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Wednesday December 28, 2016. 03:30 PM
If you’re looking for a New Year’s resolution to start grooving more, bass master Gary Willis has you covered. He’s just released an app for iOS called “Groove A Day” that aims to help teach building grooves. The app includes grooves of various styles and difficulties...
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Meet Steve Fabry, who took quite a musical journey as a kid before finally finding the bass. Steve is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: I was born the 29th of April, 1985 in Verviers. I lived with music. My father was a sound engineer, and...
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Tuesday December 27, 2016. 09:30 PM
Out of the 365 or so videos we’ve shared this year, we have a lot of favorites. But the “Best of” lists include only 10, and are always ranked by No Treble reader views. Here are the top 10 most watched bass videos for 2016. Enjoy! 1. Brian Wilson and Carol Kaye: Good Vibrati...
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Buckle up: Obscura bassist Linus Klausenitzer has posted a new playthrough for the title track to the band’s latest album,. Armed with a seven-string fretless, the Klausenitzer tears it up with blazing sixteenth-note runs alongside melodic counter lines. For those wanting to...
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After recently completing their European tour, Victor Wooten and his trio with drummer Dennis Chambers and saxophonist Bob Franceschini have announced a winter/spring U.S. tour for 2017. The trek will kick off with a six-night residency at The Blue Note Jazz Club in New York ...
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The Painted Player Guitar Company makes some fantastic finishes for their instruments, but they really went all out on this bass tribute to the Beatles. Their “Yellow Submarine” bass is a heavily modded Fender Mexican Precision that was crafted to resemble the psychedelic...
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Monday December 26, 2016. 09:30 PM
When many of us first learn to play in “thumb position” (using thumb on top of the fingerboard to press the string down) we begin by placing thumb on the half-string harmonic (G on the G-string, 12th fret, if we had frets). In fact, much beginning thumb position study...
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The Dean Brown Group took the stage in September in Tokyo with Hadrien Feraud on bass, Gerry Etkins on keys, Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums, and of course, Dean on guitar. Here’s the band performing “Lucky Number 9” and “Lampshade”, which offers up some sweet grooves by...
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Over the course of 2016, we talked with many bassists through our Groove podcast and interviews. Here are the top 10 reader favorites of the year. 1. Groove – Episode #13: Felix Pastorius In this episode of Groove, we chat with Felix Pastorius about the “JACO” movie, his...
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Sunday December 25, 2016. 08:30 PM
Dee Murray is a giant of the bass guitar many people do not rate as being among the best of all time, but I certainly do. His playing on the holiday single “Step Into Christmas” by Elton John is nothing short of impressive as he finds many inventive ways to make very...
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One of our favorite holiday traditions is getting a holiday video from Steve Bailey and the Berklee Bass Department. This year, Steve, and fellow Berklee bass faculty Victor Wooten, John Patitucci, James Genus and Lincoln Goines put together this terrific arrangement of...
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Saturday December 24, 2016. 09:30 PM
NS Design’s WAV Radius electric bass now comes in a five-string version. The WAV5 Radius Bass carries the same features of the WAV4 with the exception of the specs to accommodate the fifth string. Its scale is extended to 35 inches, while the string spacing is reduced to 18...
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Marcelo Yakko is a great guy (and a terrific bass player too). He shared this video with us, saying “A Christmas song to send good wishes and positive energy.” You know the tune, and Marcelo’s energy is infectious on this arrangement for two basses. Be sure to check out...
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We covered a ton of gear this year, including many, many new basses. Here are the top 10 most read and most shared stories in 2016 on No Treble featuring new basses. Enjoy! 1. Orange Amplification O Bass Guitar Orange Amplification launched the O Bass at the 2016 NAMM show....
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Good news for prog-rock fans: Between the Buried and Me/Trioscapes bassist Dan Briggs has announced he’s got a new project called Nova Collective, and it’s getting ready to release an album. The quartet also includes fellow Trioscapes member Matt Lynch and Haken...
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Friday December 23, 2016. 09:30 PM
Bergantino Audio has expanded their New Vintage series with a 2×12″ configuration. The 400-watt NV212T is a sealed cabinet design loaded with a pair of twelve-inch ceramic magnet woofers with vented pole pieces as well as a high intelligibility NV series tweeter. The level...
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Karl Clews took Donny Hathaway’s Christmas classic “This Christmas” and arranged it for solo bass. Happy holidays everyone!
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We published a whole lot of bass lessons in 2016. Here are the top 10 reader favorites of the year. Think of it as a great to do list for the holiday break and the new year. Thanks for reading, commenting, sharing – and shedding. 1. Talking Technique: Killer Dead Note...
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FEA Labs has updated their flexible Photon Fuzz pedal with a second version. The Photon Fuzz II includes the original pedal’s tones with added functionality. Made for both bass and guitar, the pedal is named due to a component in the circuit that utilizes infrared light to...
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Thursday December 22, 2016. 09:30 PM
If you’ve ever looked for great bassists online, chances are you’ve watched a clip of Federico Malaman. The Italian bassist has gained a solid following on Facebook and YouTube with videos that blend quirky humor and amazing bass playing. Whether he was covering Michael...
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