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Weekly Top 10: Vulfpeck Bass Transcription, Playing Over Chords, Bass Lick Series Lesson, Top Videos and More

Another week ends, but we have our reward: the top 10 most read stories/most watched videos on No Treble for the week of August 15-21, 2015. We like to call it, the best from the world of bass.

Thanks for reading, watching, commenting and sharing.

Michel Falcão: Bach’s Sonata No. 1 in G Minor

1. Michel Falcão: Bach’s Sonata No. 1 in G Minor

Transferring Johann Sebastian Bach’s music to the electric bass is always an interesting feat. Here’s an outstanding clip of Michel Falcão pulling out all the stops on the composer’s Sonata No. 1 in G Minor…

Elin Sandberg and Tracy Robertson: Spain

2. Elin Sandberg and Tracy Robertson: Spain

Bassist Elin Sandberg and vocalist Tracy Robertson took Chick Corea’s “Spain” (with lyrics by Al Jarreau), and turned it into this impressive bass and vocals duet. Wow!

Playing Over Long Lasting Chords

3. Playing Over Long Lasting Chords

This week, a reader asks Damian for advice on playing through changes, but with a twist. Specifically, he wants to know what to do when a chord lasts for multiple bars. Damian delivers another excellent advice column…

Bruno Tauzin: 30 Best Motown Bass Riffs

4. Bruno Tauzin: 30 Best Motown Bass Riffs

Without a doubt, Motown’s prolific output yielded some of the best in-the-pocket bass lines in history. Songs from the label often had deceptively complex grooves, often provided by the late great James Jamerson. Bruno Tauzin decided to string together 30 of his favorite Motown bass riffs into one awesome clip…

Bass Lick Series: A7#9 Chord Bass Groove with Legato Fill

5. Bass Lick Series: A7#9 Chord Bass Groove with Legato Fill

The A7♯9 chord is a useful chord to know since you can play both the minor and Major pentatonic over it. Here’s a groove to work out, thanks to MarloweDK and his Bass Lick Series…

“Jaco’s World” with Felix Pastorius, Robert Trujillo & Will Lee Live at Hollywood Bowl

6. “Jaco’s World” with Felix Pastorius, Robert Trujillo & Will Lee Live at Hollywood Bowl

On August 12th, an all-star lineup gathered at the Hollywood Bowl to celebrate the music of Jaco Pastorius. The event also included clips from Robert Trujillo’s documentary on Jaco. Brian James was in the audience and captured some of the show for the rest of us to enjoy…

Josh Cohen: Alejandra

7. Josh Cohen: Alejandra

Josh Cohen has shared another great solo bass video with us. With a nice scenic backdrop, he performs his tune, “Alejandra”. “This soulful song that was inspired by someone very special to me, attempts to emulate the sound of a lead guitar, rhythm guitar and bass line all on the solo six-string electric bass…

Cannibal Corpse Announces Fall 2015 Tour

8. Cannibal Corpse Announces Fall 2015 Tour

Cannibal Corpse, anchored by metal bass legend Alex Webster, have announced a fall tour in continued support of 2014’s A Skeletal Domain. The tour kicks off October 8th at Underbelly in Jacksonville, Florida before snaking up the East Coast, heading west to California, and back east across the South. While most of the performances will…

Reader Spotlight: Jon Hallam

9. Reader Spotlight: Jon Hallam

Meet Jon Hallam, a bassist who I believe has the funniest “sex, drugs and rock and roll” stories in history. Joking aside, Jon is doing the serious work of a bassist, who found his calling after dropping the guitar. Here’s his story. Bio: I started quite late on – when I was 17, one of…

Bass Transcription: Joe Dart’s Bass Line on Vulfpeck’s “Beastly”

10. Bass Transcription: Joe Dart’s Bass Line on Vulfpeck’s “Beastly”

This month’s transcription is “Beastly”, the opening track from Vulfpeck’s first EP Mit Peck. I’ve loved this piece since I first heard it and it’s been on my “transcribe list” for a while now. Fortunately, the isolated bass track cropped a while back, making the task of transcribing it a little easier. “Beastly” is a…