Metal legends Frank Bello from Anthrax and David Ellefson of Megadeth are teaming up later this week for back-to-back clinics.
On Friday, Feb. 25, the renowned bassists will host a clinic at Sam Ash Music on 48th Street in New York from 6-8 p.m.
On Saturday, Feb. 26, they will head to Daddy’s Junky Music in Boston from 2-4 p.m.
In addition to getting to learn from two metal legends, each clinic will offer the chance to win exclusive gear and prizes.
“The main reason behind these clinics is just to pass along my love for the bass,” said Bello. “Quite honestly, I’ve been really, really fortunate to make a living from playing music. You’ve got to remember, I grew up in the Bronx with not a lot of money in my pocket. No dad in my life, and so I was looking for heroes and so the musicians in my life were the ones I looked up to as a kid. I saw music as my way out, instead of taking the other path. If I can help any kid go in the right path with music, that just fills my soul. So if you want to learn something, come to my clinic, I’ll bring you up to the stage and try to pass something on. If I can help people get to the next stage in their life, it’s all good.”
And although he’s been playing music professionally for over 25 years, Bello still seeks to learn more about the bass himself.
“You never want to stop learning,” he said. “It’s really easy to burn out which is why I go study different kinds of music and different bass players so that I can bring a new aspect into my playing. I’m always curious to find out more from other bassists. How did they get to the point of playing that riff? How did they bend their finger there? How did they get their pinky that way? It’s weird, but those are the questions I like to ask.”
Read more about Bello’s passion for the bass in our Fender News feature story.