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Weekly Top 10: Best of Isolated Bass Videos and Lowdown Columns, Holiday Videos, Chris Wood and More [CB]

For the last full week of 2014, we had a lot to celebrate, and the holiday season was in full swing with some great holiday-themed bass videos.

We also kicked off our “Best of 2014” lists, celebrating the year that is coming to a close. Be sure to check out the top 10 isolated bass tracks and top 10 Lowdown with Dr D columns.

That, plus Ryan Madora’s feature on Chris Wood – a bass player to know, the new Bass Battle EP and our bass of the week rounds out the top 10 most popular stories and videos for the week of December 20-26, 2014.

Best of 2014: The Top 10 Isolated Bass Tracks

1. Best of 2014: The Top 10 Isolated Bass Tracks

Our “Isolated Bass Weeks” are super popular, and they’re super fun for us to do. Here are the top 10 reader favorites from 2014, based on No Treble reader views over these 12 months. Which one is your favorite?

Simon Fitzpatrick: Jingle Bells (Solo Bass)

2. Simon Fitzpatrick: Jingle Bells (Solo Bass)

Time for some more holiday cheer from another one of our favorite bassists around here. Here’s Simon Fitzpatrick performing “Jingle Bells” – solo bass style…

John Clayton, John Patitucci, Victor Wooten, and Steve Bailey: Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

3. John Clayton, John Patitucci, Victor Wooten, and Steve Bailey: Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

Steve Bailey has a great tradition of spreading holiday cheer. He gathers his fellow bassists for a winter summit at Berklee College of Music, where he heads the bass department, and puts together star-studded arrangements of carols. This year the group includes heavyweights John Clayton, John Patitucci, Victor Wooten, and Bailey…

Bass of the Week: Phantom Guitars XTC

4. Bass of the Week: Phantom Guitars XTC

This week we check out the XTC by Phantom Guitars. Handmade in Cologne, Germany, the XTC brings together elements of several classic basses with a single-coil and humbucker pickup configuration that the company says gives it modern sounds for rock, funk, jazz and pop…

Miki Santamaria: Silent Night

5. Miki Santamaria: Silent Night

Continuing our celebration of the holiday season, bass-style, here’s a beautiful arrangement and performance of “Silent Night” by bassist Miki Santamaria. Miki said “Please excuse my facial expressions… LOL I was very into it haha.” Hey, he wouldn’t be a bass player without some bass faces…

Vulfpeck: Christmas in L.A.

6. Vulfpeck: Christmas in L.A.

Vulfpeck is one of our favorite bands around here. So when Jack Stratton emailed me there was a Christmas video, I couldn’t wait to share it. “This song follows true Dartonian Physics,” Jack shared, referencing Vulfpeck bassist Joe Dart. “Meaning, groove for two minutes and then freak out during the last 1/8th of the song”…

Bass Battle Releases “Play” EP

7. Bass Battle Releases “Play” EP

Romanian artist, Bass Battle (also known as one person, Bogdan Diaconeasa), has released an EP’s worth of ambient solo bass songs called Play. Recorded over the course of three years, just for fun, the album features only Diaconeasa’s bass and a looper…

Zander Zon: Steven Spielberg Movie Medley for Solo Bass

8. Zander Zon: Steven Spielberg Movie Medley for Solo Bass

Zander Zon’s appreciation for composer John Williams is on full display with his latest video. Zander took several of the Williams-penned soundtracks on Steven Spielberg films and arranged them for solo bass…

Best of 2014: The Top 10 Lowdown with Dr. D Columns

9. Best of 2014: The Top 10 Lowdown with Dr. D Columns

Every other Monday, Dr. Donovan Stokes brings offers up his latest prescription for improving ourselves as bassists. We’re lucky to have someone with his vast knowledge and status as an educator. Here are the top 10 most popular Lowdown columns published in 2014…

Bass Players to Know: Chris Wood

10. Bass Players to Know: Chris Wood

Each week, Ryan reviews her list of bassists for her “Bass Players to Know” column, looking for one who exhibits “superior technical skill, boundless imagination, and reverence for traditional and modern styles”. She went to the end of the alphabet this time, and spotted Chris Wood…