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Saturday March 18, 2017. 08:30 PM
It’s been a long time since my last transcription because it’s summer here in South America, and I’ve been very busy working and playing. Recently I played with my latest project,, at the Lebu Jazz Festival. It’s a bass-drum duo with a lot of electronica. I also wrote...
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This is the one I’ve been waiting for from YYNOT. The virtual Rush cover band has just released their cover of “YYZ.” This is their first video with the band’s new drummer, Chris Moore, who joins bassist Tim Starace and guitarist Billy Alexander. Tim even handles the...
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String manufacturer D’Addario has released their first ever pedal tuner. The compact tuner runs on a 32-bit chip, which the company says has four times the processing power of a standard headstock tuner. Its face has colored LED lights to indicate whether you’re sharp, flat,...
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Friday March 17, 2017. 08:30 PM
“Fire on the Bayou” might just be my favorite song out of New Orleans. There is a grit and attitude about it that can only be found in New Orleans. The lyrics paint a picture of the New Orleans that I remember seeing on my periphery as a little boy growing up there –...
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Thundercat’s latest album Drunk has been getting rave reviews and for good reason. The songs are hypnotic and the bass playing is on point. Here’s Thundercat performing the song “A Fan’s Mail (Tron Song II)”, live on The Current. The bassist slays on his 6-string hollow...
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Voodoo Lab has expanded their pedal-centric offerings with the new Dingbat series of pedalboards. Built in California, the boards come in three sizes and are built for lightweight durability. The series also includes the Dingbat PX, which adds an integrated PX-8 Plus...
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Thursday March 16, 2017. 10:00 PM
Laney Amplification spruced up their Richter Series of bass amps with a new look plus two new models. “For this show we’ve taken our original Richter range and we’ve given them a facelift,” a Laney rep told us at the NAMM Show. “Richters 1-4 are in the same cosmetic as the Ne...
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As genres morph and blend into each other, it has been increasingly important for bassists to be able to cover a variety of styles. Many get a style knowledge that is either an inch wide and a mile deep or a mile wide and an inch deep. Anthony Crawford’s knowledge is a...
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Or Lubianiker shared this new composition on Facebook and it’s killer. Though there’s some very complex work to it, the song came together in an evening. “So last night instead of using my studio time for what I intended I ended up producing this little vid,” he wrote. “A...
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Wednesday March 15, 2017. 10:00 PM
Trickfish Amplification expanded their lineup of cabinets this year with the SM210V, SM210HD and the BM410HD. Each of the cabs are fitted with the company’s new proprietary neodymium 10-inch drivers. “The SM210V is the first cabinet to use our new, proprietary neo 10″ driver...
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Q: I consider myself as a good reader. I can sight read music both in bass and treble clef, and I like to challenge myself with complex etude like those on the Patitucci book or classical pieces. But every time I come across jazz studies, (bebop in particular), I struggle to ...
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In preparing for our interview P-Funk’s Lige Curry, I revisited tons of old Parliament and Funkadelic bass lines. One that always sticks out for me is from “Tear The Roof Off The Sucker.” It’s sparse yet somehow meaty. Here’s Curry with George Clinton and Funkadelic...
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Tuesday March 14, 2017. 11:30 PM
Meet Ben Jones, a busy, working bassist who started out on drums, then heard Stanley Clarke while trying to learn the guitar – and the rest is history. Ben is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: I started off as a drummer very young and the...
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Time to clear your calendar for the afternoon, because it is time to celebrate the top 10 most watched videos of the month. Here are the No Treble reader favorites for the month of February, 2017. 1. Victor Wooten Trio: Funky D Victor Wooten and his trio with drummer Dennis...
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Time to get funky with another video by Remco Hendrix. In this video, Remco shared, “Having a good time with some funky thumb/finger plucking grooves with a laid-back vibe to it.” We dig it.
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Amptweaker unveiled the Pressurizer compressor at the Winter NAMM Show this year. Suitable for bass or guitar, the stompbox compressor aims to retain the attack of your instrument while adding sustain. “Sustain without compression… a common suggestion Amptweaker receives...
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Monday March 13, 2017. 10:30 PM
Wandering around the halls at the NAMM Show is great for finding unique instruments. While browsing Hall E this year I saw this killer four-string fretless built by Tim Seisser of LowDown Bass Guitars. With all the interesting body work and the stunning fingerboard, I had to ...
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Harness the power of these creative time tested memory tools. They will enrich your bass playing and are useful for all walks of life. A mnemonic is any idea or device that aids in remembering something. Maybe you are familiar with “Large Elephants Jump Slowly And Sink...
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One of my favorite performances from NAMM this year was at the Bass Bash. Bryan Ladd led his band through throwback grooves and modern melodies alike. Here’s a cool clip of “Endorphin”. The jam is a killer, plus Ladd takes a slippery, filtered solo at the 5:50 mark.
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Sunday March 12, 2017. 05:30 PM
Tedeschi Trucks Band is releasing on CD and DVD on March 17th. Here’s a clip from that show – and part of the release – featuring Tim Lefebvre laying it down on the track “Keep On Growing.”
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