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  • Bass of the Week: David Gage Czech-Ease Double Bass

    Bass of the Week: David Gage Czech-Ease Double Bass

    Anyone who has traveled with an upright bass knows that it can be a real hassle. While electric upright basses are easier to get around, they don’t give the same feel and response as their acoustic brethren. Renowned luthier David Gage reacted to the issue by designing the Czech-Ease: a full scale double bass that... »

  • Transcription: Periphery’s “Make Total Destroy”

    Transcription: Periphery’s “Make Total Destroy”

    Today I’m going to be talking you through my transcription for my band’s song “Make Total Destroy” from our latest album Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal. (Check out the recent video feature here on No Treble). You’ll need a 5-string bass with 24 frets to be able to play the song in its entirety,... »

  • Victor Bailey, Lenny White & Larry Coryell: “Low Blow” Live (2006)

    Victor Bailey, Lenny White & Larry Coryell: “Low Blow” Live (2006)

    During the 2006 Jazz Triumph Festival, Victor Bailey took the stage with guitarist Larry Coryell and drummer Lenny White. The trio performed Victor’s tune “Low Blow”, from the bassist’s album of the same name. Victor not only plays some impressive bass lines, he sings along with them too. Monster! »

  • Evan Marien and Dana Hawkins Announce “Collection” EP

    Evan Marien and Dana Hawkins Announce “Collection” EP

    No Treble readers, like us, have enjoyed the videos of bassist Evan Marien and drummer Dana Hawkins here. The duo has just announced they’re releasing a five track EP of their work, dubbed Collection. The album contains three tracks recorded at Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn last June, and two tracks recorded at The Bunker Studio... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Darryl Anders

    Reader Spotlight: Darryl Anders

    We first featured Darryl Anders and his band AgapeSoul back in July of last year. The bassist’s deep pocket groove made that first appearance here a big hit. Darryl has an impressive resume and a pretty sweet gear list too. So it was an easy choice to select him for this week’s reader spotlight feature…... »

  • Dealing with Awkward Keys when Transposing on Bass

    Dealing with Awkward Keys when Transposing on Bass

    Q: I’ve been asked to play Billy Ocean’s “When The Going Gets Tough” transposed down to B, which is down in the murky depths of the B string, and I feel it takes away from the bass line. Going up an octave makes it seem thin. Any advice on how I could remedy this issue,... »

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  • Meshell Ndegeocello with Pino Palladino: “Home is Where the Hatred Is”

    Meshell Ndegeocello with Pino Palladino: “Home is Where the Hatred Is”

    Santi Umbert sent us this clip of Meshell Ndegeocello teaming up with bassist Pino Palladino for a cover of Gil Scott-Heron’s “Home Is Where The Hatred Is.” Palladino lays down a seriously funky groove throughout the entire song while the band kicks it out. The songs then evolves into a bass jam around the four... »

  • 2012 Readers’ Favorite Bassists – #1: Marcus Miller

    2012 Readers’ Favorite Bassists – #1: Marcus Miller

    This is the third straight year (out of three) that Marcus Miller has made our top ten reader favorites list. But this is the first time he’s been #1. This was a big year for Marcus with plenty of highs. None was likely higher than the release of Renaissance, an album we consider one of... »

  • 2012 Readers’ Favorite Bassists – #2: Esperanza Spalding

    2012 Readers’ Favorite Bassists – #2: Esperanza Spalding

    Esperanza Spalding is another bassist who routinely makes our annual reader favorites list, and for good reason. The exciting bassist/vocalist/composer keeps releasing amazing records, winning awards and honors, and showcasing her skills in various videos we feature here. Here are the top five most viewed Esperanza Spalding stories and videos over the course of 2012.... »

  • 2012 Readers’ Favorite Bassists – #3: Victor Wooten

    2012 Readers’ Favorite Bassists – #3: Victor Wooten

    Another well deserving and permanent fixture on our annual reader favorite lists is Victor Wooten. The highlight for us was the release of his two new albums, Words and Tones and Sword and Stones – both in heavy rotation here at NT HQ. Another highlight for us was Rod Taylor’s three-part interview with Victor –... »