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Wednesday August 30, 2017. 08:00 PM
I often get the question about how to play “outside” the changes. There’s no easy answer to this, but I do have several tips to keep in mind. This week I made a video to dig into how to create tension and release by playing outside of the harmony.
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In 2016, King Crimson performed at the Admiralspalast in Berlin. They included a cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes” in the set. Robert Fripp had this to say about the performance: “King Crimson performed Heroes at the Admiralspalast in Berlin as a celebration, a remembrancing...
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Meet Stefan Sandman, a musician who started on guitar before switching to bass to be like his dad. Stefan is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight (you can be next). Here’s his story… Bio: I’m a musician who enjoys wearing the hats of performer, teacher, and session...
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Tuesday August 29, 2017. 09:30 PM
Cannibal Corpse bassist Alex Webster has teamed up with the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop to introduce a new signature set of bass pickups. The Alex Webster Hammer Smashed Bass pickups are based on the company’s active Blackout soapbars but have been voiced to match Webster’s...
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You Bred Raptors? recently wrapped up a tour in support of their new album,. While out on the road, they made this killer cover of “Lux Aeterna”, which many will recognize as the theme song to Requiem for a Dream. The trio tackles the haunting song with bassist Peat Rains...
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There’s nothing like playing through your favorite Ampeg amp, be it the thunderous SVT or the rich B-15. But, there may be gigs where an 8×10 isn’t right. You might be touring and can’t get the Ampeg rig you requested. I know, right? Now, with three different Ampeg...
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This week we’re checking out a bass fit for Goldfinger himself. French luthier Paul Lairat went all out on the Stega Gold, which is part of his “Outstanding Basses” range and limited to 10 pieces. The bass is a decadent version of his Stega model that is built with maple and...
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Monday August 28, 2017. 09:30 PM
Inspired by a Sting bass line, I’m bringing you a groove creation workout today. We’ll cover how to create your own bass line using a simple formula that will have you coming up with ideas for workable grooves every time. We also shine a light on the correct use of...
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Ben Harper’s “Steal My Kisses” is one of those great tunes, thanks in large part to bassist Juan Nelson. Here’s Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals performing the song on Austin City Limits. Dig Juan’s solo around the 3:13 mark.
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Sunday August 27, 2017. 08:00 PM
Ben Verellen of Verellen Amps has shared his latest creation called the Meatflip. Designed as a custom build for a customer, the 100-watt amp puts the company’s flagship Meatsmoke preamp into a flip top bass combo. Now Verellen will offer the design in a small production...
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Forq has a new single from their latest album, Thrēq. The band offers up a new sound on this one, which as always features Michael League on bass. Thrēq is.
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Saturday August 26, 2017. 09:30 PM
It’s back, but smaller than ever. Electro-Harmonix has announced they’re reviving the classic Green Russian Big Muff distortion pedal. A faithful reissue of the mid-90s model, the pedal now has a more compact and pedalboard-friendly footprint. The pedal has Tone, Sustain, and...
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Consider the Source have just released a dramatic new music video for their song “Many Words of Disapproval,” and it’s killer. The song features a rolling, tapped bass line from John Ferrara in 5/8. The song comes from their album, World War Trio, Part II + III.
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Oteil Burbridge has been keeping plenty busy with Dead & Company for the past couple years, but he’s also been working on his own music. Now the groove monster has announced a new solo album and tour. Water in the Desert will be released on October 20th and is tied together...
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Friday August 25, 2017. 11:00 PM
Funkateers rejoice! Bootsy Collins has announced he will be releasing a new album this October entitled World Wide Funk. The star-studded record will be his first release in six years. “The whole concept was not only about playing music or being current on this album, but...
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Mu-FX has expanded their pedal line with a new compact pedal. The Micro-Tron III is described as “a compact, convenient, and affordable” version of the classic Musitronics Corp. Mu-Tron III envelope filter, which was originally introduced in the 1972. “The Micro-Tron III...
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Jason Raso shared this video of his second track from his “Session One” series. As a bonus, Michael Manring appears on the track. Jason lays down a sweet groove behind the band, which offers some beautiful, lyrical playing by Manring over top.
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Thursday August 24, 2017. 08:30 PM
A Minneapolis native, BrownMark has always known what it means to be funky. The bassist cut his teeth in the musically rich city before being picked up by the one and only Prince in 1981 for his 1981 Controversy tour. The bassist held his own and was featured on the albums...
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It’s been a while since we’ve posted a new Johan Hansén-Larson video, so I was pumped to see him post a new bass version of the jazz standard “Solar.” The bassist, who now rocks an incredible beard, puts his own spin on the song with an incredible fluidity and musicality...
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Wednesday August 23, 2017. 11:00 PM
Pigtronix has expanded their other-worldly effects lineup with the Mothership 2 Analog Synthesizer. Building on the original Mothership, the new pedal packs tons of features into a smaller footprint. It has five dual-concentric potentiometers and two toggle switches. The...
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