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  • To Mod or Not to Mod: Considerations for Modifying Your Bass

    To Mod or Not to Mod: Considerations for Modifying Your Bass

    You guys have followed me through a few projects now and, if Iʼve done my job, some of you have been inspired to take an instrument and make it fit you better in some way. This month, I want to talk about why we do this and pose some questions you should answer for yourself... »

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  • Evan Marien: Soulseek

    Evan Marien: Soulseek

    Here’s an awesome studio performance by Evan Marien with drummer Dana Hawkins on the bassist’s song “Soulseek.” The duo keeps a tight groove which opens up for Marien to let loose with some blazing soloing. Evan offers a live version of the track on his Bandcamp page. »

  • The Wayman Tisdale Story Released

    The Wayman Tisdale Story Released

    The late Wayman Tisdale, the NBA star-turned-bassist who enjoyed success in both careers, is now the focus of a newly released feature-length documentary. The Wayman Tisdale Story recounts the life of the former basketball player and jazz bassist who lost his battle with bone cancer in 2009. With interviews ranging from Michael Jordan to Dave... »

  • Old School: 1978 Fender Musicmaster Bass

    Old School: 1978 Fender Musicmaster Bass

    Fender’s Musicmaster was first introduced in 1971, and in production through 1981. As with Fender’s guitar bearing the same name, the bass was a simpler version of Fender’s Mustang Bass. The Musicmaster was Fender’s budget-priced bass at the time, made from surplus parts from other Fender models. The bodies were from the Mustang production line,... »

  • Consistent Weight and Legato Bowing

    Consistent Weight and Legato Bowing

    One of the most common deficiencies bass players have when using the bow is an inconsistency of tone in various parts of the bow. There may be times when such inconsistency is musically desirable, but it should always happen “on purpose” and not merely as a result of a lack of bow control. For example... »

  • Grant Stinnett and Michael Manring: “Money Talks” Duet

    Grant Stinnett and Michael Manring: “Money Talks” Duet

    Hearing Michael Manring and Grant Stinnett perform together is really quite an experience. Not only are they both absolute wizards on the bass, they really complement each other equally well. Here, the duo performs “Money Talks”, originally recorded on their Project M album, which also features bassists Rob Gourlay and Jim Stinnett. »

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

    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... »

  • Black Sabbath’s Reunion Tour is Coming

    Black Sabbath’s Reunion Tour is Coming

    The recently reunited original lineup of Black Sabbath has announced their first string of shows for their 2012 wold tour. As per the announcement, the trek will kick off in Europe, beginning May 18th, 2012 in Moscow, Russia at the Olimpiski. The European leg is scheduled to rap up at The Gods of Metal festival... »

  • Bass Cover Week: A Solo Bass Cover of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”

    Bass Cover Week: A Solo Bass Cover of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”

    For our last bass cover of the week, we’re featuring Youtuber Fokfokbraj and his own bass arrangement of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”. While the audio isn’t stellar, the arrangement and performance are top notch. And, this seemed perfect for chilling on a Sunday morning. »

  • Thin Lizzy: Live at the BBC Box Set

    Thin Lizzy: Live at the BBC Box Set

    Thin Lizzy has released a massive seven-disc box set of the group’s rare performances, culled from the BBC recordings which still exist in the archives. The recordings chart the band’s progression from their early years, three piece version to the band’s high point, becoming known as one of the greatest live acts of all time.... »