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Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of May 26

I’m happy to report things are good in the land of the low end. So good, that we have to let readers decide which 10 of the stories, videos and features we shared in the week are the best.

Here are the top 10 most popular stories, columns and videos for the week of May 26 – June 1, 2013.

Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing!

Player Spotlight: Catalina Villegas

1. Player Spotlight: Catalina Villegas

Meet Catalina Villegas, a bass player from Miami, Florida, who now resides in Medellin, Colombia. She had us hooked with the very first sentence in her interview. We think you’ll like her story too. Catalina is the No Treble reader in the spotlight for the week of May 27, 2013…

Adam Stevens: Solo Bass Loop Arrangement of Bootsy Collins’ “I’d Rather Be With You”

2. Adam Stevens: Solo Bass Loop Arrangement of Bootsy Collins’ “I’d Rather Be With You”

Adam Stevens has impressed us in the past with his solo bass arrangements, but I’m not sure I’ve enjoyed any more than this one. Here’s Adam’s arrangement of “I’d Rather Be With You”, from Bootsy Collins’ 1976 album Stretchin’ Out In Bootsy’s Rubber Band.

Daft Punk Releases “Random Access Memories”

3. Daft Punk Releases “Random Access Memories”

Electronica duo Daft Punk have taken a turn towards humanity with their latest album, Random Access Memories, which almost exclusively uses live instrumentation. The 13-track effort includes bassists James Genus, Don Ferrone, Drew Dembowski, Charles Berghofer and Nathan East…

Transcription: Jaco Pastorius’ Solo on “(Used To Be a) Cha Cha”

4. Transcription: Jaco Pastorius’ Solo on “(Used To Be a) Cha Cha”

Among the great tunes on Jaco Pastorius’ self-titled solo debut was “(Used to Be A) Cha-Cha”. His solo is a tricky one, at an upbeat tempo and with Jaco’s trademark melodic and syncopated lines. Check out the solo transcription, by guest contributor Jukka Haavisto…

Gibson Celebrates With 50th Anniversary Thunderbird Bass

5. Gibson Celebrates With 50th Anniversary Thunderbird Bass

Fifty years ago, Gibson stepped out with an edgy line of guitars and basses, respectively named the Firebird and the Thunderbird. The company is now celebrating the design with a 50th Anniversary Thunderbird Bass…

App Review: Set List Maker

6. App Review: Set List Maker

If you lead your own project, Set List Maker is probably going to be a game changer for you. Check out Damian Erskine’s review…

Rage Against the Machine: Killing in the Name, Live at Rock am Ring

7. Rage Against the Machine: Killing in the Name, Live at Rock am Ring

Tim Commerford’s raw power groove propels Rage Against the Machine in this performance of “Killing in the Name,” live at the Rock am Ring Festival in 2000…

Zander Zon: “Oracles of Her” Multi-Track Bass

8. Zander Zon: “Oracles of Her” Multi-Track Bass

The one man band known as Zander Zon has turned in another exceptional video, this time performing his tune, “Oracles of Her”. The song is from Zander’s album Saturn Return

The Bassist’s Bible: How to Play Every Bass Style from Afro-Cuban to Zydeco

9. The Bassist’s Bible: How to Play Every Bass Style from Afro-Cuban to Zydeco

Tim Boomer’s The Bassist’s Bible, originally published in 2009, has been updated and expanded in an all-new second edition. The expansive guide offers up 25 chapters, covering more than 100 musical styles. More than 400 bass lines are presented…

Lesson: Offbeat Double Thumb Slap Bass

10. Lesson: Offbeat Double Thumb Slap Bass

Thomas “MarloweDK” Risell has been working on a new concept in double thumb slap bass, which basically is an “in reverse” technique. This means the “down” thumb is on the offbeat, and the “up” thumb is on the downbeat. And he shows you how in this new lesson…