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  • Steve Lawson: “Don’t Stop Believing” Solo Bass Cover

    Steve Lawson: “Don’t Stop Believing” Solo Bass Cover

    Steve Lawson shared this one with us on Twitter saying, “[I] think you might enjoy this solo bass cover…” Well Steve, your hunch was correct. »

  • Bass of the Week: Artisan Bass Works Classic Series

    Bass of the Week: Artisan Bass Works Classic Series

    Artisan Bass Works looks at things from a different angle. The Ohio-based company licenses ANSIR Technology, which is a patented neck design that puts the fretboard into a more natural playing position. ABW puts the design to use on their Classic Series to add their own touch to common bass styles. The Artisan Bass Works... »

  • Olivier Babaz: Bass & Kalimba Cover of “Message in a Bottle”

    Olivier Babaz: Bass & Kalimba Cover of “Message in a Bottle”

    Olivier Babaz continues to amaze me with each video he puts out. His specialty is playing upright bass and kalimba simultaneously, and this time he’s putting the combo to use on The Police’s “Message in a Bottle.” Impressive! »

  • Machine Head Announces New Bassist

    Machine Head Announces New Bassist

    Three months after beginning an open audition to fill the shoes of longtime member Adam Duce, Machine Head has announced their new bassist is Jared MacEachern. MacEachern has a history with the band, as his previous group Sanctity toured with Machine Head in 2007, during which time the bassist filled in harmony vocals after Duce... »

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  • When a Band Member Quits: A Discussion of Music Rights, Replacements and Other Considerations

    When a Band Member Quits: A Discussion of Music Rights, Replacements and Other Considerations

    Q: I play with the Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots (Arlington, VA). The only founding member of the band who’s been with the band longer than I have has just decided to call it quits. He was responsible for the riffs on our first album, which is also still under production. Now while I am... »

  • Poliana Magalhães: Jamiroquai’s “Runaway” Playalong

    Poliana Magalhães: Jamiroquai’s “Runaway” Playalong

    A few months ago, Marta Altesa impressed us with her play-along to Jamiroquai’s “Time Won’t Wait”. We just heard from another impressive young bassist, Poliana Magalhães, who shared some of her videos with us. This play-along to Jamiroquai’s “Runaway” is a lot of fun. Poliana said, “I tried not play like the original song. It’s... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Luke Boismier

    Reader Spotlight: Luke Boismier

    Meet Luke Boismier, a multi-instrumentalist who seems laser focused on one thing: music. When I read the first sentence of Luke’s reader spotlight entry, I knew we had to pick him for this week’s feature. As I read more, I was even more convinced. Luke is No Treble’s reader in the spotlight for the week... »

  • Old School: 1973 Acoustic Control Corporation Black Widow Bass

    Old School: 1973 Acoustic Control Corporation Black Widow Bass

    Our Facebook friend Cuzin’ Locust Johnson (AKA Mark) shares some old school goodness with us – his 1973 Acoustic Control Black Widow Bass. Acoustic Control Corporation’s Black Widow bass began in 1972, along with a guitar model of the same name. This was the company’s first and only guitar and bass model, according to the... »

  • Jomyloon: Funk 2

    Jomyloon: Funk 2

    When I started to get into bass playing about nine years ago, Victor Wooten was the guy I was looking up to and learning the most from. Judging by the playing of John Oz (AKA “Jomyloon”), I’d say that this might also be the case with him. The Victor influence is definitely there, and that’s... »

  • Radial Engineering Introduces StageDirect Muting Direct Box

    Radial Engineering Introduces StageDirect Muting Direct Box

    Radial Engineering has announced StageDirect, an active direct box that adds a mute switch for silent tuning or switching instruments without having to turn down your PA or stage amp. When the footswitch is depressed, all outputs except the tuner output are muted. Other features on the StageDirect include a 180° polarity reverse switch, a... »