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Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of August 11

Great new columns and how-to’s, interviews, videos and gear – and it is all about bass! What else can you wish for?

Here are the most read, most viewed articles and more on No Treble for the week of August 11-17, 2013.

Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing!

Lines on a Fretless Bass: Is it Cheating?

1. Lines on a Fretless Bass: Is it Cheating?

In his latest column, Damian Erskine answers a two-part question from a reader about fretless bass and whether or not fret lines could be considered cheating, and what sort of fretless to buy…

Going Up: An Interview with Sandy Beales

2. Going Up: An Interview with Sandy Beales

Behind every major pop star, there’s usually a cast of talented musicians backing them up. This includes the wildly popular band One Direction, who get their groove from bassist Sandy Beales. We caught up with Beales to get the scoop on his influences, his gear, and what it takes to get the gig. Good stuff right here…

Structuring Your Practice: A Checklist for Bass Players

3. Structuring Your Practice: A Checklist for Bass Players

Any serious musician will practice regularly. While consistency is the most significant factor in our progress, we need to make good use of our practice time if we want continued improvement. Here are the major sections to hit each day for a successful long-term practice plan from Dr. D…

Zander Zon: Imagine Dragons “Radioactive” Solo Bass Arrangement

4. Zander Zon: Imagine Dragons “Radioactive” Solo Bass Arrangement

Once again, Zander Zon turns in an amazing solo bass performance. This time around, he takes on Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive”. The original blends rock, electronic music and dubstep. Zander makes it all about the bass…

Name That Bass Line!

5. Name That Bass Line!

Name That Bass Line! is a fun show on YouTube that mixes skit comedy and famous bass lines. What more could you want? Each segment has ten mystery bass lines played by fellow YouTubers that the viewers have to guess. See how you rank…

Bass of the Week: Toby Chennell Arco Acoustic Bass Guitar

6. Bass of the Week: Toby Chennell Arco Acoustic Bass Guitar

In July, we posted a cool video of Bart Soeters displaying a wide variety of basses, and one of his instruments really stood out to me: the Toby Chennell Arco Acoustic Bass Guitar. Chennell set out to combine elements of electric and upright bass into one instrument…

Ampeg Adds 1×12 and 2×12 Cabinets to Classic Series

7. Ampeg Adds 1×12 and 2×12 Cabinets to Classic Series

Along with the reissue of the V-4B, Ampeg has announced two new SVT bass cabinets: the SVT-112AV and the SVT-212AV. Both models are stocked with 12″ Eminence LF drivers, making it the first time the company has released cabinets housing 12-inch drivers in over a decade…

Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (July 2013)

8. Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (July 2013)

July was a big month for bass videos. There was also an interesting Jaco theme to this list, as it turns out. But every one of these top 10 right here are hot hot hot… and we’re not just saying that…

Crash Kings: “Hot Fire” Live

9. Crash Kings: “Hot Fire” Live

Longtime No Treble readers may remember the Crash Kings. The trio started by brothers Mike Beliveau (bass) and Tony Beliveau (keyboards and vocals) caught our attention because they set out to get that “create a band that once and for all could be “The Big Rock Sound’ without guitar.”And boy did they…

TC Electronic Announces Polytune 2

10. TC Electronic Announces Polytune 2

TC Electronic has upgraded it’s flagship tuner with the Polytune 2. The polyphonic tuner, which displays the pitches of all your strings when you strum them simultaneously, now offers a bigger, brighter display as well as chromatic strobe tuner…