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Wednesday September 5, 2018. 09:30 PM
We’re continuing our exercise series this week with a lesson on modal arpeggio patterns. Learning modes, scales, and patterns help to open the fretboard up in your mind. You learn the connections, intervals, and relationships of the notes. Some of this sounds more...
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Stuart Clayton completed his impressive one-year run of his “Bass Lick of the Week” series this week. In this episode, Stuart incorporates slap and pop along with strummed chords. As always, Stuart is offering up the backing track and a PDF worksheet containing the...
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Folk/Americana group The Devil Makes Three has released Chains Are Broken, which marks their sixth studio album and first of all original material since 2013. The trio also stuck to its core members – Pete Bernhard, Lucia Turino, and Cooper McBean – with only one guest on the...
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Meet Mark Hopkins, who started out on guitar in 1978. In 2012, he saw the light, switched to bass, and wondered what he’d been doing all those years. He’s collected quite a bit of gear since then! Mark is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio:...
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Tuesday September 4, 2018. 09:30 PM
As jazz bassists, we know this scenario all too well: after taking their solos, the players in the front line head offstage, only to chat it up with each other until it’s time come back to trade or play the head out. Meanwhile, we’ve been playing non-stop since the...
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Scott Varney sent us his latest, and it has a cool background story: “This is actually the first song I ever wrote that was not an instrumental,” Scott shared. “Before this song, I was the bass player who played instrumentals and was always in a band looking for a lead...
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Four decades after its initial release, the historic Bob Marley and the Wailers album Kaya is new once again with a 40th Anniversary edition. The album features some of the band’s most recognizable songs including “Is This Love”, “Satisfy My Soul”, and “Easy Skanking”. The...
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This week we’re checking out the Waja Bass Soma NT five-string, which features a striking body shape in an equally striking high gloss blue finish. The neck-through bass is crafted from a three-piece swamp ash body topped with flamed maple and a seven-piece birdseye maple...
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Monday September 3, 2018. 09:30 PM
In this new bass lick lesson, we’re going to combine harmonics and double stops with a Mixolydian scale fill. First, I’ll play it at full tempo, then around the 1-minute mark, I cover it slowly for you to follow along. Be sure to grab the backing drum track for playing along...
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Here’s a fantastic video of Victor Wooten visiting the Relix Studios back in November 2017. The video description says it all: “Bass master and Flecktone Victor Wooten recently swung by to warm up his fingers, sing, slap and treat the office to some fine, unfettered...
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Alice in Chains have released their sixth studio album, entitled Rainier Fog. The new record is a bit of a tribute to their hometown of Seattle as the name refers to nearby Mount Rainier. They also returned to Studio X, formerly Bad Animals Studios, where they recorded their ...
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After announcing the Freshen Up World Tour in July, bass legend Paul McCartney has unveiled the initial leg to take place in the United States. His previously announced shows at Austin City Limits will be followed in 2019 by five dates spread across May and June in North...
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Sunday September 2, 2018. 06:30 PM
Marcus Miller had just met Sarod player Ranajit Sengupta, and they decided to jam together on the Bimhuis stage in Amsterdam. In this clip, the duo performs a fantastic take on Herbie Hancock’s “Cantaloupe Island.”
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Jimmy Haslip has teamed up with keyboardist Scott Kinsey (Tribal Tech) and drummer Gergö Borlai to release ARC Trio, a ten-song album that features the virtuosos digging deep into their skills. It also digs into their personal experiences. “I wrote music that deals with...
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Saturday September 1, 2018. 09:30 PM
Fodera has teamed up with bassist James Genus to release a new signature model of their Emperor 5 Elite bass. Genus, who has worked with the top names in jazz and is currently the house bassist for Saturday Night Live, worked with the company to make the bass comfortable and ...
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YYNOT has just shared another one of their epic live videos, and one monster cover of Rush’s “Overture/The Temples of Syrinx,” from 2112. Tim Starace looks like he’s having a lot of fun nailing those lines!
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We love checking out new bass gear as much as you do, and by the looks of the readership in August, you all really like checking out new gear. So it is once again time to celebrate the top 10 reader favorite gear stories for the month. Thanks for reading, commenting, and...
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Friday August 31, 2018. 09:30 PM
Agapésoul has just released their sophomore album, Conversations, featuring a host of guest artists supported by a core group of musicians. In the center of that core is bassist and bandleader Darryl Anders. Originally from Florida, Anders grew up in a musical family and...
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Esperanza Spalding performed at the International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert in Havana, Cuba in 2017. Joined by Yaroldi Abreu (percussion), Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet), Bobby Carcasses (vocals), Antonio Sanchez (drums), and Christian Sands (piano), here’s their...
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Last year, Janek Gwizdala did something a little crazy. He took off on a musical trip around the world at the drop of a hat. “The Last Minute World Tour took place throughout 2017, and included over 30 live concerts,” he explains. “From theatres and concert halls to private h...
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