the online magazine for bass players

Search Menu

Weekly Top 10: New Bass Lesson, New Material from Weather Report’s Jaco Years, New Gear, Top Bass Videos and More

Another week in the books, which means it is time to celebrate the top 10 on No Treble this week.

Here are the reader favorites for the week of November 21-27, 2015. Thanks for reading, watching, commenting and sharing!

Bass Lesson: The Tritone Substitution Matrix

1. Bass Lesson: The Tritone Substitution Matrix

When learning to play your bass, an overkill of theory can often paralyze your results while performing. In this new bass lesson, Joe Hubbard covers a simple but direct concept for the immediate application for Tritone Substitution…

Maddie Jay & The pH Collective: No Going Back

2. Maddie Jay & The pH Collective: No Going Back

Maddie Jay has released her second track with the The pH Collective – one she describes as “some good ol’ fashioned new age acid jazz.” The tune is “No Going Back,” which was written by Maddie with arrangements by the band. This one grooves…

Evan Marien: Water On The Brain Pt 2

3. Evan Marien: Water On The Brain Pt 2

Evan Marien shared his new video with me this week, and it is so great to see another great performance from him. In this video, Evan performs his arrangement of the Allan Holdsworth tune, “Water On The Brain Pt2”. Check out the solo!

Keeping Students Interested When Studying Bass

4. Keeping Students Interested When Studying Bass

A reader asked Damian for advice in keeping students interested in their bass studies. Damian responded with a great column not just for bass instructors, but for students as well. Check it out and add your thoughts to this week’s “Ask” column…

Seymour Duncan Releases The Apollo Jazz Bass Linear Humbucker Pickup

5. Seymour Duncan Releases The Apollo Jazz Bass Linear Humbucker Pickup

Seymour Duncan has added to their line of bass pickups with the Apollo Jazz Bass Linear Humbucker. The new model employs two coils that sit next to each other under a standard single-coil-sized cover. Duncan’s head of R&D Kevin Beller designed the pickups to get a warm, traditional sound with modern attributes…

Vulfpeck: 1612 (Live)

6. Vulfpeck: 1612 (Live)

Back in 2011, we shared a Vulfpeck video for the first time. We became instant fans. Since then, we’ve watched them gain popularity, and nothing was more thrilling than seeing them perform on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Watch this…

Bass of the Week: Lea Bass Guitars Dumpster Bass

7. Bass of the Week: Lea Bass Guitars Dumpster Bass

As they say, one man’s trash is another’s treasure. That’s why Scott Sterling of Lea Bass Guitars decided to create the Dumpster bass. Although it has a fine fit and finish, the components didn’t start out that way…

Acoustic Amplification Introduces Class-D/Neo Series

8. Acoustic Amplification Introduces Class-D/Neo Series

Acoustic Amplification has introduced a new series of Class-D/Neo bass amplifiers including heads, cabinets, and combo amps. The new models are approximately 40 percent lighter than the company’s previous models…

Tool and Primus Announce Winter Tour

9. Tool and Primus Announce Winter Tour

In what promises to be one of the most anticipated tours of 2016, Tool and Primus are teaming up for a set of tour dates in January. The 8-date trek is a rare outing for Tool, who have seldom played more than 20 shows in a single year since 2007…

Unreleased Live Material from Weather Report’s Jaco Years Gets Release

10. Unreleased Live Material from Weather Report’s Jaco Years Gets Release

Jaco Pastorius and Weather Report fans have an early present this holiday season – Weather Report – The Legendary Live Tapes: 1978-1981. The previously unreleased tapes, sourced from the jazz-rock-fusion band’s soundboard recordings and from bootleg recordings, are arranged so that they reflect key performances, rather than the band’s typical set lists of the era…