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  • Improvising and Groove: Substituting Pentatonic Scales on a Minor 7 Progression

    Improvising and Groove: Substituting Pentatonic Scales on a Minor 7 Progression

    My most recent lessons have focused on the use of the pentatonic scales as it relates to improvising and learning the fretboard (see my lessons on improvising over a minor key progression and breaking down the pentatonic scale for more background). Today we’ll continue this topic with the exploration of improvising over a D minor... »

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  • Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes: Isolated Bass & Vocals

    Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes: Isolated Bass & Vocals

    Our Facebook friend Leon Wilson shared this alternate track with us, featuring the isolated bass work of Bakithi Kumalo on Paul Simon’s hit, “Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes”. Yep, this is all that’s needed. Bakithi holds down so much at once, yet without sounding like he’s doing too much. Genius at work. »

  • Weekly Top 10: Bass on a Budget, New Bass Gear, the Best How To’s and the Top Videos Featuring the Low End

    Weekly Top 10: Bass on a Budget, New Bass Gear, the Best How To’s and the Top Videos Featuring the Low End

    Our weekly top ten focuses on the best of the best in bass. Here’s the awesomeness for the week of June 17-23, 2012. 1. Bass on a Budget: 12 Basses Under $500 Bass on a Budget: 12 Basses Under $500. We cover a lot of basses… some of them quite expensive. So here are 12... »

  • Documentary on The Who’s “Quadrophenia” Coming to Theaters

    Documentary on The Who’s “Quadrophenia” Coming to Theaters

    A new film documenting The Who’s iconic Rock Opera Quadrophenia will be showing at select movie theaters across the U.S. for one night on July 24th. The Who: Quadrophenia – Can You See the Real Me? takes its name from the 1973 album’s second track, “The Real Me,” which of course features some top-notch playing... »

  • Steve Uccello Releases Fire Times, with Steve Lawson

    Steve Uccello Releases Fire Times, with Steve Lawson

    Steve Uccello‘s latest release is Fire Times, an album on which he shares low end duties with UK solo bassist Steve Lawson. The group, dubbed Clarified Birds, is rounded out by drummer Mike Shannon and multi-instrumentalist and singer Dayan Kai. Fire Times came about after Uccello started thinking of arranging for a single tune he... »

  • Billy Cobham Group: Red Baron (Live, 2002)

    Billy Cobham Group: Red Baron (Live, 2002)

    As bassists, we love when there’s a great drummer by our side. (And the opposite is among the worst experiences in life.) We should all be so lucky to stand next to one of the all-time greats: drummer Billy Cobham. In this live performance in 2002, Cobham’s group took the stage to perform “Red Baron”.... »

  • Best Of ZZ Top For Bass

    Best Of ZZ Top For Bass

    Hal Leonard set their sights on the music of that little ol’ band from Texas with the release of Best Of ZZ Top For Bass. Part of the “Bass Recorded Versions” series, the 64-page book focuses on Dusty Hill’s bass lines on 15 ZZ Top tunes from over the years. The music is presented in... »

  • Reunion Blues Introduces Aero Series Bass Guitar Case

    Reunion Blues Introduces Aero Series Bass Guitar Case

    Reunion Blues has introduced the Aero Series, including the AERO-2B Bass Guitar Case. The new line takes a cue from their RB Continental line, the Aero-2B features the company’s shock-absorbing Flexoskeleton system, reinforced EVA impact panels, and a strong interior neck-brace support system while offering a lighter, slimmer design. Lined with quilted red velvet, the... »

  • Bass on a Budget: 12 Basses Under $500

    Bass on a Budget: 12 Basses Under $500

    We see and cover a ton of basses here at No Treble (I know, tough life). And while the features are often as varied as they get, they also vary wildly on price. Many basses today are topping the $5,000 mark. Some by a lot. We hear more about price from readers when the basses... »

  • Pat Metheny Releases “Unity Band”, Featuring Ben Williams

    Pat Metheny Releases “Unity Band”, Featuring Ben Williams

    Following two vastly different solo recordings, guitarist Pat Metheny has once again turned his attention to the quartet format with the release of Unity Band. The guitarist set his sights on a new bassist this time around, enlisting Ben Williams for the record, and rounding out the group with drummer Antonio Sanchez and saxophonist Chris... »