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Monday January 23, 2017. 09:30 PM
When we play the same note, usually on the same string, consecutively, but with different fingers, it is called a finger substitution. For example: This technique is most often employed is when we want to avoid shifting within a slur. While we should be able to shift...
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YYNOT is going old school with a couple of covers from Rush’s Fly by Night. Here’s “Making Memories” and “Best I Can” performed by the best Rush cover band we’ve ever seen. Tim Starace once again nails the lines and that tone!
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Pete Overend Watts, who founded and played bass for Mott the Hoople, has passed away after a battle with cancer. He was 69 years old. Born in Yardley, Birmingham, Watts started on guitar while at Ross Grammar School. He switched to bass when he was 18 and eventually started...
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NAMM news was the theme of the week, with many new gear stories hitting the top 10. But that’s not all that caught No Treble readers’ attention. Damian Erskine’s latest “Ask” column on determining what you should get paid on a gig and Ariane Cap’s “efficient practice hacks”...
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Sunday January 22, 2017. 09:30 PM
Aguilar Amplification has announced the expansion of their AG amplifier series with the AG 700. The company describes their latest creation as having the clarity, dynamic range and fast transient response of their AG 500 with a larger low end and headroom. It offers 700...
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Here’s an incredible fan shot video of Richard Bona and Raul Midon performing Jaco’s “Teen Town” live in Tokyo in 2013. In addition to nailing the tune, Bona and Midon trade some pretty sick solos.
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In 2004, The Killers took the pop and rock worlds by storm with their debut album Hot Fuss. Propelled by bassist Mark Stoermer’s catchy bass lines, the release garnered hits with “Mr. Brightside”, “Somebody Told Me”, “Smile Like You Mean It,” and “All These Things That...
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Saturday January 21, 2017. 09:30 PM
Bass legend Mike Watt has teamed up with Reverend Guitars for a special signature bass called the Wattplower. The short-scale bass also features a smaller body and is reminiscent of vintage basses that Watt gravitated towards. “He was always modifying the vintage basses,”...
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Stuart Clayton is set to release his new edition of Giants of Bass on March 4th, which is a completely revamped version of his original book. In this video, Stuart offers another preview of what to expect, with a focus on former Jamiroquai bassist Stuart Zender. “I’ve been a...
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The Wood Brothers are back with a new live album and tour for 2017. The trio of guitarist Oliver Wood, bassist Chris Wood, and drummer Jano Rix have just released Live At The Barn, which sees the band performing at a beautiful and bittersweet venue. Late drummer/vocalist...
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Aidan Hampson has once again expanded his library of bass transcriptions, this time focusing on the funk rock work of Flea. More specifically, the book has the bass parts written out for the entire Red Hot Chili Peppers album Blood Sugar Sex Magik. “There are some absolute...
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Friday January 20, 2017. 09:30 PM
If you got to catch Rush in the past twenty years, you would have seen Geddy Lee on stage with household appliances in lieu of a bass amp. Going direct means relying on preamps for his sound, and now he’s helped to create a signature SansAmp with Tech 21. The Tech 21 Geddy...
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We first discovered (and featured) Ripe in 2015 with their tune “Talk To The Moon.” We were instant fans. Here’s another one of their videos from 2015 and their “Live From Studio 1 Concert” series. “Goon Squad” features a different bassist than before, with Arlo Feirman...
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Two years ago and after forty years as first call bassist to the world’s top artists, Nathan East released his debut solo album. Now he’s back with Reverence. The 12-song album features many of the same artists he’s worked with over the years, including Eric Clapton, Phil...
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German amp manufacturer Glockenklang has released the Steamhammer, a 700-watt class D amplifier that sets itself apart from their other lightweight amps by using an ICE power module. Its Class A preamp features a four-band EQ as well as a drive section and effects loop. The...
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Thursday January 19, 2017. 09:30 PM
The No Treble Crew is in Anaheim, California to cover all the bass-related news from the 2017 Winter NAMM Show. Be sure to check in throughout the show and in the days following for the most complete coverage from the world of bass.
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Bassist and No Treble reader Jakob Forslund sent us this video he and vocalist Anna Duveskog created late last year. This is their take on the Beatles’ “Blackbird,” which offers up a really unique sound.
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Birds may fly south for the winter, but tuna flies west. Hot Tuna has announced a string of West Coast dates for February including stops in California, Oregon, and Washington. The legendary duo of guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady will be appearing mostly in...
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Hartke is expanding their HD series this year with the HD500 Bass Combo. The 500-watt Class D amp weighs in at just 35 pounds and is fitted with a pair of the company’s 10-inch HyDrive speakers. The drivers blend paper and aluminum materials into their speaker cones that add...
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Wednesday January 18, 2017. 09:30 PM
Q: I gig about 10-16 times a month on double bass and electric and live in a rural part of the UK. Some gigs involve a drive of 50-100 miles for about £50-75. Do you have a minimum fee for local work, and a max distance you will drive for small bar type gigs? I...
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