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Yet again, I'm extremely excited to announce another guest instructor...please welcome Linus Klausenitzer, our THIRD instructor to join the faculty! Linus primarily plays extended-range basses, known for his work on 6- and 7-string basses with both fretted and fretless experience. He currently plays for German metal band Obscura in addition to his other projects in the same scene such as Alkaloid, Noneuclid, and other notable session work. Linus has contributed some VERY forward-thinking content that really complements the instruction here at LEU, and his first lesson, "Increasing Song Dynamics with Bass Lines", is now LIVE in the library with many more coming over the next few weeks. If you aren't a member yet, join the community today and let's kick your bass playing into gear!
Absolutely over the moon to announce an official release date with cover art for Tetrafusion's upcoming new album - "DREAMING OF SLEEP" will be delivered to your ears on April 21st, 2017! The album will be available exclusively at the Tetrafusion BandCamp Page during release, and other digital outlets later on. I highly, highly, highly, highly recommend that you follow the new @tetrafusion page on Instagram, as that's certainly the most guaranteed way to stay tuned with the release (and, our Facebook page right HERE).
Yet again, I'm extremely excited to announce another guest instructor...please welcome Jeff Hughell, our SECOND instructor to join the faculty! I first got to know Jeff at the Warwick Bass Camps that take place at Warwick HQ over in Markneukirchen, Germany, a few years back, and after doing some guest solos for his solo albums and getting a feel for his amazing style and bass playing, I knew I wanted him to be a part of the Low End University community. Jeff is primarily a 7-string bassist, and currently plays for Six Feed Under in addition to his large body of work with other notable metal acts. His first lesson, "Finger Independence with Tapping", is now LIVE in the library with many more coming over the next few weeks. If you aren't a member yet, join the community today and let's kick your bass playing into gear!
I hope 2017 is treating you all extremely well so far! It's shaping up to be a busy year for Low End University and for myself musically-speaking, and I'm chomping at the bit for everything to be released throughout these next 6 months. Brooks (Tetrafusion guitarist) and I are finishing up guitar and bass tracking for our new full-length this weekend, mixing with Jamie King in February/March, and aiming for a release soon after. Stay tuned!
Now...*drumroll*...I'm EXTREMELY excited to announce Low End University's very first guest instructor to join the faculty, please welcome Kilian Duarte! I've gotten to know Kilian well over the last few years, and is someone I consider to be an extreme talent and driving force within the bass community right now. As an alumni of Berklee College of Music, the bass player for Felix Martin Band and a columnist/reporter for Bass Musician Magazine, I'm very excited for him to bring his massive talent base (pun intended) and unique styles and approaches to the table here at LEU. His first lesson, "Harp Harmonic Chords", is now LIVE in the library with many more coming over the next few weeks. If you aren't a member yet, join the community and get serious about your playing! Oh, and more guests to be announced very soon! : )
I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas/Holiday week, and that you have an equally awesome New Years weekend. I hope that 2017 is YOUR best year yet and that you can make some great strides in the things you love as well as your bass playing. If your bass playing is a part of your New Years Resolution, I'd love to hear what it is! It's certainly always a part of mine...remember: set short term AND long term goals and let them support each other as they develop!
What's up guys!
I want to give a huge welcome to many of the new faces here in the LEU community after our Black Friday event and offer a sincere THANK YOU for giving me a chance to be your bass instructor, and I'm confident that you'll make great strides in your playing if you buckle down and tackle your goals with my help. I'm hanging out in our Members' Forum daily, so feel free to drop by if you need any guidance or assistance on anything. It means a lot to have you with us and I look forward to getting to know you!
I hope everyone celebrating Thanksgiving has a marvelous day with family and friends - Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I'm unbelievably thankful to have all of you here with me whether you're reading this as a member, reading this as a non-member, or reading this simply as someone who cares and follows what I do as a musician and educator - THANK YOU! You guys allow me to do what I love to do, and in return, I am so passionate to give back all that I can and work with you on developing your bass playing craft!
Hope you've all been well - between the Halloween holiday, my own birthday and my departure from Scale the Summit, it's been quite the whirlwind of a week without a news posting so I'm glad to be able to update you guys. I amicably left Scale the Summit after 5 years of great times, and I wish the band the best. There has been QUITE the media fiasco regarding everything and it isn't something J.C. Bryant (drums) or I intended in the least. Read my full statement below:
However, this means that I'm pouring even more of myself into Low End University as well as moving full steam ahead on the next Tetrafusion full-length, which we're in the process of recording as we speak. This is some of the wackiest stuff I've ever had to play (but also some of the BEST music), and it's giving me a run for my money. I hope to be able to share more news on this ASAP as we complete the album!
If you have still never listened to Tetrafusion, it's my first band I started over a decade ago, and our last album is 100% FREE. Download it and get excited for the next one! --> "Horizons EP" - Tetrafusion
Our "Member of the Week" is Ivan Coulburn from Preston, England! Check out his band Circle Spectre Haunting!
It's been a few weeks since the last news posting - I've been neck deep in preparing for lots of upcoming additions to the website, some small new features, but most importantly preparing for the handful of guest instructors I've confirmed! EXCITING stuff, so please stay tuned in the coming months!
Our "Member of the Week" is Brent Nolen from Myrtle Beach, SC!
Hope you're all well!
The first day of the Fall season arrives this week, and I'm beyond ecstatic because summer where I live extends far into September unfortunately...temperature-wise. I'm really excited about these next few lessons as I'll be covering the content from my clinics at the Warwick Bass Camp a few weeks ago. I had a blast with the students on these concepts, so now I'll be sharing them with you! Aside from that, I'm looking forward to a wonderful next few months at LEU as we finish out 2016!
Our "Member of the Week" is Andrew McTevia from Central Point, OR - check out his band Metaconcert!
What's up guys?
I'm back home and rested after a crazy (yet incredibly rewarding) week teaching at the 2016 Warwick Bass Camp. It was a surreal experience teaching for the first time in a "camp" setting, and I had such a blast teaching about modern bass techniques, how to use them musically, and how to think like a creative bassist with over 80 students from all around the globe (16 different countries!!) --- if you're looking to have the bass experience of your life, I highly recommend that you consider attending in the future. There is nothing like this camp that I've ever seen or experienced, and Warwick hits a homerun every year with the quality and presentation of this event.
Aside that, I'm looking forward to a wonderful next few months at LEU as we finish out 2016!
Our "Member of the Week" is Isaiah Serrano from Bay Shore, NY - check out his band Eridian!
In a CRAZY last minute of events, Warwick asked me to fill-in for Billy Sheehan this year as a camp professor since Billy had to cancel last minute, so with a two-day notice I quickly flew over to Germany to start preparations for this week's bass camp in Markneukirchen. It is an absolute dream to do something like this and to bring my teaching around the world, so I can't thank Hans Peter and Ove Bosch at Warwick enough for the opportunity - not to mention the legendary panel of professors I'll be teaching with - please pinch me!
The professors: Alex Skolnick, Angeline Saris, Joe Hubbard, Mark Michell, Neil Murray, Stuart Hamm, Marius Goldhammer, Alphonso Johnson, Juan Alderete, Günther Gebauer, Steve Bailey, Yolanda Charles, Dennis Chambers, Tetsuo Sakurai
I'll be teaching 5 clinics this week, and my class topic is "Using Modern Techniques Musically" -- I'm super excited! Our "Member of the Week" is Luke Boismier from Fort Wayne, Indiana - check out his band Sirens!