Ed Friedland has been at the forefront of bass education for over 30 years, having written 20 instructional books for Hal Leonard including: Building Walking Bass Lines, The Hal Leonard Bass Method, Blues Bass, Reggae Bass, Jazz Bass, Bass Improvisation, Bass Grooves, Slap Bass (DVD), Jazz Upright Bass (DVD), and many others. As a columnist and contributing editor for Bass Player magazine, Ed has written hundreds of instructional articles, several which have been compiled into his book, The Working Bassist’s Toolkit. Ed has taught at Berklee College of Music, Boston College, Arizona State University, as well as having performed clinics across the US.
As a performer, Ed crosses all stylistic boundaries with his fluency on upright and electric bass, and has backed artists as diverse as: Johnny Adams, Steve Allen, Joe Beck, Eric Burdon & The Animals, Larry Coryell, The Drifters, Robben Ford, Wycliffe Gordon, Robert Junior Lockwood, The Marvellettes, Delbert McClinton, Bud Shank, Barrence Whitfield & The Savages, Michal Urbaniak, Martha & The Vandellas, to name a few. His strong reading chops have placed him in the orchestra pit for many popular shows like: Little Shop Of Horrors, 42nd Street, Mama Mia, All Night Strut, Rent, Hairspray, Spring Awakening, Next To Normal, and behind the scenes as a session player on countless jingles and soundtracks.
In addition to teaching and performing, Ed has cultivated a rabid following of bass gear enthusiasts through his work as ″The Bass Whisperer.” As an independent reviewer, Ed has developed a popular Youtube channel where he showcases bass gear with a thorough, engaging approach that makes his audience want to buy everything he plays, and his clients very happy.