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  • Strategies for Better Intonation

    Strategies for Better Intonation

    If you are an upright bassist, then intonation is on your mind. I’ve talked in the past about using drones to help solidify intonation, but this is just one of seemingly innumerable strategies to improve pitch. Today we’ll touch on a few other approaches. You can do all of these exercises with music you are... »

  • Marthe/Viccaro/Privat Project: “Pa Pè”

    Marthe/Viccaro/Privat Project: “Pa Pè”

    Linley Marthe is a monster. Want proof? Check out this video of his project with drummer Nicolas Viccaro and pianist Grégory Privat playing the tune “Pa Pè” at La Note Bleue Jazz Club in Monaco. The tune takes a turn at the 5:54 mark when the trio kicks into a half-time groove and Marthe begins... »

  • Weekly Top 10: Jaco Documentary, Getting the Right Tone, Plus the Top Bass Gear and Videos

    Another week, another top 10 list of pure bass awesomeness. Here’s the most read stories and most viewed videos on No Treble for the week of May 27 – June 2, 2012. Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing! 1. Robert Trujillo Financing Jaco Pastorius Documentary Film We’d heard rumors about this, and now a report... »

  • Eve Guitars Introduces Elite Line Fretted 4 Bass

    Eve Guitars Introduces Elite Line Fretted 4 Bass

    Eve Guitars, run by luthier Douglass Mullen, has introduced a new line of custom basses following a successful debut at the London Guitar Show in March of this year. The basses are constructed with hand-selected, sustainable materials from the east coast of Scotland. The company’s focus in instrument making is as much on ergonomics, weight... »

  • Kansas Announces North American Tour with King’s X

    Kansas Announces North American Tour with King’s X

    Kansas has announced a new North American tour this fall with direct support from King’s X and That 1 Guy. Rooted by bassist Billy Greer, the “Carry on Wayward Son” rockers have been a big influence on King’s X bassist/vocalist dUg Pinnick. “I’ve been a huge Kansas fan since the beginning,” Pinnick says. “I remember... »

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  • Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Stanley Clarke & Omar Hakim: Cantelope Island, Live (1991)

    Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Stanley Clarke & Omar Hakim: Cantelope Island, Live (1991)

    Live Under the Sky 1991 featured a great line-up of Herbie Hancock with Wayne Shorter, Stanley Clarke and Omar Hakim. Here’s the quartet playing Herbie’s “Cantelope Island” and ripping it up. Stanley plays a solo after the half-way mark, and really locks in with Omar. Stanley even quotes MC Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This”. Ha. Awesomeness. »

  • Heil Sound Introduces Pro Set 3 Headphones

    Heil Sound Introduces Pro Set 3 Headphones

    Heil Sound has gone pro with the introduction of their Pro Set 3 Headphones, which sport 40mm neodymium magnets and voice coils. The specially designed cushioned head band is shaped to be ergonomic. An interesting trait on the Pro Set 3’s is that the cable is detachable, and the set comes with three cables –... »

  • Fender Custom Shop Introduces Dusty Hill Signature Precision Bass

    Fender Custom Shop Introduces Dusty Hill Signature Precision Bass

    The Fender Custom Shop has expanded its Artist Series instruments with the Dusty Hill Signature Precision Bass. Available in Black and Nocaster Blonde, the bass oozes old school with a road worn finish and reverse headstock. The ZZ Top bassist helped tweak the bass, which features a custom designed Seymour Duncan pickup, a custom neck... »

  • Peter Gabriel Announces “Back to Front” Tour with Tony Levin and ’80s Line Up

    Peter Gabriel Announces “Back to Front” Tour with Tony Levin and ’80s Line Up

    Peter Gabriel is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his landmark album, So, with a tour that will feature music from the album. So reached multi-platinum status (five times over), with hits including “Sledgehammer,” “Big Time,” “Red Rain,” “Don’t Give Up” (duet with Kate Bush) and “In Your Eyes.” Gabriel is enlisting many members of the... »

  • How To: Play Victor Wooten’s “U Can’t Hold No Groove”

    How To: Play Victor Wooten’s “U Can’t Hold No Groove”

    Here’s something to keep you busy this weekend. Bassist Jan Stankiewicz breaks down the Victor Wooten classic “U Can’t Hold No Groove”, in a really easy to follow format. The tune comes from Vic’s 2004 album, A Show of Hands, which was re-released last year. Jan shares “I would like to emphasize that this is... »