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Tuesday December 20, 2016. 09:30 PM
This month I chose the self-titled track from Steely Dan’s 1981 record, as a focus of study. I had never heard this group before, though my friends told me all the time there are a lot of good studio musicians on the band’s records. I never was interested in their music...
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Back in October, Julie Slick’s playthrough of the Adrian Belew Power Trio’s “B3” blew us away. Now she’s posted an even crazier video for the song “e”. Slick plays seemingly impossible lines with ease while her friend Ben paints his room (and her). Prepare to have your face...
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Bob Marley’s historic Live! album has been reissued in a three-LP set with never-before-released music. The original album, released in December 1975, was compiled from the second of two performances at the Lyceum Theatre in London on July 17 and 18, 1975. Driven by the...
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This week we’re checking out a cool one-off that Yamaha built for bass shredder Billy Sheehan. Based on his signature Attitude LTD3 model, the bass brings together some interesting elements tied around Sheehan’s band The Winery Dogs. “Before The Winery Dogs’ touring cycle in...
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Monday December 19, 2016. 09:30 PM
Some people are afraid for their fingers, while others swear by it: the one-finger-per-fret position. Is there is a reason to fret “one-finger-per-fret”? Not if done right. Is it worth getting it down? Yes! [Read to the end for “Practice-with-me” videos.] I...
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No Treble columnist Ted “Blyss” Gould shared this solo bass cover of Prince’s “Sometimes it Snows in April” over the weekend, and it knocked me out. “A tribute to the Prince who is probably the most influential artist of my life,” Blyss shared. “I started playing...
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If you missed the Guns N’ Roses reunion, you’ll have another shot to see the band in action in the coming year. Duff McKagan and crew have announced 2017 dates for their “Not in This Lifetime” Tour. The trek will take them across the U.S. and Canada with a special stop in...
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The week closes once again with our celebration of the top 10 reader favorites of the week. From new gear, to expert columns, to the top videos and more, here are your favorites from the week of December 10-16, 2016. Thanks for reading, watching, commenting and sharing. 1....
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Sunday December 18, 2016. 09:30 PM
Nordstrand Pickups has introduced the BigRig, a new hum-cancelling bass pickup that grew from a conversation with bassist Alberto Rigoni. “A dual 51 P-style pickup, one pole per string, was the initial concept,” Nordstrand explains, “but offset pole pieces are iconic for...
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The Sligo Jazz Project shared this excellent video of Federico Malaman with his trio performing “Caravan”. Check out the solo by Federico! The trio also includes pianist Gwilym Simcock and drummer David Lyttle.
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Funk legend George Porter, Jr. is celebrating his 69th birthday in style on December 26th with a concert at the Maple Leaf in his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. The party/concert will feature Porter’s trio including keyboardist Michael Lemmler and drummer Terrence Housto...
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Saturday December 17, 2016. 09:30 PM
Kiesel Guitars has introduced two new multi-scale versions of their Vanquish bass. The VM49K and VM59K are four- and five-string basses, respectively, that are the Kiesel custom shop’s first multiscale bass instruments. The design includes fanned frets and offers some...
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Metallica made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on December 14th in support of their new album,. They performed “Atlas, Rise!”, from the new album in the first segment before going old school in the second with “For Whom The Bell Tolls”. Hardwired… to Self-Destruct, which...
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Forty years ago, Rush released one of the most epic albums of all time. Now Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart are celebrating with a special 40th Anniversary Edition of 2112 that features extensive liner notes, outtakes, and previously unreleased live tracks. “Although...
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The octave pedal specialists at Cog Effects have unleashed a new octave/fuzz called the Rogue One. The flexible pedal combines two of the company’s Grand Tarkin bass fuzz channels with a third parallel sub-octave channel found in their T-70 for a huge sound. “Each fuzz...
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Friday December 16, 2016. 09:30 PM
Sometimes a simple shift in accent or change in the length of a note can really mark a particular style or genre. In this episode, I’m taking a very recognizable Dominant 7 line and shifting accents and note length to demonstrate how the exact same harmonic material sounds ...
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It is always great to get a new video from Adam Ben Ezra. In this one, Adam performs his tune “Sunny Shades” at London Live TV.
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Joe Dart and Vulfpeck have announced a spring tour that will take the band around North America in May and June. The trek kicks off on May 1st at First Ave in Minneapolis, Minnesota and will include a pair of dates in the city as well as Chicago and Toronto before heading...
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Thursday December 15, 2016. 09:30 PM
Gigs tend to dry up for bassists during the winter months (besides holiday work), making it the perfect time to start composing new music for the spring. Whether you’re a seasoned composer or just starting out on the bass, writing music will help you grow as a player and...
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Here’s another great video by The Funky Knuckles and bassist Wes Stephenson. This high energy tune brings all the goodness: great bass (and bass faces), horns, and all the rest.
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