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Rewind: Best of 2010, Rare Jaco Pastorius Video, Bass Chords and New Gear

Here are the most read, most popular stories and features on No Treble for the last week of 2010: December 26, 2010 to January 1, 2011.

Best of 2010: Top 10 Bass Player Spotlights

1. Best of 2010: Top 10 Bass Player Spotlights

We’re counting down the 2010 Top 10 lists on No Treble this week. Today, we’re featuring the Top 10 Player Spotlight features, based on reader views. Our Player Spotlight feature runs each week, showcasing a bassist from our community. 1. Ryan Madora Meet Ryan Madora, a bassist from Philadelphia, PA and our player in the…

Best of 2010: Top 10 Bass Players

2. Best of 2010: Top 10 Bass Players

To kick off the new year, we’re celebrating the top 10 most viewed, most searched for bassists on No Treble in 2010. #1. Tal Wilkenfeld For the second year in a row, Tal Wilkenfeld was the most viewed, most searched on bassist No Treble. Tal was busy in 2010, including a tour with Herbie Hancock,…

Best of 2010: Top 10 Bass Videos

3. Best of 2010: Top 10 Bass Videos

Our Best of 2010 Countdown continues with the always popular bass video category. Here are the top 10 bass videos for 2010, based on reader views. 1. Pipoquinha, 13 Year Old Bassist Performs “Rei Arthur” Here’s a crazy video of 13 year old Brazilian bass prodigy Pipoquinha ripping it up on his tune “Rei Artur”,…

Best of 2010: Top 10 Bass Gear

4. Best of 2010: Top 10 Bass Gear

Today, we continue the Best of 2010 countdown with the top 10 bass gear stories of 2010. As with all our Best Of lists, this one is based on reader views. 1. Fleabass Street Bass The Street Bass is an even more affordable version of the already available Touring Bass, which Flea himself is using…

Best of 2010: Top 10 Bass How To’s & Columns

5. Best of 2010: Top 10 Bass How To’s & Columns

We’re counting down the 2010 Top 10 lists on No Treble this week. Today, we’re featuring the Top 10 How To features and columns, based on reader views. 1. Speaker Impedance: How to Properly Match Your Amp Head with Cabinets Amplification can be confusing to a newbie coming from a combo amp. If you are…

Gear Watch: Aguilar Amplification Tone Hammer 500

6. Gear Watch: Aguilar Amplification Tone Hammer 500

Aguilar Amplification’s latest addition to the world of lightweight amplifiers is the Tone Hammer 500, a 500 watt bass amp weighing in at just four pounds. The amp utilizes the same preamp found in Aguilar’s Tone Hammer D.I./preamp pedal, with bass, treble and sweepable midrange controls. The Drive control uses the company’s proprietary AGS circuit,…

7. In Memoriam: Bassists We Lost in 2010

As the year draws to its close, we stop to remember the great bassists who passed away in 2010. The bass community lost heroes from every genre, from jazz to funk to punk and everything in between. Here’s our salute to the fallen low-enders. Robert Wilson Robert Wilson, bassist for the Gap Band. Wilson’s funky…

Jaco Pastorius Solo (Reading 1978 – Part 3)

8. Jaco Pastorius Solo (Reading 1978 – Part 3)

Back in June, we featured a two-part video of Jaco Pastorius performing a solo during a Weather Report concert in Reading, PA in October, 1978. Here’s the third and final segment, where the light man had some trouble, but Jaco wowed the crowd.

Best of 2010: Top 10 Bass Lessons

9. Best of 2010: Top 10 Bass Lessons

Our Best of 2010 series continues today with the top 10 most read lessons on No Treble. Get your bass on! 1. Introduction to Bebop Scale Forms In this lesson we’ll explore the basic forms of Bebop scales so you can start getting the patterns down and experiment with them in your music. There are…

10. 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….