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Tuesday August 15, 2017. 12:30 AM
Luthier Jean-Luc Moscato designed his Funk Bass model with the groove in mind. Built around a pair of his single-coil pickups, the instrument is described as the best choice for slap lovers. “[The] Funk Bass is a perfect combination of [a dual] single-coil pickups...
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Monday August 14, 2017. 09:30 PM
In the last lesson, we covered adding “burps” into walking bass lines and how to practice them systematically. This time we’re spicing up your walking with triplets. We’ll go over several variations to get these triplets under your fingers and ready to go on all beats of the...
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I’ve watched this video more times than I can count (and I’m still watching). The Berklee Indian Ensemble, with Guy Bernfeld on bass, performed “5 Peace Band,” and they absolutely nailed it. “The Berklee Indian Ensemble is delighted to present ‘5 Peace Band’ featuring...
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The killer jazz trio of saxophonist Lance Bryant, drummer Jason Marsalis, and bassist Christian Fabian have teamed up to release Do For You? The album, which also features guest artist Gates Thomas on keys, is rooted in the jazz tradition and tinged with the blues. It...
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Sunday August 13, 2017. 06:30 PM
Kevin and I caught the Wheels of Soul Tour stop at Wolf Trap in Virginia last month, which featured Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Wood Brothers, and Hot Tuna. Needless to say, it was a night of incredible music and bass playing, thanks to Tim Lefebvre, Chris Wood, and Jack...
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Cliff Burton’s playing has inspired generations of players, and now we know that his royalty checks have been helping, too. In a new interview with the Metallica podcast Alphabetallica, the bass legend’s 92-year-old father Ray revealed that he’s been donating the fallen...
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Saturday August 12, 2017. 09:30 PM
Willcox Guitars has expanded their lineup with a USA Custom Shop series. The full-service shop allows players to pick out their own tonewoods, tops, finishes, and hardware. The first custom shop Willcox instrument is the USA Saber Bass, which is available for order now in...
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Stevie Wonder’s songs have a magic that carries across the musical spectrum. Chris DeAngelis proves this once again with a killer bass and percussion version of “Living For The City.” Originally released on Wonder’s Innervisions, the song has a killer bounce that the bassist ...
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If you’re curious about playing chords on the bass or you just want to hone your skills, you’re in luck. Janek Gwizdala has released Chordal Harmony: A Comprehensive Guide to Chords on Bass. The extensive eBook includes bass and treble clef notation as well as TAB for...
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Friday August 11, 2017. 10:32 PM
As there was a very positive response to last month’s transcription of “Oliver’s Army,” I thought that the No Treble readers might like another chance to have a look at Bruce Thomas’ work. This track contains a much busier bass line than “Oliver’s Army”, and...
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Our friend Lloyd Goldstein shared this video on Facebook, saying “Two of my most favorite expressive artists in the whole world. I hope you enjoy this!!!” We love it. Sébastien Dubé and his band perform “The Wrong Suitcase.” That bass tone! Sébastien Dubé
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Musicians interested in looping have a new option with the Nu-X Loop Core Deluxe. Building upon their original Loop Core, the deluxe model steps things up with frequency compensation, 24-bit recording, switchable buffer bypass/true bypass and cab simulation output. It can...
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Thursday August 10, 2017. 11:00 PM
Amptweaker has grown their distortion pedal line with several new, compact JR Distortion models. The new set includes the Bass TightFuzz Jr and the Bass BluesFuzz Jr. “Like the other JR pedals, they’re housed in a smaller lightweight ‘phase 90’ sized package, but still ...
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When Billy Sherwood first formed the band World Trade with Guy Allison, Bruce Gowdy, and Mark T. Williams in 1988, he probably didn’t know that it would help lead him to his current musical situation. The band’s demos caught the ear of Yes’s Chris Squire, leading the two to...
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Lemmy Kilmister may be gone, but he’ll not be forgotten. Motörhead is gearing up to release a cover album called Under Cöver in September, and they’ve just released this incredible video for their version of David Bowie’s “Heroes.” The band was keen to put their own spin...
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Jeff Berlin’s classic song “Joe Frazier” has always been an inspiration for bassists. Originally released on his album “Pump It”, the track features killer unison riffs and an amazing bass solo. Now Berlin is celebrating the track with a 30th-anniversary edition 12-inch...
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Wednesday August 9, 2017. 09:30 PM
Q: So I reach a point now and again where I feel like I’m not practicing musically or in a creative way. Instead, I seem to be practicing things that are useful (technique, location of notes on the fretboard, arpeggios, inversions, and scales) but the way I’m going about it...
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Our good friend Marcelo Yakko shared his latest video with us, and it is beautiful. Marcelo took Queen’s “Love of My Life” and turned it into this amazing solo bass piece. Enjoy.
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The innovative minds at Fuzzrocious Pedals revealed their latest invention at the Summer NAMM show this year with the LunaReclipse. It centers around a 12-position rotary that features twelve unique ways to clip your signal. “If you want a more vintage distortion/overdrive...
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Meet Gaines Cooper, a bassist-turned-guitarist-turned-bassist who got his start when he was 10 years old. He now stays busy playing in two bands. Gaines is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: The first thing I ever learned on bass was when I...
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