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  • Old School: John Worster / Arvell Shaw Bohemian Double Bass (Circa 1820)

    Old School: John Worster / Arvell Shaw Bohemian Double Bass (Circa 1820)

    A couple of weeks ago, Damian Erskine sent me an email filled with excitement. Here’s an excerpt: You know about my trip to pick up my dad’s bass in St Louis, right? Well, Jim Widner (who cared for it for the past 25 years) pointed out a name carved in the front. Faint but clear:... »

  • Virgil Donati with Hadrien Feraud: Paradise Variations

    Virgil Donati with Hadrien Feraud: Paradise Variations

    Hadrien Feraud is one of my favorite players, and it’s always fascinating to watch him play. Our friend Charles Robitaille sent in this video of Feraud playing “Paradise Variations” with drummer Virgil Donati, and my jaw hit the floor. The clip features several variations on Donati’s “Paradise Lost” from his album In This Life. Feraud’s... »

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  • Former Testament Bassist Focusing on New Work with Guitarist Collaborator

    Former Testament Bassist Focusing on New Work with Guitarist Collaborator

    Bassist Greg Christian, following his second departure from thrash metal band Testament, has formed the core of a new band. Christian, who was an original member of Testament and left the band in 1996 and returned in 2004 only to step away 10 years later, has joined forces with guitarist Artak Ozan of Kinnefret, and... »

  • Dunlop Debuts Marcus Miller Super Bright Strings

    Dunlop Debuts Marcus Miller Super Bright Strings

    Dunlop’s booth at this year’s NAMM Show was buzzing with the announcement Marcus Miller had joined forces with them to create a signature line of strings. “Starting with our new Super Bright formula, we worked closely with him to develop strings that perfectly complement his sound—crisp and cutting with a big fundamental and powerful low... »

  • Learning Music: To Pursue a College Degree (Or Not)

    Learning Music: To Pursue a College Degree (Or Not)

    Q: What I want to know is this: by not pursuing a higher education in music (music college), what am I missing out on and what is most important to take away from that experience? A: Professionally speaking, a degree in music won’t do anything for you unless you are are shooting for a career... »

  • Stevie Wonder with Nate Watts: “I Wish” and “Isn’t She Lovely” Live 2009

    Stevie Wonder with Nate Watts: “I Wish” and “Isn’t She Lovely” Live 2009

    Stevie Wonder has had a legendary career, and for over 40 years he’s been backed by the one and only Nate Watts. Here’s a great video of two fantastic bass lines with “I Wish” and “Isn’t She Lovely.” The clip comes from a live 2009 performance in London. Even after playing these songs for four... »

  • Previously Unreleased Bob Marley Show Gets Unique Release in Marley’s 70th Birthday Year

    Previously Unreleased Bob Marley Show Gets Unique Release in Marley’s 70th Birthday Year

    A fan’s handheld video, combined with audio and newly created animations, brings to life two previously unreleased June 1978 Boston Music Hall performances by Bob Marley & The Wailers. The CD/DVD package called Easy Skanking in Boston ’78 is being released in celebration of the late Marley’s 70th birthday year and the 1978 band, of... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Devin Bohart

    Reader Spotlight: Devin Bohart

    Meet Devin Bohart, a working bassist – and vocal coach – who often takes his Modulus Flea bass and hits the road. While he studied jazz at North Texas, Devin credits NOFX’s Heavy Petting Zoo for making him want to play bass. Devin is No Treble’s reader in the spotlight for the week of February... »

  • Ibanez Unveils 40th Anniversary 2609B Black Eagle Bass

    Ibanez Unveils 40th Anniversary 2609B Black Eagle Bass

    Ibanez has announced they will reissue the famed 2609B, also known as the Black Eagle bass. Admitting they are not apt to reissue many instruments, the company says the limited edition run marks the 40th anniversary of the classic model. The bass has several striking features, including its distinctly sculpted mahogany body, its f-hole shaped... »

  • Miki Santamaria: “Thinking Out Loud” (All-Bass Ed Sheeran Cover)

    Miki Santamaria: “Thinking Out Loud” (All-Bass Ed Sheeran Cover)

    Miki Santamaria sent me a note a few days ago with his newest bass cover. Thanks to my daughter Sara, I already knew the name Ed Sheeran – so I felt a little bit cooler when Miki mentioned this was Sheeran’s tune, “Thinking Out Loud”. And as always, Miki plays with such soul. Awesome cover. »