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Rewind: Custom Basses, BassGirl is Back, Practice Advice and New Photo Galleries

Here are the most read, most popular stories and features on No Treble for the week of March 27 – April 2, 2011.

Contest: Win an Ansir Custom Built Bass — Designed Just for You!

1. Contest: Win an Ansir Custom Built Bass — Designed Just for You!

Ansir Music is sponsoring an incredible custom bass giveaway (valued at $2,000) to help all you bassists kick off spring 2011. Ansir’s founder, Jody Michael, will consult with the lucky winner to craft their one-of-a kind bass that is perfect in every way. Enter before April 25, 2011! The Ansir Secret—It’s in their US Patented…

Teen Town: BassGirl’s Jaco Pastorius Bass Cover

2. Teen Town: BassGirl’s Jaco Pastorius Bass Cover

BassGirl is back! After wowing everyone with her transcription and performance of Tal Wilkenfeld’s lines on Jeff Beck’s “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers“, BassGirl has taken on the monster of a tune, Jaco Pastorius’s “Teen Town”. “My humble tribute to one of the most amazing bass players ever,” the bassist said, as well as announcing…

Long Term Practice Routines

3. Long Term Practice Routines

Q: I have a question about long-term pratice routines. There are a lot scale/arpeggio exercises out there, but I want to know: what do you is the best method to really cover all types of scales/chord in all keys all around the instrument? Is it good to do an exercise in all keys an then…

Adam Ben Ezra: Tumbada – Singing With My Bass

4. Adam Ben Ezra: Tumbada – Singing With My Bass

Any time a new Adam Ben Ezra video hits, I’m all ears. And Adam never disappoints. Check out this nice fretless work (and singing) from Adam, on his original tune “Tumbada”.

Practicing Scales (Part 2)

5. Practicing Scales (Part 2)

This week, Dr. D. continues the series on practicing scales. Check out part 1. Advanced Scale Work At whatever technical level you have been playing scales, you have hopefully been incorporating technical challenges into the mix. Mastering various fingerings, bowings, plucking techniques, refining your left hand shape, trills, vibrato, artificial harmonics, etc., should be an…

Custom Shop: Wyn Guitars

6. Custom Shop: Wyn Guitars

Wyn Guitars is a one-man custom bass shop run by Randy Fullmer, a man with a healthy obsession for exotic woods. An artist at heart, Fullmer got his his start as a luthier at an early age before becoming an animator and producer for Disney. He eventually returned to building instruments, switching to exclusively making…

Ampeg Launches Portaflex Series Amps

7. Ampeg Launches Portaflex Series Amps

Ampeg has unveiled a new line of amps and cabinets inspired by their B-15 called the Portaflex series. The line includes two heads and two cabs that can be matched together to make flip-top combos. The PF-350 is the more compact of the two heads, weighing in at 8 lbs. It features a solid-state preamp…

Player Spotlight: Dan Nelson

8. Player Spotlight: Dan Nelson

Meet Dan Nelson, an 18 year old bassist from Wales and our player in the spotlight for March 29, 2011. Bio: I started out on guitar for around six months before a friend showed me a old SG bass copy. From then on, I’ve been hooked on bass. About three years ago I started to…

Gerald Veasley’s Bass Bootcamp 2011 Gallery

9. Gerald Veasley’s Bass Bootcamp 2011 Gallery

Photos from Gerald Veasley’s 2011 Bass Bootcamp in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Marcus Miller vs Big Doug Epting

10. Marcus Miller vs Big Doug Epting

Marcus Miller and Big Doug Epting trade licks (is this a competition?) in this live performance, including drummer Poogie Bell. At the end of the clip, Marcus does a little bit of “Silver Rain”.