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  • Best of 2015: The Top 10 Reader Favorite Basses

    Best of 2015: The Top 10 Reader Favorite Basses

    Throughout 2015, we covered a lot of new basses hitting the market. The total number was nearly 100 in all, and those were viewed 300,000 times during the course of the year. Here are the top 10 most read and most shared stories in 2015 on No Treble featuring new basses. Enjoy! 1. Sire Guitars... »

  • Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon: Bye Bye Blues

    Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon: Bye Bye Blues

    Time for one of the greats. Here’s Willie Dixon laying it down (and singing) on “Bye Bye Blues”, along with Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Memphis Slim. Timeless! »

  • Five-Disc Set Released for Pantera Fans

    Five-Disc Set Released for Pantera Fans

    The 1990s sound of metal band Pantera is available in full force on The Complete Studio Albums, 1990-2000. The set covers the band’s last five albums, all of which feature Rex Brown (Down, Kill Devil Hill) on bass. The set includes four platinum albums, one of which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album... »

  • Steve Bailey and Friends: Jingle Bells

    Steve Bailey and Friends: Jingle Bells

    Steve Bailey has sent out his annual audio Christmas greeting, and this year’s is the biggest yet. As head of the Berklee Bass Department, Bailey brings in featured artists during their visits to the college to make special bass arrangements of holiday carols. This year has Bailey, Sandro Scoccia, Leland Sklar, John Patitucci, Victor Wooten,... »

  • In Memoriam: Terry Horbury

    In Memoriam: Terry Horbury

    Vardis bassist Terry Horbury has passed away after a battle with cancer. He was 65 years old. The band announced his death on their Facebook page. “Many of his generation had their lives changed by music in the 1960s,” the statement read, “but Terry’s first Cream gig in ’67 started him down a path which... »

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  • Best of 2015: Top 10 Bass Lessons and Transcriptions

    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... »

  • Carl Mörner Ringström Trio: Silent Night

    Carl Mörner Ringström Trio: Silent Night

    Here’s a version of “Silent Night” like you’ve never heard before. Guitarist Carl Mörner Ringström teamed up with bassist Johannes Zetterberg and drummer Jonathan Lundberg to make this intense yet relaxed version of the carol. Zetterberg lays down the groove on a beautiful six-string fretless before taking the lead at the 1:38 mark. The track... »

  • Romanian Bassist Calms on New Release

    Romanian Bassist Calms on New Release

    Romanian bassist Laszlo Demeter, has released a drop of Calm under the moniker “absurdcus”. The record features Demeter, also known for his work with the Romanian group Byron, on acoustic, electric and fretless basses. The album’s dedication is, simply, “to friends gone too soon.” You can check out the entire album on YouTube: And then... »

  • Marcus Miller “Renaissance” Transcriptions Available

    Marcus Miller “Renaissance” Transcriptions Available

    If you’ve been aching to play some tracks from Marcus Miller’s 2012 album Renaissance, Stuart Clayton’s Bassline Publishing has just released the book Marcus Miller – Highlights from Renaissance. The 106-page book collects five pieces from the album, including “Detroit,” “Jekyll & Hyde” and “Cee-Tee-Eye,” with transcriptions written in standard notation and tablature. Extensive performance... »

  • Dealing With Songs That Go Beyond Your Last Fret

    Dealing With Songs That Go Beyond Your Last Fret

    Q: I have a student entering his final year of secondary education. He has just purchased a 5-string Fender Jazz Bass. He is focusing on two handed tapping for his music subject. My worry… much of the music we have accessed (“Overjoyed”, “Rock and Roll” Bass Solo, etc.) requires between 21 and 24 frets according... »