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  • Fodera Announces Janek Gwizdala Signature Imperial Model Bass

    Fodera Announces Janek Gwizdala Signature Imperial Model Bass

    Fodera is now offering a Janek Gwizdala Signature Imperial model, based on Gwizdala’s own bass. Hand-built in Fodera’s New York shop, the 5-string bass sports a 33˝ scale and comes tuned E to C. The instrument has a walnut body with an alder tone block and a stunning non-solid Buckeye Burl top. The 3-piece ash... »

  • Choosing the Right Webcam in the Youtube Era

    Choosing the Right Webcam in the Youtube Era

    Q: I am looking at starting a Youtube channel, and I was wondering what you’d suggest for a webcam solution. I’m looking for one that has good audio. Alternatively, what is the best, cheap USB interface to buy? A: As many of you may know, I could stand to focus a little attention to my... »

  • Steve Bailey, Hadrien Feraud and David “Fingers” Haynes NAMM Jam

    Steve Bailey, Hadrien Feraud and David “Fingers” Haynes NAMM Jam

    PreSonus puts on some killer demos at NAMM. (this one, from back in 2009 with Steve Bailey, Victor Wooten and David “Fingers” Haynes remains one of the most popular videos on No Treble to this day). This time around, Bailey is teaming up bassist Hadrien Feraud and Haynes for a jam at the PreSonus booth.... »

  • In Memoriam: Chris Ethridge

    In Memoriam: Chris Ethridge

    Bassist Chris Ethridge, a founding member of Flying Burrito Brothers with Gram Parsons, has passed away at the age of 65 due to complications from pancreatic cancer. The genre-shaping band he co-created helped bring country and rock together. Ethridge left the band after recording their debut album The Gilded Palace of Sin, going on to... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Chris LaBenne

    Reader Spotlight: Chris LaBenne

    Meet bassist Chris LaBenne, who originally started on guitar, but saw the error in his ways and switched to bass. Chris is currently studying music composition, with an eye for music education in his future. Chris is our player in the spotlight for the week of April 24, 2012. Bio: I’m a 21-year-old bassist and... »

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  • Bass Lesson: Getting to Know the Fretboard

    Bass Lesson: Getting to Know the Fretboard

    This is a lesson mostly for beginners, but it should serve as a great refresher for the rest of us. Unfamiliarity with the fretboard has a lot of downsides. It’ll slow your playing, because your mind has to figure out where your fingers should go, rather than just instinctively knowing where you need to be.... »

  • Steve Metcalf: Coheed and Cambria “Welcome Home” Cover

    Steve Metcalf: Coheed and Cambria “Welcome Home” Cover

    Bassist Steve Metcalf just keeps raising the bar. We’ve featured him and his incredible bass covers and incredible videography before (check his other videos after you watch this one). This time, Steve covers Coheed and Cambria’s “Welcome Home”, playing not only the bass, but also guitar and percussion. The funny part? Steve said the tune... »

  • Jamiroquai’s “Rock Dust Light Star” Released in North America

    Jamiroquai’s “Rock Dust Light Star” Released in North America

    Jamiroquai’s seventh album, Rock Dust Light Star was originally released on November 1, 2010. But not in North America. The band has announced that the album is finally available here, as of today, thanks to the band’s new relationship with Executive Music Group. Rock Dust Light Star was Jamiroquai’s first album in five years, following... »

  • Genz Benz Second Generation Shuttle Bass Amps Now Shipping

    Genz Benz Second Generation Shuttle Bass Amps Now Shipping

    Genz Benz has released their newest generation of the Shuttle Series bass amps, including the Shuttle 6.2 and the Shuttle 9.2. Featuring a tube preamp and a Class D power amplifier, the new line builds upon its predecessors with increased tube gain and the addition of the company’s “3 Dimensional Power Management” circuitry (3DPM), which... »

  • Bass Technique: Shifting and the Feeling of Lightness

    Bass Technique: Shifting and the Feeling of Lightness

    Accurate shifting is extremely important on an upright bass. It may even be the one technique we use the most often. Most other string instruments can play a few two-octave scales without shifting, while we can play a grand total of zero, even if we “pivot.” Despite how often we must execute flawless shift, for... »