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Thursday December 1, 2016. 12:30 AM
Gamut Music has expanded their line of double bass strings with the Red Diamond series. The gut strings are described as having a strong bottom end and a full tone. “The G-1 and D-2 strings are made of the finest beef serosa from the green fields of Ireland, twisted in our fa...
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Wednesday November 30, 2016. 09:30 PM
Q: I’m curious. What are your top 10 bass albums. What albums do you think everybody should hear? A: I hesitated to answer this because of the inherently subjective nature of the question. My top 10 albums are not likely to coincide with yours, but I ultimately decided...
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Niodel released their debut album, 1-13, in November and kicked off the release with a special show. The duo, featuring Paolo Cipollini on bass and Mattia Bellotti on drums, explore the relationship between electronic and live music with their instruments and sample pads....
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Eric Clapton has announced a four-date run in the U.S. for 2017 that will include two nights each in New York City’s Madison Square Garden and the Forum in Los Angeles. The former Cream guitarist has previously stated he will not be touring much anymore due to his health...
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Meet Adi Thompson, who switched originally switched to bass after joining a band with three guitarists. He never looked back. Adi is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: Originally from Lincolnshire, I moved to Norfolk 20+ years ago after pl...
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Tuesday November 29, 2016. 09:30 PM
One of the things that I love about doing this column is that I sometimes find unlikely pairings – like this one. I didn’t know that Bon Jovi’s Hugh McDonald played bass on this extremely funky joint, “I’ve Got to Use My Imagination” as performed by Gladys Knight and the...
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Rubatat Antonin just shared his latest video with Hungry Beats, saying “Our most experimental track so far… ring mod, Meatbox, key bass. Lots of stuff in this video.” We’re really digging what Rubatat and drummer Romain Chenard are doing.
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Rush’s Time Stand Still documentary is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray. The film documents the band’s 40-year history, centered on the band’s final R40 tour. Geddy Lee, Neil Peart, and Alex Lifeson share personal stories about the band’s career while much of the film focuses...
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Meshuggah’s Dick Lovgren has gotten a crazy new bass from Zon Guitars, and it’s our bass of the week. The one-of-a-kind Zemi Acoustik is based on Zon’s Sonus body style but has a thicker, hollow mahogany body with a stunning flame maple top. Its set neck is made of a composit...
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Monday November 28, 2016. 09:30 PM
Photo by Alan Levine Q: I recently saw a video that talked about going to music school. After watching it I got the impression that maybe school wasn’t such a good idea. At the same time it seemed like the only way to get work as a musician, was to go to school and use...
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Viktor Lőrincz is back, and he’s just shared his latest video with us. Viktor said, “The Loner” is one of his favorite guitar songs after hearing Gary Moore perform it. So he decided to create his own solo bass arrangement of the tune.
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Brandi Disterheft has returned with her fourth album as a leader, entitled Blue Canvas. With veteran pianist Harold Mabern and drummer Joe Farnsworth in tow, the jazz bassist/vocalist goes deep on a mix of classic and original tunes. “Aside from an array of classic standards...
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We had a great week last week, with a heavy dose of great lessons and columns. Add to that some new gear, top bass videos and more, and you have this week’s reader favorites. Thanks for reading, watching, commenting and sharing. 1. Competing with the “Bass Virtuosos” A ...
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Sunday November 27, 2016. 06:30 PM
We were so knocked out by the bass and vocals duo of Vincenzo Maurogiovanni and Gaia Gentile. In this video, they perform Vincenzo’s tune, “Fascino” – and it is fantastic.
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A special piece of history has been released with Mike Watt’s Ring Spiel Tour ’95 album. It was a special time for Watt, who was just beginning his solo work after years of working with The Minutemen and fIREHOSE. His first solo album, Ball-Hog or Tugboat? was released...
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Saturday November 26, 2016. 09:30 PM
Roger Sadowsky and crew have introduced a vintage version of their Single Cut model, which was introduced earlier this year. The bass retains the specs of the original bass with two key differences: different pickups and the inclusion of a pickguard and control plate....
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Bass the World has shared another video featuring several bassists. Dubbed Project B, the lineup includes Naoki Kobayashi, SHU, Kensuke Harada, Fernando Molinari, Mana Iwanaga, Federico Malaman, Naoki Tozawa, Tomoya Iwaki, Yusuke Morita, Keitaro Sasaki, Kiyomi Kunihisa, and...
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Bassists looking to get orchestral jobs have a new resource thanks to Jason Heath’s new book, Winning the Audition. Heath, who hosts the Contrabass Conversations podcast, interviewed musicians from the world’s top orchestras to get the scoop on what it took to get their...
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Lake Street Dive have announced an extensive US tour slated to start in February. The tour will kick off February 16th in Boston, Massachusetts before covering the East Coast and heading west to end up in Los Angeles, California on March 21st. The band, anchored by bassist...
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Friday November 25, 2016. 09:30 PM
If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s traffic. Anyone living in, visiting, or planning to move to Nashville has become burdened by the time wasting, frustrating, 4-hour rush hour that is seemingly inescapable. I’m no stranger to the woes of metropolitan areas, the ...
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