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  • Fast Fretboard Position Shifting on Bass

    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. »

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  • Miki Santamaria & Casey Cooper: Bass vs Drums

    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! »

  • Zac Brown Band Releases “Jekyll + Hyde”

    Zac Brown Band Releases “Jekyll + Hyde”

    The latest studio album from the Zac Brown Band, Jekyll + Hyde, lives up to its literary name, promising a variety of emotional states. Featuring dedicated bassist Matt Mangano, the album not only includes the country/rock crossover hit “Homegrown,” but also the Jason Isbell-penned “Dress Blues” about fallen soldiers, a collaboration with Sara Bareilles, and... »

  • Bass of the Week: New York Bass Works Cremona 5

    Bass of the Week: New York Bass Works Cremona 5

    This week we check out a custom Cremona 5 by New York Bass Works. Built by luthier David Segal for bassist Sean Joynes, the instrument is based around a rare wood from central Africa called Moabi. Joynes gave us the scoop: “This new Cremona 5 bass is made of Red Alder with a Moabi Pommele... »

  • Beginning Exercise for Improving Left Hand Finger Independence

    Beginning Exercise for Improving Left Hand Finger Independence

    The four movements of the left hand fingers necessary for string playing (to paraphrase the great violin pedagogue Demetrius Constantine Dounis) are: Lifting: Raising a finger from the fingerboard/string Dropping: Lowering a finger/Pressing a string to the fingerboard Sliding: Moving a finger along the string so the pitch rises or lowers accordingly Holding: leaving a... »

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

    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. »

  • Blur Returns With First Studio Album in a Dozen Years

    Blur Returns With First Studio Album in a Dozen Years

    Blur has released its first album in 16 years as a four-piece outfit and its first studio record since 2003 for the three-piece version of the British band. The Magic Whip features bassist, farmer and farming columnist Alex James, drummer Dave Rowntree, vocalist Damon Albarn and guitarist Graham Coxon. The music for the album began... »

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

    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... »

  • Tony Campos Joins Fear Factory

    Tony Campos Joins Fear Factory

    Metal bass mainstay Tony Campos has announced that he’s leaving the ranks of Soulfly to join Fear Factory. The bassist, who is best known for his time in the now defunct Static-X, made the announcement on Facebook while on the road with Ministry. “Big announcement time. Now that I’m back out on the road with... »

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

    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. »