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Weekly Top 10: RIP Rutger Gunnarsson, Focused Practice & Performance, Top Bass Videos, Gear and Bass of the Week

This week we shared the sad news of Rutger Gunnarsson’s passing. Known for his work with ABBA, Gunnarsson received lots of love from the bass playing community here and around the web.

This week also featured a lot of top bass videos, Damian’s popular “Ask” column on focused practice and performance, plus some new gear and the bass of the week.

Thanks for reading, commenting, watching and sharing.

In Memoriam: Rutger Gunnarsson

1. In Memoriam: Rutger Gunnarsson

Bassist Rutger Gunnarsson, who made waves with Swedish pop sensation ABBA, has passed away. He was 69 years old…

Remco Hendrix: Funk Bass & Drum Grooves

2. Remco Hendrix: Funk Bass & Drum Grooves

Our friend Mark Barletta sent us a note to check out some videos by Remco Hendrix, a bassist from the Netherlands. Remco calls this “Fingerstyle Funk Bass & Drum Grooves”. The part with the octaver really rocks…

Increasing Concentration for Focused Practice and Performance

3. Increasing Concentration for Focused Practice and Performance

This week, a reader asks Damian Erskine about increasing concentration and focus for practicing and the gig. Damian lays out a great checklist worth reading (and invites you to share your thoughts too)…

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

4. Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (April 2015)

Have a few minutes? You’ll want them once you see this list of the top 10 most watched bass videos last month on No Treble…

Unreleased Weather Report with Jaco Pastorius: “Scarlet Woman”, Live (1978)

5. Unreleased Weather Report with Jaco Pastorius: “Scarlet Woman”, Live (1978)

We have another video from the 1978 performances by Weather Report in Pennsylvania, thanks to Rick Suchow. This is “Scarlet Woman”, which features one of the greatest lineups ever: Jaco Pastorius, Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter and Peter Erskine…

Elixir Revamps Bass Strings

6. Elixir Revamps Bass Strings

After getting feedback from over a thousand bass players, Elixir Strings has announced they’ve revamped their Nanoweb coated bass strings…

Nuno Bettencourt, Paul Gilbert & Mike Szuter: Cupid’s Dead

7. Nuno Bettencourt, Paul Gilbert & Mike Szuter: Cupid’s Dead

We’ve featured some clips from “Guitar Wars” in the past, with John Paul Jones on bass. Here’s another lineup from that performance, anchored by Mike Szuter. This group, which includes Nuno Bettencourt and Paul Gilbert, performed “Cupid’s Dead” as part of the show, complete with some nice grooves and some great unison lines thrown in…

Wellington, Burbridge and Friends: Shape of My Heart

8. Wellington, Burbridge and Friends: Shape of My Heart

Anthony Wellington is one of the all time great bassists and bass educators. He’s been a member of Victor Wooten’s band for years, and his Bassology teaching studio continually turns out fantastic bass players. We celebrated his birthday this week with a clip from Gerald Veasley’s 2015 Bass Boot Camp…

Bass of the Week: MBJ Guitars Nutsy Bass

9. Bass of the Week: MBJ Guitars Nutsy Bass

Joe Kruse has spent the past eight years working with Carl Thompson and two more years in Roger Sadowsky’s shop. Now he’s striking out on his own with MBJ Guitars, which focuses on unique short-scale designs and killer wood combinations. The luthier gave us the rundown on his Nutsy bass, which is our bass of the week…

EBS Introduces Magni 500 Bass Combo Series

10. EBS Introduces Magni 500 Bass Combo Series

EBS has taken their Reidmar amp design and built it into a new series of combo amps. The Magni 500 bass combo series features 210 and 115 models that incorporate an all-analog preamp with a lightweight power amp section. Both the 210 and 115 configurations include a tweeter to fill out their range…