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Weekly Top 10: RIP Chris Squire, Bill Wyman’s New Album, Mark Egan Podcast, Angled Endpins, Top Bass Videos & More

Leading off this list of the most popular stories and videos on No Treble for the week is the sad news of Chris Squire’s passing. News like that always makes it hard to share these lists we otherwise celebrate each week.

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In Memoriam: Chris Squire

1. In Memoriam: Chris Squire

Bass legend Chris Squire, who stood at the helm of progressive rock in Yes since 1968, has died of cancer. He was 67 years old. Yes released a statement on their Facebook page announcing the news…

Bass in Death Metal?

2. Bass in Death Metal?

Q: What is your opinion of the role of bass in both Death Metal and Black Metal? I’m a big fan of both styles and have tried to work out by ear, exactly what the bass is doing, but within these styles, the bass is very seldom heard. In a situation like this, what’s the…

What’s This Angled Endpin Business?

3. What’s This Angled Endpin Business?

Dr D. gets lots of questions about his bass, and “what’s up with that endpin?” ranks in the top ten. He prefers an angled endpin, and he breaks it all down in this new “Lowdown” column…

The Stanley Clarke Band: No Mystery, Live

4. The Stanley Clarke Band: No Mystery, Live

This week we celebrated the great Stanley Clarke’s birthday with a killer clip of his band live at Bimhuis in Amsterdam. The jazz legend and crew tackle the Return to Forever song “No Mystery”, which Clarke also released on his band’s 2010 self-titled album. Clarke pulls out all the stops…

Bass of the Week: Rob Allen Deep 4/5

5. Bass of the Week: Rob Allen Deep 4/5

Bass builder Rob Allen has a way with creating clean designs that are very playable pieces of art. Our bass of the week is the luthier’s Deep model, a semi-hollow body bass available in four and five-string models that features a classic f-hole. Check out the Bass of the Week…

Jesús Rico Pérez: A Never Ending Winter

6. Jesús Rico Pérez: A Never Ending Winter

It is always exciting to see a new video from Jesús Rico Pérez. Here’s his latest – a solo fretless bass performance of his tune, “A Never Ending Winter”. Once again, Jesús creates such a rich sound on a single instrument, with no overdubs…

Hamish Stuart Band with Will Lee: Person to Person

7. Hamish Stuart Band with Will Lee: Person to Person

Here’s a super fun video of the Hamish Stuart Band performing in 2013. In this clip, Will Lee is not only looking sharp, he’s laying down the funk (with some iconic bass lines thrown in here and there for good measure)…

TC Electronic Expands PolyTune Series Tuners

8. TC Electronic Expands PolyTune Series Tuners

TC Electronic’s PolyTune series is getting two new models added to the lineup with the PolyTune Clip and PolyTune 2 Blacklight. Both tuners support both guitar and bass tuning with polyphonic and chromatic modes…

Groove - Episode #7: Mark Egan

9. Groove – Episode #7: Mark Egan

In our latest episode of Groove – the No Treble Podcast, we sat down with Mark Egan. Mark is a passionate musician who – to this day – is thinking about newer ways to deliver a deeper tapestry of sound. Enjoy the conversation…

Bill Wyman Releases First Solo Album in Three Decades

10. Bill Wyman Releases First Solo Album in Three Decades

It’s been a while since former bassist for The Rolling Stones released a solo album. About 33 years, really. The album, which features a stripped-down sound and nods to influences like Leonard Cohen and JJ Cale, came about after Bill Wyman realized he had a cache of unreleased songs…