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.

 

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.

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.

New Book Teaches You How to Play the uBass

The cover of Magnus Sjöquist's new book "Learn to Play the UBass".

The cover of Magnus Sjöquist’s new book “Learn to Play the UBass“.

Our friend Magnus Sjöquist of Playubass.com has been hard at work putting together a book for novice uBass players called “Learn to Play the UBass.” It’ll feature video lessons, TABs and his musing on the art of bass playing with a uBass.

Magnus says initially the book will be available on iBooks for iOS devices like the iPad, but he may eventually do a version in ePub for PC users.

According to Magnus:

“With my different Lesson Packs I will share the knowledge I’ve gathered throughout the years. It could be anything from my thoughts and experiences about how to hold the Ubass to genre specific tools; things I think the player will benefit from when they want to play a certain style of music or get a grip on a certain technique.”

He also noted that he has considered offering uBass lessons over Skype for some time. If you want to learn how to play the uBass, there’s no one better to teach you than Magnus.

Learn to Play the UBass” is in preview now and should be available for purchase soon. Check it out HERE.

What’s the Difference?

A portion of the uBass Comparison chart put together by Magnus Sjöquist. © PLAY UBASS

A portion of the uBass Comparison chart put together by Magnus Sjöquist. © PLAY UBASS!

Now that Kala has like 1,000 different models of uBass, I bet you’ve often wondered what the difference between them are. Well, wonder no more, because our friend Magnus Sjöquist at PLAY UBASS! has put together a very useful chart explaining the differences between the various models, both Acoustic/Electric and Solidbody.

The chart includes such information as Model Name, Retail Price, whether it’s available in Fretted and/or Fretless, what options are available and the type of strings it comes with.

Take a look at the chart and download one for yourself. It’s a very handy reference guide.

You can download a PDF copy of Magnus’s chart HERE.

The Mike and Magnus Show

Magnus Sjöquist speaking with Mike Upton about the uBass. Photo: YouTube Screenshot

Magnus Sjöquist speaking with Mike Upton about the uBass.
Photo: YouTube Screenshot

Here’s a real treat for all of you uBass fans: Mike Upton of Kala interviewing Magnus Sjöquist, uBass Artist and Play UBass! blogger about the uBass. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Our friend Magnus explains how he first encountered the uBass and what attracted him to it (Spoiler Alert: It was the big sound.)

This is Part I of the video with Magnus. Hopefully Part II will be up soon. And hopefully there’ll be more than just two parts.

I know Mike’s a busy man, but it would be great if this could become a recurring series of interviews with Kala uBass artists.

The uBass on Tour with Magnus Sjöquist

Magnus Sjoquist backstage with his uBasses.

Magnus Sjoquist backstage with his uBasses.

 

Recently, our friend Magnus Sjöquist did an 18-show tour of his native Sweden and took a couple of his uBasses along.

According to Magnus:

The tour that started in October last year finished with a sold out show in the prestigious Berdwalldhallen, home of the Swediah Radio Symphonic Orchestra in Stockholm. All in all we played 18 shows. On the first four shows I used my Bakithi Kumalo signature solid body for six of the 18 songs in the show that celebrated the life and music of Ted Gardestad.

He also made a live CD of the shows. While the CD is only available for purchase at his live shows, Magnus was kind enough to offer some sound clips on his website PLAY UBASS!

Magnus notes that the songs on the CD include:

  • “Chapeau Claque”(Bakithi Kumolo Signature Solid Body Ubass) This song is so much fun to play. It really takes a while getting used to the combined meters throughout the song! I used the solid body here relying on its warm and round sound!
  • “Angela” (Bakithi Kumolo Signature Solid Body Ubass) This song is a bit folky and I go “full country” with a root-five motion in the verses! Since I didn’t bring a P-bass [Fender Precision Bass] on the tour the solid body doubles as one. And does a very good job!
  • “Äntligen på väg” [Finally On Our Way] (Spruce fretless acoustic/electric Ubass) For the “unplugged” feel of this song the acoustic/electric was a easy choice. It sounds perfect here and it also looks killer!
  • “När Showen är Slut” [When the Show Has Ended] (Bakithi Kumalo Signature Solid Body Ubass) Once again I’m looking for a P-bass-ish sound.
  • “Satellit” [Satellite] (Bakithi Kumolo Signature Solid Body Ubass) This song is so much easier to play on a ubass compared to a regular full scale electric bass! I also sing backup vocals on this one and the extended fingering I use makes it easy to focus on both bass part and vocal part since I don’t have to look at the Ubass during the choruses because I don’t need to do any position shifts. I first used this approach when we did concerts back in 2012 featuring this song.
  • “Ag Vill ha en Egen Måne” [I Want My Own Moon] (Spruce fretless acoustic/electric Ubass) For the encore I use the acoustic/electric again. It feels so good the let people have the “sight memory” of this wonderful instrument in their minds as they leave the concert hall.

You can listen to snippets of these songs on Magnus’s web site HERE.