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Top Ten: The Jeroen Paul Thesseling Interview, Playing As One, the Best Bass Cover Tunes, Plus the Top Bass Videos

We kicked off a new bass video series, focusing on all-bass arrangements of great cover tunes. No Treble readers responded with tons of views, putting Zander Zon’s “Stairway To Heaven” and Thomas Morgan’s “Karma Police” in the top 10 for the week.

Our bass of the week, the Maruszczyk Instruments Frog Omega Europe 5, came in at #3 and caused lots of GAS-inflicted bassists to hit every photo in the gallery. We did too.

Damian Erskine took a break from reader questions this week to share his experience on the road with a band who inspired him to write “Playing As One”. In this column, Damian discusses what it takes to be a great band, by focusing less on what it means to be viewed as a great musician.

We introduced a new series last week, dubbed New School, which celebrates bassists who are defining their own musical path. We kicked things off with MonoNeon (formerly PolyNeon). Be on the lookout for New School every other week, and drop us a note if you’d like to be considered.

Check out all these and the rest of of our top ten articles and features for the week of November 13 – 19, 2011.

Top 10: The Best Bass Videos (October 2011)

1. Top 10: The Best Bass Videos (October 2011)

The videos we featured in October, 2011 were among most popular (most viewed) videos of the year. The mega-popular video featuring John Entwistle‘s isolated bass on “Won’t Get Fooled Again” ranked #1. Rounding out the top 10 is our own wacky “How to Fix a Guitar” video, plus some amazing performances by Daniel Rey, Tal…

Bass Cover Week: Zander Zon’s Solo Bass Cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven”

2. Bass Cover Week: Zander Zon’s Solo Bass Cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven”

In the early ’70′s, music shops in England banned (and even fined) guitarists for playing “Stairway to Heaven” in the stores. Today, we’re happy to break the rule, thanks to Zander Zon’s all-bass arrangement and performance of the tune…

Bass of the Week: Maruszczyk Instruments Frog Omega Europe 5

3. Bass of the Week: Maruszczyk Instruments Frog Omega Europe 5

This week we take a look at the Frog Omega Europe 5 bass from Maruszczyk Instruments, a custom instrument designed on the company’s Frog series. Built on an alder body, the bass a quilted maple theme, with the figured wood being used for the top, fingerboard, headstock, and pickup covers. The set-in neck is made…

Ultra Low: An Interview with Jeroen Paul Thesseling

4. Ultra Low: An Interview with Jeroen Paul Thesseling

Jeroen Paul Thesseling is a bassist constantly pushing himself to new heights. The Amsterdam native picked up his first 4-string bass in his teens, eventually going on to study at the Conservatory at Enschede in the Netherlands. Though his studies were varied, his love for heavy music prevailed…

Bass Cover Week: Thomas Morgan’s Bass Cover of Radiohead’s “Karma Police”

5. Bass Cover Week: Thomas Morgan’s Bass Cover of Radiohead’s “Karma Police”

Brian Storey shares this video of bassist Thomas Morgan performing an awesome bass version of the Radiohead tune “Karma Police” on his 6-string bass…

Playing As One

6. Playing As One

If you’re in a band, you want to be a great band, not a bunch of individually great players…

New School: Dywane “MonoNeon” Thomas

7. New School: Dywane “MonoNeon” Thomas

Dywane “MonoNeon” Thomas is not your average bassist. Formerly known as PolyNeon, Thomas’ unique style is a result of his main influences of ‘70s Soul and modern avant-garde music – which come together in some very interesting ways…

Symphony Pro: A Look at the Music Notation App for iPad

8. Symphony Pro: A Look at the Music Notation App for iPad

If you’ve been wishing for a music notation app for your iPad to make quick sketches or exercises, or any other simple notation and charts, Symphony Pro by Xenon Labs might just be what you’ve been waiting for in an app…

Zoom Upgrades Recorder Line with the H2n Handy Recorder

9. Zoom Upgrades Recorder Line with the H2n Handy Recorder

Zoom is now shipping their new H2n Handy Recorder, a device related to the company’s original H2 design. The H2n features five studio-quality mics, onboard with several modes to employ different micing techniques, including Mid-side, 90-degree X/Y stereo, 2-channel and 4-channel surround…

Catherine Popper Leaves Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

10. Catherine Popper Leaves Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Catherine Popper has parted ways with the folk/blues rock-tinged group Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Popper, who joined the group in 2009, made the announcement on her Facebook page…