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Weekly Top 10: No Treble Podcast Debuts, Early Bass Gear News from NAMM, Top Bass Videos and More

The first full week of the new year offered up a lot of excitement.

One of the most exciting things for us was the start of our brand new podcast, Groove. Robert Trujillo was our guest, and not only has this been popular among No Treble readers – it has spread across the web.

We’re already starting to see some news come ahead of the NAMM Show, which starts in a couple of weeks.

Add to that some great videos, how to’s and news, and you have the top 10 No Treble reader favorites for the week of January 3-9, 2015.

New iOS App Dissects Polyrhythms

1. New iOS App Dissects Polyrhythms

If you’re crazy about figuring out new rhythms, you may want to check out a new app called PolyRhythmApp…

Bass Players: On Staying Motivated and Avoiding Unhealthy Comparisons

2. Bass Players: On Staying Motivated and Avoiding Unhealthy Comparisons

Damian’s first column of 2015 is a great one… if you find yourself struggling with staying motivated and/or comparing yourself to other musicians, you’ll want to read this…

Adam Stevens: Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” for Solo Bass

3. Adam Stevens: Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” for Solo Bass

It has been a while since we’ve featured a video by bassist Adam Stevens. Luckily, he’s shared another great solo bass arrangement. This time around, Adam takes on “Wake Me Up” by Avicii…

Groove – Episode #1: Robert Trujillo

4. Groove – Episode #1: Robert Trujillo

Robert Trujillo is known to millions of people – all over the world – as Metallica’s bass player. Fans of Metallica know Trujillo as the guy who replaced Jason Newsted in 2003. Robert joined us for the debut of Groove – the No Treble Podcast…

Bass of the Week: Willcox Guitars Saber SL

5. Bass of the Week: Willcox Guitars Saber SL

This week we check out the Willcox Saber SL, a bass that is set apart by its innovative Lightwave pickups. Originally built under the LightWave moniker, designer Chris Willcox created a separate guitar company to put out his instruments. Willcox invented the LightWave optical pickup and incorporates it into the Saber SL…

Studio Jams: Boogie On Reggae Woman

6. Studio Jams: Boogie On Reggae Woman

Here is another terrific video from one of my favorite shows, Studio Jams. In this episode, guitarist Oz Noy suggests Stevie Wonder’s “Boogie On Reggae Woman” as the tune this group of musicians plays for their very first collaboration. The group nails this one, with Victor Bailey on bass and Anton Fig on drums…

Red Panda Introduces Bitmap Bitcrusher Pedal

7. Red Panda Introduces Bitmap Bitcrusher Pedal

Red Panda has introduced the Bitmap, a bitcrusher pedal designed to work with bass, guitar, synthesizers, drum machines and more. The stompbox features fractional bit reduction with a new bit crushing algorithm that the company says adds the warmth and grit of classic 8- and 12- bit samplers…

Alex Bershadsky: Bring On The Night

8. Alex Bershadsky: Bring On The Night

I’m always pumped to get new videos from Alex Bershadsky, and his latest is a reason why. The video features fantastic playing of all kinds, not to mention nice filming. “It’s an original arrangement for the Police Classic ‘Bring on The Night’ combining double thumbing with fretless bass,” he shares…

Anthrax Bassist Admits Playing Improved Courtesy of a Stint with Helmet

9. Anthrax Bassist Admits Playing Improved Courtesy of a Stint with Helmet

In 2004, Frank Bello left Anthrax to play with Helmet. He reunited with Anthrax the following year, and in a recent interview with Envision Radio’s “Hangar 19” podcast, he said his stint with the group made him a better bassist. Check it out

Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in December 2014

10. Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in December 2014

By December, our excitement is at full throttle as we think ahead to the Winter NAMM Show in January. Thankfully, we had plenty of gear news to cover in December. Among all of that coverage, these stories were tops with No Treble readers…