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  • Jim Joel Santos: Solo Bass

    Jim Joel Santos: Solo Bass

    Bassist Jim Joel Santos sent us this video of him performing an untitled solo bass tune which really knocked us out. We loved the composition, harmonics, tapping and technique. Well done, Jim! (He’s not left handed, by the way… his camera was set to mirror mode). »

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  • Portnoy Sheehan MacAlpine Sherinian Release “Live in Tokyo”

    Portnoy Sheehan MacAlpine Sherinian Release “Live in Tokyo”

    The supergroup known as Portnoy Sheehan MacAlpine Sherinian has released Live in Tokyo. The multi-format release showcases bassist Billy Sheehan, drummer Mike Portnoy, guitarist Tony MacAlpine and keyboardist Derek Sherinian performing live at Zepp Tokyo on November 14, 2012. Live in Tokyo offers up 16 tunes spanning songs including “Shy Boy” from Sheehan’s band Talas,... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Bruno Rodrigues

    Reader Spotlight: Bruno Rodrigues

    Meet Bruno Rodrigues a bass player from Portugal who is really living the dream. Bruno says he plays the bass at least 10 hours per day. He’s well schooled – both formally and self-taught, and is about as well rounded as they come (though he primary calls himself a metal bassist). Bruno is No Treble’s... »

  • Ask the Readers: What’s on Your Checklist?

    Ask the Readers: What’s on Your Checklist?

    Editor’s note: We’re starting a new series where we ask readers their take on a single bass-related or music-related question each week and then feature the answers and people who share their responses. If you want to see some examples, check out our What Makes a Great Bassist? series. Here’s the first question: When you’re... »

  • Lesson: Funky and Relaxed Fingerstyle Bass Groove with Double Stops

    Lesson: Funky and Relaxed Fingerstyle Bass Groove with Double Stops

    Continuing our bass groove lesson series, here’s a cool (and relaxed) groove and exercise for you. In this groove, we’re employing double stops with one of the most common shapes: Major 10th, root note, and a Major 3rd (an octave above). Follow along with the video and this lesson transcription (PDF download). For the gear... »

  • King’s X: We Were Born To Be Loved

    King’s X: We Were Born To Be Loved

    Today we’re celebrating DUg Pinnick’s birthday with the live music video for the King’s X tune “We Were Born to Be Loved.” Taken from the DVD Pinnick lays out some tasty bass with his signature tone while feeding off the crowd’s energy. »

  • Against Me! Names New Bassist

    Against Me! Names New Bassist

    Against Me! have announced that The (International) Noise Conspiracy bassist Inge Johansson will be filling in on bass during the band’s upcoming tour in support of their recently completed album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues. The news came as a tweet from lead singer Laura Jane Grace’s Twitter account. When asked whether or not Johansson would be... »

  • Jeff Ament Makes Appearance on “Sweet Relief III” Charity Album

    Jeff Ament Makes Appearance on “Sweet Relief III” Charity Album

    Pearl Jam bassist and all-around good guy Jeff Ament is lending his playing talents to the new Sweet Relief III: Pennies from Heaven charity album. Ament joins Joseph Arthur for a cover of the Townes Van Zandt song “If I Needed You.” The album is a compilation of artists playing cover songs with appearances by... »

  • SteadyTune: A Look at the Tuning App for Mac

    SteadyTune: A Look at the Tuning App for Mac

    While I typically stick to iOS apps here, I realize many of you iOS users are likely also Mac users. So I thought I’d deviate from the norm a little here and focus on a handy app I’ve discovered for the Mac. SteadyTune is as simple as it gets. When opened (I set mine to... »

  • Aram Bedrosian: Going Under

    Aram Bedrosian: Going Under

    It has been a while since we’ve featured bassist Aram Bedrosian and one of his terrific solo bass performances. Here’s Aram’s tune “Going Under”, recorded a couple of years ago. »