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

We had some very cool surprises in August when it came to bass videos. Starting out with the #1 video of the month – Vulfpeck’s visualization of James Jamerson’s “For Once In My Life” bass line, to a newly discovered Jaco Pastorius video gem – that would have been enough. But this is a top 10 list, and the other eight were plenty epic too. So here’s your top 10 list of the most watched bass videos in August on No Treble.

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For Once in My Life: James Jamerson’s Bass Line Visualized

1. For Once in My Life: James Jamerson’s Bass Line Visualized

Vulfpeck’s Jack Stratton sent us this cool video he made saying, “[James] Jamerson belongs with Bach, Debussy and Mozart, and that includes graphical scores on Youtube.” We couldn’t agree more. We dig this visual representation of one of Jamerson’s amazing bass lines…

Zander Zon: Imagine Dragons “Radioactive” Solo Bass Arrangement

2. 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.

Jaco Pastorius: “Chromatic Fantasy”, Live (1986)

3. Jaco Pastorius: “Chromatic Fantasy”, Live (1986)

When Kevin sent me this video, I was stunned… such a rare gem and an excellent closeup of Jaco Pastorius performing solo in 1986. This was during one of his gigs with drummer Brian Melvin. I don’t recall many videos of Jaco performing “Chromatic Fantasy”, but this one has to be among the best…

Eric Czar: Caffeine

4. Eric Czar: Caffeine

When we interviewed Eric Czar last year, he told us that as a 7-string bassist, he’s “survived [his] share of ‘string bashing’”. But Czar is a versatile bassist and composer, adept at pretty much any bass we can imagine. Here he is performing his own tune, “Caffeine” on a 4-string…

Marta Altesa: Bass & Drum Cover of Jamiroquai’s “Little L”

5. Marta Altesa: Bass & Drum Cover of Jamiroquai’s “Little L”

Marta Altesa knocked everyone out with the first two videos we featured, thanks to some incredible bass playing that would seem to go way beyond her few short years of experience. Marta is raising the bar yet again, taking on another Jamiroquai tune and this time covering both the bass and drum parts…

Jan Urbanec: Acoustic Bass Funk

6. Jan Urbanec: Acoustic Bass Funk

Warning: you’re about to experience some serious funkiness. The only problem, it doesn’t last long enough. Jan Urbanec is laying it down on his acoustic bass. He says he’s “…just messing around with one of my favorite grooves.” Oh yeah…

Adam Stevens: “Let’s Get It On” All-Bass Cover

7. Adam Stevens: “Let’s Get It On” All-Bass Cover

Marvin Gaye’s tune “Let’s Get It On” featured one the great Motown bass lines, played by Wilton Felder. Bassist Adam Stevens took the tune, his bass and a looper, and made it his own. Once again, Adam turns in an amazing all-bass performance…

Name That Bass Line!

8. 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. This episode features bassists Dave Baron, Will Lee, MarloweDK, DavidSinRocks, TJH3113, MusicLisha and others…

Viaceslav Svedov: Solo Bass Cover of RHCP’s “Easily” on a Contrabass Balalaika

9. Viaceslav Svedov: Solo Bass Cover of RHCP’s “Easily” on a Contrabass Balalaika

I did a double take when I saw this new video by Viaceslav Svedov. That’s because Viaceslav decided to take the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Easily” and try it out on a Contrabass Balalaika. “…It’s freaking hard to play, but that beast sounds good!” Viaceslav said. Beast is right…

Vulfpeck: Wait for the Moment

10. Vulfpeck: Wait for the Moment

Yes, I’m a huge Vulfpeck fan. It starts with bassist Joe Dart, who always seems to find the right bass line and then do something quite unexpected, but it just fits. But truth is, the whole band is just stellar. And fun. From their new release, My First Car, here’s the opening track…

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