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Weekly Top 10: Tasteful Basslines, Phil Lynott, Pino Transcribed, New Bass Gear, Top Videos and More

For the week of April 25 – May 1, 2015, No Treble readers enjoyed Damian’s column on creating tasteful bass lines as well as Ryan’s latest “Bass Players to Know” column, this time focusing on Phil Lynott.

Add to it a handful of great bass videos, some new gear from Warwick and Two Notes, plus the Bass of the Week, and you have this new top 10 list to keep you busy.

Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing.

BadBadNotGood: Kaleidoscope

1. BadBadNotGood: Kaleidoscope

If you like jazz, hip hop, and a little bit of punk, this video is for you. BadBadNotGood’s genre bending style ranges from intimate to epic, and it’s all showcased in this clip of their song “Kaleidoscope” from a performance at the Moran Plant in Burlington, Vermont…

Booker T and the MG’s: Melting Pot, Live 1989

2. Booker T and the MG’s: Melting Pot, Live 1989

Donald “Duck” Dunn is a legend for a reason. Here’s a great clip of the bassist laying it down with Booker T and the MG’s at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes back in 1989. The group played through many of their hits, including this version of 1971’s “Melting Pot”…

Creating Tasteful Bass Lines

3. Creating Tasteful Bass Lines

This week, Damian Erskine answers a reader’s question about the quest for creating tasteful bass lines. Check out what Damian has to say and add your voice to the conversation…

Steve Lawson: Looping Improv

4. Steve Lawson: Looping Improv

Steve Lawson is a master of looping and effects to create enormous soundscapes. He recently sent us this great clip of an improv session that turned out very musical. “[It] started out as a video test and ended up featuring some rather nice music, sort of by accident,” Lawson shares…

Two Notes Audio Engineering Unveils Le Bass Preamp Pedal

5. Two Notes Audio Engineering Unveils Le Bass Preamp Pedal

Two Notes Audio Engineering introduced their new Preamplifiers series at Musikmesse this year including the Le Bass. Housed in a pedal format, the tube preamp features dual channels with a Fusion mode to blend them together…

Pino Palladino Transcription Book Released

6. Pino Palladino Transcription Book Released

It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t know or love superstar sideman Pino Palladino’s bass lines, knowingly or unknowingly. Pino Palladino – Bass Transcriptions (w/ bass Tabs) – Classic Fretless Tracks, from playbasslines.com, covers a handful of the songs for which Palladino is famed…

Warwick Announces German Pro Series Basses

7. Warwick Announces German Pro Series Basses

Warwick is introducing a new lineup called the German Pro Series, which aims to offers their German-made instruments at an affordable price. All of the basses are produced in Germany by Warwick and a partner company…

Cody Wright and Chaisaray Schenk: Drum & Bass Groove

8. Cody Wright and Chaisaray Schenk: Drum & Bass Groove

The connection between a bassist and a drummer is a special thing. Here’s a great example of that bond with Cody Wright tearing it up with Chaisaray Schenk on a drum and bass groove. Wright kicks things off with a killer bass riff that Schenk immediately syncs up with to form a tight pocket…

Bass Players to Know: Phil Lynott

9. Bass Players to Know: Phil Lynott

Ryan Madora is jumping back into the world of rock and roll with her latest entry in the “Bass Players to Know” series. This time around, she focuses on Phil Lynott who brought the trifecta to the table: playing, singing, and writing…

Bass of the Week: Brutal Guitars Egregore 5

10. Bass of the Week: Brutal Guitars Egregore 5

Vitaly Ganya sent us a note suggesting we check out the Brutal Guitars Egregore 5, and I’m glad he did. The instrument is the first bass by Latvian luthier Andrew Schultz and was made in collaboration with Ganya for his band avant-garde band Theatrum. Ganya gave us the whole scoop…