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  • Intronaut Releases “The Direction of Last Things”

    Intronaut Releases “The Direction of Last Things”

    Intronaut’s latest album, The Direction of Last Things, is the band at its “most technical, brutal, catchy, and straight up fearless,” says frontman Sacha Dunable. The progressive metal band’s bassist, Joe Lester, is equally at home with metal and jazz. The band’s influences are as wide-ranging as its sound. Check out “Digital Gerrymandering” (below). The... »

  • Craig Akin: “Sanford and Son” Theme on Upright Bass

    Craig Akin: “Sanford and Son” Theme on Upright Bass

    Our friend Jayme Lewis shared this video on Facebook, with just two words: “So sick.” The bassist is Craig Akin. The tune is “The Streetbeater” by Quincy Jones – but you may know it better as the theme to Sanford and Son. So sick is right. The only thing better would be if it could... »

  • “JACO” Documentary and Soundtrack Available

    “JACO” Documentary and Soundtrack Available

    JACO: The Film, has finally arrived. The Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo-produced film about groundbreaking electric bassist Jaco Pastorius is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. The film can be downloaded on iTunes on Dec. 1. The soundtrack is available, too. Jaco’s influence on bass playing cannot be overstated. His work with Weather Report, solo, and... »

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  • Fleetwood Mac: Say You Love Me, Live 1998

    Fleetwood Mac: Say You Love Me, Live 1998

    Happy birthday to Fleetwood Mac’s John McVie! We’re celebrating in style with “Say You Love Me” from the band’s 1998 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction. McVie lays down a buttery bass line with plenty of tasty fills to drive the song. Happy birthday, John McVie! »

  • Keeping Students Interested When Studying Bass

    Keeping Students Interested When Studying Bass

    Q: I loved the column on giving guidance to students. Do you have suggestions for guiding teachers in bass teaching? I struggle keeping my beginning students interested when I have them “eat vegetables” – like scales and note reading and rhythm practice. How do you find the balance between serving vegetables and meat with potatoes... »

  • Zander Zon and Josh Cohen: See You Again

    Zander Zon and Josh Cohen: See You Again

    This year has been a year of firsts for bassist Zander Zon, including his first ever collaboration video (with KJC), adding a new bass to the mix (a Chris Larking custom made acoustic bass guitar), and his first collaboration with a bassist (Miki Santamaria). Now he’s teamed up with another bassist we’ve featured here before,... »

  • Revocation’s Debut Released in Remastered Version

    Revocation’s Debut Released in Remastered Version

    Technical death metal band Revocation has re-released its debut album, Empire of the Obscene. Only 1,000 copies of the record were pressed back in 2008, and the re-released version is also newly mixed and remastered. In addition, it features revamped cover art and a 2006 demo for the song “Summon the Spawn.” Anthony Buda, who... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Carter Lee

    Reader Spotlight: Carter Lee

    Meet Carter Lee, a bassist who has covered a lot of ground – spanning Canada, Boston, NYC, Nashville and LA – and all focused around music. Carter is No Treble’s reader in the spotlight for the week of November 23rd, 2015. Here’s his story… Bio: I am a musician, husband, hockey fan and LA resident.... »

  • Advanced Bass: The Tritone Substitution Matrix

    Advanced Bass: The Tritone Substitution Matrix

    When learning to play your bass, an overkill of theory can often paralyze your results while performing. Many musicians have learned the theory of Tritone Substitution, but when trying to apply this information, they often end up short-changed. In this bass lesson, we’ll cover a simple but direct concept for the immediate application for Tritone... »

  • Edgar Meyer and Victor Wooten: Webbed Feet

    Edgar Meyer and Victor Wooten: Webbed Feet

    We’re celebrating Edgar Meyer’s birthday today with an awesome throwback bass duet with Victor Wooten. The pair has fun with Meyer’s original tune “Webbed Feet” in this 1991 clip from Kentucky Educational Television’s “The Lonesome Pine Specials”. Both bassists push their instruments to the limit while making musical jests over the light-hearted groove. “Webbed Feet”... »