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Weekly Top 10: Victor Wooten Interview and Secret Technique, Bass of the Week, New Bass Gear, the Top Videos & More

The best of the best in bass. Here are the most read stories and most viewed videos on No Treble for the week of September 30 – October 6, 2012.

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Victor Wooten: “Secret” Harmonic Technique

1. Victor Wooten: “Secret” Harmonic Technique

As part of our three part interview with Victor Wooten, we’ve shared several exclusive videos for the series. So many, we’re afraid some might get lost in the mix. And so, we decided to pull one out to share today. Here, Victor shares his technique for the solo on “Sword and Stone”, from his new albums…

No Bass Amp? A Guide to Hearing Yourself Practice

2. No Bass Amp? A Guide to Hearing Yourself Practice

Damian answers this reader question: My amp and most of my gear got confiscated when I got to college because they said it was a fire hazard. What do you recommend for some amp-less ways for me to get my sound amplified? I really have no idea…

Fender Unveils Nate Mendel Signature P-Bass

3. Fender Unveils Nate Mendel Signature P-Bass

Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel now has a signature bass from Fender. Modeled after the ’71 Precision that carried him through over half of his career, the Nate Mendel Fender P Bass features special body contours, extra-slim neck and nut width, and a lightly worn Candy Apple Red finish…

Bass of the Week: Pino Saracini’s Keybass by Huma Guitars

4. Bass of the Week: Pino Saracini’s Keybass by Huma Guitars

Pino Saracini is professional bassist in Italy. He’s also creative guy. While out on tour, he typically has to play synth bass in addition to his 4-string with little time for changing between instruments. To fix the issue, he came up with the Keybass, a bass with a Korg Nonokey2 USB controller built in…

Bass Gear Round-Up: The Most Popular Gear for September 2012

5. Bass Gear Round-Up: The Most Popular Gear for September 2012

Our bass gear coverage made up a good part of the top 10 most read stories overall in September. Here is your complete list of top 10 gear stories for the month. As always, these lists come with a warning: may cause GAS…

Maurizio Mariani: Solo Bass Arrangement of Elliott Smith’s “Everything Means Nothing To Me”

6. Maurizio Mariani: Solo Bass Arrangement of Elliott Smith’s “Everything Means Nothing To Me”

“Everything Means Nothing to Me” is one of the most haunting and equally infectious tracks from the late singer/songwriter Elliott Smith’s album Figure 8. It’s one of those songs that just sticks with you for a while after you hear it, due in part to a repeated theme. Check out this solo bass version…

Mission Engineering Introduces Expressionator Pedal

7. Mission Engineering Introduces Expressionator Pedal

Mission Engineering has announced the availability of the Expressionator, a multi-expression controller originally designed in part by extended range bassist Jean Baudin. The new pedal allows for users to connect one expression pedal to control three expression enabled effects, each of which can be controlled individually or simultaneously…

Playing with Words and Music: An Interview with Victor Wooten (Part 3)

8. Playing with Words and Music: An Interview with Victor Wooten (Part 3)

Victor Wooten has been touring since he was five years old, most notably in his early years as a member of the Wooten Brothers Band. He and his brothers traveled with a variety of opening acts – including Curtis Mayfield in 1969. Check out part 3 of our 3 part interview series with Vic…

Top 10: The Best of No Treble - The Month’s Top Bass Lessons, Interviews and Features

9. Top 10: The Best of No Treble – The Month’s Top Bass Lessons, Interviews and Features

September was a great month for No Treble readership, especially with our how to columns and lessons, our new transcription series by Stuart Clayton, interviews with Victor Wooten and Nathan East and a look back at the continued influence of Jaco Pastorius…

Derrick Murdock / David “Fingers” Haynes Jam

10. Derrick Murdock / David “Fingers” Haynes Jam

Bassist Derrick “Dock” Murdock shared this video with us, after seeing our recent videos with Victor Wooten and Nathan East, each performing with David “Fingers” Haynes. Dock recorded this video with Haynes, along with Matthew Pittman on keys…