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  • Tony Grey: Carol of the Bells

    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. Light the tree, sit back and enjoy. Grey is offering the track as a free... »

  • Coldplay Releases Seventh Album

    Coldplay Releases Seventh Album

    Coldplay has released its seventh studio album, A Head Full of Dreams. The album was recorded in California and London and features guests like Beyoncé, Noel Gallagher (Oasis) and Merry Clayton (best known for her spine-tingling vocal on The Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter”). Also, Norwegian pop production duo Stargate handled production duties with Coldplay’s regular... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Oskar Alex

    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… Bio: A native of Stockholm, Oskar Alex has been studying music there for the past four... »

  • Best of 2015: The Top 10 Lowdown with Dr. D Columns

    Best of 2015: The Top 10 Lowdown with Dr. D Columns

    Dr. Donovan Stokes’ “Lowdown with Dr. D” column debuted here on No Treble on September 3rd, 2009, making it one of our longest running columns. Since then, it has become one of our most popular, by the Professor of Music at Shenandoah University-Conservatory and founder of Bass Coalition. Here are the top 10 reader favorite... »

  • Galactic Empire: Star Wars Theme

    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. »

  • 1974 Rush Session Reveals Early Live Sound

    1974 Rush Session Reveals Early Live Sound

    The sound of early live Rush is available on The Lady Gone Electric, which documents a 1974 live radio broadcast of the group, playing songs from its debut album and the then soon-to-be released Fly By Night from Electric Lady Studios in New York. The event also marked the first recording featuring Neil Peart on... »

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  • Bass of the Week: Mana Basso Glade 6-String

    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. Its Birdseye maple fretboard leads your eye to the bass’s carved headstock, which is made... »

  • Talking Technique: Jumps Without Looking at the Fretboard

    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. Upright bass players work meticulously on shifting to be as accurate as possible. We’ll borrow a few pointers from them... »

  • Jan-Olof Strandberg and Dominique Di Piazza: Bass Duo Improvisation

    Jan-Olof Strandberg and Dominique Di Piazza: Bass Duo Improvisation

    Jan-Olof Strandberg uses his solo project, aptly entitled The Strandberg Project, to bring together musicians from all over the world to create incredible musical experiences. He also regularly invites guests bassists to join his band for tours, including Michael Manring, Armand Sabal-Lecco, Paul Jackson, and more. His latest collaboration is with Dominique Di Piazza, who... »

  • New York Gypsy All-Stars Release Sophomore Effort

    New York Gypsy All-Stars Release Sophomore Effort

    If you’re looking to explore some new contemporary Balkan, gypsy, jazz/funk/electronica, you’re in luck. The New York Gypsy All-Stars have released its second album, Dromomania. The band, co-founded by versatile, Athens-born, Berklee-educated bassist Panagiotis Andreou, has a thoroughly unique sound. All of the band members pull from varied musical traditions. Andreou, for example, crosses genre... »