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Top 10: The Best Bass Videos (June 2011)

This week, we’re taking a look back at the top 10 most popular bass videos from June, 2011, based on the number of views by No Treble readers.

Esperanza Spalding: I Know You Know / Smile Like That Live

1. Esperanza Spalding: I Know You Know / Smile Like That Live

Here’s a great clip of Esperanza Spalding sporting a Fender fretless and performing live in San Sebastian on July 23, 2009.

Vulfpeck: “Beastly” Live in Studio

2. Vulfpeck: “Beastly” Live in Studio

Facebook friend Noah Sider shared this with us. 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, and some of the smallest drums I’ve ever seen. The group is offering…

Shane Lentz: Bass Solo, Tapping, Shredding

3. Shane Lentz: Bass Solo, Tapping, Shredding

In this video, bassist Shane Lentz shows off a bunch of the bass parts for tunes played by his band, Kamikabe. Hold on to your hat! Shane’s bass is tuned down several steps, with lowered action and Dean Markley Blue Steel 45 – 105 bass strings.

Christian McBride: Live Fretless Solo

4. Christian McBride: Live Fretless Solo

Christian McBride on fretless! Here, McBride takes a solo on the Pat Metheny tune “James”, with Metheny’s trio.

Geezer Butler on Black Sabbath’s Paranoid Bass Riffs

5. Geezer Butler on Black Sabbath’s Paranoid Bass Riffs

Black Sabbath brought heaviness to a new level, inspiring millions of fans and building up a new genre. This clip from the Classic Albums: Paranoid DVD has Geezer Butler playing through parts of “Iron Man,” “Hand of Doom,” and “Electric Funeral” while explaining some of his playing. “A lot of the riffs are so strong…

Anthony Jackson: Live Bass Solo (1980)

6. Anthony Jackson: Live Bass Solo (1980)

I sometimes forget how long Anthony Jackson has been performing and showcasing his unique approach to the bass. This is a great reminder. In July, 1980, Jackson took the stage with Sadao Watanabe at Budokan in Tokyo, Japan. This clip features an excellent solo by Jackson (around the 5:45 mark, if you’re in a hurry).

Grant Stinnett: All The Things You Are (Amazingly Fast)

7. Grant Stinnett: All The Things You Are (Amazingly Fast)

Hold on to your hats. Grant Stinnett sent us this video of his smokin’ solo over the jazz standard, “All the Things You Are.” Starting with a solo on top before playing the head, he rips through the tune with a tempo around 330 BPM while playing intense bebop licks along the way. For the…

Dirty Loops: Just Dance

8. Dirty Loops: Just Dance

Facebook friend Helge Rudolph shares this video with us, featuring the group Dirty Loops performing a cover of Lady GaGa’s “Just Dance”. Bassist Henrik Linder helps make this tune so much better. Have a video to share? Send it to videos@notreble.com.

Richard Bona and Chris Minh Doky Jam Session

9. Richard Bona and Chris Minh Doky Jam Session

Here’s an awesome video of Richard Bona and Chris Minh Doky playing jazz duets on electric and upright, respectively. The two powerhouses blow over a blues before tearing into the standard, “There is No Greater Love.”

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

10. 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.” Have a video to share?…

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