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  • Bass Transcription: Wojtek Pilichowski’s “Cowboy from Prague”

    Bass Transcription: Wojtek Pilichowski’s “Cowboy from Prague”

    This month’s transcription is “Cowboy from Prague,” a short piece by Polish slap bass wizard Wojtek Pilichowski, recorded at the Aguilar Artist Loft earlier in 2014. Wojtek has made a name for himself in recent years with his hard-hitting and energetic slap technique. True to form, he packs a lot of ideas into this short... »

  • Acoustic David Bowie with Gail Ann Dorsey: “Heroes” (Live)

    Acoustic David Bowie with Gail Ann Dorsey: “Heroes” (Live)

    In celebration of Gail Ann Dorsey’s today, we go back to a terrific acoustic performance of David Bowie’s “Heroes”, which took place in October 1996. Bowie is on acoustic guitar, with a bottlecap taped to the bottom of his shoe for percussion. Reeves Gabrels is also on guitar, and of course, the wonderful Gail Ann... »

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  • “The Art of McCartney” Tribute Album Draws a Star-Studded Lineup

    “The Art of McCartney” Tribute Album Draws a Star-Studded Lineup

    The Art of McCartney may be the most spectacular tribute album ever assembled for a bassist. McCartney, a legendary singer/songwriter/bassist (The Beatles, Wings and solo), has one of the most enviable catalogs of songs in popular music and a host of his musical contemporaries and descendants signed to sing on the collection of his work.... »

  • Dream Studio Guitars Unveils M5 Bass

    Dream Studio Guitars Unveils M5 Bass

    Dream Studio Guitars has released a 5-string version of their Maverick Bass called the M5. The bass retains many of the same features as its predecessor while adding a low B string. The M5’s body is built from a single piece of swamp ash that is given a vintage offset shape with extra contouring. Its... »

  • Breaking Down Harmonic Substitutions: Part 2

    Breaking Down Harmonic Substitutions: Part 2

    In part 1 of this series, we were experimenting with using substitutions that allowed us to play familiar major and minor scale shapes over various basic chord types. Now, let’s move on to melodic and harmonic minor mode choices. First, let’s make sure that we’re all familiar with these two scales: Harmonic minor = Aeolian... »

  • Fernando Lamadrid: La casa de las notas escondidas

    Fernando Lamadrid: La casa de las notas escondidas

    If you’ve been a No Treble reader for a while, you’ll likely recognize the name Fernando Lamadrid, thanks to the video we shared in August 2013 of his tune “Mollete Express” (this was such a great tune, we even published a transcription by Stuart Clayton). Fernando is back with a new video that shows off... »

  • Prog-Rockers Gentle Giant Release 1976 Live Show for First Time

    Prog-Rockers Gentle Giant Release 1976 Live Show for First Time

    Gentle Giant might be the prog-rock band that casual fans of the genre overlook. However, the group had a decade-long career (1970-80), turning out creative pieces, often written by bassist/multi-instrumentalist Ray Shulman and keyboardist Kerry Minnear. Fans have long adored the band’s one previous official live album, Playing the Fool, released in the late 1970s.... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Linus Abrahamson

    Reader Spotlight: Linus Abrahamson

    Meet Linus Abrahamson, a musician from Sweden who never seems to sit still and has certainly accomplished quite a lot in his musical career: three separate projects happening right now (with his fourth on hiatus due to “people having babies”), a double master’s degree in music education, and more. Linus is No Treble’s reader in... »

  • Oz Noy, Will Lee and Keith Carlock: Steroids (Live)

    Oz Noy, Will Lee and Keith Carlock: Steroids (Live)

    One of my all-time favorite videos we’ve shared goes back to 2012: Oz Noy, Will Lee and Keith Carlock performing “Schizophrenic” live in Tokyo. Here’s the trio cooking on “Steroids” from that very performance. »

  • 1975 LA Forum Show Second in “From The Vault” Releases from The Rolling Stones

    1975 LA Forum Show Second in “From The Vault” Releases from The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones have issued the second DVD in the band’s From The Vault vintage live performance series. This time out, the Stones take viewers back to a July 12, 1975 concert at the L.A. Forum. The show, which lasted more than 2.5 hours, featured what for many is the classic band lineup — then-new... »