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  • Transcribing Hard-to-Hear Bass Lines

    Transcribing Hard-to-Hear Bass Lines

    Q: Sometimes I have difficulty extracting the bass line from a song my band has decided to cover, especially for songs where the bass is deep in the mix. Can you recommend any applications or techniques for isolating the bass line or at least bringing it up to the surface? While there is something to... »

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  • Robert “Bubby” Lewis: Interview & Bass Solos

    Robert “Bubby” Lewis: Interview & Bass Solos

    Gallien-Krueger is kicking off a new series of videos with their artists, starting with Robert “Bubby” Lewis. The bassist shares how he got his start in music, his big break of working with Snoop Dogg, and his advice for musicians. Afterwards, Lewis improvises two beautifully melodic bass solos. »

  • The Beatles “U.S. Albums” Released As Box Set

    The Beatles “U.S. Albums” Released As Box Set

    Back in the 1960s, The Beatles albums heard in the United States weren’t always the same as their original British counterparts. Track order was changed, reverb sometimes added to songs, and even completely different albums created for the American market. These U.S. versions of albums haven’t been around much since CD issues of Beatles records... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Kyle Greene

    Reader Spotlight: Kyle Greene

    Meet Kyle Greene, a bassist with one very smart dad. Kyle’s dad told him “that playing bass in addition to guitar would give me more performance opportunities.” “He didn’t mention that the bass was actually just cooler than the guitar,” Kyle adds. You know we dig that kind of talk. Kyle is No Treble’s reader... »

  • Lesson: Getting Funky with Trills on Bass

    Lesson: Getting Funky with Trills on Bass

    In our last lesson, we focused on using vibrato to your bass lines for better phrasing. This time around, we’re going to spend time working on trills on the electric bass. As you’ll hear in the video, playing a line without trills is not bad. But when you add those trills, the line has so... »

  • Gheorghe Postoronca: Crazy Train

    Gheorghe Postoronca: Crazy Train

    No, it’s not the famed Ozzy Osbourne song, but Gheorghe Postoronca’s “Crazy Train” is epic. The bassist combines a deep pocket with some extended techniques to make a catchy solo bass tune. “Crazy Train” will be featured on Postoronca’s upcoming second solo album. »

  • Jonas Hellborg Releases New Trio Album, Re-Releases 1990 Solo Album

    Jonas Hellborg Releases New Trio Album, Re-Releases 1990 Solo Album

    Swedish bass virtuoso Jonas Hellborg has released both a new record as part of a trio trio, , and re-released his 24 year-old album on his Bardo records label. The Jazz Raj is his collaboration with guitarist Mattias “IA” Eklundh and drummer Ranjit Barot. The record’s two half-hour compositions combine jazz metal and Indian music.... »

  • Caparison Announces C2 Series DEB-E Bass

    Caparison Announces C2 Series DEB-E Bass

    Japanese guitar company Caparison has unveiled the 2014 C2 Series of instruments including the DEB-E Bass. Designed and produced in Japan, the bass is built with a solid mahogany body, a slim maple neck, and a 24-fret bound rosewood fingerboard. Its “Devil’s Tail” shaped headstock is also bound. The Caparison DEB-E is fitted with a... »

  • Malekko Introduces Justin Meldal-Johnsen Signature Diabolik Fuzz Pedal

    Malekko Introduces Justin Meldal-Johnsen Signature Diabolik Fuzz Pedal

    Malekko Heavy Industry has introduced the Justin Meldal-Johnsen Signature Diabolik harmonic analog fuzz pedal. The pedal is based on the Malekko’s B:assmaster circuit but is housed in a more compact chassis. Diabolik features a preset harmonic spectrum setting that the company says gives “crisp octave overtones and a very aggressive tone setting.” Its controls include... »

  • Vagner Faria: Tempo Bom

    Vagner Faria: Tempo Bom

    Our friend Tiago Miller sent us this video of the talented Brazilian bassist (and Tiago’s teacher) Vagner Faria. Tiago shared “This guy is phenomenal. He is the winner of the 9th edition of the BDMG Instrumental Award, an important award for instrumental music in Brazil.” The video was recorded for the BOSS Brasil Loop contest... »