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  • Ask Damian Erskine: A Call for Questions

    Ask Damian Erskine: A Call for Questions

    Damian Erskine’s Ask Damian column is our longest running column on No Treble. For over four years – and I believe a total of 216 columns so far – Damian’s column has also been one of the most popular, thanks to the unique way he breaks things down. Damian is looking for more questions to... »

  • Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in August

    Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in August

    August saw a decent amount of new bass gear released, but only 10 make the list of reader’s favorites here. Thanks as always for reading, commenting and sharing! 1. Misa Introduces Tri-Bass MIDI Controller Australian company Misa is all about enabling live bands to play electronic music, and their new Tri-Bass is a great example... »

  • Herbie Hancock with Marcus Miller: Actual Proof (Live)

    Herbie Hancock with Marcus Miller: Actual Proof (Live)

    In 2005, Herbie Hancock took the stage at Tokyo Jazz with a special Headhunters line up that featured Marcus Miller on bass. The band also included Terri Lyne Carrington on drums, Roy Hargrove on trumpet, Munyungo Jackson on percussion, Lionel Loueke on guitar and vocals and Wah Wah Watson on guitar. Here they are performing... »

  • The Blues: It’s Not “Just a Blues”

    The Blues: It’s Not “Just a Blues”

    Believe it or not, I’m a huge fan of the blues. This particular genre caught my attention at a young age and it has taken years (and, I expect, will require many more) to appreciate some of its subtleties. If you’ve had an opportunity to check out my series on blues bass playing, then this... »

  • Fernando Molinari: “Taffontry 20mg” Country/Fusion Slap Bass

    Fernando Molinari: “Taffontry 20mg” Country/Fusion Slap Bass

    Yes, you read that right: Country/Fusion slap bass. Brazilian bassist Fernando Molinari posted this play-along of the song “Taffontry 20mg” from his album Identidade, which is kind of like a honky tonk song on speed. More of the fusion part of the equation comes out at 1:55 when Molinari plays some blazing tapping lines in... »

  • BC Bass Relay Raises Money For Cancer Research

    BC Bass Relay Raises Money For Cancer Research

    Here’s another reason why the bass community is the best: bassists in the United Kingdom are donating to a good cause as part of the BC Bass Relay. Started in mid-January by James Ryan, a member of the online forum BassChat, the relay includes a single Stagg BC300 Fusion bass being used as a “baton”... »

  • Bass of the Week: Lipe Guitars Lupara

    Bass of the Week: Lipe Guitars Lupara

    The Lipe Guitars Lupara bass is handmade in California by veteran luthier Mike Lipe. Based on his guitar models, the Lupara comes in 4- and 5-string versions with a choice of P/J, J/J, and humbucker pickup configurations. The bass comes standard with an alder body that’s contoured for comfort. Several choices for exotic tops are... »

  • Seeing the Light: An Interview with Peter Hook

    Seeing the Light: An Interview with Peter Hook

    Peter Hook is a man who marches to the beat of his own drum, and that beat will lead him on a world tour this year as he and his band The Light present New Order’s Movement and Power, Corruption, & Lies in their entirety. The group will dig deep to play all the singles... »

  • Henrique Corrêa: Solo Slap Bass Groove

    Henrique Corrêa: Solo Slap Bass Groove

    Bassist Henrique Corrêa sent us this video of him laying down a sweet groove. What more needs to be said? »

  • In Memoriam: Chris Friedrich

    In Memoriam: Chris Friedrich

    Chris Friedrich, bassist for post-rock outfit Caspian, has passed away. The band made the announcement on their website. “We write to you today with heavy hearts and indescribable sadness to tell you that our bass player, Chris Friedrich, died unexpectedly Sunday afternoon,” they wrote. “We have lost a close friend, a true brother, and a... »