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  • Exercises for Improving Time

    Exercises for Improving Time

    Q: What are some good exercises or practice routines to develop a strong sense of time? A: When I want to work on time, rhythm or technique, I think “What would a drummer do”? There are any number of ways to develop that internal clock. Here are a few ideas for you: 1. Playing Along.... »

  • Simon Fitzpatrick: “Una Mattina” for Bass Guitar

    Simon Fitzpatrick: “Una Mattina” for Bass Guitar

    Earlier this month, we shared a video by Simon Fitzpatrick and his bass arrangement of Francisco Tárrega’s classical guitar piece “Rosita”. This time around, Simon took the piano piece “Una Mattina,” by Ludovico Einaudi and turned it into a beautiful solo bass version. »

  • Jazz, World, and Chamber Music Merge on Petros Klampanis’ New Album

    Jazz, World, and Chamber Music Merge on Petros Klampanis’ New Album

    Jazz bassist/composer Petros Klampanis has released his second album on Inner Circle Music: Minor Dispute. The Greek musician, who burst into view via the New York City jazz scene, has created a work that pulls from a variety of influences, including jazz, of course, and world and chamber music. The core of Minor Dispute is... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Jared Lees

    Reader Spotlight: Jared Lees

    Meet Jared Lees, a 2nd generation bassist who credits his dad first in his list of influences, followed by Jaco. Jared is a bass player’s bass player, and he’s also the No Treble reader in the spotlight for the week of April 20, 2015. Bio: I’ve been a side man for most of my career,... »

  • Bassline Publishing Releases Transcriptions of Level 42 Live Album

    Bassline Publishing Releases Transcriptions of Level 42 Live Album

    Stuart Clayton’s bass transcriptions are staples here at No Treble, and he has turned his talents to transcribing the whole of Level 42’s first live album, A Physical Presence. In the book, Level 42 — A Physical Presence Bass Transcriptions, Clayton transcribes the work of vocalist/bassist Mark King, known for his electric bass slap style,... »

  • Spare Parts: Right At Home

    Spare Parts: Right At Home

    Spare Parts has a new video out, with their trademark old school sound. Anchored by bassist Colin Scott, the band is joined by special guest, guitarist Fareed Haque. The tune, “Right At Home” was written by keyboardist Kevin Kozol. Dig it. »

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  • Bass of the Week: Bilodeau Basses #010

    Bass of the Week: Bilodeau Basses #010

    Bass #010 is a landmark instrument for Bilodeau Basses. Completed in 2011, the intricately designed bass was the culmination of years of work and the last before luthier Mathieu Bilodeau took a break from building to focus on his family. “I managed to complete his instrument in fall 2011 which represent the last bass before... »

  • Seven Planes of the Bow Arm

    Seven Planes of the Bow Arm

    If we are aiming for a consistent sound, the shape of our bow arm should be the same no matter which string, or combination of strings, we are playing on. To do this, we must raise or lower our arm, depending upon which string, or combination of strings, we are playing on. For example, while... »

  • Hiatus Kaiyote: Nakamarra

    Hiatus Kaiyote: Nakamarra

    A friend of mine recently turned me on to Hiatus Kaiyote, and I’m glad she did. The Australian neo-soul quartet has a buttery sound that’s fronted by singer/guitarist Nai Palm and supported by the fresh grooves of bassist Paul Bender. Here’s a great clip of the band playing through their song “Nakamarra” live on WNYC’s... »

  • Weekly Top 10: Funky Fingerstyle Bass Groove, Top Bass Videos, Solving the Bass Hum Problem, New Gear and More

    Weekly Top 10: Funky Fingerstyle Bass Groove, Top Bass Videos, Solving the Bass Hum Problem, New Gear and More

    Another Sunday is here, but don’t despair – that means another Top 10 list is here, celebrating the best from the world of bass for the past week. Thanks as always for reading, commenting and sharing. 1. Inside Geddy Lee’s Bass Guitar Collection Geddy Lee may be known for his association with two types of... »