Since 1978, Ed Friedland has managed several fulfilling careers in music, often simultaneously. As a performing bassist, his experience ranges from backing jazz giants to country legends, theater work to studio work, catering halls to Carnegie Hall, playing for 10 people in a dive bar to tens of thousands at the Glastonbury Festival.
As an educator, Ed was a member of the Berklee Bass Department (1984-6), Boston College music faculty, Arizona State University jazz faculty, National Guitar Workshop Bass Summit instructor, as well as 40 years of private instruction. During his tenure at Bass Player magazine, Ed wrote many full-length instructional articles, in addition to a considerable catalog of instructional books for Hal Leonard Corporation. He has authored a popular beginners video course for Hudson Music called “Bass ASAP”, and a highly-requested Walking Bass Bootcamp for Scott’s Bass Lessons.
As a gear reviewer, Ed has amassed a following of 30K+ subscribers to his YouTube channel. “The Bass Whisperer” has over 10 million views from 100+ videos. He has written reviews for several publications such as Bass Player, Bass Gear, Bass Magazine, Bass Guitar, Guitar World, and Jazz Times.