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  • Best of 2011: The Top 10 Most Watched Bass Videos

    Best of 2011: The Top 10 Most Watched Bass Videos

    We like to call it work, but watching great bass videos and picking the favorites to feature each day on No Treble is more fun than work. Here is the best of the best in 2011, based on reader views. 1. Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers: Tal Wilkenfeld Bass Cover by 13 Year Old Bassist... »

  • Jaco Pastorius Word of Mouth Big Band: Reza, Live (1982)

    Jaco Pastorius Word of Mouth Big Band: Reza, Live (1982)

    This is audio only, but oh so good. Jaco Pastorius and his Word of Mouth Big Band perform “Reza” live at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California on January 10, 1982… nearly 30 years ago now. This followed the release of his Word of Mouth album release in 1981. Jaco takes a great... »

  • In Memoriam: Jody Rainwater

    In Memoriam: Jody Rainwater

    Bluegrass legend Jody Rainwater has passed away at the age of 92. Born Charles Edward Johnson, the bassist was an early and influential member of the Foggy Mountain Boys, headed by Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt. Scruggs and Flatt formed the Foggy Mountain Boys in 1949 and originally turned to Rainwater to be their booking... »

  • Location, Location, Location. Does it Matter for a Pro Musician?

    Location, Location, Location. Does it Matter for a Pro Musician?

    Q: Having read previous columns, I noticed that you’ve lived all over the US. I was wondering if you’d found that developing a music career was any more beneficial in one place than another. I live in Edinburgh, Scotland, and get the impression from a lot of musicians and friends that Glasgow, Scotland or London,... »

  • Best of 2011: The Top 10 Bass Gear Stories

    Best of 2011: The Top 10 Bass Gear Stories

    Gear! Readers can’t get enough, and neither can we. Here’s a big dose of the most read gear stories of 2011 on No Treble. 1. Fender Modern Player Series Bass Guitars Fender unveiled their Modern Player Series in October, with three new basses: the Modern Player versions of the company’s Telecaster, Jaguar and Jazz basses.... »

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  • The Crusaders, with Stanley Clarke and Larry Graham: Put It Where You Want It, Live (1983)

    The Crusaders, with Stanley Clarke and Larry Graham: Put It Where You Want It, Live (1983)

    Here’s a little piece of bass history for you. At the Live Under the Sky Jazz Festival in 1983, the Crusaders were joined by bass legends Stanley Clarke and Larry Graham for an exciting version of “Put It Where You Want It.” After some showmanship between the two bassists, Clarke waves Crusaders bassist Brad Bobo... »

  • DR Strings Introduces New Dragon-Skin Strings

    DR Strings Introduces New Dragon-Skin Strings

    DR Strings has released Dragon-Skin Strings, their new line of clear coated bass and guitar strings. This line is said to have “less unwanted overtones, more volume, and greater articulation” than uncoated strings. The Dragon-Skin bass strings feature the company’s proprietary K3 coating applied to nickel plated steel wrap wire and are available in standard... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Mark McHone

    Reader Spotlight: Mark McHone

    Meet Mark McHone, a bassist from Jacksonville, Florida who has traveled the country to play music and teaches kids who are the victims of budget cuts in music programs in school. Mark is our player in the spotlight for December 27, 2011. Bio: I started playing bass at 13 years of age. I am now... »

  • Best of 2011: The Top 10 Bass Lessons

    Best of 2011: The Top 10 Bass Lessons

    No Treble readers must be busy practicing, because our lessons section is one of our most visited sections. The top 10, most viewed lessons in 2011 include many newcomers, as well as several from our archives. Here are the top 10 most popular bass lessons on No Treble in 2011. 1. Practical Theory: Practice Tips... »

  • Duke Ellington Orchestra: A “Very Special” Version of “Take the A Train”

    Duke Ellington Orchestra: A “Very Special” Version of “Take the A Train”

    When my Facebook friend Doofybass Kris shared this, I couldn’t wait to share it here. Not only does this 1964 clip of Duke Ellington and his orchestra include a rare glimpse at famed jazz composer Billy Strayhorn, the performance features bassist Ernie Shepard in what Duke calls a “very special operatic version” of “Take the... »