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Weekly Top 10: New Bass Lesson, Old School Gibson Bass, Making Transcribing Easier, Top Videos and More

Another week in the books, which means it is time to celebrate the best of the best from the world of bass.

And this week was all about great how to’s, great videos, some great gear – and more.

Thanks as always for reading, watching, commenting and sharing.

Keelan Jones with Cory Henry: Sunday Stroll

1. Keelan Jones with Cory Henry: Sunday Stroll

Snarky Puppy keyboardist Cory Henry performs with drummer Keelan Jones in this funky performance of “Sunday Stroll”, recorded on November 29, 2014 from Jones’ . Tony Russell lays down a sweet a bass line on this one. Love the horns and that funky Moog!

Zander Zon: Star Wars Medley

2. Zander Zon: Star Wars Medley

You may have heard that a new Star Wars film hit the big screen this week (as in, 1,000 times a day or more). Leave it to Zander Zon to combine some of our all-time favorites – bass, Star Wars and the music of John Williams – into one terrific video…

Bass Lesson: Diminished II V Substitution

3. Bass Lesson: Diminished II V Substitution

A cool harmonic concept that bebop players have used for years is substituting dominant 7th chords – built in minor 3rds – over the V7 chord of the key. In this lesson, we’ll cover this concept to learn the possibilities of Diminished II V chord substitution over the II V I progression…

Joanna Dudkowska: The Beginning

4. Joanna Dudkowska: The Beginning

Bassist Joanna Dudkowska sent us this video of the tune “The Beginning”. She told us she had just received her Marleaux Consat Custom and recorded this in celebration. Not only does she play that, but she puts down some nice fretless work as well…

Bass Players to Know: Willie Weeks

5. Bass Players to Know: Willie Weeks

Ryan Madora’s column is back, with the focus on the great Willie Weeks. A bass player to know…

Jeremy Davis Leaves Paramore

6. Jeremy Davis Leaves Paramore

Jeremy Davis has parted ways with Paramore, according to a post on the band’s Facebook page. The bassist was a founding member in 2004…

Making Transcribing Easier

7. Making Transcribing Easier

In this week’s “Ask” column, a reader asks Damian for advice on how to tackle transcribing music (and overcome fears and other obstacles). Damian delivers once again with an excellent column full of great advice. Worth a read for all of us…

PandaMidi Revives A Classic Synth Pedal with the Future Impact I

8. PandaMidi Revives A Classic Synth Pedal with the Future Impact I

The AKAI Deep Impact is one of the most sought after synth bass pedals around. Discontinued years ago, the pedal is often seen selling for $800 or more. Now the Deep Impact’s designer has announced the next generation of the synth pedal with the Future Impact I by PandaMidi…

Old School: 1959 Gibson EB-2 Bass

9. Old School: 1959 Gibson EB-2 Bass

When our Instagram friend Eric Fortaleza posted a picture of his beautiful 1959 Gibson EB-2 Bass, we had to ask him to share his story with us. In this edition of Old School, we get the scoop. Here’s the story…

Bass of the Week: Letts Basses Yves Carbonne Signature 2-String Bass

10. Bass of the Week: Letts Basses Yves Carbonne Signature 2-String Bass

Many people know Yves Carbonne for his incredible playing on extended range instruments. After musing about the merits of how many strings a bass should have, Carbonne teamed up with Jon Letts to create the YCII 2-string Bass…