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Rewind: RIP Jess Oliver, Music Memorization, Health & Fitness, Funky Bass Videos, New Bass Gear and Old School Gear

Here are the most read, most popular stories and features on No Treble for the week of July 3-9, 2011.

Stevie Wonder with Nate Watts: Sir Duke and I Wish, Live

1. Stevie Wonder with Nate Watts: Sir Duke and I Wish, Live

Nate Watts really lays down the groove on this live performance with Stevie Wonder. Not sure of the exact details of this video, other than it was shot during the 90′s.

Gear Review: The Basswitch IQ DI

2. Gear Review: The Basswitch IQ DI

Ruppert Musical Instruments dubs their Basswitch IQ DI the “Swiss Army Knife for Bass Players”, and I have to agree. The device is just now available in the U.S. The device indeed is many things in one: A/B box: Allows you to have to instruments plugged in for fast switching on stage Clean Boost: Engage…

Playing By Yourself: A Guide to Inspirational Practice Routines

3. Playing By Yourself: A Guide to Inspirational Practice Routines

Q: I have a hard time remaining interested when I try and practice at home by myself. I have no problem finding inspiration when playing with others, but I quickly get bored and want to stop playing when I’m home alone. Have any tips? A: I think this is a common issue. Many of us…

Bass Day 2007: Linley Marthe Live

4. Bass Day 2007: Linley Marthe Live

Artie Rodriguez shared this video with us, saying “Amazing technique AND killer groove.” This is Linley Marthe doing his thing at Bass Day 2007. Alexey Samarin is on keys, Vartan Babayan on percussion and Petr Ivshin on drums. Have a video to share? Send it to videos@notreble.com.

Tips for Memorizing Music

5. Tips for Memorizing Music

I have trouble memorizing. Do you have any suggestions? —–Gina D. In general, if we have played a piece enough times, we often find we have memorized it without trying. However, some pieces (and styles of music) are more difficult to memorize than others and may require special attention. Also, on occasion, we may also…

Health & Fitness for The Working Bassist – Part 3: Warm Up & Exercise Tips

6. Health & Fitness for The Working Bassist – Part 3: Warm Up & Exercise Tips

Welcome to part 3 in No Treble’s Health & Fitness series. Randall Kertz just returned from the International Society of Bassists convention in San Francisco, where he presented a pair of lectures addressing injury prevention for bassists. When warming up, understanding why it’s done, how it should be done, and the benefits proper warm ups…

Player Spotlight: Emily Madison

7. Player Spotlight: Emily Madison

Meet Emily Madison (aka “Goldilocks”), a bassist from Kansas City, MO and our player in the spotlight for July 5, 2011. Bio: I grew up in Lincoln, NE, always loved music of any kind as my parents and older brothers were very into music from Motown, to Classical, Jazz and Punk and anything else. I…

In Memoriam: Jess Oliver

8. In Memoriam: Jess Oliver

Bass amp innovator and former Ampeg Vice President Jess Oliver has passed away at the age of 85. Among his many contributions to the bass world was the Ampeg B-15, a portable flip-top design that revolutionized bass amplification. Born Oliver Jespersen in 1926, Oliver was drafted into World War II in 1944 and played bass…

Old School: 1967 Rickenbacker 4005 FG

9. Old School: 1967 Rickenbacker 4005 FG

This week, Tom Harper shares the story behind his 1967 Rickenbacker 4005 FG, a bass he bought new in 1967, and one he describes as “a little worn, but still sweet!” The Rickenbacker 4005 was introduced in 1965, and featured a new-style, 360 body in a hollow-body bass. “FG” stands for “Fireglo”, a sunburst finish…

Metallica: Orion, Live

10. Metallica: Orion, Live

Orion, the seventh track from Metallica’s iconic Master of Puppets album, is a song known to almost every metal bassist. Penned in part and played by the legendary Cliff Burton, the group never played it live until the mid-2000’s. Here, Robert Trujillo and the gang rip through the instrumental tune in Seoul, South Korea in…