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  • Bass of the Week: Tony Cochran Mercy Bass

    Bass of the Week: Tony Cochran Mercy Bass

    I love instruments that get stylistically creative, and Tony Cochran has a knack for making them. Cochran, who is also the syndicated cartoonist of the comic strip Agnes, has a habit of taking neglected guitars and basses and giving them a new life. “I [find] them on Craigslist, at garage sales, and hidden in closets.... »

  • Rage Against the Machine: “Killing in the Name” Isolated Bass

    Rage Against the Machine: “Killing in the Name” Isolated Bass

    I’m not as familiar with the music of Rage Against the Machine as many of you probably are. So for today’s isolated bass, I consulted with NT’s Managing Editor Kevin Johnson – our resident expert in everything I’m not an expert in. Kevin said RATM is known for their big groove and it’s neat to... »

  • Mike Zabrin Releases “Funktastic”

    Mike Zabrin Releases “Funktastic”

    Chicago-based bassist Mike Zabrin is feeling Funktastic. That’s the name of his , featuring R&B and jazz sounds, and of course, a heavy dose of funk. Zabrin, who tours with the Joe Moss Band, has enlisted some funk heavy-hitters to guest on the record, too. Vocalist Kendra Foster from Parliament Funkadelic makes an appearance, as... »

  • King Crimson Announce Reunion Tour Dates with Tony Levin

    King Crimson Announce Reunion Tour Dates with Tony Levin

    It’s really happening: King Crimson has just announced the initial tour dates with their latest incarnation – their eighth. The group’s lineup and plans for touring were announced back in September, with bassist Tony Levin returning to the fold. The rest of the band includes founder Robert Fripp, guitarist Jakko Jakszyk, saxophonist Mel Collins, and... »

  • Playing Under Pressure and Facing Your Fears

    Playing Under Pressure and Facing Your Fears

    Q: I’ve been playing electric bass for about five years, and I’m currently attending the third year in a Music Conservatory. When I play music while other musicians observe me (not the members of the band), I become quite uncomfortable. I feel judged, and my heart starts pounding, especially if it’s someone I respect like... »

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  • Yes: Isolated Bass on “Heart of the Sunrise”

    Yes: Isolated Bass on “Heart of the Sunrise”

    The 1971 Yes album, Fragile ends “Heart of the Sunrise”, a bass-heavy track anchored by the one and only Chris Squire. Here’s the bass line in all its glory, with a little bit of the rest of the track bleeding through. »

  • Led Zeppelin Re-Releases First Three Albums

    Led Zeppelin Re-Releases First Three Albums

    If John Paul Jones is your go-to bassist, then you have some kind of reason to rejoice this year. All the Led Zepplin’s nine studio albums will be re-released in remastered, deluxe (and even super-deluxe boxed) editions, starting with Led Zeppelin I, II and III. Guitarist Jimmy Page oversaw the entire remastering process. Each deluxe... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Wayne Whittaker

    Reader Spotlight: Wayne Whittaker

    Meet Wayne Whittaker, a bassist who has studied with some impressive teachers and keeps busy as a session musician. We found ourselves smiling at many of the things he said, and many readers will appreciate his approach to the bass. Wayne is No Treble’s reader in the spotlight for the week of June 2, 2014.... »

  • Marco Mendoza Leaves Black Star Riders

    Marco Mendoza Leaves Black Star Riders

    The Black Star Riders have announced that founding bassist Marco Mendoza will be leaving the fold after their current U.S. tour wraps up on June 22nd. Mendoza, who also plays in Thin Lizzy, cites other projects and schedule conflicts as the reason for his departure. The group has already named former RATT and Lynch Mob... »

  • The Beatles: Isolated Bass on “Paperback Writer”

    The Beatles: Isolated Bass on “Paperback Writer”

    Today’s isolated bass track has some historical significance for the Beatles. According to the Wikipedia page about this song, “‘Paperback Writer’ is marked by the boosted bass guitar sound throughout, partly in response to John Lennon demanding to know why the bass on a certain Wilson Pickett record far exceeded the bass on any Beatles... »