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Rewind: RIP Mark Adams and Mike Starr, An Interview with Stu Hamm, Top Videos, Bass Lessons and Columns

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

RIP Mark Adams

1. RIP Mark Adams

Mark Adams, the bassist from the popular ’70’s Ohio funk band Slave, has passed away. Adams, who co-wrote the band’s first hit “Slide,” was an influence to many budding bassists. Anthony Wellington shared his thoughts: “My very first bass hero/idol Mark Adams (Mr. Mark) died last night,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “I remember…

Report: Mike Starr Found Dead

2. Report: Mike Starr Found Dead

MTV, TMZ and others are reporting that ex-Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr was found dead this afternoon, by police in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was 44 years old. Starr, who made an appearance on VH1′s “Celebrity Rehab” in 2009, was arrested last month on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance….

Chord Tone Exercise

3. Chord Tone Exercise

Q: Can you give an example of how one might get more comfortable with available chord tones? A: An exercise that I’ve been enjoying lately addresses this exact issue! I’ve previously stressed the importance of developing the ability to arpeggiate chords in every inversion while working through any tune in the Real Book. To refresh…

Aram Bedrosian: “A Dark Light” for Solo Bass

4. Aram Bedrosian: “A Dark Light” for Solo Bass

Here’s bassist Aram Bedrosian, performing his solo bass tune “A Dark Light”. For those industrious types, Aram offers notation/tabs of this and other compositions of his on his website.

The Bass Player’s Guide to Scales & Modes

5. The Bass Player’s Guide to Scales & Modes

Stuart Clayton has released his latest bass method book, The Bass Player’s Guide to Scales & Modes, through his Bassline Publishing company. The Bass Player’s Guide to Scales & Modes is a thorough reference manual featuring all the scales, modes and arpeggios, from construction to recommended fretboard patterns. “[This] is a book that I have…

Player Spotlight: Kimberly Lynn

6. Player Spotlight: Kimberly Lynn

Meet Kimberly Lynn, a bassist from Kingston, Washington, and our player in the spotlight for March 8, 2011. We first featured Kimberly on No Treble with her cool looper performance video. Bio: I’m an ‘Old School’ bassist from back in the day, starting playing bass in the early 70′s. After fifteen-ish years on the road…

Steve Morse Band: 1984 German TV Performance, with Jerry Peek

7. Steve Morse Band: 1984 German TV Performance, with Jerry Peek

Following the Dixie Dregs (or just “The Dregs”), Steve Morse formed his own band with bassist Jerry Peek and Dough Morgan on drums (for a time, until Dregs drummer Rod Morgenstein joined the group). The band’s first album, The Introduction, was released in 1984. That same year, the band performed for the German television show,…

An Exclusive Interview with Stu Hamm

8. An Exclusive Interview with Stu Hamm

Stu Hamm is a name synonymous with instrumental rock bass, but what you may not know is that the bassist himself has a very rich musical background, with interests spanning just about every genre and time period. Hamm recently unveiled proof of his diversity as well as his playing and compositional talents on his sixth…

Diatonic Major And Minor Scales For Electric Bass

9. Diatonic Major And Minor Scales For Electric Bass

Jamey Aebersold’s latest edition to their bass method library focuses on the importance of scale mastery for electric bassists. Diatonic Major And Minor Scales For Electric Bass includes both major and minor scale exercises, designed to help bassists develop new and creative lines, while learning the entire fretboard and improving technique. The exercises require full…

Stanley Clarke, Stu Hamm, Bunny Brunel, Billy Sheehan, Flea, Alex Al, Brian Bromberg, Jimmy Johnson, Wayman Tisdale and Marcus Miller: “School Days” Live

10. Stanley Clarke, Stu Hamm, Bunny Brunel, Billy Sheehan, Flea, Alex Al, Brian Bromberg, Jimmy Johnson, Wayman Tisdale and Marcus Miller: “School Days” Live

Stanley Clarke’s 2002 concert performance at Musicians Institute in Hollywood closed with a bang, with a stage full of bassists performing Clarke’s “School Days” for the audience. Clarke is joined by Stu Hamm, Bunny Brunel, Billy Sheehan, Flea, Alex Al, Brian Bromberg, Jimmy Johnson, Wayman Tisdale and Marcus Miller, and most take a solo. The…