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Time for our favorite list of the week – the reader favorites on No Treble. Here’s what caused the most buzz for the week of January 9-15, 2016 from the world of bass.

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

Bass of the Week: Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass

1. Bass of the Week: Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass

Fender set the standard with the Precision Bass in 1951, following it up the Jazz Bass in 1960. This week we’re taking a look at a bass that sleekly blends the two icons: the Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass. Check out the Bass of the Week…

Fodera Unveils the Monarch-P Bass

2. Fodera Unveils the Monarch-P Bass

Fodera is gearing up for the Winter NAMM show, where they will be presenting the new Monarch-P model. Based on their Monarch four-string bass, the Monarch-P is a Standard model that aims to couple a vintage split-coil sound with Fodera’s playability…

Federico Malaman: Jasmine Flower (茉莉花)

3. Federico Malaman: Jasmine Flower (茉莉花)

It seems everytime I see a video by Federico Malaman, I’m struck with three things: his musicianship, his mastery of the bass, and how much fun he has when playing. Here’s as good as an example of all three turned up to 11, on Federico’s take on the Chinese Traditional, “Jasmine Flower.” Enjoy…

Let Me Get By: An Interview with Tim Lefebvre

4. Let Me Get By: An Interview with Tim Lefebvre

Tim Lefebvre has a knack for bringing his voice to any musical situation. We talked to him about his work on the new David Bowie album, his work with Tedeschi Trucks Band, and more. Check out our latest interview…

David Bowie: Changes (Live)

5. David Bowie: Changes (Live)

Early Monday morning, I learned of the sad and stunning news of David Bowie’s passing from a Facebook post by Gail Ann Dorsey. In this video from a 2002 performance in Paris, here’s Bowie backed by his long time bassist and collaborator…

MonoNeon Teams Up With Prince for New Single

6. MonoNeon Teams Up With Prince for New Single

Dywane “MonoNeon” Thomas, Jr. has been working with Prince for the past several months, and now the bassist has released a new song with His Royal Badness on keyboards and guitar. “Ruff Enuff” is a prime example of funk at its finest…

Ru Kojo Lemer: What About Me?

7. Ru Kojo Lemer: What About Me?

Keyboardist Ru Kojo Lemer got together with some of his musician friends in Surrey, and then took on one serious tune. Here they are performing Snarky Puppy’s “What About Me?” – blending some serious chops with some humor. The bassist in the video is Olly Seber…

Motivation for Practicing

8. Motivation for Practicing

This week, a reader asks Damian Erskine for advice on how to get motivated to practice. He’s been asked that question before, and in this column, he expands on past ones with some new ideas…

Bass Lesson: Chord Superimposition

9. Bass Lesson: Chord Superimposition

In this lesson we’ll cover an effective concept of superimposing melodic lines over multiple chord types. We’ll then develop this idea through the introduction of a technique called “framing,” which will enable you to hear the chord you are playing over with more harmonic clarity…

Meshell Ndegeocello: See Line Woman

10. Meshell Ndegeocello: See Line Woman

Meshell Ndegeocello is a Nina Simone fan. Here’s Meshell and her band performing “See Line Woman”, which is a traditional American folk song originally that appeared on Simone’s Broadway-Blues-Ballads