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Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of October 20th

Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of October 20th

I look at readership numbers for No Treble every day, and I love putting together these weekly top 10 lists.

This one seems extra special this week, particularly for the how-to’s and lessons that make up 40% of the list. Not only that, some pretty amazing videos, and more.

Here is No Treble’s top 10 for the week of October 20-26, 2013.

Zander Zon: Adele’s “Someone Like You” Solo Bass Performance

1. Zander Zon: Adele’s “Someone Like You” Solo Bass Performance

In this recent video, Zander Zon takes a pop tune and makes it better, with a solo bass arrangement. Enjoy Zander’s own arrangement of Adele’s “Someone Like You”.

Fodera Unveils Anthony Jackson Presentation II Bass

2. Fodera Unveils Anthony Jackson Presentation II Bass

Last year, Fodera teased the public with pictures of an interesting prototype hybrid bass they were developing. The company has now unveiled the result: the Fodera Anthony Jackson Presentation II Bass…

Walking Bass Lesson: 12 Bar Blues

3. Walking Bass Lesson: 12 Bar Blues

When you’re presented with a 12-bar blues, you have different options for how to create a walking bass line. In this lesson, we’ll cover those options…

Bass Battle: “Finding Myself” Live Looping Solo Bass

4. Bass Battle: “Finding Myself” Live Looping Solo Bass

Iuliu-Bogdan Diaconeasa, aka “Bass Battle”, has released the fifth video in his series of live looping bass compositions. “Finding Myself” is a solo bass song that slowly layers up, eventually adding chords, bass, melody and percussion…

Reader Spotlight: Brad Cheeseman

5. Reader Spotlight: Brad Cheeseman

Meet Brad Cheeseman, a bassist who has an interesting story of how he switched from guitar to bass, and never looked back. Be sure to check out his videos below of his transcriptions and bands, and also check out his website for the transcriptions themselves. Brad is No Treble’s reader in the spotlight this week…

Practicing Without Your Bass: Some Exercises to Keep the Music Going

6. Practicing Without Your Bass: Some Exercises to Keep the Music Going

In this week’s Ask Damian Erskine column, a reader submitted a question about practicing when he’s away from his bass. Damian delivers a list of great exercises to improve your musicianship…

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Nominees

7. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Nominees

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the list of nominees for the 2014 induction, and the bass world is well represented. Half of the artists have been nominated before, with several returning from last year’s picks, while the other half are all first-time nominees…

Looping the Bass: 7 Activities for Musical Growth

8. Looping the Bass: 7 Activities for Musical Growth

If you’ve tried a looper pedal and faced some frustration – or if you’re simply looking to expand your musical horizons with one of these devices, Ryan Madora’s new “I Wish I Knew That” column is pure gold…

Jayme Lewis: Modulating Sweep Arpeggios and Inversions Lesson

9. Jayme Lewis: Modulating Sweep Arpeggios and Inversions Lesson

Here’s a cool lesson for the adventurous bassist: Jayme Lewis’s lesson on performing sweep arpeggios and inversions. Jayme walks through his effects to make the arpeggios pop before dissecting each part of the etude’s intricacies. He even provides a PDF of the lesson with music notation and TAB…

Bass of the Week: Chadwick Folding Bass

10. Bass of the Week: Chadwick Folding Bass

Ask any double bassist what the biggest pain is about their instrument of choice, and they’ll likely tell you it is the task of lugging it around. Enter the Chadwick Folding Bass: a standard 3/4 bass that folds in on itself for travel. Be sure to check out the demo video…