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Weekly Top 10: James Jamerson, New Ariane Cap Lesson Series, New Bass Gear, Top Videos and More

Welcome to our weekly installment of the reader favorite edition of No Treble. Here are the top 10 stories, columns, lessons, videos and more. Thanks as always for reading, watching, commenting and sharing.

Martha Reeves with James Jamerson: Live on Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert 1974

1. Martha Reeves with James Jamerson: Live on Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert 1974

There’s not a whole lot of live footage of the late, great James Jamerson, but the bits that we have are fantastic. Here’s a clip of the master bassist laying it down for Martha Reeves on a 1974 episode of “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert”…

Talking Technique: The Permutation Exercise

2. Talking Technique: The Permutation Exercise

Help us welcome our newest contributor, bassist Ariane Cap! Ariane’s video lessons will be focusing on technical exercises to help with agility, consistency, coordination, timing, evenness, and getting a round tone. Here is her first lesson: The Permutation Exercise…

Stash Stainless Bass Guitars Introduces Two New Models

3. Stash Stainless Bass Guitars Introduces Two New Models

Stash Stainless has expanded their innovative bass offerings with two new instruments: the Model E and the Model P. Similar to the original design, the new models are made almost entirely of stainless steel with a tubular acoustic neck and custom made split coil Alnico 5 pickups…

Nathan Navarro: Mozart’s “Lacrimosa” Solo Bass Arrangement

4. Nathan Navarro: Mozart’s “Lacrimosa” Solo Bass Arrangement

Nathan Navarro is back with another great solo bass arrangement. This time he explores the classical world with Mozart’s “Lacrimosa”. Navarro brings lots emotion to the performance, adding drama with dynamics changes and beautiful phrasing…

Introduction to Chromatic Scales

5. Introduction to Chromatic Scales

For many bassists, the chromatic scale is an underused resource in their practice toolkit. Properly approached, practicing chromatic scales can vastly improve our shifting, intonation and mental map of the fingerboard. Here are a few beginner exercises using the chromatic scale that Dr. D finds to be useful…

Ed Lucie and Anthony Vitti: Forgotten Grooveyard #12

6. Ed Lucie and Anthony Vitti: Forgotten Grooveyard #12

Berklee bass professor Anthony Vitti has a cool YouTube series called “Forgotten Grooveyard,” where he sits down with faculty, students and visiting artists at the school to kick out the jams. Here’s a great soul-inspired groove duet with fellow Berklee professor Ed Lucie…

Bass of the Week:  Wilkins Road Tested Roasted Cayenne WRTJ5

7. Bass of the Week: Wilkins Road Tested Roasted Cayenne WRTJ5

Made in the USA, the Wilkins Road Tested Roasted Cayenne WRTJ5 Bass is an instrument that the builder says will make you feel right at home. Check out the bass of the week…

Accompanying “Smaller” Instruments on Bass

8. Accompanying “Smaller” Instruments on Bass

A reader asked Damian about how to overcome struggles accompanying “smaller” instruments on bass – such as ukulele, mandolin, etc. Check out this all new “Ask” column to see what he has to say about this (and accompanying in general). Add your thoughts too…

Marito Marques & Rich Brown: The Stormcloud’s Narrative

9. Marito Marques & Rich Brown: The Stormcloud’s Narrative

Drummer Marito Marques runs a series of videos called “Drum & Bass Sessions”, where invites different area bassists to perform with him in his studio. Bassist Rich Brown sat in on Marito’s fourth video of the series…

Keeley Electronics Introduces the Seafoam Plus Chorus

10. Keeley Electronics Introduces the Seafoam Plus Chorus

Keeley Electronics has introduced the Seafoam Plus, a stompbox that packs a chorus, double tracker, and reverb into one pedal. It uses the company’s new DSP platform and can be internally switched to be tailored for bass or guitar…