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Weekly Top 10: Geddy Lee on Technique, New Bass Gear and the Top Videos, How To’s and More

We had a lot of fun this week with some great videos and stories. Looks like that excitement reached NT readers too. Lots and lots of views on this week’s top 10 list.

As always, thanks for reading, watching, commenting and sharing.

Geddy Lee on Developing His Right-Hand Picking Technique

1. Geddy Lee on Developing His Right-Hand Picking Technique

Fender shared a great video featuring Geddy Lee talking about his right-hand picking technique – one he says developed after touring with Primus back in the early 2000s. Geddy was inspired by Les Claypool, and incorporated more of a flamenco-style approach as a result…

Federico Malaman & Rossana Carraro: Bang Bang

2. Federico Malaman & Rossana Carraro: Bang Bang

Bassist Federico Malaman and vocalist Rossana Carraro teamed up to create this terrific cover of “Bang Bang” – the tune recorded by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. It is making the rounds on Facebook now – with over 600,000 views. Federico shared the video with us to get it even more attention…

Bass Lick Series: Funky Bass Breakdown in E

3. Bass Lick Series: Funky Bass Breakdown in E

Here’s another lick to add to your bag of tricks, thanks to MarloweDK. Once again, I’m using open strings as described in past lessons. This one is a groovy bass line you can play over a E7, E9 or E13 chord using the Em dorian scale with the Major 3rd added (G#)….

Bass Centre Announced Revamped Power Bass Series

4. Bass Centre Announced Revamped Power Bass Series

The Bass Centre has revamped their vintage-inspired Power Bass series for 2015 with a several new features. According to the manufacturer, the lineup has been “re-imagined to blend period accurate looks & a classic sound with modern, light weight construction & a super fast, satin finish neck”…

Project RnL: Latin Dream

5. Project RnL: Latin Dream

If you’ve been with us for a while, you’ll recognize the name Project RnL, and the band’s bassist Or Lubianiker. They’ve just shared their latest video, and it is killer. Watch this…

Reader Spotlight: Mia Webster

6. Reader Spotlight: Mia Webster

Meet Mia Webster, a bassist who has as much personality coming through as any I’ve seen in the Reader Spotlight series. Mia also has the right attitude when it comes to bass and music. Here’s her story…

Nathan Navarro: Lindsey Stirling’s “Take Flight” Bass Cover

7. Nathan Navarro: Lindsey Stirling’s “Take Flight” Bass Cover

Violin meets bass in Nathan Navarro‘s latest video cover of Lindsey Stirling’s “Take Flight.” The bassist tackles the melodic and complex violin part while still infusing his own style into it. Navarro also posted free tabs on his website to share with anyone up to the challenge…

Learning Music by Writing Down Your Transcriptions

8. Learning Music by Writing Down Your Transcriptions

In this week’s “Ask” column, Damian Erskine answers a reader’s question about the usefulness of writing down the music as part of learning and transcribing – as well as some steps. Check out what Damian has to say…

Olivier Babaz: Bass & Kalimba Cover of “Stairway to Heaven”

9. Olivier Babaz: Bass & Kalimba Cover of “Stairway to Heaven”

Olivier Babaz has a specialty in performing double bass, kalimba, and shaker simultaneously to create a unique and beautiful texture. His latest video takes on the iconic Led Zeppelin song “Stairway to Heaven,” and it has to be seen to believed. Babaz starts the melody on the kalimba before switching to focus on bass…

Bass of the Week: Mayones Prestige Classic

10. Bass of the Week: Mayones Prestige Classic

This week we check out the Mayones Prestige Classic, a bass the company calls “a tempting luxurious instrument for connoisseurs with clear yet rich tone of modern Nordstrand Fat Stack pickups.” The bass, which comes in 4-, 5-, and 6-string versions, features neck-thru construction with several layers of wood…