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Rewind: 13 Year Old Bassist Covers Tal Wilkenfeld, Legendary Bass Guitar Songs, The Best Bass Videos and New Bass Gear

Here are the most read, most popular stories and features on No Treble for the week of February 6-12, 2011

Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers: Tal Wilkenfeld Bass Cover by 13 Year Old Bassist

1. Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers: Tal Wilkenfeld Bass Cover by 13 Year Old Bassist

A bassist who goes by the screen name BassGirl5809 started playing bass after hearing Tal Wilkenfeld. The 13 year old bassist has only played bass for about a year, and is already tackling some tough transcriptions. For this video, BassGirl5809 shares, “I transcribed Tal Wilkenfeld’s entire bass part on Jeff Beck’s ‘Cause We’ve Ended As…

Legendary Bass Guitar Songs

2. Legendary Bass Guitar Songs

Hal Leonard released a series of “Legendary Songs” books, including one for the bass. Legendary Bass Guitar Songs documents 39 different tunes by legendary bassists, including James Jamerson, Carol Kaye, Jack Bruce, John Paul Jones, Paul McCartney, John Entwistle, Steve Harris, Jaco Pastorius and Stanley Clarke. Songs by James Brown and Sly and the Family…

Les Claypool Talks New Bass, Primus European Tour

3. Les Claypool Talks New Bass, Primus European Tour

Les Claypool has finally revealed some clues about the new mystery bass he was sporting during Primus’ New Year’s Eve shows. “What I played at those shows was a semi-finished prototype bass that I designed and had built by my old pal Dan Maloney,” he wrote in a Primus update. Maloney is also responsible for…

Top 10: The Best Bass Videos (January 2011)

4. Top 10: The Best Bass Videos (January 2011)

This week, we’re taking a look back at the top 10 most popular bass videos from January, 2011, based on the number of views by No Treble readers. 1. Bach for One Bassist and Two Basses This is pretty wild… bassist Grzegorz Kosiński performs “Minuet in D minor BWV 990, Anh. 132″ by Johann Sebastian…

Tal Wilkenfeld and Jeff Beck: Freeway Jam

5. Tal Wilkenfeld and Jeff Beck: Freeway Jam

Here’s a great fan shot video of Tal Wilkenfeld taking a solo during a Jeff Beck concert. Eventually, Beck joins in to help out with the low end… on the same bass. Pretty cool.

Fodera Announces Mike Pope Signature Viceroy Bass

6. Fodera Announces Mike Pope Signature Viceroy Bass

In addition to the new Yin Yang Standard Bass, Fodera was showing off their new Mike Pope Signature Viceroy at their NAMM booth. The 6-string bass has some very innovative features, including a removable fingerboard extension that’s held in by strong magnets. The extension allows for the bass to transition between 20 and 24-frets, which…

Ready, Set… What To Play?

7. Ready, Set… What To Play?

Q: When I’m in jam situations and someone asks me to “kick it off” or start something, I just freeze and draw a blank. How do you know what to play? A: This is something we’ve all dealt with at some point. The problem is all in our minds. Our analytical and critical minds see…

Ibanez Announces TS9B Bass Tube Screamer Pedal

8. Ibanez Announces TS9B Bass Tube Screamer Pedal

Ibanez expanded their 9 Series effects pedals this year with the introduction of the TS9B Bass Tube Screamer. Based on Ibanez’s already popular guitar version, the company says the Bass Tube Screamer retains the former’s mid-range character while keeping the low-end intact. The pedal is also built for simplicity, with controls including Level, Drive, Bass,…

Dunlop Announces MXR M87 Bass Compressor Pedal

9. Dunlop Announces MXR M87 Bass Compressor Pedal

NAMM 2011 saw the release of the newest addition to MXR’s Bass Innovations pedal line, the M87 Bass Compressor. Featuring a an 10-LED meter to indicate Gain Reduction, the stompbox has all the standard compressor controls, including Attack, Release, Ratio, Input, and Output. The new pedal also utilizes the company’s Constant Headroom Technology, which is…

MeShell Ndegeocello: Satisfy, Live (2000)

10. MeShell Ndegeocello: Satisfy, Live (2000)

MeShell Ndegeocello lays down a nice groove in this live performance of “Satisfy” in 2000. Ndegeocello starts off with her Warwick, offering a nice tone for the tune, before switching to her Fender Jazz and really getting down. She even quotes Hendrix’s “Power of Soul” near the end.