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Weekly Top 10: New Bass Gear from Warwick, Schecter and Modulus, New Bass Lessons, Bass of the Week and the Top Videos

So much bass goodness, it hardly fits in a single top 10 list.

But we managed to squeeze these in.

Here are the most viewed stories, videos, lessons and more on No Treble for the week of May 6 – 12, 2012. Thanks for reading!


Playing Chords: A Guide for Bassists

1. Playing Chords: A Guide for Bassists

Q: I recently bought a 6-string bass and started working on playing chords. How should I voice more complex chords (e.g. Gm13) using few (3 to 4) notes, while maintaining the quality of the chord? A: It is important to note a few things when doing this. Much of this is learned by doing it…


Tal Wilkenfeld and Steve Ferrone: NAMM Jam 2012

2. Tal Wilkenfeld and Steve Ferrone: NAMM Jam 2012

So often at NAMM, the demos are all about chops… pure chops. But when Tal Wilkenfeld and Steve Ferrone took the stage at the EBS booth during the Winter 2012 NAMM show, it was clearly all about the music.


Warwick Introduces Artist Series Steve Bailey Bass

3. Warwick Introduces Artist Series Steve Bailey Bass

As part of their new line this year, Warwick has introduced the Artist Series Steve Bailey bass. Available in 4-, 5- and 6-string versions, the bass shares many of the specs of his Signature Series bass and is based on Warwick’s Streamer bass, with modifications to improve access to the upper register of the neck….


Bass of the Week: Esh Stinger I

4. Bass of the Week: Esh Stinger I

Designed by Jochen Imhof, the Esh Stinger I is described as the company’s “dark side” and was even used by Type O-Negative’s Peter Steele. In addition to several finishes, the German company created a Monstergreen finish with green pickup covers and block inlays as a tribute to the fallen low-ender. Featuring bolt-on construction, the Stinger…


Schecter Now Shipping Baron-H Vintage Semi-Hollow Body Bass

5. Schecter Now Shipping Baron-H Vintage Semi-Hollow Body Bass

Schecter has unveiled the Baron-H Vintage, a semi-hollow body bass with an f-hole that drips with old school vibe. Also available in a lefty version, the bass features a mahogany body with a bolt-on maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. The bass comes with a Seymour Duncan SMB-4D hum-canceling pickup paired with an active 2-band EQ….


Breaking Down the Pentatonic Scale: The Five Positions on Bass

6. Breaking Down the Pentatonic Scale: The Five Positions on Bass

Today, we’re going to break down the minor pentatonic scale, its positions on the fretboard, and its uses. As the name suggests, the pentatonic scale is a five note scale. If we look at this scale in A minor, our scale is: A = root (1) C = minor third (b3) D = fourth (4)…


Big Sir: Old Blood

7. Big Sir: Old Blood

Big Sir, the project led by bassist Juan Alderete and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Lisa Papineau, just wrapped up a nice European tour. Lucky for the rest of us who couldn’t make it out, the duo stopped off for a performance at SSR Studios in Manchester for the online show Sessions 65, who made a few nice videos…


Ned Steinberger and David Gage Team Up for Realist Docking Station for Double Bass

8. Ned Steinberger and David Gage Team Up for Realist Docking Station for Double Bass

Double bassists know that with most upright bass pickups, you don’t get a volume control unless you mount a full preamp on your bass. As a solution to that, Ned Steinberger and David Gage teamed up to create the Realist Docking Station, a “no fuss dock and volume knob” that works with any double bass…


Nik West: “Wait a Minute” (Live)

9. Nik West: “Wait a Minute” (Live)

Here’s bassist/vocalist Nik West performing her funky tune, “Wait a Minute”. The song is from the bassist’s album, Just in the Nik of Time. Love the scat singing with Nik doubling the line on bass.


Modulus Introduces Funk Persuasion Model Bass

10. Modulus Introduces Funk Persuasion Model Bass

Modulus Guitars has released their 2012 product catalog including the new Funk Persuasion, which the company describes as having “Funk Unlimited Feel with the classic P sound.” The design includes the same top routed body as their Funk Unlimited model equipped with a Bartolini P pickup. The Funk Persuasion features bolt-on construction with an alder…