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Monday April 10, 2017. 08:00 PM
Today we have another multi-layered workout for you to build up your finger strength. This lesson will help you practice a scale up and down one string while improving coordination and strengthening your fingers. It’s not a beginner’s workout, but wherever you are on your...
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I’ve been listening to a lot of The Marcus King Band lately and stumbled on this video of them performing live for Jam in the Van. Bassist Stephen Campbell lays down some sweet P-bass goodness on the soulful “Rita is Gone,” which appears on the band’s last year.
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Sunday April 9, 2017. 09:00 PM
London’s Rainger FX has introduced the Dr. Freakenstein Dwarf Bass Distortion, a compact pedal with some cool features. Its distortion is controlled with a large overtone knob to dial in different tones, but it can also be affected by the Igor pressure pad controller for...
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There were rumors flying for the past month that Rush bassist Geddy Lee would be filling in for the late Chris Squire at Yes’s induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Luckily, the rumors were true. Though this fan-shot clip is a little muddy, it captures the historic...
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Saturday April 8, 2017. 09:00 PM
Pro Tone Pedals has teamed up with Megadeth’s David Ellefson to launch the Dawn Patrol Chorus pedal. Debuted at the London Bass Guitar Show, the stompbox is described as a tool to help recreate the bassist’s tone from the seminal album Rust In Peace. “When Pro Tone...
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No Treble reader Jymmy Tolland sent us this video of his band Bobaflex covering Pink Floyd’s “Hey You.” “I wrote and rewrote for days trying do do both Water’s and Gilmour’s bass parts justice on our version without being a total style biter,” he shared. “Give it a look and...
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Friday April 7, 2017. 10:00 PM
Kiesel Guitars has expanded their bass lineup with the Aries series, which comes in four-, five-, and six-string versions. The made-in-the-USA model is based on their Aries guitar and carries similar aesthetics in a bigger package. As with the rest of Kiesel’s custom shop...
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What better way to end a week than with some funky goodness from Vulfpeck? Joe Dart gets down on this one. And “Woody smiles. A common reaction to a great bass fill.”
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Today’s column is brought to you by the Tennessee Department of Transportation. My usual route to and from downtown involves quite a bit of highway driving and every few days; the TDOT message boards provide a less-than-clever quote to inspire better driving habits....
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Thursday April 6, 2017. 11:00 PM
Rocket Surgeon Labs has announced their first effects pedal called the Seratone: Mood Altering Fuzz. The company is a division of Nordstrand Pickups with the pedal being the brainchild of John “Dr. Vatone” Contreras. “In development for about 2 years, this bass fuzz is a no...
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It cannot be argued that The Dillinger Escape Plan is one of the heaviest bands our world has seen. From their early days in the late nineties, I would frequent their mathcore shows, and marvel at just how much the heavy music genre had progressed. When I was a young...
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University of North Texas bass professor Jeff Bradetich has several videos of himself performing the Bach Cello Suites. Now he’s added another suite to his list. “After many years of study and practice I am very pleased to release my performance of the 4th Bach Cello Suite...
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Wednesday April 5, 2017. 11:00 PM
IK Multimedia has expanded their Amplitube products with the Fulltone guitar and bass effects collection. The modeling software recreates Fulltone products for use for Amplitube on Mac or PC. “Fulltone Collection includes 3 powerful processors that are equally at home for...
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Q: I’m finding it really hard not to play ahead of the beat. I can play on the click with a metronome or other rhythm exercises, but when I put a playback, I’m starting the beat most of the time! It is something to do with too much thinking about the notes I’m playing....
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Today we’re checking out a cool drum and bass collaboration by bassist Sergey Danilevych and drummer Josh Schusterman. “Sad Clown” is the second song from the duo, who blend electronica with live instrumentation. “It’s been three years since our last time in a studio,” Danile...
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Meet David Ashton, who started playing bass three years ago thanks to a band in need of a bassist. When his mother became ill, he started focusing more on his music. Then an encounter with Victor Wooten changed things even more. David is this week’s No Treble reader in the sp...
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Tuesday April 4, 2017. 09:30 PM
Miura Guitars has gotten into the pedal business with the M2 Compressor/Limiter. The pedal has Threshold, Ratio, Attack, and Level controls for dialing in the right amount of compression. It has two LEDs: one to show the status as on or off, and one to indicate how strong...
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No Treble reader Leland Nelson sent us this video of an all-bass arrangement he worked on of Marcus Miller’s “Scoop,” from Miller’s Master of All Trades DVD. “Basses include a Fender Marcus Miller Signature, a Conklin GT-7, and an upright I borrowed from DePauw University...
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A previously unreleased Jaco Pastorius live album has been unearthed and will be available to the public this spring. Truth, Liberty & Soul captures the entire performance featuring the bass legend’s Word of Mouth big band (along with harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans)...
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Monday April 3, 2017. 11:00 PM
Jon from Simnett Guitars shot us an email with his latest build, and it’s a beauty. This five-string fretless has some gorgeous features that the luthier put serious time and effort into. “It’s a 33-inch scale (tuned E-C) ‘piezo-only’ fretless. The Black Limba body is...
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