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Rewind: Chili Peppers Return, 4 to 6-String Shift, Anthony Wellington Interview, Upright Gear Checklist and the Top Bass Videos

Here are the most read, most popular stories and features on No Treble for the week of June 19-26, 2011.

Vulfpeck: “Beastly” Live in Studio

1. Vulfpeck: “Beastly” Live in Studio

This is Vulfrecords Records’ house rhythm section showing their stuff. Check out the funky bass by Joe Dart proving that it is, in fact, all about the bass. And yes, there’s even some cowbell…

Making the Shift: from 4 to 6 String Bass

2. Making the Shift: from 4 to 6 String Bass

Q: Do you have any advice for those looking to make the leap from a 4 string to a 6 string bass? A: I made the leap directly from a 4 to a 6 string bass, and had the advantage of making the switch while I was attending music school, at Berklee…

Red Hot Chili Peppers Announce First Tour Dates in Five Years

3. Red Hot Chili Peppers Announce First Tour Dates in Five Years

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced their first tour dates after five years in support of their upcoming album, I’m With You, due August 30th. This string of dates has the quartet playing two festivals, Summer Sonic in Japan and Rock in Rio in Brazil, before hitting Europe starting in Germany on October 7th…

Scott Clay: “Love Will Never Do” All Bass Cover

4. Scott Clay: “Love Will Never Do” All Bass Cover

Our friend Greg Smith sent in this awesome 6-string solo bass clip with this note: “Here’s my buddy Scott Clay showing his six-string dexterity on Janet Jackson’s ‘Love Will Never Do’. Scott plays in the San Francisco Bay Area and teaches out of the Music Tree in Morgan Hill, CA…

An Interview With Anthony Wellington

5. An Interview With Anthony Wellington

Though he learned bass without taking lessons, Anthony Wellington has become one of the most renowned and respected bass and music educators. Through teaching at virtually every bass camp and Bassology, his own Maryland-based bass studio, Wellington teaches about 100 students per week. Although Wellington views himself as an educator first, it’s no wonder that…

Essential Accessories for Your First Upright

6. Essential Accessories for Your First Upright

For many people, buying an upright bass is a financial transaction that requires some planning. Nearly everyone wants the highest quality instrument they can afford and, as a result, many spend their last available dollar (or more!) on the instrument itself. This is completely understandable, and laudable. However, if it’s your first upright you should…

Rich and Tom Appleman: Song for My Father

7. Rich and Tom Appleman: Song for My Father

Here’s a wonderful melodic treatment of “Song for My Father”, feathering Rich Appleman on acoustic bass and his son Tom on electric bass. After making his mark with the Navy Band, Rich performed in numerous pit crews, on countless jingles and with a long list of notables including Lionel Hampton, the Fringe, the Boston Pops…

Bebop Scales: Jazz Scales And Patterns In All 12 Keys

8. Bebop Scales: Jazz Scales And Patterns In All 12 Keys

Aebersold Jazz has released Bebop Scales: Jazz Scales And Patterns In All 12 Keys, a new method book by Joe Riposo. The 48-page book covers Bebop scales and patterns in all 12 keys of the Major, Minor, Dominant 7th, and Locrian (Half-diminished) scales and is designed to help the player hear, use and understand Bebop…

Player Spotlight: George Lacson

9. Player Spotlight: George Lacson

Meet George Lacson, a bassist based in San Francisco, California, and our player in the spotlight for June 21, 2011. Bio: I’m originally from St. Louis, Missouri, now based in San Francisco, California. My sound blends groovin’ jazz, soulful funk, old school blues, bass inspired riffs and tinges of downtempo electronica. I have performed internationally…

NSP Releases BreakOut Stomp Pedal

10. NSP Releases BreakOut Stomp Pedal

New Signal Process has released the BreakOut Stomp, a new pedal designed for bassists and guitarists to interface iOS devices with their rig. Housed in a die cast aluminum chassis, the Stomp comes with a hand made 12-foot pro audio Mogami detachable cable so you can put your iPod or iPad in a safe and…