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  • Ask Damian Erskine: Recommendations for starting out?

    Q: What would you recommend to someone just starting out on bass? A: These are the things you will regret NOT doing if you stick with any instrument, so be ahead of the curve and do the work now, instead of later or never! 1. Learn to read music (not tab, but actual notation!) Read... »

  • Hadrien Feraud & Evan Marien: NAMM 2010 Jam

    Here are two great bassists, Hadrien Feraud and Evan Marien jamming at the Markbass booth during NAMM 2010. And here they are, looking even cooler: »

  • Gear Watch: Warwick RockBass Alien

    Warwick has announced a budget version of their existing acoustic bass, the Alien. The new RockBass Alien models are available as Standard or Deluxe, 4- or 5-string, with or without frets. The Standard version features a spruce top and laminated agathis wood for its back and sides. The laminated woods increase the instrument’s stability and... »

  • Reader Spotlight: John Meyer

    Reader Spotlight: John Meyer

    Meet John Meyer, an electric bass/Contrabass player from Yucaipa, California, and our player in the the spotlight for February 16, 2010. Bio: John Meyer is an active freelance musician in the Inland Empire area and a veteran of the bass for over 25 years. With classical studies through the High Desert Symphony and Fullerton Symphony,... »

  • Review: Saltman Knowles – Yesterday’s Man

    Review: Saltman Knowles – Yesterday’s Man

    Saltman Knowles are a hard swinging, straight-ahead contemporary jazz group formed by bassist Mark Saltman and pianist William Knowles. Their latest release, Yesterday’s Man on the Pacific Coast Jazz label features strong original compositions, unusual instrumentation and melodic soloing. There are memorable tunes, driving rhythms and fabulous wordless vocals. This is foot tapping music powered... »

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  • Elvis (and one great rhythm section): See See Rider

    Elvis (and one great rhythm section): See See Rider

    Wow, this is one smokin’ performance by Elvis and his awesome rhythm section: bassist Jerry Scheff, rhythm guitarist John Wilkinson and drummer Ronnie Tutt. The tune is Chuck Willis’s “CC Rider” (or as Elvis titled it, “See See Rider”), performed in 1972 for the Elvis on Tour release. Enjoy! »

  • Them Crooked Vultures: entire Austin City Limits performance available

    Them Crooked Vultures, the band formed by bassist John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, drummer Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and guitarist/vocalist Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, just performed on Austin City Limits last Saturday, February 13th. The show was taped September 30, 2009, two months before the release of the... »

  • Stanley Clarke helps present basses for charity

    Stanley Clarke was a special guest at the Grammy Museum during a ceremony that introduced five new upright basses, which will be auctioned for charity. The basses, which were designed by artists from the Walt Disney Animation Studio, feature a New Orleans theme, an Enchanted Princess, Dumbo‚Äôs Pink Elephants, a Cheshire Cat grin, and a... »

  • The Lowdown with Dr. D.: Upright Slap Bass: Starter tips and etudes

    This is part 2 of the Upright Slap Bass series by Dr. D. Check out Part 1 and Part 3. Here are a few etudes to help you improve your slapping. We will use a two octave G blues scale (6 note version) as our starting point. You can use any scale, arpeggio or lick... »

  • Rewind: last week’s top 10 features on No Treble

    Last week we covered how to have effective practice sessions, even when you’re busy, posted some cool new (and from the archive) videos from Guy Pratt and Pino Palladino, shared some new gear news from Keith McMillen and Ibanez, new releases, player news and more. Here our the top 10: 1. Lesson: Efficient 20 Minute... »