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  • Victor Wooten: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Christmas Song Bass Solo

    Victor Wooten: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Christmas Song Bass Solo

    Here’s a nice fan shot video of Victor Wooten performing a Christmas-inspired solo during a Bela Fleck & The Flecktones concert last year. The performance took place at the Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Music Festival at the Congress Theater. »

  • Solo Bass Santa: Silent Night

    Solo Bass Santa: Silent Night

    We’re not saying this is the Santa, but we’re not saying he isn’t either. (We’re trying to avoid coal in our stockings tomorrow). Regardless, here’s a dude that looks like Santa doing his solo bass rendition of “Silent Night”. »

  • Rufus Reid Debuting New Orchestral Work In 2011

    Rufus Reid Debuting New Orchestral Work In 2011

    Over the summer, Rufus Reid attended a workshop at Columbia University called the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute, which he later recalled the highlight of his year that far. After proving time and again his mastery of writing for the small ensemble, Reid decided it was time to build his large ensemble composition chops. The workshop... »

  • Gear Watch: LeCompte Chewy Linton Signature Bass

    Gear Watch: LeCompte Chewy Linton Signature Bass

    LeCompte Basses has introduced their first signature model bass, the “Chewy Linton.” Chewy Linton is the bassist for the Austin, Texas-based band, Ember, who released their major label debut earlier this year. Linton describes the bass as somewhat of a mix of a Spector NS and the Warwick Thumb, explaining there were features of each... »

  • Happy Holidays from No Treble

    Happy Holidays from No Treble

    As we get set to start our third year covering the greatest instrument on the planet, we’ve been reflecting on the first two. When you start something like this because you love it, you’re biggest hope is that you’ll find other people who love it just the same, and that you produce something worth viewing... »

  • Jingle Bells: Bass Style

    Jingle Bells: Bass Style

    Here’s a little something to get you in the holiday mood. From Youtuber taolikuenjing comes his rock bass version of Jingle Bells. The fun starts around the 30 second mark. »

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  • Gear Watch: M Basses Mj-4 and Mj-5

    Gear Watch: M Basses Mj-4 and Mj-5

    M Basses has officially released their Mj-4 and Mj-5 models, which are 4 and 5-string versions of a “vintage-inspired” bass with customizable features. The M bass body comes standard with a choice of either a swamp ash or alder body, maple neck and an Indian rosewood fingerboard. The Mj-4 carries 20 frets while the 5-string... »

  • Bass Chords: Going Beyond the Root

    Bass Chords: Going Beyond the Root

    Q: Lately I’ve been trying to expand my knowledge of basic chords on bass. Any advice! A: This seems a good time to expand on a previous column about developing chords on the bass. Previously, we had really just focused on root position chord shapes. Now let’s look at some ways to get beyond that.... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Charles “Chuck” Hoffman

    Reader Spotlight: Charles “Chuck” Hoffman

    Meet Chuck Hoffman, a bassist from Des Moines, Iowa and our player in the spotlight for December 21, 2010. Bio: I started out playing trumpet in elementary school in Waterloo, IA, got interested in indie rock, jazz, and 20th century music in high school. I went to college with the idea of becoming a composer,... »

  • Motorhead Announces 35th Anniversary Tour Dates

    Motorhead Announces 35th Anniversary Tour Dates

    Motorhead has announced an expansive new tour for early 2011 that will weave through North America from the end of January through March. The 27-date tour will mark the band’s 35th anniversary, during which time bassist/vocalist Lemmy Kilmister has been the sole constant member. The trek will also be in support of their upcoming album,... »