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Weekly Top 10: Felix Pastorius Podcast, Talking Technique, Writing Basslines, Top Bass Videos, New Gear and More

Time for our weekly celebration of the best from the world of bass. Here are the top 10 No Treble reader favorites for the week of January 2-8, 2016.

Thanks for reading, watching, commenting and sharing.

Erlend Caspersen: Abhorrent’s “A Lightness of Mind” Playthrough

1. Erlend Caspersen: Abhorrent’s “A Lightness of Mind” Playthrough

It’s time to get your face melted by Erlend Caspersen again. This time the monster bassist shows you how it’s done on the Abhorrent track “A Lightness of Mind”, which features unrelenting riffs and some satisfyingly dissonant bass chords. For those brave enough to attempt it, Caspersen has supplied the tabs…

Talking Technique: Fast Fingers

2. Talking Technique: Fast Fingers

In this episode of Talking Technique, we’re talking technique with the right hand and getting those fast fingers. Ariane goes over the two finger alternating plucking style, which will get you through most playing situations…

The Lightbulb Moment: A Matter of Taste

3. The Lightbulb Moment: A Matter of Taste

In her new “Lightbulb Moment” column, Ryan Madora ponders the question “Why do we need so many different kinds of basses?” Check out what she has to say, and share your thoughts too…

Alessandro Corsi and Francesco De Rubeis: Watt 69

4. Alessandro Corsi and Francesco De Rubeis: Watt 69

Alessandro Corsi shared this killer drum and bass piece he played in the studio with drummer Francesco De Rubeis called “Watt 69,” and we’re glad he did. “It’s a bass solo taken from a tune I wrote 15 years ago for my jazz-funk-rock group, Capolinea,” he shared…

Writing Bass Lines in Odd Time Signatures

5. Writing Bass Lines in Odd Time Signatures

In this week’s “Ask” column, Damian Erskine answers a reader’s question about writing bass lines in “odd time signatures”. Damian delivers with some thoughts, an exercise, a song to study and some recommended apps…

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2016 Announces Inductees

6. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2016 Announces Inductees

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their 2016 inductees, but who actually gets in? The artists being honored this year include Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, Steve Miller, and N.W.A., but several current musicians associated with the acts will be excluded…

Create Beats on the Fly with VoxBeat App

7. Create Beats on the Fly with VoxBeat App

If you’re looking for a quick, easy way to record the beats for your compositions, Avi Bortnick’s VoxBeat app might be something to look into. The app features drum and audio tracks, and you can create beats with a tap of the finger or through beatboxing the sounds you want to hear…

Sonoma Wire Works Introduces Two New Audio Interfaces

8. Sonoma Wire Works Introduces Two New Audio Interfaces

Sonoma Wire Works has unveiled the GuitarJack Stage and StudioJack Mini, a pair of audio interfaces compatible on Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android systems. Each model features dual in and out jacks with 24-bit/48kHz AD/DA converters…

Bass of the Week: Luthman Basses Lady M 10th Anniversary I

9. Bass of the Week: Luthman Basses Lady M 10th Anniversary I

France’s Luthman Basses celebrated their 10th anniversary in December 2015 with a special version of their Lady M model, and now it’s our bass of the week…

Groove – Episode #13: Felix Pastorius

10. Groove – Episode #13: Felix Pastorius

In this episode of Groove, we chat with Felix Pastorius about the “JACO” movie, his father’s legacy, what he would like to bring to this instrument with his own playing and artistry and more. Enjoy the conversation…