Mark’s new Hal Leonard DVD/Book!

Excited to announce a HUGE career milestone…my new bass book/DVD published by Hal Leonard!! I grew up learning piano and trumpet from Hal Leonard books all through grade school so this is still absolutely surreal to me. “ADVANCED ROCK BASS” is out NOW and you can order at the link below. Shipping to anywhere in the world!


-Book includes 75 minutes of video instruction, 70+ exercises, and 10 play-along tracks with all content written for 4-string bass.

-This is a complete guide to my approach when composing basslines. I focus on every single aspect imaginable: chord analysis, fretboard mapping, composing lines with harmonics and tapping, voicing chords, mixing different techniques together, and an entire chapter on my personal philosophy for the role of the bass in modern rock/metal music. This particular chapter uses 10 bass-less tracks where I go track-by-track and demonstrate different ideas over each and talk about what to listen for, what aspects of the other instruments to latch onto, how to combine a guitar and drum part to form a bassline, creating independent lines with their own melody, what elements of a chord to play around, and so much more. It’s my complete “A-Z” approach!


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New Scale the Summit album “V” in stores 9/18/15! New music video released for single “Stolas”, and album pre-orders available!!!

Proud to announce the upcoming release of the new Scale the Summit album “V” in stores September 18th, 2015! Our new music video for the single “STOLAS” is below!

PRE-ORDER – Bass Tab Books/Shirts – HERE


PRE-ORDER on iTunes with instant download of “Stolas” – HERE


1. The Winged Bull
2. Soria Moria
3. Pontus Euxinus
4. Trapped in Ice
5. Stolas
6. The Isle of Mull
7. Kestrel
8. Oort Cloud
9. Blue Sun
10. The Golden Bird

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My new bass lessons website, LOW END UNIVERSITY!

After 15 months of pure blood, sweat, and tears, I present to you LOW END UNIVERSITY! Hands down the biggest project I’ve ever completed to date. I’m very excited to work with all of you on my newest online teaching platform! I wanted the perfect solution to be able to teach bass students anywhere in the world 24/7. Watch the video and then I invite you to check out the site!

We provide a custom learning experience for every student with our ever-growing lesson video library and archive of application licks, printable PDF transcriptions, bass-less backing tracks, interactive features, members’ forum and more. We have currently over 7 hours of material posted with new lesson videos added every single week! Watch the short video trailer below for more information!

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Interview Spread in iBass Magazine!

Thanks to iBass Magazine for the interview in the March 2015 issue! Check it out:


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EMGTV Video #2 – “Narrow Salient”

The second of three EMG TV videos I filmed back in January went live today! Check out “Narrow Salient” from Scale the Summit’s most recent album “The Migration”.

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EMGTV Video #1 – “The Dark Horse”

The first of three EMG TV videos I filmed back in January went live today! Check out “The Dark Horse” from Scale the Summit’s most recent album “The Migration”.

Using my custom shop Warwick Thumb NT 6-String in this video, equipped with EMG 45JX pickups and Dunlop Super Brights.

Thanks to this incredible company for having me out to film these – quite an amazing facility they have and I had a blast. Make sure to subscribe to their channel so you don’t miss out on future videos!

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NAMM 2015 Signings

I’m excited to be attending NAMM 2015 this year in Anaheim, CA! I’ll be doing a couple of performances and signings – details can be found below. Hope to see you there!

The days following NAMM, I’ll be filming some play-throughs at the incredible EMG TV studios in San Francisco. I’m super stoked to finally make it there, and can’t wait to release those videos!

EMG Pickups:
Friday, January 23rd
Booth 4568, Hall C
Signing Only

Dunlop Strings:
Saturday, January 24th
Booth 4784, Hall C
Performance & Signing


NAMM 2015 Artist Schedule

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Warwick Bass Camp/Open Day 2014!

I’m excited to announce I’ll be attending this year’s annual Warwick Bass Camp + Open Day 2014 in Markneukirchen, Germany as a guest artist! This year’s artist and professor roster is incredible and it’s an honor to be attending. Hope to see you there!


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NOW SHIPPING: Sightreading 101 for Bass!

I’m excited to announce the release of my second instructional book for bass guitar, focusing on the absolute basics of learning to interpret, read, and sightread standard notation. This book is geared for players who have little to no experience reading standard notation looking to learn from square one, and will help to go from never having read music before to reading basic notes and rhythms in multiple key signatures.

This book contains 116 total pages, over 140 exercises, descriptive examples and figures, a full-color gloss front cover and spiral bounding, which is most convenient for allowing the book to stay spread open on stands and flat surfaces! All exercises are playable on 4, 5, and 6-string basses.

Click HERE to download a free .PDF sample of this book!

*The first shipment of books have just arrived and are NOW SHIPPING! Orders will be shipped the very next day, and the first 100 copies will be signed!

To order, please visit: Mark Michell Webstore

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First US Tour of 2014!

I’m pleased to announce that Scale the Summit will be co-headlining a US Tour this Spring with The Ocean Collective (from Berlin, Germany) with support from The Atlas Moth (Chicago, IL) and Silver Snakes (Los Angeles, CA). Looking forward to getting back out on the road! We’re expanding our live show with some new visuals and video production, really excited to bring it out to the masses! See you there!

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3/05 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
3/06 – Portland, OR @ Branx
3/07 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
3/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Lyric
3/09 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
3/10 – Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
3/11 – El Paso, TX @ The Spot
3/13 – Austin, TX @ SXSW Showcase
3/14 – Grand Prairie, TX @ South By So What Festival
3/15 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
3/16 – Metairie, LA @ Cypress
3/17 – Tampa, FL @ The Crowbar
3/18 – Pembroke Pines, FL @ Talent Farm
3/19 – Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
3/21 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
3/22 – Louisville, KY @ The Diamond Pub
3/23 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
3/24 – Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room
3/25 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
3/26 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
3/27 – Washington, DC @ DC9
3/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
3/29 – New York, NY @ The Studio At Webster Hall
3/30 – Boston, MA @ Sinclair

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