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Weekly Top 10: New Bass Gear, The Top Bass Videos, Expert Columns, Bass of the Week and More

It is Sunday, which means it is time to bring you the best in bass – at least a week’s worth.

Here is the top 10 list for this week of the most read stories and most watched videos on No Treble.

Thanks for reading, watching, commenting and sharing!

Josh Cohen: Solo Bass Arrangement of “Chameleon”

1. Josh Cohen: Solo Bass Arrangement of “Chameleon”

Here is a video that will freak you out musically and visually. Josh Cohen created a beautiful, funky arrangement of Herbie Hancock’s “Chameleon,” and decided to do something a little different for the video. The bassist is clad in an all white suit and moves erratically to emphasize parts of the song…

The Importance of Cooling Down After Playing

2. The Importance of Cooling Down After Playing

Most musicians are aware of the importance of warming up. Warming up properly helps to prevent injuries, and increases our ease of play. It can even help solidify our technique and ensure we play at our best that day. Fewer musicians, however, seem aware of the benefits of cooling down. Dr. D shows us how…

Esperanza Spalding: Smile Like That (Live)

3. Esperanza Spalding: Smile Like That (Live)

Esperanza Spalding always seems to deliver as close to perfection as it gets in her live performances. Here she is performing “Smile Like That” at Jazz à Vienne in 2012. So so good…

The Ubass Ambassadors: Mr Z

4. The Ubass Ambassadors: Mr Z

Magnus Sjöquist sent me a note announcing a new Ubass video as well as the “world premiere of The Ubass Ambassadors aka UBASSadors…” Joining Magnus on this tune is fellow bassist Armin Alic. They were playing around with a chord progression in the studio, which with the addition of some other musicians, became this track, “Mr Z”…

Seymour Duncan Introduces Studio Bass Compressor

5. Seymour Duncan Introduces Studio Bass Compressor

Seymour Duncan has added to their lineup of bass products with the introduction of the Studio Bass Compressor, a pedal the company says is designed to provide increased sustain, accentuated picking and evened out single-note runs…

Rinat Ibragimov: Bach Cello Suite No. 3, 5. Bourrée

6. Rinat Ibragimov: Bach Cello Suite No. 3, 5. Bourrée

Bach may have written suites for cello, but they sound just as fantastic on the bass. In fact, this third suite is often used as solo material for classical bassists. Here’s the London Symphony Orchestra’s principal bassist Rinat Ibragimov performing the fifth movement of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3…

Jojo Mayer & Nerve, Featuring John Davis: Live in Europe

7. Jojo Mayer & Nerve, Featuring John Davis: Live in Europe

We don’t often feature full sets of music, but when John Davis sent us this video of Nerve performing live in Europe, I couldn’t stop watching. The band – which also features drummer Jojo Mayer, keyboardist Jacob Bergson, and effects specialist Aaron Nevezie – mixes the formats of programmed electronic music styles with live instruments…

Best Strings for Two-Handed Tapping?

8. Best Strings for Two-Handed Tapping?

This week, Damian Erskine answers a reader’s question on string choices for two-handed tapping on bass. Damian breaks down several, and asks for reader feedback to add to this column too…

Eden Amplification Launches the World Tour Pro Series

9. Eden Amplification Launches the World Tour Pro Series

Eden has announced the World Tour Pro Series, consisting of the WTP900, the WTP600, and the WTPPRE. Eden calls the series their new flagship line and steps things up from their existing World Tour amps. Each of the models is loaded with the same features but differ in the power sections…

ESP Guitars Introduces Bunny Brunel Signature Basses

10. ESP Guitars Introduces Bunny Brunel Signature Basses

Fusion bassist Bunny Brunel teamed up with ESP Guitars to unveil a new signature line at the 2015 Winter NAMM Show. The basses comes in two models: the BB-1004/QM, which is a four-string with a See-Thru Black Sunburst, and the BB-1005FL/QM, a fretless five-string with a Burnt Orange finish…