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Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of December 16

Here are the most read bass gear, lessons and how-to’s, videos, special features and more for the week of Dec 16 – 22, 2012.

Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing. Happy holidays!

Getting Heavier: An Interview with Periphery’s Adam “Nolly” Getgood

1. Getting Heavier: An Interview with Periphery’s Adam “Nolly” Getgood

Last month we shared a bass cam video of Periphery bassist Adam “Nolly” Getgood performing “Make Total Destroy” live at Manchester Academy. The clip was a hit with our readers, who especially took note of Getgood’s ridiculously awesome tone. Check out our interview with this exciting bassist…

Isolating Your Right Hand: Exercises for Bassists

2. Isolating Your Right Hand: Exercises for Bassists

When confronted with a difficult passage that just isn’t getting any better, most of us will isolate the left hand to improve our accuracy. While this is valuable – and may indeed help solidify the section in question – it is equally important to isolate the right hand as well…

Viktor Lőrincz: Delayed Bass Solo

3. Viktor Lőrincz: Delayed Bass Solo

Here’s an awesome clip Viktor Lőrincz sent us where he has some fun with a delay. With a tempo of 178 BPM and a delay of 253 ms, he makes it sound like he’s playing twice as fast as he really is…

Getting Recognized: Advice for Bassists

4. Getting Recognized: Advice for Bassists

In his weekly column, Damian tackles this reader question: “How do I brand myself as an internationally recognized bass player? How does one get endorsed to an international brand?”

A Christmas Medley for Solo Bass

5. A Christmas Medley for Solo Bass

I just discovered bassist Ed Lift, who goes by the screen name Zon 4. And I was glad I did. Zon 4′s style is very reminiscent of Zander Zon’s. Here’s Zon 4 performing a medley of Christmas tunes the way we like them. Enjoy…

Rolli’s Tones Big Band: Every Breath You Take

6. Rolli’s Tones Big Band: Every Breath You Take

Bassist Maurizio Rolli shared this video with us, featuring a 2009 performance of his Rolli’s Tones big band. The group, which includes drummer Peter Erskine and saxophonist Bob Mintzer performed their unique arrangement of The Police’s “Every Breath You Take”, including a sweet solo by Maurizio…

Player Spotlight: Matthew Hughes

7. Player Spotlight: Matthew Hughes

Meet bass player Matthew Hughes, a musician we both understand and appreciate. Matthew suffers from G.A.S. more than most folks (see below) and has a great sense of humor (see below). But it was his story that made it for us – a guy having fun, taking things seriously and not so seriously…

Billy Sheehan, Mike Portnoy and Richie Kotzen Project Wraps Up Debut Album

8. Billy Sheehan, Mike Portnoy and Richie Kotzen Project Wraps Up Debut Album

A new album by a new supergroup will be coming in 2013, thanks to the teaming up of bassist Billy Sheehan, drummer Mike Portnoy and guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen. Supergroup!

Darkglass Electronics Unveils Vintage Microtubes Pedal

9. Darkglass Electronics Unveils Vintage Microtubes Pedal – one that emerged by studying “the greatest and most legendary bass tones and all the components involved in creating them; amplifier brands [and] recording techniques…”

Darkglass Electronics has unveiled the Vintage Microtubes, a unique overdrive pedal aimed at creating classic rock and roll bass tones from the ’70s through the ’90s. …

Bass of the Week: o3 Guitars Palladium

10. Bass of the Week: o3 Guitars Palladium

This week we take a look at Spanish custom shop o3 Guitars’ Palladium bass. Available in 4-, 5- and 6-string versions, the bass takes its moniker from the chemical element, which is a “rare and lustrous silvery-white metal.” All of o3’s basses are hand made, so each is customized…