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Thursday August 23, 2018. 09:30 PM
Now that Geddy Lee has some more free time, he’s certainly using it wisely. After announcing a new book for this year, he’s also teaming up with his Rush bandmate Alex Lifeson again for “Grapes Under Pressure lV: Geddy and Alex’s Excellent Harvest Adventure.” The event is...
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Ten days ago, NPR tested the limits of their Tiny Desk concert space with a visit from Tower of Power. The band treated the audience to three tunes: “On the Soul Side of Town,” “So Very Hard to Go,” and “What Is Hip?” Marc van Wageningen had some big shoes to fill too,...
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If you’re looking for a new book to bone up on your music theory, Hal Leonard has published a new book on the subject dedicated to bassists. Music Theory for Bass Players is a 160-page book aimed at helping you get the most out of your playing. Written by Steve Gorenberg, it...
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Ghost-Note has announced a new North American tour in support of their latest album, Swagism. Formed by Snarky Puppy percussionists Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth, the band will be filled out by a killer cast including keyboardists Xavier Taplin and Vaughn “V-Keys” Hen...
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Wednesday August 22, 2018. 09:30 PM
Q: I have been networking, going to jams, and have actually started to make some headway in my local scene. I’ve just gotten a call about doing a regional week-long tour. The money seems a little low, though, and I’m worried about setting a bad precedent. I’d like to...
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Scott Mulvahill is a beast of a double bass player in Nashville, but just because he’s in the country music capital of the world doesn’t mean he can’t shred some jazz. In this clip he tackles the masterful Jaco Pastorius song, “Teen Town” on the upright. “The bass nerds know ...
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Jeff Lorber Fusion is back with a new album entitled Impact. The jazz fusion keyboardist is once again joined by six-string bassist Jimmy Haslip, who helps to fill out the bottom end of the record. Fans can expect more of the Lorber’s musical exploration just as they always...
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Meet Roey Haviv, who keeps busy teaching and playing in Charlotte, NC. Roey has quite the collection of gear, including some basses with both interesting stories and unique features. He’s also a pedal nerd. Roey is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his...
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Tuesday August 21, 2018. 09:30 PM
Dillinger Escape Plan may have called it quits, but bassist Liam Wilson is far from done with music. He’s just announced a new band called Azusa, which also features Extol’s Christer Espevoll and David Husvik with Sea + Air vocalist Eleni Zafiriadou. The group has just...
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They can be annoying, but sometimes algorithms get it right. YouTube suggested this video of Elephant Gym performing their songs “Finger” and “Midway” live at the Megaport Festival and I was hooked. The Taiwanese band is composed of siblings Tell Chang Kai-hsiung and Tif...
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We have shared some great lessons and videos by Pablo Elorza on No Treble in the past. Now he’s released a new instructional book called Patterns that explains how small motifs can expand your vocabulary. “A pattern is a small melodic idea that can be repeated, developed and...
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Xotic unveiled a new set of cables with the pedal user in mind. The Xotic All-Brass patch cables come in six-inch and twelve-inch lengths with slender plug design. “The All-Brass plugs, engineered with brass and nickel plated, ensure optimal signal transfer with low...
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Monday August 20, 2018. 09:30 PM
Germany’s Bassline went over the top for the Musikmesse show one year with what they called a “multi-scale, multi-layer” version of their Re:Belle model. Besides the obvious multi-scale design, the company routed out the sapele pommele body and actually inlaid the flashy...
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Today we’re celebrating the late, great Phil Lynott on what would have been his 69th birthday with a clip from The Old Grey Whistle Test. The Thin Lizzy frontman is in top shape performing his song “Ode To A Black Man” from his debut solo album, Solo in Soho, released in...
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Attention funk fans in the UK: George Porter, Jr. is coming your way. The famed Meters bassist will be bringing his band The Runnin’ Pardners to the UK for the first time in many years, according to a press release. “During the course of a career spanning more then four...
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After releasing his new album, The Message, earlier this year, Stanley Clarke is taking his band on the road for a jam-packed couple of months. The Stanley Clarke Band will kick September off at the Rimouski International Jazz Festival in Quebec before heading back the U.S....
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Sunday August 19, 2018. 09:30 PM
ZVEX Effects expanded their line of effects pedals with the Fuzz Factory 7, which features rare Russian transistors. Company founder Zachary Vex explains why that’s important: “Germanium transistors. What makes them so special? It’s because they turn on faster. Sooner. They...
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You can always rely on Damian Coccio to share some stunning solo bass music. Here’s a recent one with his composition for two basses and an Ebow. He says “the ‘pad’ sound on the Ebow comes from the Strymon Big Sky shimmer reverb.” Beautiful, as always.
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The Strandberg Project has returned with a new album called Progressive Construction. The band, led by monster bassist Jan-Olof Strandberg, typically features a guest artist for each album, but this one is a bit different. “The original idea with Strandberg Project has been t...
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Saturday August 18, 2018. 09:30 PM
Zander Circuitry has introduced two new pedals called the Foxxton Woods Fuzz and the Surplus Overdrive. Each of the pedals is described as being highly tweakable with wide versatility without losing user-friendliness. “The Foxxton Woods ‘Upper Octave Fuzz Generator’, a...
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