See if you can name all the different uBass models.
Nathan East, one of the most recorded bassists in music, has played with everyone from Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Eric Clapton to Phil Collins. He has appeared on more than 2,000 albums in the past 35 years.
Here he is at the Kala booth at Winter NAMM trying out a Kala Koa California Solid Body UBass.
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.
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.
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.
Here’s a nice video from Winter NAMM 2015 showcasing Kala’s uBass models. They’re all included here, even the new five-string solidbody models.