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Weekly Top Ten: The Top Bass Stories, Videos and How-To’s for the Week of April 14

The bass world lost two of its members last week, with the passing of Chi Cheng and Cordell “Boogie” Mosson. No Treble readers paid their tribute to both, making their In Memoriam features two of the top read stories.

On a happier note, we reported new gear, shared our latest lessons and how to’s, plus the week’s top videos. Here are the top 10 most viewed by No Treble readers for the week of April 14-20. Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing.

In Memoriam: Chi Cheng

1. In Memoriam: Chi Cheng

The bass community has lost another great player as former Deftones bassist Chi Cheng has passed away after a five year fight for his life. Cheng was in a car accident in 2008 in Santa Clara, California that left him in a coma…

Höfner Debuts “Cavern” Versions of Contemporary and Ignition Violin Basses

2. Höfner Debuts “Cavern” Versions of Contemporary and Ignition Violin Basses

Höfner has introduced new “Cavern” versions of their Contemporary and Ignition Series Violin basses at the 2013 Musikmesse in Frankfurt last week. The pickups on the new models are positioned closely together and towards the neck in the Cavern style, similar to Paul McCartney’s original 1961 bass…

Bass Talk: How To Practice Scales, Intervals, Patterns and Positions

3. Bass Talk: How To Practice Scales, Intervals, Patterns and Positions

No Treble readers submitted questions to us for the next series of lessons by Thomas “MarloweDK” Risell. Several readers submitted questions about learning scales, intervals and patterns, as well as asking how he approaches practicing them. In this installment, Thomas focuses on all the basics…

Waterstone Honors Jackson Pollock with Studio Bass

4. Waterstone Honors Jackson Pollock with Studio Bass

Waterstone Musical Instruments is honoring the work of Jackson Pollock with a new line of guitars and basses named after the influential abstract artist. The instruments feature an abstract finish inspired by the floors of Jackson Pollock’s studio…

In Memoriam: P-Funk Bassist Cordell “Boogie” Mosson

5. In Memoriam: P-Funk Bassist Cordell “Boogie” Mosson

Parliament-Funkadelic member Cordell “Boogie” Mosson passed away on April 18th from an unspecified illness. He was 60 years old. Mosson grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey, where he was friends with future P-Funk guitarist Garry Shider. The duo eventually joined a band called United Soul, which came to the attention of P-Funk founder George Clinton…

Digitech Announces JamMan Express XT Looping Pedal

6. Digitech Announces JamMan Express XT Looping Pedal

Digitech has expanded their looping pedal lineup with introduction of the JamMan Express XT, a pared down pedal built for simplicity. The pedal sports one knob for adjusting the loop level with a footswitch for controlling the looping process…

Bass of the Week: Off Guitar Design soulbrotha’

7. Bass of the Week: Off Guitar Design soulbrotha’

A collaboration between Martin Off and luthier Jozsi Lak, the Off Guitar Design soulbrotha’ bass is unique mix of retro and modern design aesthetics. The bass, which gets its design from the company’s soulsista’ guitar, is handmade by Lak in Germany…

Instinct vs. Learning: Ideas for Musical Growth

8. Instinct vs. Learning: Ideas for Musical Growth

In his weekly Q&A column, Damian Erskine answers a reader’s question on surviving using instincts vs. tackling more traditional study methods (and the combination). Damian shares some of his personal experience, and readers have too…

WDR Big Band with Victor Bailey: The Music of Jaco Pastorius

9. WDR Big Band with Victor Bailey: The Music of Jaco Pastorius

Here’s the fantastic WDR Big Band with special guests Victor Bailey on bass and Peter Erskine on drums performing the music of Jaco Pastorius. Things kick off appropriately with “Come On, Come Over”, the second track from Jaco’s debut album. Bailey does double duty on this one, playing the funky bass line while singing the vocals…

Jazz ScaleHelper: A Look at the Scale Analysis and Study App for iOS and Android

10. Jazz ScaleHelper: A Look at the Scale Analysis and Study App for iOS and Android

Jazz ScaleHelper is, at it’s essence, a discerning ear. The app listens to you play your scales and arpeggios and gives you feedback on what you just played, as well as a grade. It judges your note stability, intonation, time and shows you how many notes per minute you played…