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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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Along with the launch of their micro ELF bass amp at the NAMM Show this year, Trace Elliot returned with the Transit B Bass Guitar Preamp Pedal. The versatile preamp offers a host of controls with a pre-shape to dial in the classic Trace Elliot EQ curve, a dual-band...
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Saturday March 11, 2017. 09:30 PM
Schecter introduced the Stiletto Stage four- and five-string models at the Winter NAMM Show. The basses are designed to be a stripped-down, performance-ready bass at an affordable price point. Available in white and black gloss finishes, the neck-through basses are built...
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After getting the ability to groove under their fingers, many bassists struggle to learn how to take a solo. Luckily one of the greatest bassists ever is here to give you some tips. Marcus Miller sat down to make this video lesson for the Montreux Jazz Academy, which is...
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Composer John Zorn has released the sixth album with his 21st-century ensemble Simulacrum, called The Garden of Earthly Delights. The powerhouse band is comprised of bassist Trevor Dunn, keyboardist John Medeski, drummer Kenny Grohowski, guitarist Matt Hollenberg, and...
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Friday March 10, 2017. 08:00 PM
For those of you who haven’t noticed, I enjoy learning about food almost as much as I enjoy exploring the bass. Lucky for me, there are plenty of parallels between the world of food and the world of music. Both rely on unique combinations of ingredients in order to make a...
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Steve Lawson’s recent album Referendum is filled with powerful music inspired by the political events in the UK last year. Each song is a stream of consciousness as the bassist reflects on Brexit, starting with the track “Vertigo.” “This is entirely live and improvised,”...
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Thursday March 9, 2017. 09:30 PM
George Clinton has been spreading the gospel of funk around the world with Parliament Funkadelic for nearly 50 years, and bassist Lige Curry has been the group’s anchor for nearly four of those decades. Born in Flint, Michigan and raised in the Cleveland, Ohio area, Curry...
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Our friend Erik Arkö knows his metal, and that means he knows his metal bass players. He decided to have a little fun by making a parody video of the “12 types of metal bass players”, plus a follow-up to finish the ones he missed. “Being one myself, I hope that this is consi...
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DOD has announced the Rubberneck Analog Delay, a stompbox that features four bucket brigade chips that allow it to provide over one second of delay. It has a tap tempo footswitch and knobs for modulation, gain, and tone, but the pedal gets its name from its unique Rubberneck ...
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Meet Grant Sharkey, a bassist from Southampton who is on a life-long mission to bring music to the masses – via a combination of a smart car and an aggressive album release schedule. Grant is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: I play a...
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Wednesday March 8, 2017. 09:30 PM
One of the biggest hits of NAMM 2015 was the B-Social desktop bass amp. This year Ashdown expanded the range with the B-Social Lite, which they describe as the best aspects of the original in a smaller package. “It makes the amp more affordable,” says Ashdown’s Lee...
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I watched this awesome Stevie Wonder performance a couple of times trying to figure out which song to feature. Finally, I realized you should watch the whole thing. Taken from a 1974 show for Musikladen (formerly The Beat Club), the clip has the great Reggie McBride laying...
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