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Best of 2014: The Top 10 Reader Favorite Bass Videos

Almost every day of the year, we share our favorite bass video of the day. We love the job of watching and choosing, and we especially love the ones you share with us.

Of the nearly 365 videos we’ve shared in 2014, these 10 were the most popular. Thanks as always for sharing videos with us, watching the ones we pick, and commenting and sharing them as well.

Carol Kaye Gives Gene Simmons a Bass Lesson

1. Carol Kaye Gives Gene Simmons a Bass Lesson

Here’s something I never thought I’d see. Studio legend Carol Kaye gave KISS bassist Gene Simmons an impromptu bass lesson at Sunset Sound studios in Hollywood, and luckily cameras were rolling to catch it…

Cainã Cavalcante and Michael Pipoquinha: Rei Arthur

2. Cainã Cavalcante and Michael Pipoquinha: Rei Arthur

Four years ago, we posted a video of a 13-year old Brazilian bassist named Pipoquinha performing his original song, “Rei Arthur.” His playing blew everyone away, to say the least. Here he is, now 17, is back to perform the same song with guitarist Cainã Cavalcante…

Victor Wooten & Federico Malaman: Isn’t She Lovely

3. Victor Wooten & Federico Malaman: Isn’t She Lovely

During the 2014 Musikmesse show in Frankfurt, two remarkable bassists – who have wowed us all with their solo performances – got together to perform one iconic song. Those bassists are Victor Wooten and Federico Malaman. The tune is Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely”…

Dirty Loops: Wake Me Up (Avicii Cover)

4. Dirty Loops: Wake Me Up (Avicii Cover)

Dirty Loops has released a new cover video, tackling Avicii’s “Wake Me Up.” Taking a more laid back feel than their previous covers, the clip has bassist Henrik Linder taking a more chordal approach…

Alissia Benveniste: Get Down

5. Alissia Benveniste: Get Down

One of our favorite musical discoveries this year was Alissia Benveniste, a bassist and bandleader who is reviving the classic funk style with catchy hooks, uplifting lyrics, and awesome bass lines. She just sent us her latest video, and it’s got the same great recipe. “Get Down” is bursting with energy…

Dominic Miller, Manu Katché and Pino Palladino: Rush Hour

6. Dominic Miller, Manu Katché and Pino Palladino: Rush Hour

One Shot Not was a terrific show aired on French television from 2007 until 2011. In their final year of airing, guitarist Dominic Miller joined bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Manu Katché. The trio played Miller’s tune “Rush Hour”…

Aretha Franklin: “Rolling in the Deep/Ain’t No Mountain” Late Show Performance

7. Aretha Franklin: “Rolling in the Deep/Ain’t No Mountain” Late Show Performance

Aretha Franklin took the stage as musical guest on the Late Show with David Letterman early this year. The Queen of Soul, now 72, sang her version of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” before she and the band segued into “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” The legendary singer was once again backed by Jerry Jemmott…

Rodrigo y Gabriela with Robert Trujillo: Metallica Medley

8. Rodrigo y Gabriela with Robert Trujillo: Metallica Medley

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo sat in with Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela earlier this year to create a memorable encore at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. After some solo riffing, Trujillo kicks into the bridge of “Orion” to begin a four-song medley from the legendary metal band’s repertoire…

Zander Zon: “Lord of the Rings” Medley for Solo Bass

9. Zander Zon: “Lord of the Rings” Medley for Solo Bass

I’m not quite sure how Zander Zon produces such incredible arrangements and performances as often as he does. In this piece he performs music from the Lord of the Rings. He even shared some terrific quotes from people who have watched so far: “One instrument to rule them all!” “Lord of the strings!” So true…

Tal Wilkenfeld: Chelsea Hotel

10. Tal Wilkenfeld: Chelsea Hotel

We think – as do many readers here – that Tal Wilkenfeld is a killer bassist. Now she’s proving she can sing, too. Wilkenfeld recently launched her own YouTube channel with a solo version of the Leonard Cohen classic “Chelsea Hotel,” taken from a November 9th concert at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles…

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