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  • Bootsy’s Rubber Band: Another Point of View, Live 1976

    Bootsy’s Rubber Band: Another Point of View, Live 1976

    We’re going old school today with a clip of Bootsy Collins and his Rubber Band in concert from 1976. Taken from their concert at the Summit in Houston, Texas, the video has Bootsy and the gang getting down on “Another Point of View.” The performance came just two months after the release of the bassist’s... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Steve Carriere

    Reader Spotlight: Steve Carriere

    Meet Steve Carriere, a man who started early in life in music, and made it his career – now spanning 25 years (teaching) and 37 years (playing bass). Steve is No Treble’s reader in the spotlight for the week of June 1st, 2015. Here’s his story. Bio: I started playing bass in jazz band and... »

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  • Dean Zelinsky Introduces the Mule Bass

    Dean Zelinsky Introduces the Mule Bass

    Guitar and bass maker Dean Zelinsky has unveiled the Mule bass. Available in four- and five-string versions, the model is Zelinsky’s first to feature his patented Z-Glide Reduced Friction Neck. The back of the maple neck features a precisely engraved pattern that reduces surface area by putting a little air between your thumb and the... »

  • Jansen, Barbieri, Karn & Wilson: Bestial Cluster

    Jansen, Barbieri, Karn & Wilson: Bestial Cluster

    Mick Karn was the master of creating bass lines that were somehow simple, angular, and melodic all at the same time. Check out this clip of Karn with Steve Jansen, Richard Barbieri, and Steve Wilson performing “Bestial Cluster” for 2 Meter Session on Dutch television. Karn gets a gnarly distortion to lay down a fat... »

  • Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in May 2015

    Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in May 2015

    Time for one of our favorite roundups – the top 10 most popular bass gear stories on No Treble. Here are the reader favorites for May, 2015. 1. MK Passive Jazz Electric Upright Bass Electric upright bass company MK has announced a new passive jazz model of their flagship bass. The Jazz-P features piezo transducer... »

  • Bass of the Week: Salzmann Virutero NT

    Bass of the Week: Salzmann Virutero NT

    This week we’re getting a taste of Argentina with the Virutero NT by luthier Leandro Salzmann. Made in Buenos Aires, Salzmann’s Virutero model shows the bass builder has a strong grasp of creating an organic instrument that features exotic species of woods. The Virutero NT is a neck-thru bass that features a five-piece maple and... »

  • Three Exercises for Releasing and Relaxing the Left Hand Thumb

    Three Exercises for Releasing and Relaxing the Left Hand Thumb

    Keeping the thumb of our left hand flexible is a key component in achieving an agile fingering hand. Ideally, any pressure exerted by the thumb against the neck should be minimal. Below are a few exercises that should help you keep your thumb relaxed and your left hand injury free. 1. Thumb independence Pick a... »

  • Dominic “Forest” Lapointe: Teramobil’s “Temporaly Recompressed Pulse” Playthrough

    Dominic “Forest” Lapointe: Teramobil’s “Temporaly Recompressed Pulse” Playthrough

    Here’s another jaw-dropping playthrough by Dominic “Forest” Lapointe. The bassist burns it up on Teramobil’s “Temporaly Recompressed Pulse” with lightning fast riffs and creative two-handed tapping. The track comes from the band’s Multispectral Supercontinuum EP, but Lapointe tells us Teramobil is working on a full album. »

  • The Bassist’s Guide to Injury Management Now Available as eBook

    The Bassist’s Guide to Injury Management Now Available as eBook

    Dr. Randy Kertz has reissued his seminal work, The Bassist’s Guide to Injury Management, as a downloadable eBook. The book covers a wide range of common and uncommon physical issues that bass players may face. Dr. Kertz explains injuries and conditions that may occur as well as prevention and treatment options for each. A symptom... »