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Weekly Top 10: Pre-NAMM Bass Gear News, Big Time Bass Videos, Top Columns and Bass of the Week

No Treble readership keeps climbing, and for that, we’re quite grateful.

For the week of January 10-16, 2015, we all enjoyed some pre-show news from the upcoming winter NAMM, watched some killer bass videos, and were inspired by columns by Damian Erskine and Donovan Stokes.

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Schecter Adds Model-T Bass to Session Series

1. Schecter Adds Model-T Bass to Session Series

After introducing the series last year, Shecter has announced they’re adding the Model-T bass model to the Session Series. The bass features a classic aesthetic and follows the lineup’s description of “no frills looks with high end electronics”…

Lenny Kravitz with John Paul Jones: Are You Gonna Go My Way (1993)

2. Lenny Kravitz with John Paul Jones: Are You Gonna Go My Way (1993)

During the 1993 MTV Music Awards in September, 1993, John Paul Jones joined Lenny Kravitz on stage to perform Kravitz’s hit song, “Are You Gonna Go My Way”. This isn’t the best video quality, but what struck me was how hard hitting the bass was in this live performance vs. the studio recording. Of course, there’s only one JPJ…

Exploring New Ways to Practice Chord Changes on Bass

3. Exploring New Ways to Practice Chord Changes on Bass

A reader asked Damian if he has any suggestions for new ways of practicing playing through changes. As always, Damian delivers in this week’s “Ask” column…

George Duke with Christian McBride: It’s On, Live 2010

4. George Duke with Christian McBride: It’s On, Live 2010

While Christian McBride is typically known for his stellar straight-ahead work, the man can get down on some funk. Here’s a crazy good clip of him in concert with the late great George Duke and drummer Ronald Bruner, Jr. at the Java Jazz festival in 2010…

Good Demons: “Tornado of Souls” Cover

5. Good Demons: “Tornado of Souls” Cover

Here’s a take on Megadeth like you’ve never seen. Bassist Michael Evdemon, drummer Vasilis Kalistristris, and vibraphonist Vaggelis Paraskevaidis teamed up to cover the classic thrash metal song in a brand new way. The trio dishes out a chilled-out and tasty version of “Tornado of Souls” from Megadeth’s iconic Rust in Peace album…

Marcus Miller Band: I’ll Be There / Come Together

6. Marcus Miller Band: I’ll Be There / Come Together

During the 2013 Jazz à Vienne show, Marcus Miller took the stage with his band and over just a couple of songs, took the audience for quite a musical ride. Such versatility, and what a groove on this combo of “I’ll Be There” and “Come Together”…

Bass Book Series is a ‘Goldmine’ of Tutorials for All Players

7. Bass Book Series is a ‘Goldmine’ of Tutorials for All Players

A new series of bass tutorial books from Hal Leonard aims to provide players of all styles with 100 essential lessons in blues, rock, jazz and Funk/R&B…

Pedulla Guitars Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Limited Edition Basses

8. Pedulla Guitars Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Limited Edition Basses

Forty years in business is quite an accomplishment, and Pedulla Guitars is celebrating that very milestone with a limited edition collection of basses. Michael Pedulla, who started the company in 1975, has made one limited edition 40th Anniversary version of each of his bass models…

Bass of the Week: Franz Bass Guitars Danny Fox Merak 4

9. Bass of the Week: Franz Bass Guitars Danny Fox Merak 4

Bassist Danny Fox recently collaborated with luthier Xaver Tremel of Franz Bass Guitars to create a revamped version of the company’s Merak bass. The fretless four-string brings together elements of the original model with some specific tailoring to Fox’s style. Check out the Bass of the Week…

Making a Living in Music

10. Making a Living in Music

Dr. D gets a lot of questions from aspiring musicians on how to make a career in music. There isn’t one answer to this, and everyone’s circumstances are different. However, here are some of his more general suggestions for those considering a life in music…