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  • Mark Marxon: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

    Mark Marxon: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

    Mark Marxon sent this video to me recently (on his birthday!) Mark arranged Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” as a chill solo bass piece – complete with some smooth lines, chords and harmonics. Really enjoyed this one. Nice work, Mark – and happy belated birthday. »

  • NOISE Audio Design Unveils The Perfect Storm Bass Preamp

    NOISE Audio Design Unveils The Perfect Storm Bass Preamp

    Veteran tube amplifier tech Blackie Pagano of NOISE Audio Design has unveiled The Perfect Storm, a limited edition high-transconductance, high-current tube bass guitar preamp. The sleek preamp takes its moniker from a realization Pagano had after receiving a box of Russian-made 6C45pi tubes, which are sensitive to audio signals and, despite their small size, run... »

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  • Developing a Solo Over Chord Changes

    Developing a Solo Over Chord Changes

    Q: I have a question about improvising. If one browses the internet for learning how to improvise on the bass guitar, one can easily find lots of great tips: learn familiar melodies and expand them, learn solos from other instruments and be inspired by others. I would like to know about how to approach improvising... »

  • Miki Santamaria, DaBeat & Friends: Live at the Plygrnd Studio

    Miki Santamaria, DaBeat & Friends: Live at the Plygrnd Studio

    We’re used to seeing Miki Santamaria as a solo bassist, but we know he can lay it down (and does) in plenty of band settings. Here’s Miki along with vocalist DaBeat and their friends performing Michael Jackson’s “Baby Be Mine”. If you dig this, check out Miki and DaBeat’s duet on “Man in the Mirror”... »

  • Soilwork Releases 10th Studio Album, Changes Bassists, Sets Tour

    Soilwork Releases 10th Studio Album, Changes Bassists, Sets Tour

    Swedish melodic death metal band Soilwork has released its last album with bassist Ola Flink, who left the band in June. The Ride Majestic is a work informed by deaths affecting several band members, according to vocalist Bjorn “Speed” Strid. In June, Strid addressed Flink’s departure: “We all sooner or later come to a crossroad... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Gabriel Vilches

    Reader Spotlight: Gabriel Vilches

    Gabriel Vilches’s father took him to see KISS when Gabriel was fifteen years old. The next day, he began playing the bass, and he hasn’t stopped yet. We love his story. Bio: I’m a bass player, composer and producer of Argentina, who loves music. I started playing in rock bands in my hometown, La Plata,... »

  • Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in August 2015

    Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in August 2015

    Time for the celebration that gives most No Treble readers a bad case of G.A.S. We prefer to call it the top 10 most read gear stories on No Treble for the month though. Enjoy. 1. Bohemian Guitars Boho Bass Here’s something different: Bohemian Guitars has introduced the Boho Bass, a hollow body electric bass... »

  • Kamasi Washington with Miles Mosley: Re Run Home, Live

    Kamasi Washington with Miles Mosley: Re Run Home, Live

    If you’ve been following No Treble for a while, you know that Miles Mosley is doing amazing things with the double bass. I recently caught Mosley on tour with saxophone genius Kamasi Washington and it was one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen. The band’s chemistry was the stuff of legends. Here’s a great... »

  • Evan Marien Releases “Artifacts”

    Evan Marien Releases “Artifacts”

    Bassist/multi-instrumentalist Evan Marien has released his latest solo effort, Artifacts. Marien composed, produced and mixed the album, which he said “slowly took shape over three years–a painstakingly careful process to produce some of the most unique sounds and textures that reflect what I’ve seen and heard in my life.” Marien said he’s particularly proud of... »