“I was never a huge Led Zeppelin fan, but I always loved that song, and the open strings just set it up for bass”: Watch Stuart Hamm’s bass arrangement of Led Zeppelin’s Going to California

Stu Hamm performs onstage during Give Back Through Music's Leslie West Tribute Concert at The Canyon Club on January 23, 2024 in Agoura Hills, California.
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Hailed as one of the modern virtuosos of the bass guitar, Stuart Hamm has enjoyed a lengthy career involving top sideman jobs with guitarists Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, burning trio sessions with GHS, acclaimed instructional videos, and a string of bass-intensive solo albums.

A highlight from his fifth studio outing, Just Outside Of Normal, came in the form of a cover of Led Zeppelin’s Going To California. “That was a song I played at a benefit concert with my buddy Jude Gold and this top 40 band,” Hamm told Bass Player

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.