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  • The Scuba Cult: Salvoed

    The Scuba Cult: Salvoed

    Here’s a cool video for “Salvoed” by the one-man-band called Scuba Cult. Rocking out on a Wal bass, the track features just bass and a Dr. Rhythm 808 track. The video on the other hand, features a guy in a big white hat. »

  • Bass The Chord

    Bass The Chord

    Gerardo Colon Ortiz has authored a new bass method book, Bass The Chord. The book focuses on the groove, with an emphasis on connecting lines with chords, using rhythm and harmony, to build more interesting bass lines. “The bass line won’t be sacrificed,” Ortiz explains. “In other words if you play a bass line in... »

  • Primus Plots North American Fall Tour

    Primus Plots North American Fall Tour

    Primus will be hitting the road again this Fall, just in time for their new album Green Naugahyde to drop. The tour, which starts September 23rd in Boston, Massachusetts, will snake through the East Coast with two Canadian stops before heading west and ending October 22nd in Los Angeles. Bassist Les Claypool and the rest... »

  • Buddy Guy, Jack Bruce, Buddy Miles, Dick Heckstall-Smith: Mary Had a Little Lamb (Live, 1969)

    Buddy Guy, Jack Bruce, Buddy Miles, Dick Heckstall-Smith: Mary Had a Little Lamb (Live, 1969)

    Today’s clip comes from the documentary Supershow, filmed in 1969 and featuring Jack Bruce, Led Zeppelin, Buddy Guy, Buddy Miles, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Chris Mercer, Eric Clapton, Colloseum, Roland Kirk and Stephen Stills. This was dubbed “the last great jam of the ’60s”. Here, Buddy Guy, Jack Bruce, Buddy Miles and Dick Heckstall-Smith perform “Mary Had... »

  • RapcoHorizon Releases the iJam 3-n-1

    RapcoHorizon Releases the iJam 3-n-1

    Audio/visual company RapcoHorizon is now shipping the iJam 3-n-1, a new iPhone instrument interface designed for all electric instruments. The iJam also acts as a practice amp and MP3 play-along device. The iPhone portion of the iJam connects your bass to your apps, including amplifier modelers, recording software apps, and instructional apps. It allows for... »

  • Acoustic USA Launches With Revamped 360/361 Bass Rig

    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 The vintage head/cab combo was originally made famous by players like Jaco Pastorius, Larry Graham and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones.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... »

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  • Practical Theory: Practice Tips for Scales (Part 2)

    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,... »

  • Hadrien Feraud: “Marching Powder” Live Bass Solo

    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... »

  • Peter Erskine New Trio Releases “Joy Luck”, with Damian Erskine

    Peter Erskine New Trio Releases “Joy Luck”, with Damian Erskine

    Peter Erskine’s latest album, Joy Luck, showcases the drummer’s new trio, and a family connection. Peter’s nephew [and No Treble columnist] Damian Erskine joins his uncle for the first time on an album. Dubbed the Peter Erskine New Trio, the group also includes pianist Vardan Ovsepian. “I’ve waited for the right time to form a... »

  • Source Audio Introduces the Soundblox Pro Bass Envelope Filter

    Source Audio Introduces the Soundblox Pro Bass Envelope Filter

    Source Audio has expanded upon their Soundblox Bass Envelope Filter with a new Pro version of the pedal. Similar to its sibling, the Soundblox Pro Bass Envelope Filter has 22 envelope filter effects ranging from 2 Pole and 4 pole Low Pass variations, Single Peak, Triple Peak, Peak/Notch variations and Phaser settings. Options go even... »