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  • Bass of the Week: Anaconda Crusher Standard CX5

    Bass of the Week: Anaconda Crusher Standard CX5

    Facebook is great for discovering new and beautiful instruments. Our friend Russ Sargeant posted a picture of this fantastic Anaconda Crusher Standard and I was hooked. Built in England, the hand-crafted bass has some nice curves for ergonomics and aesthetics. The Crusher comes in several flavors, with the Standard version offering all of the most... »

  • Robert Trujillo Talks Jaco Projects

    Robert Trujillo Talks Jaco Projects

    Metallica’s Robert Trujillo never met Jaco Pastorius, but like many bassists, Trujillo is a lifelong fan. Trujillo’s ties to Jaco have been growing over the last four years, starting with obtaining Jaco’s famed Bass of Doom back in 2010. Stolen in 1986 and resurfaced in 2006, the bass was the subject of a long and... »

  • Zander Zon: Braveheart Theme for Solo Bass

    Zander Zon: Braveheart Theme for Solo Bass

    For Zander Zon’s 50th solo bass video, he went back to one of his favorite movies for inspiration. Zander found the soundtrack for Braveheart to be “amazingly beautiful music”, and arranged the main theme for solo bass. For this arrangement, his bass is tuned B, Eb, Db, Gb. »

  • Andres Rotmistrovsky and Sofia Ribeiro Team Up for “Lilás”

    Andres Rotmistrovsky and Sofia Ribeiro Team Up for “Lilás”

    Argentine bassist Andres Rotmistrovsky and Portuguese singer Sofia Ribeiro have teamed up to create a jazzy-Brazilian album of nothing but bass and vocal music, called . The songs hail from Brazil, Argentina and Portugal, and feature No Treble favorite Rotmistrovsky, who has worked with in the vocal/bass duet form before, with Angela Watson. The sound... »

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  • Choosing the Right Path for Your Music Career

    Choosing the Right Path for Your Music Career

    Q: I’ve been weaving in and out of bands for a few years, since bassists in my town are scarce. But I rarely find a band I enjoy playing with due to either the members’ personalities or the music I end up playing. As someone who wants to make a living playing music, starting my... »

  • Viktor Lörincz: Return of the Boomerang

    Viktor Lörincz: Return of the Boomerang

    One of the most popular videos we’ve ever shared is Viktor Lörincz’s “Boomerang,” back in 2011. We even had Stuart Clayton transcribe it. Now Lörincz is back with “Return of the Boomerang,” a bass solo that builds on his previous and most popular video. This one’s got it all: slapping, tapping, chords, and of course,... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Harry Ostrem

    Reader Spotlight: Harry Ostrem

    Meet Harry Ostrem, a busy bassist, educator and (sometimes) Mick Jagger impersonator. He has a great story, as you’ll see. Harry is the No Treble reader in the spotlight for the week of April 21, 2014. Bio: I first picked up a bass guitar in 8th grade and continuously played in rock bands and jazz... »

  • Source Audio Releases The Soundblox Hub

    Source Audio Releases The Soundblox Hub

    Source Audio has released the Soundblox Hub, a box that allows for linking up five of the company’s Soundblox 2 pedals and saving the settings on each. It utilizes MIDI Program Change and Control Change messages to save and recall up to 128 pedal “scenes” to be recalled later. “For the first time, you can... »

  • Charles Mingus Quintet: So Long Eric

    Charles Mingus Quintet: So Long Eric

    Today we’re celebrating Charles Mingus birthday. Here’s a video of one of my favorite Mingus tunes, “So Long Eric,” taken from Belgium’s “Jazz Pour Tous” TV program in April 1964. The quintet’s lineup includes drummer Dannie Richmond, pianist Jaki Byard, tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan, and alto saxophonist Eric Dolphy, for whom the song is named.... »

  • Chris Squire Working on Autobiography

    Chris Squire Working on Autobiography

    Yes founder and bassist Chris Squire is in the process of writing his autobiography, with the help of his actor friend Vincent Gallo, according to an interview with BANG Showbiz. They’ve been working on the book for about a year, Squire says. The pair meet and talk about Squire’s life, then Gallo transcribes the conversations.... »