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Weekly Top 10: Juan Alderete Podcast, Fast Fretboard Position Shifting, Finger Independence, Top Videos & More

Another great week comes to a close, but not before we share the best from the world of bass.

Here is your top 10 for the week of May 2-8, 2015. Thanks as always for reading, watching, listening, commenting and sharing.

Miki Santamaria & Casey Cooper: Bass vs Drums

1. Miki Santamaria & Casey Cooper: Bass vs Drums

Miki Santamaria just sent me his latest video, which he calls “Bass vs Drums”. Miki handles two bass parts that’ll knock you out, along with drummer Casey Cooper. Dig it!

Osmar Oliveira: Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” All-Bass Arrangement

2. Osmar Oliveira: Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” All-Bass Arrangement

Osmar Oliveira shared his terrific all-bass performance of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”. I love Osmar’s fretless work on the vocal lines, and his emulation of the guitar is impressive too…

Doug Wimbish and Victor Wooten: Bass Duet (NAMM 2015)

3. Doug Wimbish and Victor Wooten: Bass Duet (NAMM 2015)

The Behringer booth at this year’s NAMM show was crammed with people for this impromptu performance by Doug Wimbish and Victor Wooten. Thankfully, they filmed it…

Beginning Exercise for Improving Left Hand Finger Independence

4. Beginning Exercise for Improving Left Hand Finger Independence

Dr. D covers the four movements of the left hand fingers necessary for string playing (paraphrasing the great violin pedagogue Demetrius Constantine Dounis) in this “Lowdown” column…

Learning Music: A Discussion on Bass Tab, Notation and Ears

5. Learning Music: A Discussion on Bass Tab, Notation and Ears

This week, Damian answers a question from a reader regarding tab. He turned it into a broader discussion about tab, notation and ears…

Groove - Episode #5: Juan Alderete

6. Groove – Episode #5: Juan Alderete

In this fifth episode of Groove – The No Treble Podcast, we talk with Juan Alderete. Juan has made a career out of being a musical chameleon – from Racer X to The Mars Volta, Big Sir, Vato Negro and Deltron 3030. Enjoy the conversation…

Nenad Vasilic: Deep Purple’s “Burn” Solo Bass Arrangement

7. Nenad Vasilic: Deep Purple’s “Burn” Solo Bass Arrangement

Double bassist Nenad Vasilic is back with a new cover video of Deep Purple’s “Burn.” While the whole arrangement is acoustic, check out his innovative method for getting “distortion” to match the ’70s rock vibe…

Fast Fretboard Position Shifting on Bass

8. Fast Fretboard Position Shifting on Bass

Here’s a lesson I’d consider more beginner/intermediate-level, but it is a great refresher for all of us. Many times, we have to play a line which requires some quick shifting along the fretboard. Here’s a simple exercise for fast position shifts. Follow along with the video…

Reader Spotlight: Declan Miers

9. Reader Spotlight: Declan Miers

Meet Declan Miers, a young bassist who has been playing music from a very early age. He has a great story, and one of my favorite parts is the beginning, when he “picked up [his] dad’s 1975 Rickenbacker 4001 and got to work”…

Tech 21 Boost Comp Pedal Now Shipping

10. Tech 21 Boost Comp Pedal Now Shipping

After announcing the pedal at this year’s NAMM Show, Tech 21 is now shipping the Boost Comp. The all-analog compressor utilizes FET-based technology, which the company says is inherently warm, while simplifying the controls for easy tweaking. The pedal offers pre and post-effect tone shaping capability with its Presence and Tone controls…