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  • 1974 Soft Machine Montreux Performance Finally Available on CD/DVD

    1974 Soft Machine Montreux Performance Finally Available on CD/DVD

    English jazz/rock fusion pioneers Soft Machine played the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland in 1974, and now the audio and video recordings of that performance are available in a CD/DVD set called Switzerland 1974. The group at the time featured Roy Babbington on bass, as well as Allan Holdsworth on guitar. Holdsworth only remained with... »

  • Groove – Episode #2: Jerry Jemmott

    Groove – Episode #2: Jerry Jemmott

    There is a memorable scene in the Modern Electric Bass instructional video from 1986, when Jerry Jemmott asks Jaco Pastorius who really influenced the development of his playing style. Without missing a beat, Pastorius starts riffing on some of Jemmott’s classic funk bass lines. He talks about how he would listen to the radio, and... »

  • I Was Made to Love Her: James Jamerson’s Bass Line Visualized

    I Was Made to Love Her: James Jamerson’s Bass Line Visualized

    Vulpeck’s Jack Stratton just sent me his latest visualization video. This time around, the tune is Stevie Wonder’s “I Was Made to Love Her” – once again showcasing the genius of James Jamerson. Here’s what Jack said: “Jamerson is the Schoenberg of getting from the I chord to the IV chord. He’s algorithmically generating a... »

  • Tony Garnier’s Liquid Bass Lines Guide Dylan’s “Standards”

    Tony Garnier’s Liquid Bass Lines Guide Dylan’s “Standards”

    Bob Dylan has taken on some American pop standards, and according to a Los Angeles Times review of Shadows in the Night, the bass leads the way. “Guided by bassist Tony Garnier‘s liquid lines, ‘Shadows’ is an exercise in precision, each syllable essential, each measure evenly weighted,” reviewer Randall Roberts writes. Garnier is Dylan’s longtime... »

  • Boss Announces BB-1X Bass Driver Pedal

    Boss Announces BB-1X Bass Driver Pedal

    Boss has introduced the BB-1X Bass Driver, a compact pedal that employs the company’s MDP technology to offer sounds ranging from natural clean tone to a heavy distortion. Beyond a drive pedal, the BB-1X has EQ controls and a 1/4-inch line output to add preamp and DI functionality. The pedal’s distortion circuit analyzes your bass... »

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  • A Discussion on Slap Bass Tone and Technique

    A Discussion on Slap Bass Tone and Technique

    I get a an insurmountable number of emailed questions asking about slap tone and technique. While I have mentioned dozens of times in various columns that I never really explored the slap side of bass, I have fiddled with it enough, in addition to knowing quite a few fantastic slappers. I know how to get... »

  • Alberto Rigoni: “Chron” Playthrough

    Alberto Rigoni: “Chron” Playthrough

    Italian prog bassist Alberto Rigoni sent in this great playthrough of “Chron” from his latest album, Overloaded. Rigoni puts on a nice, fuzzy tone to work through the odd-metered song before cooling things off to take a solo at the 3:12 mark. For those of you looking to play along yourself, Rigoni has supplied a... »

  • Learn Rockabilly Bass in a Book by Brian Setzer’s Bassist

    Learn Rockabilly Bass in a Book by Brian Setzer’s Bassist

    Johnny “Spazz” Hatton, double bassist for the Brian Setzer Orchestra, lays down the basics in Rockabilly Bass: Slap Technique, Creating Bass Lines & the Rudiments of Rockin’ String Bass. Hatton, who has also played a host of styles with a wide variety of artists (including a 1967 concert with Elvis Presley) covers a multitude of... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Let Us Share Your Story

    Reader Spotlight: Let Us Share Your Story

    Every Tuesday, we get to share one of our favorite features on No Treble: the Reader Spotlight. Sometimes when I bump into people, at NAMM or elsewhere, there seems to be confusion about how this actually works. So I’d like to clear it up. Really, we just need your story. You can submit it via... »

  • Ashdown Announces Desktop B-Social Bass Amp

    Ashdown Announces Desktop B-Social Bass Amp

    Ashdown Engineering took the opportunity at NAMM to unveil the B-Social, a desktop bass amp that’s loaded with innovative features. The 75-watt stereo amp is boasted as the first desktop amp system for bass guitarists with Bluetooth connectivity that allows the bass to connect wirelessly via an optional transmitter. The “social” aspect of the amp... »