What's a good bass magazine?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by clokwise, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. clokwise


    Sep 7, 2012
    I'd like to get a subscription to a good bass magazine. I remember years ago having a subscription to guitar world and every month they would do like 5 tabs or so at the end. I'd also like to have something like that just as an encouragement to learn or look at something new I wouldn't have on my own. Plus also have good reading material.

    Any suggestions?
  2. spcjdoty


    Dec 31, 2009
    Lansing, Kansas
    I like Bass player. It has good articles, tips and a transcribed tab in each issue
  3. cire113


    Apr 25, 2008
    notreble.com its good online magazine sort of and free
  4. fearceol


    Nov 14, 2006
    I don't like bass magazines at all, as about 75% of them are advertisements. As for learning/lessons, much better to get a good tutorial where the lessons are sequenced, i.e. one lesson builds on the information from the previous one. Usually with the magazines, there is a guest contributor giving a lesson for that issue, so the lesson in the next issue will probably be completely different. So you end up getting a snippet of this and a snippet of that.

    Bottom line for me.....Bass magazines are a waste of time and money. YMMV.
  5. Fergie Fulton

    Fergie Fulton Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2008
    Retrovibe Artist rota

    Have to agree, a great magazine and resource.... to go with TB of course. Great video lessons and feature that are very relevant to today's players.
  6. MoeTown1986

    MoeTown1986 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2010
    SoMD (Mechanicsville)
    I had a year subscription to bass player magazine. Every issue is littered with tons of advertisements and they're the same every month. Less than half of the magazine seems to be something useful.
  7. Fergie Fulton

    Fergie Fulton Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2008
    Retrovibe Artist rota
    You need the advertisers to pay for the magazines overheads, no advertisers no magazine.
    It's a healthy sign that it has advertisers wanting to use their circulation numbers to sell their products through.
    The adverts are 'usefull'.....it is those adverts that bring the magazine to you.
    When circulation falls below a floor level, advertisers will not see the worth of advertising, as they one by one pull out, the magazine cannot afford to be produced and folds.
    Sad thing is that an Internet resource will help fuel this demise, then those adverts will appear on everything you look at or download.
    Whether you look at them or not such adverts will slow down everything you do.
    An on-line presence is as good as a circulation, it is access to us that makes the difference, not the content of what they carry.

    As is true in all walks of life, the reality of the situation is not all it seems.:)
  8. Sav'nBass

    Sav'nBass What the .............. Supporting Member

    Jan 18, 2009
    Northern Va.
    I was going to say that.
  9. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    This is why I cancelled my subscription to Bass Player years ago.
    I never trusted the reviews either. It's impossible to be objective when reviewing gear if those same manufacturers are also your biggest advertisers.

    They do have some good artist interviews though.
  10. fearceol


    Nov 14, 2006
    That's all true Fergie and I agree to a certain extent. My problem is with the amount of "magazine" you actually get, compared to the amount of advertising. The articules and contributions are useful also, so IMO there should at least be an even proportion of both. :)
  11. fearceol


    Nov 14, 2006
    Agreed. However, they are usually take up a page at most and can be read in two minutes.
  12. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    IMO Bass Player has lessons that build up per issue.
    Ed Friedland & John Goldsby lessons build up.
    New chart, notation & tab every month also.
  13. Fergie Fulton

    Fergie Fulton Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2008
    Retrovibe Artist rota
    I agree with you totally, but as i said the reality of the situation will eventually see the end of such magazines....I get mine on IPad these day, as i do with most of my teaching books/material these days.
    It is so convenient and easy, but I am also contributing to the demise of the printed word..but such life.
    I didn't create that problem, but when a magazine uses pictures to illustrate or demo a point, the on-line one uses video to show it in motion.
    When a magazine uses words and pictures in a review, the on-line one let's me see and hear it.
    When the magazine does an interview, it is words...and maybe words edited or presented in a context, when the on-line one does it, I see and hear the info from the players mouth.

    The presentation of words to explain music and musical ideas needs a certain understanding to be in place and a context to fully understand what is being written about....a video can show and let you hear in seconds what takes pages to write, and what for some readers, a lifetime to understand.;)