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Rewind: 14 Year Old Bassist Covers Jaco, Marcus Miller Contest, Best of NAMM, Esperanza Spalding’s Grammy and More

Here are the most read, most popular stories and features on No Treble for the week of February 13 – 19, 2011.

Top 10: Top Bass Gear from the 2011 NAMM Show

1. Top 10: Top Bass Gear from the 2011 NAMM Show

Our coverage of the 2011 NAMM show showcased a ton of exciting new bass gear – hopefully a sign that 2011 will be a great year for the world of bass. Here is the top 10, most read, most shared bass gear features for the 2011 NAMM show on No Treble: 1. Fodera Yin Yang…

Mina Burnside: 14 Year Old Bassist Tackle’s Jaco Pastorius’ “Portrait of Tracy”

2. Mina Burnside: 14 Year Old Bassist Tackle’s Jaco Pastorius’ “Portrait of Tracy”

Mina Burnside is a 14 year old bassist from Nashville who began playing three and a half years ago. In this clip, she takes on a monster of a bass tune: Jaco Pastorius’ “Portrait of Tracy”. We love seeing (and sharing!) the many young players who demonstrate their dedication and willingness to tackle some tough…

Classical Pieces for Beginner to Intermediate Level Bassists

3. Classical Pieces for Beginner to Intermediate Level Bassists

This week, Dr. D. tackles a reader’s question about incorporating classical music into his practice routine. Q: I have recently started the switch to upright bass, I have been practicing technique and working my scales (pissing off my roommates) but I want to bring a third portion to my practice and incorporate some beginner classical…

Esperanza Spalding and Stanley Clarke Among 2011 Grammy Winning Bassists

4. Esperanza Spalding and Stanley Clarke Among 2011 Grammy Winning Bassists

It was another great year for bass players at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, held February 13 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The big win of the night came for Esperanza Spalding, who beat out Justin Bieber and others to be the first jazz artist in decades to win the Grammy for…

Cort Announces Gene Simmons Punisher-2 Bass

5. Cort Announces Gene Simmons Punisher-2 Bass

Cort added a second bass to their Gene Simmons series, the GS-Punisher-2. The bass, more traditionally shaped than the AXE model, was designed in part with the KISS bassist himself and features bolt-on construction. The black-painted Mahogany body is accented with a maple neck and a rosewood fretboard containing white pearl diamond inlays. All of…

Marcus Miller “A Night in Monte-Carlo” Contest: Enter to win CDs, DR Strings, No Treble T-shirts and Back Stage Passes

6. Marcus Miller “A Night in Monte-Carlo” Contest: Enter to win CDs, DR Strings, No Treble T-shirts and Back Stage Passes

Marcus Miller’s latest album, A Night in Monte-Carlo makes its U.S. debut today. In celebration of the release, Concord Music Group and DR Strings have teamed up with No Treble to offer No Treble readers a chance to win some cool Marcus Miller prizes. A Night in Monte-Carlo, recorded in 2008, showcases Miller being backed…

Rants and Doodles

7. Rants and Doodles

So, I had a night off and decided to go see some music at a local club here in Portland, Oregon. It was early in the night when I was faced with one of my biggest musical pet peeves: noodling on stage before your set. In short: please, don’t do it! This was a friend’s…

Derek Frank: Billie Jean

8. Derek Frank: Billie Jean

Derek Frank leads off his bass-only intro for “Billie Jean” in this live performance of the bassist’s arrangement of the Michael Jackson tune. Recorded live in Studio City, CA in September, 2010.

Fender Expands Rumble Bass Amplification Line

9. Fender Expands Rumble Bass Amplification Line

Fender has expanded their Rumble Bass amplification line with the inclusion of the Rumble 150 and 350 heads with supporting 1×12, 2×8, and 4×10 cabinets. The heads, rated at 150- and 350-watts respectively, feature built-in overdrive controls with Gain and Blend knobs as well as a 4-band EQ with Punch and Scoop switches. The amps…

Daisy Rock Introduces Rebel Rockit Bass

10. Daisy Rock Introduces Rebel Rockit Bass

Daisy Rock has introduced the Rebel Rockit Bass, the newest model in the company’s line of full-scale instruments. The 34” scale bass features a lightweight sycamore body and a rock maple neck with 22 frets, designed to be more comfortable for girls with smaller hands. Seymour Duncan P+J passive pickups are included. In keeping with…