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Weekly Top 10: Soloing, Theory, Rock and Roll Transcription, Plus the Top Bass Videos and Gear

This is one huge edition of the Weekly Top 10. This week, readers really enjoyed how-to columns by Dr. D and Damian Erskine on both taking a melody-first approach to soloing, to overcoming struggles while learning theory and harmony.

It gets bigger: two top 10 lists made the list… the top 10 videos and the top 10 gear stories for the month.

That, plus some new videos and some gear make up this week’s list.

Thanks as always for reading, commenting and sharing.

Beginning Jazz Soloing: A Melody First Approach

1. Beginning Jazz Soloing: A Melody First Approach

Some methods of learning improvisation start out by asking us to memorize chords, scales, and to play patterns in every key. This can be a daunting task. Dr. D has some suggestions for those who want a less intensive beginning in this new Lowdown column…

Making Theory Work

2. Making Theory Work

In this week’s column, Damian Erskine tackles a question from a reader who is struggling to learn theory. Damian once struggled with this as well and offers up his advice for learning the musical language. Great advice for all aspects of working through challenges too…

Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (March 2015)

3. Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (March 2015)

We know you dig the bass videos we share each day… and we know you can handle a lot of bass. So here’s some good news: the list of the top 10 most watched bass videos for the month is here…

Marcus Miller: “Afrodeezia” Interview & Performance Session

4. Marcus Miller: “Afrodeezia” Interview & Performance Session

Dunlop hosted Marcus Miller for a discussion and live performance of his new album, Afrodeezia. The session includes interviews with performances of “Hylife,” “B’s River” and “Son Of Macbeth” in between…

Vulfpeck: Poinciana

5. Vulfpeck: Poinciana

It’s always a good day when Vulfpeck sends us a new video. The creative quartet decided to tackle the classic standard “Poinciana” with some influences and a twist…

Spector Introduces Legend Neck-Thru Basses for 2015

6. Spector Introduces Legend Neck-Thru Basses for 2015

Spector has expanded their Legend series with a new neck-thru model. Available in four- and five-string versions, the Legend4 and Legend5 Neck-Thru basses feature the company’s NS body shape with maple wings and either a bubinga top with natural matte finish or a figured maple top with a faded blue gloss finish…

Simon Fitzpatrick: “Rosita” on Bass Guitar

7. Simon Fitzpatrick: “Rosita” on Bass Guitar

Simon Fitzpatrick took Francisco Tárrega’s classical guitar piece “Rosita” and turned it into a classical 6-string bass piece. Stunning.

Bass Transcription: Lőrincz Viktor’s “Rock and Roll Bass Solo”

8. Bass Transcription: Lőrincz Viktor’s “Rock and Roll Bass Solo”

Stuart Clayton says there’s been no shortage of great pieces to choose from for his monthly transcription series on No Treble. But this month, he couldn’t resist transcribing Lőrincz Viktor’s “Rock and Roll Bass Solo”. Ready to give this a whirl?

Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in March 2015

9. Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in March 2015

One thing is for sure… we all love gear. So we love to celebrate each month with a gear roundup of the 10 most popular gear stories, based on No Treble readers. Here’s your list for March, 2015. Gas on!

Bass of the Week: Ruokangas Steambass Deluxe

10. Bass of the Week: Ruokangas Steambass Deluxe

This week we check out the Ruokangas Steambass Deluxe, a specialized version of the company’s flagship bass model. Hand-made in Finland, the bass is set apart by a 2-piece Spanish cedar body with a thermo treated arctic birch top…