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  • Expanding Hands Music Now Offering Funk Fingers

    Expanding Hands Music Now Offering Funk Fingers

    Funk Fingers are available once again thanks to a licensing agreement between Tony Levin and Expanding Hands Music. Levin invented the Funk Fingers after mimicking his intro to Peter Gabriel’s “Big Time,” in which drummer Jerry Marotta played Levin’s bass strings with his drumsticks while the bassist fingered the notes with his left hand. Though... »

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

    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... »

  • Booker T. and the MG’s: “Time is Tight”, Live 1970

    Booker T. and the MG’s: “Time is Tight”, Live 1970

    Here’s a groove that’ll make you feel good. Donald “Duck” Dunn locks in on this jam with Booker T. and the MG’s during a show at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California on January 31, 1970. »

  • Alice In Chains Releases “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here”

    Alice In Chains Releases “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here”

    Alice in Chains has released their fifth studio album, and the second since their 2005 reunion. And while The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here carries the group’s signature sludge metal sound, the band says the effort is an evolution of their sonic palette. “We made a unique record that’s completely different from anything we ever did,”... »

  • Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in May

    Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in May

    Here are the top ten most read, commented and shared bass gear stories on No Treble for the month of May 2013. Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing! 1. Fender Custom Shop Introduces Limited Relic 1955 Precision Bass The Fender Custom Shop has rolled out its Spring 2013 offerings, including the Limited Relic 1955 Precision... »

  • Lesson: Offbeat Double Thumb Slap Bass

    Lesson: Offbeat Double Thumb Slap Bass

    I’m 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. This creates a whole new feeling worth exploring. You can follow along with the notation (PDF) and the video below.... »

  • Larry Graham: Hair

    Larry Graham: Hair

    When I started to learn how to slap, “Hair” was the song that stuck with me the most. It’s so much fun to play, and it’s even more fun to watch Larry Graham go wild on it in this clip taken from Japanese television. »

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

    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, which can be followed on each of the two CDs which are included. In the new... »