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  • Abraham Laboriel with the CSCM Professors: The Chicken

    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. Many people think Jaco Pastorius wrote this tune, but it was actually composed by Alfred “Pee Wee”... »

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  • Primus Announces May/June Tour Dates

    Primus Announces May/June Tour Dates

    Les Claypool has been focusing on his Duo de Twang lately, but he’s getting geared up to return to Primus with a string of dates announced for May and June. The jaunt will kick off with a three-night run at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, Nevada from May 1st to May 3rd, after which... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Ryan Weber

    Reader Spotlight: Ryan Weber

    Meet Ryan Weber, a bassist who started bass at the young age of 11 – over half his life ago – playing in a successful band with his brother, guitarist Sam Weber. Ryan’s response to the “superhero” question is awesome, as is his story. So he was an easy choice for this week’s No Treble... »

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

    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. This technique requires strength in the left hand, or low action. Download this transcription (standard notation and TAB), and... »

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

    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. What... »

  • Drive-By Truckers Release “English Oceans”

    Drive-By Truckers Release “English Oceans”

    Drive-By Truckers’ 12th album, , is almost exclusively the result of just 13 days of recording by a compact lineup that features bassist Matt Patton, who joined the band in 2013. (Only one song was recorded at a different time.) “This lineup is so direct,” said Mike Cooley, one of the band’s primary singer-guitarist-songwriters (the... »

  • Regenerate Guitars Introduces Bill Clements Signature 4-String Bass

    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. “Unlike many artist signature models where the artist... »

  • Brad Russell: Cult of Personality

    Brad Russell: Cult of Personality

    Here’s something you wouldn’t expect: a cover of Living Colour’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. He then trades solos with violinist Earl Maneein while Jason Furman holds... »

  • La Bella Introduces Copper White Nylon Tape Wound Strings

    La Bella Introduces Copper White Nylon Tape Wound Strings

    La Bella has once again expanded their Nylon Tape Wound line of strings with the Copper White Nylon Tape Wound sets. As opposed to their classic White Nylon Tape Wounds, the new set is made with a transparent nylon wrapped over copper underlays. La Bella says the combination creates a warmer, more supple tone. The... »

  • Weekly Top 10: The Best in Bass for the Week of February 23rd

    Weekly Top 10: The Best in Bass for the Week of February 23rd

    Isn’t it great that when a week ends, we can look at all this great stuff from the world of bass? Here are the most watched videos and most read stories on No Treble for the week of February 23 – March 1, 2014. Thanks for reading, watching, commenting and sharing. 1. Victor Wooten, Regi... »