Bass Player - Holiday 2013 - Billy Sheehan

Bass Player - Holiday 2013 - Billy Sheehan

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Bass Player - Holiday 2013 - Billy Sheehan

From Talas to David Lee Roth, Mr. Big to Niacin, Billy Sheehan has always pushed the boundaries of rock bass. With Winery Dogs, Sheehan's latest project with guitarist Richie Kotzen and drummer Mike Portnoy, Billy has back-burnered the flash and flair of his past in favor of guts and groove. Billy's groove has always been strong, but one thing's for sure: it's now deeper than ever. In our in-depth interview and lesson with Billy, we tap into the well of Sheehan's creativity.

We also catch up with upright upstart Charnett Moffett, whose work on acoustic, electric, and piccolo bass has contributed mightily to jazz bass discourse.

In gear land, we take a look at the hottest new accessories on the market, from tiny tuners to posh plectrums and slick straps.

Ed Friedland examines the legacy of legendary blues man Willie Dixon, and John Goldsby looks ahead with some resolutions for the New Year.

We get festive with a transcription of "Christmas Time Is Here," the wonderful Vince Guaraldi composition that anchors the classic A Charlie Brown Christmas, featuring a lyrical bass solo by Fred Marshall.

Finally, we wrap up the year by introducing a new column by Bobby Vega, whose knowledge of vintage gear is second to none.

This issue's got all you need to sharpen your chops, improve your groove, and deepen your knowledge, so download and Dig Deeper!