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Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (September 2012)

Of the 30 or so videos we shared in September, ten ruled for No Treble readers.

And here they are in one basstastically awesome spot. Enjoy.

Esperanza Spalding with The Roots: Live Performance of Weather Report’s “Predator”

1. Esperanza Spalding with The Roots: Live Performance of Weather Report’s “Predator”

My friend Marsha was telling me about Esperanza Spalding performing a Weather Report tune, where she lays down the bass line while singing the melody. I couldn’t believe I missed it. So after searching for a while, I found this video of Esperanza with The Roots (wow!)…

Simone Masina Solo Bass: Prelude from Cello Suite No.1 in G Major

2. Simone Masina Solo Bass: Prelude from Cello Suite No.1 in G Major

Bassist Simone Masina sent us this video of him performing J.S. Bach’s Prelude – the first movement of Cello Suite No.1 in G Major. Simone plays a beautiful Ritter for the recording, but what also caught our attention is where Simone recorded this video: at Quattro Castella – Reggio Emilia (Castle of Bianello)…

Victor Wooten: Music as a Language

3. Victor Wooten: Music as a Language

Besides being and incredible bassist, Victor Wooten is an equally talented educator. Check out this TED-Ed video of Wooten offering words of wisdom while he plays his rendition of “Amazing Grace”…

Ethan Farmer: Watch

4. 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.

Groove Spoon: Barney Miller Theme Bass Jam

5. Groove Spoon: Barney Miller Theme Bass Jam

I spent some time working out the bass line to Vulpeck’s awesome “It Gets Funkier”, which of course was recorded by the excellent Joe Dart. Which led me to searching for more stuff by Joe. Which brought me to this awesomeness: a bass duet of the Barney Miller theme, with Jack Stratton…

Serino Gianni: Fuga Occulta

6. Serino Gianni: Fuga Occulta

Here’s another mind-blowing video by Italian bassist Serino Gianni, who takes a stab at Bach’s world of counterpoint with a composition for two basses. Gianni plays each part on separate sides of the screen with incredible precision and musicality…

Peter Kastner: Nardis

7. Peter Kastner: Nardis

Alistair Lasken sent in this video of Peter Kastner playing a funky version of the jazz standard “Nardis.” Peter has a simple drum track to accompany him and his Rob Allen MB-2 fretless bass…

Tribal Tech: Face First, Live

8. Tribal Tech: Face First, Live

Holy smokes, I never get tired of Gary Willis’ bass playing, even with the stuff he recorded almost 20 years ago. Here’s Willis laying it down with Tribal Tech, with Scott Henderson on guitar, Scott Kinsey on keyboards and Kirk Covington on drums. The quartet is playing “Face First”…

Renaud Garcia-Fons: Tiny Desk Concert

9. Renaud Garcia-Fons: Tiny Desk Concert

Whenever there’s a new video featuring bassist Renaud Garcia-Fons, I’ll drop everything to watch it. NPR recently hosted Garcia-Fons in their Tiny Desk Concert series where the bassist showed the world his approach to bass, music and his love for various genres. Garcia-Fons kicks things off with “Aqa Jan”…

Pablo Elorza: “Havona” Lesson and Analysis

10. 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…

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