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  • Pipoquinha: IB&T Bass Festival Solo Performance

    Pipoquinha: IB&T Bass Festival Solo Performance

    A little over two years ago, we shared a video of Pipoquinha, a young bassist from Brazil. In that video, Pipoquinha was just 13 years old, but played (and sang) well beyond his years. That video ended up being the most watched and most shared videos of the year on No Treble. Facebook friend George... »

  • Rolling Stones Release 50 Anniversary Compilation, “Grrr!”

    Rolling Stones Release 50 Anniversary Compilation, “Grrr!”

    As part of the band’s 50th anniversary celebration this year, the Rolling Stones have released a mega compilation, Grrr!. The set spans the group’s five decades together, starting with their first single – a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Come On,” – released in 1963. Two new tracks, “Doom and Gloom” and “One More Shot”, recorded... »

  • Bass of the Week: Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass

    Bass of the Week: Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass

    If you’ve met Jack Casady, you’d know that the Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna bassist is particular about his gear. He’s always tweaked his basses, pickups, and amps to get just what he wanted, so it’s no surprise that he had a large role in designing his own signature bass with Epiphone. “It’s based off of the... »

  • Chuck Rainey Loses Home to Fire

    Chuck Rainey Loses Home to Fire

    Chuck Rainey has been dealt another tragedy just 12 months after suffering a stroke, as the 72-year old bassist and family have lost their home to a fire on November 15th. Luckily, the Rainey family is unharmed, but the local fired department described the amount of loss as “quite a lot.” The family has set... »

  • Aguilar Introduces AG 4P/J-HC Hum-Canceling Pickup Set

    Aguilar Introduces AG 4P/J-HC Hum-Canceling Pickup Set

    Aguilar has followed up their hum-canceling J-pickups with the AG 4P/J-HC Precision/Jazz Bass Pickup Set, which combines their 4P-60 and 4J-HC pickups. Wound in Aguilar’s New York City factory, the set is a direct replacement for 4-string Fender P-Bass and Jazz bridge pickups. The company describes the set as “well-balanced with a flexible array of... »

  • When The Gig Gets Canceled…

    When The Gig Gets Canceled…

    Let’s face it, we usually don’t enjoy picking up the phone and finding out that our gig is canceled. Hearing the news via email or text doesn’t make it any better, especially if it’s short notice. On one hand, the middle-schooler in us delights in the fact that we can stay home in our PJ’s,... »

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  • Simon Fitzpatrick: “Karma Police” for Solo Bass

    Simon Fitzpatrick: “Karma Police” for Solo Bass

    Here’s a recent video by bassist Simon Fitzpatrick, this time showing off his incredible solo bass arranging and playing skills with an all-bass cover of Radiohead’s “Karma Police”. Simon is playing his 6-string GB Spitfire bass. Awesomeness. »

  • Porcupine Tree Releases “Octane Twisted”

    Porcupine Tree Releases “Octane Twisted”

    Progressive rock outfit Porcupine Tree has released Octane Twisted, a new live release taken from performances during their world tour for The Incident in 2010. The double disc set is anchored by bassist Colin Edwin, who’s jazz sensibilities come out in his playing. “Most of the tracks were recorded live at the Riviera in Chicago... »

  • Asking For (and Getting) Feedback

    Asking For (and Getting) Feedback

    Q: As bass players, we often find ourselves in situations where we do a job for others, be it taking the bass chair in a singer’s project, subbing in a band, teaching, giving workshops, etc. I often find it difficult to get appropriate feedback for my job. I like it when people are happy with... »

  • Six String Fretless: Beyond Creation’s “Omnipresent Perception”

    Six String Fretless: Beyond Creation’s “Omnipresent Perception”

    You don’t hear a lot of fretless in death metal (save for Steve DiGiorgio and Jeroen Paul Thesseling). So it’s cool to hear the instrument add a new element to a genre. A good example is the band Beyond Creation, featuring bassist Dominic “Forest” Lapointe on six-string fretless. Check out this music video for the... »