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Weekly Top 10: The Best in Bass for the Week of March 2nd

When a top 10 list of bass greatness includes new gear, an epic interview, a handful of bass videos, a lesson and a important column and discussion, it is a very good day.

So here you go… the top 10 most popular features on No Treble for the week of March 2-8, 2014. Thanks as always for reading, watching, commenting and sharing.

Profiles in Tone: Alex Webster

1. Profiles in Tone: Alex Webster

So far in our Profiles in Tone series, we’ve covered two legendary, old school rock bassists. Now we’re diving into death metal with a detailed look at one of the kings of metal’s deep end: Alex Webster…

Abraham Laboriel with the CSCM Professors: The Chicken

2. Abraham Laboriel with the CSCM Professors: The Chicken

The Professors of the Cornel School of Contemporary Music got together and performed their take of “The Chicken”. The group includes Abraham Laboriel on bass, Jimmy Branly on drums, Otmaro Ruiz on keys and Allen Hinds on guitar. The result? Awesomeness…

ESP Unveils Stream Bass Series

3. ESP Unveils Stream Bass Series

ESP debuted a lot at NAMM this year, including their brand new bass design: The Stream. The new bass, which is available in their ESP Original, E-II, and LTD brands, is a bolt-on single cut bass with a 34″ scale…

Brad Russell: Cult of Personality

4. Brad Russell: Cult of Personality

Here’s something you wouldn’t expect: a cover of Living Color’s “Cult of Personality” on bass, drums and 7-string electric violin. The entire arrangement was put together by bassist Brad Russell, who absolutely tears the song up with a gnarly distortion and blazing licks…

Scott Devine’s Project-Live Band: Long Time Coming5. Scott Devine’s Project-Live Band: Long Time Coming

Scott Devine wrote “Long Time Coming” and took it into the studio with his Project-Live Band. Scott said the tune “was recorded completely live, no rehearsals” just 5 guys in the studio having fun and seeing what they can come up with.” Great laid back tune, with great musicians and a terrific bass solo…

Lesson: How To Play Funky Bass with Tap, Slap and Pluck

6. Lesson: How To Play Funky Bass with Tap, Slap and Pluck

Time to get funky! In this lesson, we’ll play a groove in A minor using a left hand tap technique – one of Abe Laboriel’s many slap bass techniques, which was later popularized by Victor Wooten. Follow along with the transcription and video…

Regenerate Guitars Introduces Bill Clements Signature 4-String Bass

7. Regenerate Guitars Introduces Bill Clements Signature 4-String Bass

Regenerate Guitar Works debuted their first artist signature model at NAMM this year with their Bill Clements Signature 4-string bass. Clements, who is known for his wicked left hand tapping style, worked closely with the company to make the bass’s design the exact type he would use…

Self Expression: Thoughts and Discussion for Bass Players

8. Self Expression: Thoughts and Discussion for Bass Players

In this week’s “Ask…” column, Damian Erskine shares thoughts on self-expression and bass playing, and how playing everything technically doesn’t always come out musically…

Evan Marien: I Can’t Complain

9. Evan Marien: I Can’t Complain

Evan Marien is releasing his new album, We Are All You on March 18th. In advance of the release, he’s shared the video for the album’s first track, “I Can’t Complain”…

Eastwood Guitars Introduces Sidejack Bass

10. Eastwood Guitars Introduces Sidejack Bass

Eastwood Guitars has created a tribute to the 1960’s Mosrite bass in a new model they call the Sidejack. The retro-styled bass sports a medium 32″ scale and a Metallic red finish. The Sidejack Bass is built with a basswood body, a maple bolt-on neck, and a rosewood fingerboard inlaid with Mosrite dot markers…