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  • Reader Spotlight: Emily Madison

    Reader 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... »

  • Tips for Purchasing Vintage Ampeg SVT Gear

    Tips for Purchasing Vintage Ampeg SVT Gear

    Esteban St. James of Von Saint Design sent us his third installment of a 4-part series on vintage Ampeg SVT gear. Here, Esteban walks through the things to look for when purchasing the classic equipment, including the tubes, transformers, and tech work performed on it. For info on understanding the vintage SVT sound and dating... »

  • Question of the Week: Did you attend a music school?

    Question of the Week: Did you attend a music school?

    Did you attend a music school? Answer below in the comments, or on our Facebook page. »

  • Bass Day 2007: Linley Marthe Live

    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. »

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  • HeadCat Releases Walk the Walk… Talk the Talk

    HeadCat Releases Walk the Walk… Talk the Talk

    HeadCat, featuring Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom and guitarist Danny B. Harvey, has released a new album entitled Walk the Walk… Talk the Talk. The 12-track album includes rockabilly and blues classics that the group explains is “how Rock and Roll is supposed to sound.” The rockabilly supergroup formed after... »

  • Bootsy Collins’ Funk University Year Two Under Way

    Bootsy Collins’ Funk University Year Two Under Way

    Bootsy Collins’ Funk University has begun it’s second year of classes. The online funk school’s faculty for this year includes Ron Carter, Verdine White, Jack Bruce, Hansford Rowe, Stanley Clarke, Larry Graham, Jani Hendrix and more. The program, which costs $29.99 a month, includes access to on-demand video lessons, tutorials and lectures on playing and... »

  • Tips for Memorizing Music

    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... »

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

    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. »

  • Rewind: Ernie Ball’s MusicMan Test Run, Custom Shop Amps, Plus the Top Bass Videos, Gear and Apps of the Week

    Rewind: Ernie Ball’s MusicMan Test Run, Custom Shop Amps, Plus the Top Bass Videos, Gear and Apps of the Week

    Here are the most read, most popular stories and features on No Treble for the week of June 26 – July 2, 2011. 1. 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... »

  • In Memoriam: Jess Oliver

    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... »