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Weekly Top 10: Talking Technique, Best of 2015 Lessons & Transcriptions, Bass of the Week, Top Videos and More

As always, we celebrate the end of another week with a celebration of reader favorites over the last seven days on No Treble.

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

Galactic Empire: Star Wars Theme

1. Galactic Empire: Star Wars Theme

Star Wars buzz is in the air, so we thought we’d celebrate with this fun video by the band known as Galactic Empire. I mean, come on – a Stormtrooper (Atrium Audio’s Carson Slovak) playing bass? That’s just too hard to pass up. And the break in the middle is just plain awesome…

Talking Technique: Jumps Without Looking at the Fretboard

2. Talking Technique: Jumps Without Looking at the Fretboard

Now that your fingers are getting in shape from the first two lessons, but how do you tackle making large interval leaps on the fly? Accurate shifting is an equally important skill to mastering technique. Ariane Cap shows us the way…

Jacob Collier: PYT

3. Jacob Collier: PYT

Multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier is a freak of nature, so it figures that his cover of Michael Jackson’s classic “PYT” would be just as out there. Collier – who arranged, performed, produced, filmed and edited the clip – included some off the wall bass licks and a thriller of a unison line with the keyboard…

Best of 2015: Top 10 Bass Lessons and Transcriptions

4. Best of 2015: Top 10 Bass Lessons and Transcriptions

As we wrap up 2015, we look back at the reader favorites on No Treble for the year. The holidays are upon us, which hopefully means more down time from the day-to-day activities that keep us busy. Which hopefully means more time to spend on the bass. Here’s a great list to get you through…

Hadrien Feraud Releases Sophomore Effort as Solo Artist

5. Hadrien Feraud Releases Sophomore Effort as Solo Artist

French jazz bass virtuoso Hadrien Feraud (Chick Corea, John McLaughlin) has released his second album, Born in the 80s. The album mixes jazz fusion, R&B, hip-hop, and soul and the 1984-born Feraud acknowledges the record’s not all about the bass – “It’s more about music,” says Feraud…

Tony Grey: Carol of the Bells

6. Tony Grey: Carol of the Bells

We’re getting into the holiday spirit with some bass videos, including this new arrangement of “Carol of the Bells” by Tony Grey. The bassist creates an ambient soundscape with the song’s lulling melody before taking a beautiful solo over top…

Tim Carey and Amanda Taylor: Put Your Records On

7. Tim Carey and Amanda Taylor: Put Your Records On

Tim Carey sent us his latest video, taking Corinne Bailey’s “Put Your Records On” and making it a terrific arrangement for bass and vocals. The vocalist is Amanda Taylor, and once again, a great pop tune is made even better…

Miles Davis and Great Bassists: The Warner Bros. Years, Remastered

8. Miles Davis and Great Bassists: The Warner Bros. Years, Remastered

Lovers of the Warner Bros. era of jazz trumpeter/composer Miles Davis’ career, which began in the mid-1980s, can delight in a definitive 8-CD box set called The Last Word – The Warner Bros. Years. The of remastered music covers the Tutu, Amandla and Doo-Bop albums, and the Dingo and Siesta soundtracks…

Bass of the Week: Mana Basso Glade 6-String

9. Bass of the Week: Mana Basso Glade 6-String

This week we’re checking out a six-string Glade model from Mana Basso custom basses. The gorgeous singlecut bass features a Padouk, Wenge and Swamp Ash body matched to a Wenge, Padouk and Flamed Maple neck for a rich textural palette…

Reader Spotlight: Oskar Alex

10. Reader Spotlight: Oskar Alex

We first featured bassist Oskar Alex back in 2013, with his Dirty Loops inspired band, Alfons Åberg Fusion. Now we get to learn more about him. Oskar is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story…