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Weekly Top 10: Geddy Lee’s Rig Rundown, Left-Hand Exercises, Podcast Discussion with Steve Lawson, Plus New Gear and Top Videos

Here is your weekly dose of the best in bass. AKA the top 10 most read stories/most watched videos of the week on No Treble.

Thanks as always for reading, watching, commenting and sharing.

Geddy Lee’s R40 Tour Gear Rundown

1. Geddy Lee’s R40 Tour Gear Rundown

Prepare to geek out. Our friend Christopher Buttner got a special tour of Geddy Lee‘s gear during the Tampa, Florida show of Rush’s R40 tour. Lucky for the rest of us, he recorded it. From the plethora of basses to the amps and even the signal chain, Buttner got the scoop on the whole rig…

Left Hand Exercises and Resources for Bass Players

2. Left Hand Exercises and Resources for Bass Players

This week, a reader asked Damian for advice on left-hand exercises… He put together a great list of resources (and offered up some of his own advice). Check it out…

Esperanza Spalding: Good Lava

3. Esperanza Spalding: Good Lava

Ever since she announced a tour in April, I’ve been dying to hear Esperanza Spalding‘s new music. Dubbed “Esperanza Spalding Presents: Emily’s D+Evolution”, the bassist describes the project as a way of “going back and reclaiming un-cultivated curiosity, and using it as a compass to move forward and expand.” Here’s a clip…

Akurion: Yet Ye See Them Not

4. Akurion: Yet Ye See Them Not

I’ve grown to love the sound of fretless in a metal setting. Here’s a great clip of Olivier Pinard laying it down in a new metal group called Akurion that features members of Cryptopsy and Neuraxis, including vocalist Mike DiSalvo, guitarist Rob Milley, and drummer Tommy Mckinnon…

Eastwood Guitars Announces Surfcaster Bass

5. Eastwood Guitars Announces Surfcaster Bass

After creating a tribute to the guitar version, Eastwood Customs has announced they will be creating a Surfcaster Bass. Originally introduced by Charvel in 1991, Eastwood describes the Surfcaster as an instrument for country players as well as the “surf” crowd…

AUDIOgraffiti: Black Rainbow

6. AUDIOgraffiti: Black Rainbow

Bassist and No Treble reader Nikolaos Finizio sent us a note and video of his band AUDIOgraffiti. “I’m a musician based in Italy, as a bass player, I always enjoy your selection of groovy videos, so this time I decided to share one myself,” he shared. We’re glad he did…

Marcus Miller: Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Live

7. Marcus Miller: Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Live

How many bass lines get people excited after only two notes? Marcus Miller riled the crowd up at the 2015 North Sea Jazz Festival with an instrumental version of the classic Temptations hit “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”…

Groove - Episode #8: Steve Lawson

8. Groove – Episode #8: Steve Lawson

In this episode of Groove – The No Treble Podcast, we talk with solo bassist Steve Lawson. Mitch dubs him “The Octopus”. Enjoy the conversation…

Bass of the Week: Vinciguerra Custom Shop BAJ Signature 6

9. Bass of the Week: Vinciguerra Custom Shop BAJ Signature 6

Bass builder Mark Vinciguerra recently posted photos of a recently completed BAJ Signature six-string bass and it stopped me in my tracks. The model, designed with bassist Brent-Anthony Jackson, comes with plenty of options, but this one seems just right…

New Supergroup Features Dave Grohl & Others on Bass

10. New Supergroup Features Dave Grohl & Others on Bass

Punk/metal supergroup Teenage Time Killers, featuring Dave Grohl, bassist Nick Oliveri (former Queens of the Stone Age), Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Corrosion of Conformity’s Reed Mullin, Jello Biafra of The Dead Kennedys, and more has come together to release Greatest Hits Vol. 1. Interestingly, Grohl handles bass duties on a large number of the 20 tracks…