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Weekly Top 10: Cliff Burton Transcription, Scale Patterns, Loads of New Bass Gear and the Top Bass Videos

Here are the most read, most viewed stories, lessons and videos on No Treble for the week of October 7-13, 2012.

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Funk! Paul Jackson with Herbie Hancock (1979)

1. Funk! Paul Jackson with Herbie Hancock (1979)

Rick Suchow shares this super funky live performance of Herbie Hancock and his Headhunters band performing live in 1979 at Chelsea College in London. And as usual, bassist Paul Jackson brings the funk. Someone better light a match!

Transcription: Cliff Burton’s “Orion”

2. Transcription: Cliff Burton’s “Orion”

“Orion”, the classic Metallica track that features bassist Cliff Burton in a lead role, was an obvious choice for this month’s transcription. To this day – nearly thirty years after it was recorded – it’s a track that is studied and dissected by metal-loving bass players all over the world. Check out Stuart Clayton’s transcription…

Scale Pattern Work for Bassists

3. Scale Pattern Work for Bassists

Dr. D has mentioned previously that daily scale practice should include scale patterns, and indeed most scale books devote some space to such patterns. Although the number of possible patterns are seemingly limitless, he has found that the patterns below are a good place to start those just beginning to explore this type of scale practice…

Connecting with the Drummer: A Discussion for Bassists

4. Connecting with the Drummer: A Discussion for Bassists

In his weekly column, Damian responds to a reader who sent in a story of his dilemma of working with drummers and not locking in…

Ibanez Introduces Promethean P3110 1×10˝ Combo Amp

5. Ibanez Introduces Promethean P3110 1×10˝ Combo Amp

Ibanez has expanded their Promethean combo range to include the P3110. The 1×10˝ combo amp features a Class-D power amplifier and pumps out 300 watts. It’s also stocked with a high frequency tweeter with a passive crossover and on/off switch…

Squier Introduces Chris Aiken Signature Precision Bass

6. Squier Introduces Chris Aiken Signature Precision Bass

Squier has introduced the Chris Aiken Signature Precision Bass, which the Strung Out bassist helped design. “I decided to make something that’s really cool, that I like to play,” said Aiken. “But, also something I want to give to the fans of Strung Out and any average bass player that wants to buy a bass – something that’s simple, practical and plays awesome.”

Manne Guitars Introduces VibraBass

7. Manne Guitars Introduces VibraBass

Italian boutique builder Manne Guitars has expanded their bass offerings with the VibraBass. Inspired by the AcoustiVibe guitar, the new bass features a fully chambered body made of Korina with an Italian poplar burl top, a maple/beech laminate neck, and a thin, hard resin fingerboard…

What Makes A Great Bassist? Part 2: Expressing Yourself

8. What Makes A Great Bassist? Part 2: Expressing Yourself

With all the things to work on to improve ourselves, it’s easy to lose sight of why we play bass. That’s why we’ve been polling famous bassists and the community at large on what they think makes a great bassist. For part two of our series, we take a look at expression, creativity, and being yourself…

Gibson Unveils New EB Bass

9. Gibson Unveils New EB Bass

In 1953, Gibson took its first step into the electric bass market with the EB-1, eventually releasing several models to follow musical trends. Now, the company has unveiled the EB Bass, a brand new model that they say blends tradition and innovation to create a versatile voice for the modern bassist…

Jack Bruce: Cream 2013 Reunion Plans Scrapped

10. Jack Bruce: Cream 2013 Reunion Plans Scrapped

In a recent interview with the BBC, rock legend Jack Bruce revealed that plans for a Cream reunion in 2013 have been halted due to a rift between guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker. The band, which was one of the first rock supergroups, last reunited in 2005 for four sold out shows…