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  • Digitech Unveils JamMan Solo XT Looping Pedal

    Digitech Unveils JamMan Solo XT Looping Pedal

    Digitech has announced the latest in their JamMan series of looping pedals with the JamMan Solo XT. Building on the JamMan Solo, the XT is a true stereo looping pedal with several new features including JamSync, which allows for multiple units to be linked together and record different length phrases while staying in sync. You... »

  • Arpeggio Work for Bass Players: A Daily Practice Routine

    Arpeggio Work for Bass Players: A Daily Practice Routine

    I have mentioned previously that our daily scale practice should include arpeggio work. There are numerous ways to approach this, and most scale books devote some time to various approaches to arpeggios. I find the patterns below to be good solid foundational patterns for any bassist’s daily routine. The patterns below are presented in C... »

  • Trioscapes, Featuring Dan Briggs: Curse of the Ninth

    Trioscapes, Featuring Dan Briggs: Curse of the Ninth

    Ever since Dan Briggs and his band Trioscapes released their debut album Separate Realities, I’ve been hooked. The sax/bass/drums trio has a unique sound that blends their metal and jazz fusion influences to create something new. Check out this live performance of the song “Curse of the Ninth.” Briggs lays it down heavy on this... »

  • Weekly Top 10: Remembering Jaco, New Victor Wooten Interview, and the Week’s Top Bass Gear, Lessons and Videos

    Weekly Top 10: Remembering Jaco, New Victor Wooten Interview, and the Week’s Top Bass Gear, Lessons and Videos

    Here are the top 10 most read stories and features on No Treble for the week of September 16-22, 2012. Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing! 1. 25 Years Later: The Continued Influence of Jaco Pastorius Usually when we mark an anniversary, it is cause for celebration. Today isn’t one of those anniversaries. Twenty-five years... »

  • Snark Introduces SN10 Pedal Tuner

    Snark Introduces SN10 Pedal Tuner

    Snark has introduced the SN10, the company’s first pedal tuner. The new stompbox features a large LCD display to show which pitch you’re tuning and red, yellow, and green bars to determine whether you’re flat, sharp, or in tune. It also offers pitch calibration from 415Hz to 466Hz. The pedal is powered by either a... »

  • Ethan Farmer: Watch

    Ethan Farmer: Watch

    Ethan “EBassMan” Farmer has just released the music video for the song “Watch” from his solo album Wine & Strings. This song is funky beyond belief. »

  • Brandi Disterheft Releases “Gratitude”

    Brandi Disterheft Releases “Gratitude”

    If legendary jazz pianist Oscar Peterson ever likened you to bassist Ray Brown, you’re obviously doing something right. That’s just the case for Brandi Disterheft, whose new album Gratitude is available now on Justin Time Records. The 27-year-old Canadian bassist, who has studied with Rufus Reid, Don Thompson, Niels-Henning Orsed Pederson and Ron Carter is... »

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  • Focusrite Introduces Scarlett 2i4 Audio Interface

    Focusrite Introduces Scarlett 2i4 Audio Interface

    Focusrite has a new USB audio interface dubbed the Scarlett 2i4. Featuring two inputs and four outputs, the 2i4 is housed in an anodized aluminum unibody chassis. The two combo XLR inputs allow for plugging in your bass, guitar, or microphone. Each input’s gain knob has a signal halo around it that changes color to... »

  • Pablo Elorza: “Havona” Lesson and Analysis

    Pablo Elorza: “Havona” Lesson and Analysis

    Bassist Pablo Elorza has started a new series on YouTube he’s calling “Deep Into Electric Bass Classics” with the infamous Jaco Pastorius tune “Havona.” Elorza rips through the tune, then breaks it all down for everyone trying to learn. He speaks in Spanish, but don’t worry, there are English subtitles for his in-depth analysis. Time... »

  • Julie Slick Releases “Terroir”

    Julie Slick Releases “Terroir”

    Two years after her self-titled solo debut, Julie Slick has returned with Terroir, which is now available on BandCamp. Full of lush soundscapes, inspired compositions, and incredible bass playing, the 10-song album’s title offers several dimensions to the album’s meaning. ”Terroir is a French word, meaning ‘from the earth,’” she explains. “It is used to... »