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Weekly Top 10: Jaco Documentary News, Expert Columns, Best Bass Videos and New Gear

Time for your weekly dose of the best from the world of bass. AKA the top 10 reader favorite stories, columns and videos on No Treble.

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Some Thoughts on the 1-2-3-4 Fingering System for Double Bass

1. Some Thoughts on the 1-2-3-4 Fingering System for Double Bass

For as long as there have been bassists, there has been debate about what fingering system to use. While most players today use a three-finger technique (1-2-4, or the Italian 1-3-4) some suggest a four-finger technique. Dr. D breaks it down in this lowdown column…

Talent vs. Hard Work

2. Talent vs. Hard Work

This week, Damian Erskine answers a reader’s question about differentiating talent vs. hard work. Once again, Damian delivers a thought-provoking column – and invites you to join in the discussion…

Rush: Red Barchetta (Live, 1980)

3. Rush: Red Barchetta (Live, 1980)

In honor of Geddy Lee’s birthday, here’s a great clip of Rush performing “Red Barchetta”, live in 1980. Happy birthday, Geddy!

Identity of Slipknot Bassist Confirmed; Fall Tour Announced

4. Identity of Slipknot Bassist Confirmed; Fall Tour Announced

The identity of Slipknot’s bassist is no longer a mystery. Band leader Corey Taylor recently revealed on Chris Jericho’s podcast, Talk Is Jericho, that, as suspected, that former Mastodon tech/onetime guitarist for Krokodil, Alessandro “Vman” Venturella is in the band…

More “Jaco” Documentary Screenings Scheduled; Joni Mitchell Footage Added

5. More “Jaco” Documentary Screenings Scheduled; Joni Mitchell Footage Added

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo’s labor of love film about the late, legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius, Jaco – A Documentary Film, is getting two small-scale advance screenings this summer: Aug. 14 at the Frida Theater in Santa Ana, California and Aug. 16 at Arclight Cinema in Hollywood, with a few other additional dates to be announced…

Travis Larson Band with Jennifer Young: Georgia On My Mind

6. Travis Larson Band with Jennifer Young: Georgia On My Mind

The Travis Larson Band recently released a new DVD called Shift Happens LIVE in Mexicali, and it’s got some fantastic bass playing on it thanks to Jennifer Young. Here’s a great clip of the power trio laying it down on the classic ballad “Georgia On My Mind”…

Bass of the Week: 3G Handmade Instruments Sniper Bass

7. Bass of the Week: 3G Handmade Instruments Sniper Bass

This week we’re taking a look at the Sniper bass by 3G Handmade Instruments. Made in Italy, the bass was designed for portability while keeping a full size bass experience. Check out the Bass of the Week…

Primus: Lee Van Cleef

8. Primus: Lee Van Cleef

Just about all of Les Claypool‘s bass lines are catchy and fun to play, but “Lee Van Cleef” is one of my favorites. The song, which pays homage to the actor with allusions to Claypool’s childhood, centers around a springy slap bass line on the D and G strings…

Earth, Wind, and Fire: Shining Star, Live 1975

9. Earth, Wind, and Fire: Shining Star, Live 1975

Bass legend Verdine White is turned 64 this week, and we celebrated with an awesome clip of Earth, Wind, and Fire on the Midnight Special from 1975. “Shining Star” is one of the coolest bass lines of all time, and White makes it even funkier with some added rhythm and slick fills…

Warwick Announces Rockbass Adam Clayton Artist Line Bass

10. Warwick Announces Rockbass Adam Clayton Artist Line Bass

After introducing the custom shop version in May, Warwick has made good on their promise to bring the Adam Clayton Streamer CV Signature bass to their mid-priced Rockbass Artist Line. The bass, which Warwick describes as the “little brother” of the custom shop model, carries many of the same features…