If you have an interest in the Kala brand uBass, then this is the blog for you.
The uBass Appreciation Society is the first blog on the Internet solely dedicated to those who play, or are interested in, the Kala brand uBass, a combination baritone ukulele and bass guitar. This ground-breaking 21″ short scale bass guitar produces the same pitches as a standard bass and is the closest you can come to the sound of an upright acoustic bass without an actual upright.
This blog is for all those interested in playing tips, news and information about the Kala brand uBass.
*We are not affiliated in any way, nor are we supported by, the Kala Brand Music Co., its employees or related companies.
— Dean Tomasula – uBass Appreciation Society
Bass player/teacher Scott Devine discovers the uBass.
Bass player and teacher Scott Devine has jumped aboard the uBass train. Seems Scott’s wife got him an acoustic uBass for Christmas and he’s totally sold.
He put up a video about his thoughts on our little friend.
Check out the video here.
At one point in the video he says he’s not sure what model uBass he has, but he thinks it’s some kind of Koa. However, it looks like the Mahogany acoustic model. Anyway, he says it’s a great little bass that sounds great and is a lot of fun to play. But then, we already knew that.
He does warn, however, that you need to adjust your technique a bit if you plan on doing a lot of sliding. Because of the small scale, if you slide into a note, you’ll probably be about a semitone out of tune unless you adjust your speed and accuracy. He also notes the ultra-short scale takes a little getting used to if you’re coming from a long-scale bass.
But, all-in-all, Scott has nothing but praise for the uBass.
Glad to have you on board Scott!
Magnus and Mickey jamming on their uBasses in the Kala Booth at Winter NAMM 2017.
Here we have Magnus (Sjöquist) and Mickey, jamming on their uBasses at the Winter NAMM 2017 Show.
Magnus is playing a signature Bakithi Kumalo Fretless uBass and Mickey is on a Kala Exotic Mahogany uBass strung with Roundwound Strings
This video was posted on Kala’s Facebook page. Give it a look.
Learn to Play the UBass is available now from the Apple iBooks Store.
One wonders where Magnus Sjöquist found the time at Winter NAMM between jam sessions, partying with famous bass players and hanging out at the Kala booth to release his new book about playing the uBass. But find the time he did.
The book, Learn to Play the UBass, is available now from the Apple iBook store for $14.99.
We told you earlier this month that Magnus was planning on releasing the book at the NAMM show. He wasn’t lying. The book is interactive, features tons of information and easy to follow videos. It’s a worthwhile investment at twice the price.
Magnus made a short video promoting the book. You can watch it here.
Head on over to the iBooks Store and pick up your copy now.
Kala unveiled its new Paddle Bass at the Winter NAMM Show earlier today.
It’s not a uBass. But it is small. And it is a bass.
It’s the new Kala Paddle Bass. The company unveiled the new paddle-shaped instrument at the NAMM Show earlier today.
Kala says that the new bass is aimed at “those who are brand new to the bass and for schools who want to add a cheap alternative to their ensemble.” The frets are marked with their respective notes. This one is tuned to “G.”
It looks to be a one string short scale bass. Most likely uBass scale. The string looks to be a Pahoehoe.
Kala says it’ll have more info about the little bass after the NAMM Show.
While one string basses are not new, this one looks to be a lot of fun to play. It may find a home among uBass players, as well as kids and schools.
Magnus Sjöquist of Play UBass plans to release the first module of his Learn to Play UBass lesson packs at Winter NAMM.
Our friend, uBass musician Magnus Sjöquist, has been busy lately. Just in time for Winter NAMM 2017, he’s putting the finishing touches on his new book about how to play the uBass – called, naturally, Learn to Play the UBass.
Magnus says the first module of the book, called Learn to Play the UBass – Basic Techniques, should be ready January 18, the first day of the show.
According to Magnus:
I started out writing different lessons and decided to put together a couple of these as a Lesson Pack. My goal is to release Lesson Packs covering different topics and the first one, Basic Techniques is now complete.
I wanted to combine text, pictures, videos, sheet music (and more) and decided that a regular printed book wasn’t the ideal solution.
So he came up with releasing the books as an iBook, available on the Mac, iPhone and iPad.
I decided to go with the iBooks platform since this offers the possibility to combine all my different media content in a single product, he says. An advantage of the iBook “all-inclusive” format is that you get a self-contained product and once it’s on your device you can pretty much work without an internet connection.
Magnus uploaded a video to his YouTube Channel, giving a preview of what we can expect from the new book. Check out the video here.
Nik West, relaxing in a nice, hot bubble bath after a gig.
Certainly not our friend Nik West.
She posted this photo to her Instagram yesterday for National Bubble Bath Day (yes, it’s a thing).
See if you can spot the uBass in the photo. I hope she didn’t get it wet!
She didn’t mention who took the photo, so I can’t credit them, otherwise I would. If you’re reading this Nik, let me know who to credit for the pic.
Jordan Keiner demonstrates the versatility of the Kala Rumbler Fretless.
Here’s a nice video of Jordan Kiener putting a fretless Rumbler through its paces. See how many songs you can name.
If you can’t get them all, here’s a list of what he’s playing:
0:00 – “So What”
1:00 – “Money”
1:43 – “Dazed and Confused”
2:42 – “I Want You Back”
3:33 – “Bad”
3:57 – “Green Onions”
3:23 – “46×2”
4:57 – “Come Together”
5:24 – “Portrait of Tracy”
5:52 – “Chameleon”
6:27 – “Watermelon Man”
7:07 – “Bass Folk Song”
7:37 – “12 Bar Blues in G”
He’s playing directly into GarageBand through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2.