Monday, December 16, 2013

BeatBuddy: Revolutionary new pedal for bassists

Hi, a new pedal is launching and I think this will help us bassists. Support the product! Check out the demo video at

Check out the press release:

Miami Beach, FL (Dec. 16, 2013) -- It is a rare occurrence that a company releases a musical device that is truly innovative and grants musicians previously unobtainable abilities. Singular Sound announces the launch of their crowdfunding campaign to begin the production of the BeatBuddy -- the first guitar pedal drum machine.  

“Drummers are hard to come by, and drum sets are even harder to carry,” said David Packouz, Founder, “and drum machines are practically useless for jamming or live performance. The BeatBuddy is the first product to solve this fundamental problem. It's the power of a drum machine, but the simplicity of a pedal.”

Features of the BeatBuddy include:

    • Hands-free live control of the beat: Inserts fills, transitions from verse to chorus, adds accent hits (e.g. cymbal crashes or hand claps)
    • Pre-loaded with 10 drum sets and over 200 songs
    • Any custom beat or drum set can be loaded through included computer software
    • MIDI Sync: Integrates with other MIDI devices
    • Convenient small single-pedal format

    In addition, Singular Sound will host a forum in which BeatBuddy users can upload and share their custom beats and drum sets. The BeadBuddy is not just a pedal -- it’s a platform.

    The BeatBuddy will retail for $350(USD), but early birds who help fund the production through Singular Sound’s Indiegogo campaign will be able to score one for as little as $179 (USD). However, that price will only be available for the first 500 supporters.

    For further information on the BeatBuddy and to back the project today, visit:

    Media contact:
    David Packouz, Founder/CEO

    Thursday, December 05, 2013

    Half Step Below


    This is a nice exercise to practice your Arpeggio and making it sound more interesting and a little jazzy.

    Just add a note half step before your chord tone.

    The above outline a Gmaj7 chord.

    Try playing the exercise over a Gmaj7 chord and hear how it sound.

    You can also try a whole step before your chord tone.

    Have fun!