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Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (January 2012)

Out of 31 featured videos in January, every single one of the top 10 most viewed videos featured a solo bassist.

We were blown away by all of them. Guess that feeling is mutual.

Ojay: Street Performance Awesomeness

1. Ojay: Street Performance Awesomeness

Check this awesome video of Ojay, a bassist from Newcastle in the UK. Armed with a pair of looping pedals and a couple more effects, Ojay takes it to the streets to bring the funk to the people. It really begs the question: Why can’t more street performers be like this?

Ed Friedland: Looping Bass Version of Steely Dan’s “Do It Again”

2. Ed Friedland: Looping Bass Version of Steely Dan’s “Do It Again”

Here’s a cool video of Ed Friedland, aka the Bass Whisperer, building up a full on version of Steely Dan’s classic “Do It Again” during a 2010 clinic at the Bass Emporium in Austin, Texas. After “giving the drummer some,” Friedland fills out the tune’s bass line, chords and melody before ripping into a tasty…

Victor Wooten: Live Solo Bass at 2011 NAMM Show

3. Victor Wooten: Live Solo Bass at 2011 NAMM Show

Here at No Treble HQ, we’re packing our bags for the NAMM show taking place next week. We’re so excited, we started looking back at some videos from last year’s show, and found this gem from Victor Wooten. Victor was performing at the Music Education Day session and delivered the keynote presentation. Counting down the…

Federico Malaman: Speed Demon “Live”

4. Federico Malaman: Speed Demon “Live”

Bassist Federico Malaman pays tribute to Michael Jackson with a live version of the King of Pop’s “Speed Demon.” The song’s title rings true for the blazing lick that Malaman pulls off throughout the clip, starting at the 0:27 mark. You might recognize this bass by Laurus. The Laurus T900-XR was our bass of the…

Alex Bershadsky: Groove Move

5. Alex Bershadsky: Groove Move

Here’s an intense jam by bassist Alex Bershadsky, whose incredible groove is matched equally by his impressive technique. The clip features Gal Gershovsky on drums. When you groove it, you gotta move it!

Cephalic Carnage’s Nick Schendzielos: “Ohrwurm” Bass Playalong Video and Lesson

6. Cephalic Carnage’s Nick Schendzielos: “Ohrwurm” Bass Playalong Video and Lesson

Here’s one for the metalheads! Nick Schendzielos of Cephalic Carnage made this incredible playalong of the group’s bass-heavy song “Ohrwurm,” from their album Misled by Certainty. “I had a lot of “fun” making this video,” Schendzielos wrote. “I wanted to increase the watchability for musicians and non-musicians alike, so I tried out some new things…

Matthew Garrison’s 4-Finger Technique How-To

7. Matthew Garrison’s 4-Finger Technique How-To

Here’s one to keep you in the woodshed for a while. Bassist Matthew Garrison posted this great video explaining his 4-finger right hand technique, which he developed during his time with Joe Zawinul’s band. While he says that the 2-finger technique creates a fatter sound, the 4-finger technique allows for playing lines at mind-boggling speeds.

Craig Butterfield: Charlie Parker’s “Donna Lee” on Double Bass

8. Craig Butterfield: Charlie Parker’s “Donna Lee” on Double Bass

Charlie Parker’s “Donna Lee” is just one of those tunes that acts as a benchmark for skill. Ever since Jaco’s take on it from his debut album, bassists have been giving it a shot. Here’s an one mind-blowing version by University of South Carolina double bass professor Craig Butterfield, playing along with Parker’s original recording….

Alberto Rigoni: Tetris Theme for Bass

9. Alberto Rigoni: Tetris Theme for Bass

Here’s a cool video of Alberto Rigoni bringing back old school gaming memories with a three-bass layered arrangement of the Tetris theme. For authenticity, he used a bitcrusher effect on the lead line for that classic game soundtrack vibe. Also, check out that fretless tone!

Johan Hansén-Larson: Note-for-Note Bass Performance of Cannonball Adderley’s Solo on “Minority”

10. Johan Hansén-Larson: Note-for-Note Bass Performance of Cannonball Adderley’s Solo on “Minority”

Bassist Johan Hansén-Larson sent in this video of him playing along on Cannonball Adderley’s sax solo on the tune “Minority”. On bass. Johan writes, “…some mistakes, but playing Cannonball solos on bass is sort of like trying perform brain surgery with a tractor.” Well, whatever it is, we’re stunned.