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  • How To Learn Difficult Bass Parts

    How To Learn Difficult Bass Parts

    Q: I would like to know what is the best way to approach and learn difficult bass parts, for example if I decide to try to figure out the bass solo to Stanley Clarke’s “School days”. A: The best way I’ve found to tackle difficult lines is a three-fold process. 1. Get it in your... »

  • Franklin Peredo: Teenagers From Jupiter

    Franklin Peredo: Teenagers From Jupiter

    I saw this video by Franklin Peredo this morning and asked him if we could share it. All of us here have marvelled over Franklin’s right hand technique for some time. If we didn’t have video evidence to the contrary, I’d guess he had two right hands. This video of his tune, “Teenagers From Jupiter”... »

  • Simple Plan Back with Fifth Album

    Simple Plan Back with Fifth Album

    Pop-punk band Simple Plan has released its first studio album in five years, Taking One for the Team. David Desrosiers handles bass duties on the album, the band’s fifth, as he has since the beginning of the band’s recording career. How does the band sound after five years? Take a listen to the album’s opener,... »

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  • Reader Spotlight: Sean Carey

    Reader Spotlight: Sean Carey

    Meet Sean Carey, a bassist who credits both metal and jazz bassists as his influences, and studies and plays both genres (among other things). Sean is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: Sean is a highly-motivated musician with experience performing in various bands and ensembles. Sean has been learning... »

  • Advanced Bass: Playing over Minor II V Patterns

    Advanced Bass: Playing over Minor II V Patterns

    In this Advanced Bass lesson, we’re diving into the realm of playing over minor II V patterns. I’m including a solo etude along with two skill developing drills as we work step by step through a common chord progression. This lesson includes an easy to follow chart (PDF) detailing the specifics of this lesson providing... »

  • VoBa Sound Experience: Dazed and Confused

    VoBa Sound Experience: Dazed and Confused

    We’re seeing some seriously great bass and vocal duet videos lately. This one was sent in by bassist Roberto Pace, who performs with vocalist Chiara D’Emilio in their duo, VoBa Sound Experience. Here’s their interesting arrangement of Led Zeppelin’s “Dazed and Confused”. »

  • Legendary Vocalist Mavis Staples Releases New Album With Contemporary Collaborators

    Legendary Vocalist Mavis Staples Releases New Album With Contemporary Collaborators

    Gospel and soul legend Mavis Staples’ latest album, Livin’ on a High Note, sees Staples, now in her 70s, performing tunes written just for her, by a wide variety of contemporary songwriters. Songwriters include Nick Cave, Justin Vernon, tUnE-yArds, Neko Case, Aloe Blacc, Ben Harper, Benjamin Booker, Valerie June, and M. Ward, who also produced.... »

  • Bass of the Week: Prat Basses Original I

    Bass of the Week: Prat Basses Original I

    This week we’re checking out an exquisite Original I by Prat Basses. This particular six-string, built by luthier Oscar Prat, will get Buckeye Burl lovers going with its prime top and matching headstock. The bolt-on bass has a 34-inch scale with a curly maple and walnut neck attached to its one-piece swamp ash body. Its... »

  • Buying Your First Double Bass (Upright Bass): Part 1

    Buying Your First Double Bass (Upright Bass): Part 1

    When people are just starting to get interested in playing the double bass there can be some trepidation when it comes to obtaining one. Both the prices and the terminology can be off-putting for someone just starting out. For those of you thinking about buying your first upright bass, below are a few things to... »

  • Video Premiere: El Ten Eleven’s “Scott Township”

    Video Premiere: El Ten Eleven’s “Scott Township”

    We’re bringing you another video premiere with live clip of El Ten Eleven’s “Scott Township” taken from a performance at the Bluebird Theater in Denver, Colorado on December 4th, 2015. The duo of multi-instrumentalist Kristian Dunn and drummer Tim Fogarty create a captivating and emotional atmosphere with a minimalist approach. Dunn kicks things off on... »