!!
I ordered this magazine as a Christmas gift in December 2007. I know the magazine is good but Amazon and their "magazine subscription department" have failed miserably. Read more
Published on March 24, 2008 by Mina J. Habibi
1.0 out of 5 stars Nice Mag -- But you'll Never See It
I ordered this on Feb 14th -- over 3 months ago. Amazon has closed the order. I've just received a card saying that I won't see it for at least another 4 weeks. Read more
Published on May 15, 2007 by C. Robson
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