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Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of November 4-10

Here is the roundup of the top 10 most popular bass focused stories, how to’s, videos and more on No Treble last week.

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La Bella Strings Launches First Bass Guitar: The Olinto

1. La Bella Strings Launches First Bass Guitar: The Olinto

With nearly 100 years in the string manufacturing business, La Bella Strings is getting into producing instruments starting with the Olinto Bass Guitar. Taking its name from one of the company’s founding brothers, the Olinto is handcrafted in New York City’s Lower East Side by renowned luthier Mas Hino…

BassGirl: Spain

2. BassGirl: Spain

It has been a while since we featured a video of the bassist known as BassGirl. This young bassist just keeps getting better and better with each video too. Here’s a recent video of BassGirl performing Chick Corea’s “Spain”. Also cool: her dad is the drummer…

Rob Smith: Solo Bass Arrangement of The Beatles’ “In My Life”

3. Rob Smith: Solo Bass Arrangement of The Beatles’ “In My Life”

“In My Life” is one of the most touching Beatles songs, and Rob Smith brings that passion and soul to his solo bass arrangement. Rob really nails the bridge with some awesome two-handed tapping…

Enclosure Tone Exercises for Bassists

4. Enclosure Tone Exercises for Bassists

One way to give more interest to your improvisations is to add enclosure tones to otherwise simple note choices. Enclosure tones are two tones which “enclose” (i.e. one higher, one lower) another note. Generally, but not always, the note which gets “enclosed” is a chord tone…

Playing Fast (and Cleanly): A Discussion for Bass Players

5. Playing Fast (and Cleanly): A Discussion for Bass Players

In his weekly Ask Damian Erskine question, Damian helps a reader out with a goal to play fast. Here’s a teaser: it starts by learning how to play slow…

Transcription: Stu Hamm’s “Going to California”

6. Transcription: Stu Hamm’s “Going to California”

This month’s transcription is Stu Hamm’s live solo bass performance of the Led Zeppelin classic “Going to California”. Stuart Clayton brings the goods with standard notation, tab and a complete write up on how to pull this piece off yourself…

Underrated Bassist: An Interview with Colin Hodgkinson

7. Underrated Bassist: An Interview with Colin Hodgkinson

This is part one of a new series on underrated bass players. First up is Colin Hodgkinson, best known for the innovative blues, rock and jazz group Back Door. While players like Jaco Pastorius were still in high school, Colin Hodgkinson was playing solos, counter-melody, bass lines and chords with Back Door…

La Vague: Straight Contrariwise – Resophonic Bass & Vocals

8. La Vague: Straight Contrariwise – Resophonic Bass & Vocals

Here at No Treble HQ, we like things that are a little out of the ordinary. Check out this video of La Vague performing their song “Straight Contrariwise”. The duo is made up of Francesca Pirami on vocals and Alessandro Corsi on resophonic bass, stomp box guitar and back up vocals…

Ibanez Introduces 5-String Mikro Bass

9. Ibanez Introduces 5-String Mikro Bass

Ibanez is now offering a 5-string version of their GSR Mikro bass. Sporting a 28.6˝ scale, the company explains the GSRM25 is perfectly suited for young students as well as adult players who prefer a short scale. Besides an extra string, the GSRM25 sets itself apart from its 4-string companion with a pair of Ibanez’s STD J5 pickups…

Marcelo Feldman: Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There” Solo Bass Cover

10. Marcelo Feldman: Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There” Solo Bass Cover

Bassist Marcelo Feldman shows incredible musicianship and technique in this all-bass version of the Jackson 5′s “I’ll Be There”. The way music should be…