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Weekly Top 10: The Best in Bass for the Week of April 27th

Any time you can mention Rocco Prestia, Victor Bailey, Marcus Miller, Flea and Victor Wooten in one sentence, you know things have to be pretty stellar. And that only describes half of this week’s top 10!

Here are the most read stories and most watched videos for the week of April 27 – May 3, 2014. Thanks for reading, watching, commenting and sharing.

Fodera Unveils Victor Wooten Bow Bass Prototype

1. Fodera Unveils Victor Wooten Bow Bass Prototype

Victor Wooten is all about stretching boundaries, but most recently he’s teamed up with Fodera to create a radical new bass design. They’ve just announced the first prototype of their collaboration, which they’re calling the Bow Bass…

Victor Bailey: Countdown

2. Victor Bailey: Countdown

Victor Bailey is about to get you to kick your practicing into high gear with this video. It’s a playalong of his take on John Coltrane’s “Countdown”…

Adjusting to Alternate Tunings on Bass

3. Adjusting to Alternate Tunings on Bass

Adjusting to Alternate Tunings on Bass… Damian responds to a reader’s question in this week’s Ask Damian Erskine column…

Gibson Introduces Memory Cable With Built-In Recorder

4. Gibson Introduces Memory Cable With Built-In Recorder

Gibson has unveiled a new development in the world of instrument cables with the introduction of their new Memory Cable. The cable, which works on bass, guitar or keyboards, has a built-in recorder that can save up to 13 hours of playing to a microSD card…

Lesson: Bass Groove with Harmonics and Double Stop Chords

5. Lesson: Bass Groove with Harmonics and Double Stop Chords

Here’s a cool new bass groove for you to try out and add to your bag of tricks. This is an A Dominant 7 lick, complete with harmonics and double stop chords. Follow along with the video and transcription…

Rockin’ With Rocco: An Interview with Francis “Rocco” Prestia

6. Rockin’ With Rocco: An Interview with Francis “Rocco” Prestia

Few bassists have a style that is as instantly recognizable as Francis “Rocco” Prestia’s funky playing. We caught up with Rocco after a benefit concert to ask about his start on bass, Tower of Power’s upcoming album, and what fans can do to help…

Reader Spotlight: Jason Raso

7. Reader Spotlight: Jason Raso

Meet Jason Raso, a bassist and instructor from Ontario who says he has “zero control over [his] face muscles when [he] plays.” In other words, he’s a bass player. He’s also the No Treble reader in the spotlight for the week of April 28, 2014…

Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters: “Butterfly” Live with Marcus Miller

8. Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters: “Butterfly” Live with Marcus Miller

Herbie Hancock took the stage at the Tokyo Jazz Festival in 2005 with a version of the Headhunters which included bassist Marcus Miller. Here the group performs “Butterfly”, which appeared on Hancock’s 1974 album Thrust. Marcus starts things off on bass clarinet before picking up his bass…

Flea Working on Autobiography

9. Flea Working on Autobiography

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea is writing a memoir, which has already been picked up by Grand Central Publishing. The book is expected to cover the childhood of Flea (born Michael Balzary), which shifted from normal suburban living to a bohemian youth with his stepfather…

Bass of the Week: KlangKraft Tiefdruck IV EMG

10. Bass of the Week: KlangKraft Tiefdruck IV EMG

This week we take a look at the Klangkraft “Tiefdruck” IV EMG, a bass the company designed with modern rock and metal players in mind. Check out the bass of the week…