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Monday October 9, 2017. 11:00 PM
Bassist Lucas Gonzalez Yancamil shared his incredible six-string bass made by Argentinian luthier Emiliano Bernal, and it’s a show stopper. The acoustic/electric bass was dreamed up by the bassist. “My aim was to play a bass that has an electric feel with an acoustic...
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Is the pinky your weak link? If it is, you are not alone. The pinky and ring finger share a tendon. Either of those fingers prefers moving in tandem, rather than on their own, so it is a good idea to isolate them. As for the pinky, it is also the weakest of the bunch....
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I stumbled upon this video from 90.9 The Bridge, and I was glad I did. Lake Street Dive performed their own great version of The Kinks’ tune, “Lola,” with Bridget Kearney holding down the low end and backing vocals. We dig this! How about you?
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Sunday October 8, 2017. 09:30 PM
Steve Lawson and Elrick Bass Guitars have teamed up again to introduce the Gold Standard Steve Lawson Custom Fretless, Bolt-on neck bass guitar. Featuring a 33-inch scale, the bass has a semi-hollow body with a “heel-less” design. A thru-body string option allows for using st...
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When we shared Stuart Clayton’s first Bass Lick of the Week, it was a huge hit. Here’s the second installment. Stuart shares the background on this lick: “This week’s exercise is a fingerstyle line that uses major and minor tenth intervals to imply chordal parts alongside...
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Living Colour has announced a month-long tour in support of their brand new album, Shade. The “Shade in the U.S.A.” tour kicks off October 12th in New Hope, Pennsylvania before traveling up and down the East Coast, reaching as far south as Florida. Their trek is slated to...
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Saturday October 7, 2017. 09:30 PM
Dean Markley has unveiled a renewed design of their SR2000 bass strings. The set is described as providing a “big, meaty bass tone” thanks to their construction. “The first thing that sets a Dean Markley string apart from any other manufacturer is the tension in which that...
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Double bassist Danny Ziemann gets a huge tone while leading his quintet on the classic Milt Jackson tune “SKJ”. He also kicks off the solo section with a super lyrical solo to set up the song’s vibe.
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He started his career as a band leader by Gettin’ To It, but now Christian McBride is Bringin’ It on his new big band album. It’s the famed jazz bassist’s second album with his big band, which has a few new members this go around. The adjustment was a quick one. “These guys k...
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Friday October 6, 2017. 09:30 PM
Darkglass Electronics has a new rig to offer after announcing the Microtubes 500 bass head and expanding into the realm of cabinets with the DG210C and DG410C. The new head unit is the smaller brother of the Microtubes 900 and carries many of the same features at 500 watts...
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Tedeschi Trucks Band gets down in this live version of “Bound For Glory,” with Jon Batiste joining Kofi Burbridge for a terrific keyboard jam. Tim Lefebvre anchors it all with a great bass groove.
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Hot Tuna is ready to hit the road again! The duo of Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen have announced a winter tour that will include acoustic and electric sets across the United States. The run includes several dates with guest guitarist Steve Kimock as well as a performance at ...
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Thursday October 5, 2017. 09:30 PM
Many people know Julie Slick as a virtuoso bassist and composer. Some know her best for her work in the progressive rock outfit, Adrian Belew Power Trio (yes, he of King Crimson fame). Her story is much deeper and more astonishing than you might imagine. From her humble...
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Ever since Tom Petty passed away, I’ve been watching tons of his videos on YouTube. There are tons of great performances, but this Reverb.com interview with Heartbreakers bassist Ron Blair stuck out. Blair talks about how they figured out the melodic bass line to “American...
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Extended range bassist Jean Baudin has released his third solo bass album, entitled 2600. The bassist recorded the entire 27-track album using only his 11-string Kenneth Lawrence bass and a pedalboard. “Having recorded my previous two solo ‘bass’ albums with a strict set of...
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Suhr has announced the Alexa, a multi-wave dual channel analog chorus and vibrato pedal. The flexible unit can be used with bass, guitar, or keyboard. Featuring an all-analog signal path, the Alexa offers six selectable waveforms with independent Speed, Depth & Delay...
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Wednesday October 4, 2017. 09:30 PM
So I just came home from a recording session and the conversation I had before I split had me thinking for the entire drive home. We were speaking about a few other bassists that the band had tried to use, and the various issues they encountered. The songwriter chimed in at...
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First Fragment, featuring bass monster Dominic “Forest” Lapointe, has just released a new music video for their song “Le Serment de Tsion”, and it’s brutal. Lapointe kills it with a biting tone and insane chops to add extra fire to the track.
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Meet Dave Siff, a bassist and dad who takes playing bass and gigging seriously while also having a lot of fun. And he gets the role of bassist. Dave is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight (you could be next!) Here’s his story… Bio: I’m pretty much your...
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Tuesday October 3, 2017. 09:30 PM
Dwarfcraft Devices has expanded their effect lineup with the Grazer, which they describe as a granular repeater and glitch machine. “[It] builds sounds by continuously taking tiny samples from the input audio,” they explain. “The sounds range from off-kilter echoes to...
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