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Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of November 3rd

If there’s one word that sums up this top 10 list for me this week, that word would be “legend”.

Kicking off the top 10 most popular stories and videos on No Treble is Will Lee’s take on “The Magic of Jaco”.

Not far behind, the legendary Jerry Scheff is our first bassist featured in our all-new “Profiles in Tone” feature series.

And if that’s not enough low end goodness, we shared that the Wooten Brothers are kicking off a tour. Speaking of Victor Wooten, Damian answers a readers question about perfecting the double thumb technique Victor made popular.

All in all, a pretty epic week in the land of the low end. Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing!

Will Lee: The Magic of Jaco

1. Will Lee: The Magic of Jaco

It is always interesting to hear one prolific musician speak about another prolific musician. Will Lee did just that, sharing his thoughts on Jaco Pastorius. From his home studio (dubbed “The Beatles Museum”), Will starts off by playing a fretless bass, points at it and says “Jaco invented this thing… it’s amazing”…

Lesson: Funky Slap Bass with Open Strings

2. Lesson: Funky Slap Bass with Open Strings

Here’s a simple slap pattern based on open strings and octaves. MarloweDK breaks it down and shows us the way…

Perfecting the Double Thumb Technique

3. Perfecting the Double Thumb Technique

In this week’s “Ask” column, Damian Erskine answers three different questions from a No Treble reader to help perfect his double thumb technique. As usual, Damian offers great advice which goes beyond just the task at hand and delves into tackling musical problems in general…

Miki Santamaria: Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” Solo Bass Loop

4. Miki Santamaria: Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” Solo Bass Loop

Back in July, we featured one what turned out to be one of the most popular videos on No Treble this year: Jim Bennett’s solo bass take on Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”. Another one of our favorite bassists, Miki Santamaria took the same tune and did his own thing with it…

Profiles in Tone: Jerry Scheff

5. Profiles in Tone: Jerry Scheff

As bassist for Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and The Doors, Jerry Scheff’s sound epitomized rock bass tone in the ’70s. Thousands of bassists have studied his style while learning countless bass lines from his career. So Jerry was a great focus for our first “Profiles in Tone” feature…

Kimberly Lynn: Funk Fun

6. Kimberly Lynn: Funk Fun

The very first video we shared by Kimberly Lynn (almost 4 years ago) was really popular, thanks to Kimberly’s great approach to solo bass. Here’s Kimberly once again, in a performance filmed just a couple of weeks ago at The Gig Spot in Gig Harbor, Washington…

Wooten Brothers Announce December Tour

7. Wooten Brothers Announce December Tour

The virtuosic Wooten Brothers have announced an 11-date East Coast tour for December. Kicking off at the Choo Choo Campus in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the band will work their way up from Georgia all the way to New Hampshire over eleven days…

Ish Announces “Strap-On” Disposable Strap Locks

8. Ish Announces “Strap-On” Disposable Strap Locks

Ish has shared details on a new disposable strap lock they’ve developed named Strap-On. The simple design is made to work with nearly every strap and strap button combination for both bass and guitar…

The “Bloody Thumb” Exercise for Thumb Position Playing

9. The “Bloody Thumb” Exercise for Thumb Position Playing

Thumb position is an essential technique for upright bass. Players like Steve Bailey and Brian Bromberg have even adapted it for use on the electric bass. However, this often causes discomfort when starting out. So Dr. D shares his favorite exercise to help… dubbed the “bloody thumb” exercise…

Kala Introduces Stand Out Wall Hangers

10. Kala Introduces Stand Out Wall Hangers

UBass manufacturer Kala Brand Music has introduced a new line of wall hangers in their “Stand Out” series of instrument display accessories. The Stand Outs come in two sizes: one for basses and guitars and one for ukuleles and mandolins…