Paddle Faster, I Think I Hear Banjos

 

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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.

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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.

Featured at NAMM 2016

Mike Upton in the Kala booth at NAMM 2016.  Photo: YouTube screen capture

Mike Upton in the Kala booth at NAMM 2016. Photo: YouTube screen capture

Kala highlighted its acoustic Bubinga uBass at Winter NAMM this year, along with its Solidbody 5-string electric. Both are available with the company’s new roundwound metal strings.

In this video posted by Bass Musician Magazine, Mike Upton showcases the two updated uBass offerings.

Whoever shot this video needs some lessons on where to point the camera, however. Whenever Mike is talking about a specific feature of the uBass, the camera is focusing on his face, not the thing he’s actually talking about.

Cinematography 101 people.

The Face of the uBass

Kala's Mike Upton runs through the new uBass offerings at Winter NAMM 2015.

Kala’s Mike Upton runs through the new uBass offerings at Winter NAMM 2015.

 

Belongs, of course, to Kala’s head honcho Mike Upton.

In this video from the recently completed Winter NAMM 2015 show, uploaded by Bass Musician magazine, Mike runs down the new uBass offerings Kala has in store.

One piece of news that’ll interest bass players is that reggae great Robbie Shakespeare is now a Kala uBass Artist.

Kala Debuts New uBass Models at NAMM Show

A Cherryburst and Red 5-String uBass in the Kala booth at the NAMM Show.

A Cherryburst and Red 5-String uBass in the Kala booth at the NAMM Show.

 

You asked for it. And you got it.

Kala at the 2015 Winter NAMM show introduced five new 5-string S-U-B series Soldibody uBass models to its lineup.

As the company noted:

Fans of the four string models have consistently asked about the possibility of a five string model. Kala has answered that request with four new models for 2015.

The new 5-string SUB models feature Kala’s Pahoehoe strings, a Shadow active pickup system with volume control and 2 band EQ, Custom Hipshot Tuners, and a Graph Tech Black Tusq self-lubricating nut.

Five-string fretted versions are available in Sunburst, Cherryburst, Red, and Black finishes and come with a Custom Deluxe Logo Gig bag. The new models list for $619.