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Rewind: Loads of New Bass Gear, Bass Lessons and How To’s, Plus the Best Bass Videos of the Week

Here are the most read, most popular stories and features on No Treble for the week of July 17-23, 2011.

Victor Wooten Band: Hali Baba Live

1. Victor Wooten Band: Hali Baba Live

Victor Wooten took the stage with during Summer Camp 10 with his band and performed “Hali Baba”. As Vic says in the intro, he wrote this tune for his wife, though they haven’t recorded it yet.

Chops vs. Groove

2. Chops vs. Groove

A while back, someone asked me to discuss the concept of “Chops vs. Groove.” The reader didn’t elaborate very much, but the impression I got was they felt having, or perhaps displaying, “chops” and the ability to groove were somehow mutually exclusive. Although someone can groove pretty hard with only a moderate level of technique,…

The Reading Hurdle and How to Jump It

3. The Reading Hurdle and How to Jump It

Q: I’m working on being a more fluent sight-reader. I can read notes and their values but it takes me a while to transfer that to the instrument. Any advice on how to most effectively improve? A: Good for you for devoting time to this worthwhile endeavor! Learning to read music is much like learning…

Acoustic USA Launches With Revamped 360/361 Bass Rig

4. Acoustic USA Launches With Revamped 360/361 Bass Rig

A new branch of the Acoustic brand, called Acoustic USA, has launched with the unveiling of an updated version of the classic 360/361 rig. The vintage head/cab combo was originally made famous by players like Jaco Pastorius, Larry Graham and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones. Acoustic USA employed the help of former Acoustic President and…

Red Hot Chili Peppers Release “The Adventures of Raindance Maggie”

5. Red Hot Chili Peppers Release “The Adventures of Raindance Maggie”

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have released the first single from their upcoming album, I’m With You. “The Adventures of Raindance Maggie” is available now for streaming on their website and for download through iTunes. Bassist Flea expressed his excitement through his Twitter account. “Thanks all for the kind words, I hope we can touch…

Hadrien Feraud: “Marching Powder” Live Bass Solo

6. Hadrien Feraud: “Marching Powder” Live Bass Solo

I’m not sure I’ve seen a performance by Hadrien Feraud that didn’t blow me away. But this one is perhaps one of the best of them all. Recorded at The Baked Potato in March, 2011, Feraud takes a solo during the tune “Marching Powder” with “Bubba Lugatz” – in 15/8. The band includes Chris Coleman…

Phil Lesh’s “Eye of Horus” Bass Guitar Acquired by National Museum of American History

7. Phil Lesh’s “Eye of Horus” Bass Guitar Acquired by National Museum of American History

Phil Lesh’s “Eye of Horus” bass, built by Jens Ritter, has been acquired by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The modern-styled bass will be added to the museum’s extensive instrument collection, which also includes Prince’s and Eddie Van Halen’s guitars. Featuring Ritter’s Jupiter design with a solid silver “Eye of Horus” inlay at…

Practical Theory: Practice Tips for Scales (Part 2)

8. Practical Theory: Practice Tips for Scales (Part 2)

This week, we’re continuing where we left off with Part 1 of this series, covering the Major tetrachord formula to practice scales. This week, we expand on the basics by covering various finger patterns and covering the entire neck. As part of this excercise, we’ll also skip notes in the scale, playing in thirds, fourths,…

Rebecca Johnson Band: Live Bass Solo

9. Rebecca Johnson Band: Live Bass Solo

Here’s a new reader-submitted video, from bassist Rebecca Johnson. Rebecca is an Australian bass player and singer with her own band, a 3-piece funk/R&B band she says has “real musicians (no machines).” In this video, Rebecca lays down a nice, groovy bass solo. Gotta love the interplay between the bass and drums! Have a video…

Overtōn Introduces New Bass Cabinets

10. Overtōn Introduces New Bass Cabinets

In conjunction with the release of the Flyweight 200 at Summer NAMM, Overtōn Amps is expanding their line of cabinets with the OB-110 and the introduction of the OBN series. Designed as the perfect match to the Flyweight 200, the OB-110 features a 10” speaker inside a tuned port design housing. The 250-watt cab is…