Magnus Demos the Paddle Bass

 

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Magnus Sjöquist puts the Kala Paddle Bass through its paces.

 

Our friend Magnus Sjöquist of PlayUBass fame, posted a video of himself and his bandmates putting the new, as yet unreleased, Kala Paddle Bass through its paces.

Check out the video here.

As Magnus demonstrates in the video, the one-string bass can be adapted to any genre of music and can be played on the lap, mountain dulcimer style, or it can be held like a guitar and played that way.

He also did a Facebook Live video, explaining how the Paddle Bass works. Check that video out here.

 

Magnus Takes His New uBass Out for a Spin

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Magnus Sjöquist poses with his new Kala California Series Acoustic/Electric uBass.

Magnus Sjöquist (I think by now I can just refer to him by his first name and you’d know whom I’m talking about) just posted a photo to his Instagram of himself and his new California Series fretless uBass.

Apparently he’s played his first gig with the new uBass and it went very well. Nice to hear Magnus! But how could you not love the uBass?

While you’re at it, why not follow Magnus on Instagram?

Paddle Bass First Look

 

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Magnus Sjöquist demonstrates Kala’s new Paddle uBass at Winter NAMM 2017.

 

Last month we told you that Kala introduced a new type of uBass called the Paddle Bass, aimed at the educational market and first-time bass players.

We mistakenly told you that it was not a uBass. Well, according to Mike Upton, it indeed is a uBass.

Thanks to Bass Musician magazine, we have a video of Mike and our friend Magnus Sjöquist demonstrating the Paddle Bass at Winter NAMM.

Click Here to watch the video.

As usual for Bass Musician, the camerawork is not the best, but the video is still watchable and informative. Besides, they are a bass publication, not a video publication, so I guess I should cut them some slack.

Mike says the Paddle Bass is the “most simple uBass” that Kala has created.

He explains that the new uBass is a one-string instrument meant for new players and kids. It comes in three tunings: the keys of “E,” “F” and “G.” It also features magnetic fretboard overlays for each tuning marking the notes at each fret.

The Paddle is meant to be played in your lap, mountain dulcimer style. But it looks like it would be a lot of fun to put a strap on it and play it like a one-string bass guitar.

If you belong to a mountain dulcimer club or a ukulele club, I can see this as being a fun addition to the group, enabling you to lay down some simple bass accompaniment.

No word yet on availability or price. But stay tuned. As soon as we know anything, we’ll let you know.

I’d love to get my hands on one and do a proper review for you guys and gals. Keep it tuned here for more information as it comes in.

 

Bass Musician Catches Up with Magnus

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Magnus Sjöquist talks to Bass Musician magazine about his new uBass iBook.

 

Bass Musician magazine caught up with our friend Magnus Sjöquist at Winter NAMM and got him to stand still long enough to give a little preview of his new iBook “Learn to Play the UBass.”

Check out the video here, where Magnus previews his new book.

NAMM Jam

 

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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.

The Book is Out. Get it Now.

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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.

Learn to Play the uBass

 

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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.