Episodes
U2 has officially finished their residency in Las Vegas – the history-making shows saw over 700,000 fans descend on Sin City, from September 2023 through March 2024. In today’s episode, fresh from a weekend trip to Las Vegas, we take a trip inside The Sphere to uncover how Adam Clayton and U2 redefined live music at the city’s new high-tech venue. In this episode Was U2 at the Sphere worth it? What makes Adam Clayton’s signature sound? Which U2 track made Ian weep? Who did Scott meet at the...
Published 04/08/24
Published 04/08/24
The year is 2006 and John Mayer has just recorded a landmark album that will put his new trio on the map. Drummer/producer Steve Jordan had the great idea of bringing Willie Weeks AND Pino Palladino in to play bass on one track, with Pino adding his own accompaniment to Week’s muted 8th note figure.  When Sean Hurley landed the bass gig with John Mayer in 2008, he combined both bass lines! So in today's interview, Sean is going to break it down note-for-note for you – and show you how to...
Published 04/01/24
In this episode, we’re sorting through our pick of boutique basses from F Bass, Ken Smith, Olinto,  Overwater and more. We’re also going to delve into some of the questions that often come along, namely: why are they so expensive? How are they built? And are they really worth it? The answers are often a matter of opinion, but we shall ponder them nonetheless! In this episode What is a boutique bass?The pros and cons of owning one.What bass companies do you need on your radar?Why is Scott...
Published 03/25/24
There’s a TON you can learn from Gospel bass players – and one, in particular, you may have overlooked.  Justin Raines could teach you everything you need to know about pocket, songwriting, and epic bass fills. In today’s interview, Scott and Ian sit down with Justin to breakdown his tone, his technique and some of his signature licks, including his astounding bass solo on Nobody by Ne-Yo.
Published 03/18/24
So, what makes a particular bass guitar a classic? While some basses are undoubtedly born great (it’s a testament to Leo Fender that the P-Bass is still one of the most played instruments ever): some achieve greatness over time and some have greatness thrust upon them (Rickenbacker have long enjoyed the star power of Lemmy, Geddy Lee and Chris Squire, for example). And so, for your viewing pleasure, we’ve put a spotlight on 5 of the most iconic bass guitars of all time. In this episode: Why...
Published 03/11/24
Nick Campbell’s a busy LA session player for all the right reasons - great sound, groove, and awesome vibe. And in today’s new episode of our ‘Behind The Bass Lines’ interview series, Nick’s going to tell you exactly where he took ideas from to create his must-hear bass style – and even show you a few licks you can try out, too. In this episode Top tips for playing fastAll about combining ferocity and comedy in solosThe benefits of active listeningThe beauty of whole notesAnd much,  much more!
Published 03/04/24
There’s a reason more people listen to Guns N’ Roses than Victor Wooten, and it’s not because Duff McKagan is better at playing arpeggios! But still, good technique is something that every bassist should add to their skill set, and in this episode, I’m answering all of your questions surrounding our Technique Accelerator. I hope it gives you a little extra time to check out the course – and to find your next breakthrough on the bass! Learn more about the Technique Accelerator here →...
Published 02/23/24
Charles Berthoud’s YouTube channel is loaded with clips of him absolutely ripping. His virtuosic bass chops, epic bass battles  and his penchant for killer bass gear has earned him more than 1,750,000 subscribers, making him one of the most visible bass players to come from the social media generation.  In this week’s podcast episode, we sit down with Charles and dive deep into some of his favorite videos, his approach to Victor Wooten’s Classical Thump, and the hidden genius of Cliff Burton.
Published 02/20/24
Be afraid, be very afraid: the ‘80s are back. This was a time when synth keyboards ruled, when sequencers were rapidly making ground, and bass players feared for their jobs! Trends and innovations in bass design were not exactly scarce either, and to prove it, we’ve collared together five of the very best bass guitars from the 1980s. In this episode Why Scott bought a Yamaha BB.What makes the Wal bass circuit so wacky?Ken Smith and the first wide-necked 6-string bass. Who’s taken Scott’s...
Published 02/12/24
In this episode, we delve into Sharon's latest acquisition: her brand-new fretless RKM bass from NAMM. We unpack the journey of acquiring the bass and delve into its standout features & discuss the highs and lows of NAMM 2024. Everything from Steel Caster guitars, the exquisite craftsmanship of L.E.H basses to navigating the NAMM labyrinth! In this episode Why Sharon LOVES her new RKM fretless bassWhy you should check out Steel Caster guitars.How to navigate the NAMM numbers system.Why...
Published 02/08/24
You might know Daisy Pepper from her SBL LiveClass workshops, or from her ascent to bass stardom via her Instagram channel (Daisy currently has more than 55,000 followers). In this episode, we sit down with Daisy to dive into all things rock, including how she got started, how she deals with haters online, and her awesome collaboration with Spector. In this episode The bands Daisy listened to during her emo phase.What makes her Spector bass rock.How Ian grew up on Guns N’ Roses.Why Darkglass...
Published 02/05/24
Best known for his stints with Vernon Reid (Living Colour) and Dave Fiuczynski in Screaming Headless Torsos, Steve Jenkins fits into a diverse range of musical situations that have run the gamut from face-melting prog-metal to experimental microtonal jazz-funk. In this episode, we sit down with Steve to uncover more about his story, how music has shaped his outlook on life, and why he’s recently switched up his Fender Jazz for a 6-string Dingwall?!   In this episode Why Steve could never play...
Published 01/29/24
Put simply, pickups capture the vibrations of a string and turn it into an electrical signal, but there’s a whole world of minutiae regarding magnets, windings and pole pieces that can drag you deep into anorak territory! In today’s episode, we’re shedding some light on the different types that are available, and the advantages and disadvantages of each one. In this episode Series vs. Parallel explainedWhat’s the difference between a soapbar and a humbucker?What's a pickup pole? And why is It...
Published 01/23/24
Nothing feels better than actively engaging with your bass teacher and other SBL students. That’s why we’re super excited to announce a brand-new addition to Scott's Bass Lessons. In today’s episode, Ian Martin Allison and Sharon Renold answer all of your burning gear questions and reveal the launch of the most exciting program to ever hit SBL. Drumroll please! In this episode What’s your bass story?Get ready for a BIG announcement.Sharon unravels her experiences at Berklee.What to expect...
Published 01/15/24
In our latest episode of our series ‘Behind The Bass Lines’ with none other than Michael League, bassist of the Grammy-nominated band Snarky Puppy, we go over his history of basses and how he found his way to the PBass, some of his most iconic solos, his take on effects and gear and so much more!
Published 01/08/24
As we wave goodbye to 2023 Scott & Ian take the opportunity to go back and look at their personal ups and downs of the year, and dive into our favourite bass gear. Join us in this special episode where we unpack what's happened in the bass world over the last year, and give you a sneak preview of what’s to come for SBL in 2024. In this episode How Scott approaches goalsettingWhy it is a great time to be a musicianScott & Ian’s successes and failures of 2023Scott & Ian’s goals for...
Published 01/01/24
It may not be at the top of your to-do list, especially if you’ve only heard it in Starbucks, but if you want to become a better bass player then learning some jazz can give you musical superpowers. In today’s episode we walk through some of the key hacks that will take your bass playing to another level.  In this episode Should Scott test drive a Cybertruck?How jazz can give you musical superpowers.Why Ian still has flashbacks over a C Blues.How he got his walking bass lines together.Why you...
Published 12/20/23
If you crave pedal power it can be tough deciding where to begin - let alone where to go from there. There’s an astonishing array of stompboxes out there; despite the rise of more affordable multi-effects units, but what do they all do? Will they improve your sound, or just turn it to mush? In today’s episode, we examine the secrets behind our own effects setups, and round off the whole shebang with a delve into our gear of the week! In this episode What’s on Scott’s pedalboard?How Ian got to...
Published 12/19/23
In today’s episode, Scott offers insight into the final track from The Devine King Project, Vol. 1. Lost Polos is home to a lively syncopated Latin rhythm with a driving groove and some intriguing options when it comes to the bass line. In this episode Scott breaks down the track Lost Polos.And how he honed his Latin chops.His love of Funkifying the Cláve by Lincoln Goines.The inspiration he took from Rocco Prestia.Where you can find the FREE album eBook.And much, much more!
Published 12/15/23
Looking to get the bassist in your life a gift this Christmas? If you're on the hunt for stocking fillers or the budget is tight, then this episode is the perfect place to start. We've put together a list of low-cost Christmas gifts, all of which have been handpicked by Ian! Included is everything from last-minute buys to handy tools and gig bag essentials! Gifts that are guaranteed to see use, unlike that jumper that's never left the closet. In this episode: What to buy the bassist who has...
Published 12/11/23
You might know Josh Paul from his time with American rock band, Daughtry, but the scope of his career goes far beyond that. Over the years, he’s also worked with the likes of Suicidal Tendencies, Everlast, Kelly Osbourne, and The Veronicas. He also finds time to host the Dunlop Bass Freqs podcast. In this special interview from Bass Space 2023, Josh talks us through the ins and outs of his journey so far. In this episode Josh looks back on 15 years with Daughtry.What it was like joining...
Published 12/04/23
So, you’ve had a bad gig. What next? We’ve all been there – the tiny stage with no power, the would-be bassist that wants to do a song. Nightmare gig stories are so commonplace there’s even a Facebook group dedicated to them! In this episode we dig into Scott’s recent hair-raising gig experience, and why every gig deserves a bit of homework. In this episode Scott’s nightmare gig story.Tips to prepare for your next gig.Charcoal Frost or Firemist Charcoal?SBL HQ is moving!?And much, much more!
Published 11/27/23
Did you know that a 20-fret bass guitar contains 80 notes? Which can make learning the fretboard a huge challenge that can crush both beginner and experienced bass players! In today’s episode, Scott runs through the backstory of his own fretboard woes.  In this episode How Scott used geometric patterns to master the fretboard.The clues he picked up from Gary Willis.How you can unlock your own fretboard knowledge.Where you can check out the SBL Fretboard Accelerator.And much, much more!
Published 11/22/23