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Weekly Top 10: Playing Cover Songs, New Bass Gear, Getting to Know Robert DeLeo, The Best Bass Videos and More

Good news, best-of list lovers. This week’s top 10 list includes another top 10 list… Plus, Summer NAMM means new gear, and that always makes the list more exciting too.

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Learning Songs Note for Note vs. Doing Your Own Thing

1. Learning Songs Note for Note vs. Doing Your Own Thing

This week, a reader in a cover band asks about learning tunes note-for-note vs. doing your own thing. Damian Erskine offers his thoughts in this new “Ask” column…

ObsidianWire Introduces J and P Bass Wiring Upgrades

2. ObsidianWire Introduces J and P Bass Wiring Upgrades

Attention mod junkies: ObsidianWire has just unveiled a J and P-bass upgrade wiring harnesses. Utilizing solder-less connectors, the sets are designed to be drop-in replacements for American and Mexican series Fender basses…

Early 1980s Stray Cats Concerts in Germany Released

3. Early 1980s Stray Cats Concerts in Germany Released

Second-generation rockabilly band The Stray Cats brought some of the best sounds of the 1950s into the early 1980s. And a new CD and DVD offers insight into the experience of hearing the band live in its prime…

MJC Ironworks Launches New Bass Strings

4. MJC Ironworks Launches New Bass Strings

Michael Connolly has launched a new string company called MJC Ironworks, which the industry veteran describes as a company with “geek-like intensity to detail.” Its first products are a line of strings for bass players. The lineup includes stainless steel and nickel-plated versions in a variety of gauges…

Bass Players to Know: Robert DeLeo

5. Bass Players to Know: Robert DeLeo

Every now and then, a song sneaks up and triggers a memory. That just happened to Ryan Madora, and it inspired her latest entry in her “Bass Players to Know” series…

La Vague: Sit Down

6. La Vague: Sit Down

Bass and vocal duo La Vague, comprised of Alessandro Corsi and Francesca Pirami, is back with a new video for “Sit Down” from their self-titled 2009 album. Corsi sets up a tasty groove and keeps the bass line running while he plays fills and countermelodies for a mesmerizing jam…

King Crimson with Tony Levin: Red, Live 1994

7. King Crimson with Tony Levin: Red, Live 1994

King Crimson had plenty of lineups, but this one may be my favorite. The chemistry between Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Bill Bruford, and Tony Levin never disappoints, and creating the double trio with the addition of Pat Mastelotto and Trey Gunn makes it even better…

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

8. Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (June 2015)

Here’s something to keep you busy – and the good kind of busy: the top 10 most watched bass videos on No Treble during June…

Or Lubianiker: In Orbit

9. Or Lubianiker: In Orbit

Bassist and all-around good guy Or Lubianiker just sent me his latest video. This time around, it is one of Or’s own compositions, which he performed with help from his Project RnL bandmates Eyal Amir (keyboards) and Sharon Petrover (drums)…

Warwick Introduces 5-String Streamer CV Bass

10. Warwick Introduces 5-String Streamer CV Bass

Warwick’s Streamer CV bass is getting a little bigger with the introduction of a five-string model to the lineup. The model, which was originally debuted in 2013, combines the company’s Streamer model with a vintage aesthetic…