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Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of December 23

Here our the most read stories, lessons and the most watched videos on No Treble for the week of December 23-29, 2012 – including some of our Top 10 for 2012 lists.

Thanks as always for reading, commenting and sharing!

Best of 2012: The Top 10 Bass Player Spotlights

1. Best of 2012: The Top 10 Bass Player Spotlights

We love the Player Spotlight feature here at No Treble HQ, because we get to feature an amazing bassist from our community every week. Here are our top 10 most popular bassists in the spotlight for 2012, based on readership…

Wearing a Ring while Playing: A Discussion for Bass Players

2. Wearing a Ring while Playing: A Discussion for Bass Players

Damian answers this reader question in this week’s column: “I’m getting married soon and thought about how much wearing a wedding ring could affect my playing. I suppose it takes some time to adjust to it anyway, but I’m especially thinking about fret and string noise, or neck scratches. I noticed that you play with a wedding ring yourself and seem pretty comfortable with it, even on wide 6-stringers. Did that affect your left hand technique in any way? …”

NS Design Announces NXT-Series Omni Bass

3. NS Design Announces NXT-Series Omni Bass

NS Design has introduced an NXT-Series version of their Omni Bass, an electric upright that sports a 34˝ scale like that of a bass guitar. The new instrument is designed for the bass guitarist interested in adding the character and expressiveness of an upright…

Stephane Barral: Upright Slap Bass Improv

4. Stephane Barral: Upright Slap Bass Improv

Here’s some sweet double bass action by Stephane Barral. His right hand technique is so fast, it looks like a blur!

Timothy B. Schmit Recovering from Throat and Neck Cancer

5. Timothy B. Schmit Recovering from Throat and Neck Cancer

Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit is recovering after having surgery for throat and neck cancer late last month. The news was confirmed by his assistant Julie Freeman in a message to the band’s fan site Eaglesfans.com. Freeman stated that Schmit was diagnosed in October and flew to New York for surgery right after The Eagles’ November 17th concert…

Gear Review: Kinal SK5-B Bass Guitar

6. Gear Review: Kinal SK5-B Bass Guitar

It’s bass guitar review time once again, and this time we’re checking out the SK5-B made by Michael Kinal of Kinal Guitars…

Best of 2012: The Top 10 Most Watched Bass Videos

7. Best of 2012: The Top 10 Most Watched Bass Videos

No doubt about it: bass-focused videos are the best videos. Here’s the best of the best – the top 10 most watched videos on No Treble in 2012. Some from famous folks, some by people you may not have seen yet, some funny, all awesome…

Best of 2012: The Top 10 Bass Gear Stories

8. Best of 2012: The Top 10 Bass Gear Stories

There is no such thing as too much bass gear. We covered a ton in 2012. These ten gear stories were the most read and most shared all year by No Treble readers…

Spawn of Possession: Erlend Caspersen Plays Through “Bodiless Sleeper”

9. Spawn of Possession: Erlend Caspersen Plays Through “Bodiless Sleeper”

One of the things I really love about YouTube is that everyone uses it, so it’s easy to find awesome bassists doing their thing. Case in point: Norwegian death metal bassist Erlend Caspersen has an account that he’s filled up with play alongs of the songs he plays…

Staying Fit During the Holiday Season

10. Staying Fit During the Holiday Season

Although the title may suggest it, this is not a gym advertisement, nor a plan for a special low-fat diet. And, while we consider our vacation time as a way to take off from work for a few days, hang with our friends and family, and eat lots of goodies, our practice schedule usually falls victim to this time of year. Here are a couple of things that you can do to get back in the saddle….