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Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of December 15th

For the week of December 15-21, 2013, No Treble readers enjoyed some how-to’s, some holiday bass videos, an Old School Fender Precision and some new gear too.

Here are the most read stories and most watched videos this week. Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing.

Happy holidays!

Ten Prescriptions for Productive Practice

1. Ten Prescriptions for Productive Practice

Playing is fun, and important, but real progress happens when we practice. In fact, the most significant element in our development is our daily practice regimen. So, how we approach it is vital. To help us get the most out of our sessions, here are ten principles for productive practice…

Lianne La Havas: Bass/Voice Duet of Little Dragon’s “Twice”

2. Lianne La Havas: Bass/Voice Duet of Little Dragon’s “Twice”

There’s something beautiful about stripping a song down to just bass and voice, especially when that voice comes from Lianne La Havas. In this gorgeous rendition of Little Dragon’s “Twice,” bassist Chris Dagger lays down the song’s hypnotic bass line and harmonics…

Bass of the Week: Spear Guitars Flextool

3. Bass of the Week: Spear Guitars Flextool

Can’t decide between a P, J, or MM bass? Spear has you covered with the Flextool, a bass that’s loaded with all three pickup types. The Flextool is built with an alder body, Canadian Hard Maple neck and Indian Rosewood fingerboard. Check out the Bass of the Week…

Old School: 1963 Fender Precision Bass

4. Old School: 1963 Fender Precision Bass

No Treble reader Andy Brown shares the story and photos about his beautiful 1963 Fender Precision Bass in this latest edition of “Old School”…

Them Crooked Vultures: “Scumbag Blues” Live

5. Them Crooked Vultures: “Scumbag Blues” Live

Back in 2012, we shared the isolated bass of John Paul Jones on Them Crooked Vultures’ “Scumbag Blues”. The live version is excellent too, from Austin City Limits…

Bobby Vega: “Silent Night” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

6. Bobby Vega: “Silent Night” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

Grab your egg nog and have a seat by the fire, because Bobby Vega is about to put you in the Christmas mood. Vega plays two beautiful solo bass versions of the carols “Silent Night” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” on his Ribbecke bass and his 1966 Fender Jazz, affectionately named “Gumby”…

Adjusting to the Upper Register on a 6-String Bass

7. Adjusting to the Upper Register on a 6-String Bass

This week, Damian Erskine tackles a reader’s question about playing in the upper register on a 6-string bass… and more. Check out this all-new Ask Damian Erskine column…

Zawinul Syndicate with Linley Marthe: Tower of Silence

8. Zawinul Syndicate with Linley Marthe: Tower of Silence

Former Weather Report and Zawinul Syndicate percussionist Manolo Badrena recommended this video some time ago, and we forgot about it until today. This is the Syndicate lineup featuring bassist Linley Marthe, performing “Tower of Silence”. So so good…

N-Audio Unveils Two Amps To Cabinet Amp Switcher

9. N-Audio Unveils Two Amps To Cabinet Amp Switcher

N-Audio has introduced a new compact solution for switching between two amps connected to a single cabinet. Aptly named the “Two Amps to Cabinet,” the system is a two channel amp switcher that includes a control unit that connects to the amplifiers and a foot controller for hands-free use…

JHS Pedals Announces Moonshine Overdrive Pedal

10. JHS Pedals Announces Moonshine Overdrive Pedal

Kansas City’s JHS Pedals has unveiled the Moonshine Overdrive. Designed for bass and guitar, the stompbox is described as a “massively tweaked version of the most famous overdrive ever created”…