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  • The Music of Paul Chambers (Volume 1)

    The Music of Paul Chambers (Volume 1)

    Author Mikko Nurmi’s The Music of Paul Chambers (Volume 1) is a new book offering a comprehensive look at the style of one of the great jazz bassists, Paul Chambers. Through the use of full transcriptions of Chambers’ work, Nurmi includes insights through analysis and theory, as well as related exercises. “It may be helpful... »

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  • Reader Spotlight: Becky Baldwin

    Reader Spotlight: Becky Baldwin

    Meet Becky Baldwin, a bassist from Bristol England and our player in the spotlight for March 22, 2011. Bio: I grew up in Trowbridge, Wiltshire and got my first bass guitar for my 13th birthday. It has been my biggest passion in life since that day! I moved to Bristol in 2009 to study bass... »

  • Ufo Walter: Machine Gun, Solo Bass Edition

    Ufo Walter: Machine Gun, Solo Bass Edition

    Bassist Ufo Walter sent this video in, featuring him playing the Jimi Hendrix classic “Machine Gun” using a looper and Pitch FX for the lead. Buckle up! »

  • Lee Rocker Releases The Cover Sessions EP

    Lee Rocker Releases The Cover Sessions EP

    Former Stray Cats bassist Lee Rocker has just released The Cover Sessions, a six track EP of songs he grew up listening to ranging from the Beatles’ “Come Together” to the Allman Brothers hit, “Ramblin’ Man.” In an interview with OC Weekly, Rocker explained how the project came about. “The story behind [the] EP is... »

  • Spector Introduces Legend 4X Classic Bass

    Spector Introduces Legend 4X Classic Bass

    Spector has expanded their Professional Series with the introduction of the Legend 4X Classic. All the features of the new X model are the same as the original Legend 4 Classic, with the exception of a new body shape. The X strays from the NS-Bass design that the company is known for and dives into... »

  • Tale of the Fingers: An In-Depth Look at the Paul Chambers Tune

    Tale of the Fingers: An In-Depth Look at the Paul Chambers Tune

    Editor’s note: help us welcome Keith White as a new contributor on No Treble. I was checking out Mark Saltman’s column, in which he reviews the melody in Paul Chamber’s tune “Tale of the Fingers”. This is a notable melody, so I decided to analyze the tune’s structure and melody as a follow up to... »

  • Jaco Pastorius & Toots Thielemans: Sophisticated Lady (1982)

    Jaco Pastorius & Toots Thielemans: Sophisticated Lady (1982)

    Two masters at work, Jaco Pastorius and Toots Thielemans, perform Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Lady” in this 1982 performance in New York City. Youtuber jazzz65 added the nice visuals to this audio recording. Thanks to Ingrid Pastorius, for sharing this video with us. »

  • Rewind: Top 10 Bass Videos, iPad for Music Study, Custom Shop, and New Bass Gear

    Here are the most read, most popular stories and features on No Treble for the week of March 13-19, 2011. 1. Top 10: The Best Bass Videos (February 2011) This week, we’re taking a look back at the top 10 most popular bass videos from February, 2011, based on the number of views by No... »

  • Rotosound Introduces new Multi-Purpose Digital Tuners

    Rotosound Introduces new Multi-Purpose Digital Tuners

    Rotosound has two new tuners on the market, designed for stringed instruments. Each of the tuners works by clipping the unit to the instrument. The Clip-On Tuner (AT350) offers chromatic, bass, guitar, violin and viola tunings, with a detection range of A0 (27.5Hz) to C8(4186.0Hz), a pitch range of 430Hz to 450Hz (1Hz stops), and... »

  • Al Di Meola Releases “Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody”, Featuring Charlie Haden and Victor Miranda

    Al Di Meola Releases “Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody”, Featuring Charlie Haden and Victor Miranda

    After reuniting with Return to Forever in 2008, Al Di Meola turned his attention back to his World Sinfonia band, who support the guitarist on his latest effort, Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody. Bassist Victor Miranda backs most of the album, which features Di Meola switching from acoustic to electric and back, with some MIDI guitar... »