Watch Jeff Beck help a young Tal Wilkenfeld play an insane bass solo

Jeff Beck and Tal Wilkenfeld jam in Japan
(Image credit: Tal Wilkenfeld)

She probably didn’t know it at the time, but when Tal Wilkenfeld got onstage with Jeff Beck at Saitama Super Arena, Japan in 2009, she was about to make some serious waves in the bass guitar world. In fact, the very next day the Internet was plastered with video clips from that gig – her quick thinking when Beck’s guitar amp died earning her some serious fans around the globe.

“His amp broke in the middle of a concert,” says Tal. “Jeff wanted to get off the stage, but I just started playing some groove in G. I called him over and we both started playing my bass. I was soloing and he was playing the groove. He loved it and we ended up doing it every night after that."

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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.