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  • Ish Announces “Strap-On” Disposable Strap Locks

    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 Strap-On itself is a hard plastic washer that’s placed over top of your strap when it’s on your bass. They... »

  • Perfecting the Double Thumb Technique

    Perfecting the Double Thumb Technique

    Q: I’m hoping you can help me perfect my double thumb technique. I have a few questions: How can I improve the sound of the upstroke so that it sounds more like a slap as opposed to a ghost note? When I try the technique on the A string I always strum the E string... »

  • Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: I’ll Still Be True, Live at SXSW

    Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: I’ll Still Be True, Live at SXSW

    Now here’s a sweet gig. Gabriel Roth, aka Bosco Mann, lays down a big soulful bass line for Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings in this clip from the 2010 SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. Does it get any cooler than this? »

  • Wooten Brothers Announce December Tour

    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. The children of military parents, the Wootens started a band at a young age,... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Rolando “Rolo” Romero

    Reader Spotlight: Rolando “Rolo” Romero

    Meet Rolando “Rolo” Romero a bassist living in Kansas and clearly loving life. A self-described “nerd”, Rolo might just have the coolest family around. Check out his story and see if you don’t start smiling before the end. Rolo is No Treble’s reader in the spotlight for the week of November 4, 2013. Bio: I... »

  • Lesson: Funky Slap Bass with Open Strings

    Lesson: Funky Slap Bass with Open Strings

    Here’s a simple slap pattern based on open strings and octaves. As I demonstrate in the video, I’m playing a pattern, first in A, and then switching to E (same line). Before switching back to the A, there’s an octave line to bring us back. The line uses hammer-ons and pull-offs. Around the 3 minute... »

  • Andy Edwards and Steve Lawson: Studio Jam

    Andy Edwards and Steve Lawson: Studio Jam

    Here’s a great jam between bassist Steve Lawson and drummer Andy Edwards. Steve uses his six-string bass and looping wizardry to get a nice, spacey groove going. »

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  • Hal Leonard Releases Megadeth Bass Anthology

    Hal Leonard Releases Megadeth Bass Anthology

    Hal Leonard’s newest edition in their “Bass Recorded Versions” offers up David Ellefson‘s bass line transcriptions for 20 Megadeth tunes. Megadeth Bass Anthology includes transcriptions for each song in both standard notation and tab. Megadeth Bass Anthology Song List: Countdown To Extinction Dawn Patrol Five Magics Hangar 18 Head Crusher Holy Wars…The Punishment Due In... »

  • The “Bloody Thumb” Exercise for Thumb Position Playing

    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, when people first start using their left hand thumb to stop a note (i.e. play in thumb position) they often experience discomfort. This is sometimes due to their... »

  • Will Lee: The Magic of Jaco

    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.” The interview covers... »