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Weekly Top 10: The Best in Bass for the Week of May 11th

There’s enough bass for this to go to 11, but it is called “Top 10” for a reason.

Here are the most read bass-focused stories and how-to’s and the most watched bass videos for the week of May 11-17, 2014.

Thanks as always for reading, commenting and sharing.

Ben Rouse: Bach Cello Suite No.1 – Prelude on Kala U-Bass

1. Ben Rouse: Bach Cello Suite No.1 – Prelude on Kala U-Bass

The Kala U-Basses are a blast to play, but Ben Rouse takes things up a notch with his performance of Bach’s “Cello Suite No.1 – Prelude” on his U-Bass…

Building Confidence: Thoughts for Bass Players

2. Building Confidence: Thoughts for Bass Players

Everyone faces moments when they struggle with confidence while performing. In this week’s “Ask” column, Damian Erskine offers some advice to a reader who asked how to wants have fun and play, without feeling the pressure…

Aaron Gibson: Silly Me

3. Aaron Gibson: Silly Me

Any time I get an email from Aaron Gibson with a new video, I watch it right away. And every time I watch, I want to share with you all ASAP. This might be his best yet…

Jesús Rico Pérez: Fretless Bass & EBow

4. Jesús Rico Pérez: Fretless Bass & EBow

Solo bassist Jesús Rico Pérez shared yet another incredible video with us. On this tune, Jesús starts with an Ebow, making his bass sound flute-like in this Michael Manring-inspired piece…

Learning to Transpose: A Lesson for Playing Bass Lines in Every Key

5. Learning to Transpose: A Lesson for Playing Bass Lines in Every Key

MarloweDK has found many bass players have difficulty with transposing bass lines, so here’s a lesson that should help. Transposing on bass isn’t terribly difficult, since we can rely on shapes and patterns up and down the neck, to play a line in several keys…

Monster Updates Bass Cable

6. Monster Updates Bass Cable

Monster has updated their line of Rock, Bass, and Acoustic cables, which are designed with features to accent the specific instruments. The series has been upgraded with new 24K gold connectors that feature a collet strain relief to clamp down on the Duraflex jacket when screwed together…

Victor Wooten: Music as a Language

7. Victor Wooten: Music as a Language

Victor Wooten took the stage at TEDx and offered up an amazing lesson in music. This is gold…

Profiles in Tone: Robert “Bubby” Lewis

8. Profiles in Tone: Robert “Bubby” Lewis

If you’re going to play with some of the top hip hop and R&B names, you’ve got to know a thing about tone. That’s why we reached out to bass phenom Robert “Bubby” Lewis as part of our “Profiles in Tone” series. Check out what Bubby has to say about tone, technique, EQing, gear and more…

Sandberg Introduces Electra M-4 Bass

9. Sandberg Introduces Electra M-4 Bass

Sandberg has added the new M-4 model to the Electra series of basses. This latest addition joins the previous models to round out the three most common classic bass styles with a single humbucker with a 2-band EQ. Sandberg says this configuration gives it a modern rock tone…

Rush: “Working Man (Vault Edition)”, Isolated Bass & Drums

10. Rush: “Working Man (Vault Edition)”, Isolated Bass & Drums

Forty years ago (gasp), Rush released their self-titled debut. In 2008, they discovered an alternate version “Working Man” which they allowed it to be used in the game Rock Band. From that version comes this isolated bass and drums track…