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Weekly Top 10: The Dan Briggs Interview, Remembering Bob Babbitt, One Glitzy Bass, New Bass Gear and More

There’s so much bass goodness in this week’s top 10, I can hardly contain myself. MarloweDK’s cool lesson on covering all the keys, a handful crazy good bass videos, Damian Erskine’s ask column on how to decide to take the gig, some new gear and one glitzy bass of the week.

Here is your top 10 stories and videos on No Treble for the week of July 13-19, 2014. Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing.

Covering All the Keys Using a Cool Minor Bass Lick (And Having Fun)

1. Covering All the Keys Using a Cool Minor Bass Lick (And Having Fun)

We’re taking a bit of a detour from our regular bass lick series lessons to work on moving around the fretboard and playing a line through all the keys. In this lesson, we’re going to start with a lick in A minor, and work through the cycle of fifths…

Davie504: 100 Bass Line Medley

2. Davie504: 100 Bass Line Medley

This video has been making the rounds, and for good reason. Bassist Davie504 made this incredible medley of 100 of the most popular bass lines of all time…

Deciding if the Gig is Worth It

3. Deciding if the Gig is Worth It

In this “Ask” column, Damian tackles a reader’s question about determining whether or not he should take a gig and how to look at these situations long term. Great advice, as always…

Digital Dream Sequence: An Interview with Dan Briggs

4. Digital Dream Sequence: An Interview with Dan Briggs

Musical diversity is a beautiful thing, and Dan Briggs has it in spades. Besides laying down the low end for the popular prog-metal outfit Between the Buried and Me, the bassist has several projects to express different sides of his playing, including ORBS and Trioscapes. Check out our interview…

Funk Brothers with Bob Babbitt: “Mercy Mercy Me”, Live 2004

5. Funk Brothers with Bob Babbitt: “Mercy Mercy Me”, Live 2004

This week, we remembered the legendary bassist Bob Babbitt, who passed away two years ago on July 16, 2012. After playing on over 200 Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 hits, it’s safe to say that he will never be forgotten. Here’s a video of Babbitt performing “Mercy Mercy Me” at the 2004 Montreal Jazz Festival…

John Patitucci, Victor Wooten, Victor Bailey, and Steve Bailey: Double Bass Jam

6. John Patitucci, Victor Wooten, Victor Bailey, and Steve Bailey: Double Bass Jam

We know you love bass like we do, so this one is going to be especially great – at least four times as great. In September, 2013, John Patitucci, Victor Bailey, Steve Bailey and Victor Wooten took the stage at the Berklee Performance Center. And it was awesome…

Bass of the Week: James Colby’s Homemade “Glitzy” Bass

7. Bass of the Week: James Colby’s Homemade “Glitzy” Bass

Sometimes if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. We love it when bassists take building their instrument into their own hands, and Jim Colby nailed it with his bass that he calls “Glitzy,” our Bass of the Week…

Seymour Duncan Announces NYC Bass Pickups

8. Seymour Duncan Announces NYC Bass Pickups

Seymour Duncan has announced a new line of pickups. Similar to pickups found on the city’s handcrafted basses, the new NYC Bass Pickups use a dual coil J-type pickup design with a double row of exposed Alnico pole pieces…

Oceakyl: Visions?

9. Oceakyl: Visions?

Emeline Fougeray is one of two bassists in Oceakyl, a band started by the group’s other bassist, Olivier Carole. Emeline sent me this video of their tune “Visions?”, which offers up a ton of bass goodness. Emeline holds down the low end while Olivier plays the melody…

Rick Turner Teams Up with Michael Kelly Guitars to Release Licensed Rennaisance Bass

10. Rick Turner Teams Up with Michael Kelly Guitars to Release Licensed Rennaisance Bass

Luthier Rick Turner has teamed up with Michael Kelly Guitars to release a licensed line of his Renaissance instruments, including the Renaissance Bass. The Michael Kelly MKB4SB Renaissance Bass, a chambered acoustic 4-string bass, is the result…