Switching to a Six String Bass 25 Years Later

Bass gear diagram and infographic for Jason Raso

For musicians, their main instrument isn’t just a “tool” that they reach for to unleash music and melody upon the world – it also becomes an extension of themselves. When it comes to bass players, most of us tend to settle pretty early on a particular number of strings. Five and Six String Basses Come … Read more

Basscast Episode 006 – Practicing, Running and Hockey

Basscast Episode 006 is all about practicing bass guitar as well as what you need to do away from your instrument to stay inspired and stay sane! Basscast is a weekly show with myself (Mike Ippersiel) and Jason Raso (of www.jasonrasomusic.com) where we talk about bass, business, marketing and lifestyle. In this episode, we focus … Read more

Basscast Episode 005 – Rush, Geddy Lee and other bass icons

Basscast Episode 005 featuring Jason Raso and Mike Ippersiel. In this episode, Mike kicks off a huge Rush and Geddy Lee discussion (with honourable mentions to Billy Sheehan, John Paul Jones, Jason Newsted and Tony Levin) about cool bassists who also might be senior citizens. Mike also asks Jason about the Geddy Lee jazz bass … Read more

Basscast Episode 001: Bass, Business, Marketing & Lifestyle

“The one where we introduce ourselves and stuff.” This “Basscast” is about what it takes to make a living as a bassist in the current music industry. The main categories up for discussion are Bass – Business – Marketing and Lifestyle. We’ll talk about everything from what it takes to be a better performer, musician … Read more

Fodera Monarch Bolt-On 4 String Bass Demo Video

This time Jason Raso gets his hand on a Fodera Monarch four string bass! Here are some of the specs mentioned in the video: Mahogony body Bolt-on neck Koa/Maple top Indian Rosewood fingerboard EMG P & J pickups. Active/Passive switch Jason then starts out by playing the bass with the pickups in the middle position. … Read more