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Weekly Top 10: RIP James Jamerson, Jr., Advanced Bass Lesson, Top Bass Videos, New Gear and More

Usually a cause for celebration, this week’s top 10 list kicks off with some sad news of the passing of James Jamerson, Jr.

This week, readers enjoyed lessons and how-to’s from Joe Hubbard (Advanced Bass), Dr. D (on learning the double bass fingerboard), and Damian Erskine (dealing with sound engineers).

Add to it some great bass videos, new bass gear and Bass of the Week, and you have this week’s most viewed stories and videos on No Treble.

Thanks for reading, watching, commenting and sharing.

In Memoriam: James Jamerson, Jr.

1. In Memoriam: James Jamerson, Jr.

Very sad news to report: James Jamerson, Jr. has passed away at the age of 58. A cause of death has not been announced, though he had been ill for some time…

Advanced Bass: Anatomy of a Groove

2. Advanced Bass: Anatomy of a Groove

What exactly is a groove? Aside from attempting to teach feel, which is predicated on stylistic interpretation and flight time on the bandstand, a groove is a repetitive idea – often organized into two, four or eight bar phrases that is based on the harmonic rhythmic and melodic content of a song. Joe Hubbard shows us the way…

Dealing with Sound Engineers

3. Dealing with Sound Engineers

In this week’s “Ask” column, Damian Erskine responds to a reader’s question about dealing with sound engineers on a gig – especially when changes are needed in monitors. Check out what Damian has to say…

Brad Russell and Aquiles Priester: Metal Improved

4. Brad Russell and Aquiles Priester: Metal Improved

Brad Russell sent in this killer duo with Brazilian drummer Aquiles Priester for the bassist’s song “Metal Improved,” and it’s a bombshell. Russell has an absolutely gnarly tone to complement his face-melting licks, while Priester adds his own flair to the metal groove…

Simon Fitzpatrick: Hoedown Bass Playalong

5. Simon Fitzpatrick: Hoedown Bass Playalong

Simon Fitzpatrick is back with another epic video. In this one, he pays tribute to the late great Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Fitzpatrick tackles the melody from the band’s version of Aaron Copland’s “Hoedown” on his Sei Bass Flamboyant 6 bass…

Learning the Double Bass Fingerboard

6. Learning the Double Bass Fingerboard

Dr. D received this question recently via Facebook: “How can someone become more familiar with the fingerboard? I can find the positions on my bass pretty easily, but sometimes I have trouble knowing exactly what notes are in that position across the strings. Thank you!” Dr. D has the prescription right here…

Miles Davis with Marcus Miller: “Fat Time” Live (1982)

7. Miles Davis with Marcus Miller: “Fat Time” Live (1982)

Here’s another great clip shared by Rick Suchow. This is Miles Davis’ “We Want Miles” band performing “Fat Time” live at the Hammersmith Odeon, in London in 1982. The band features Marcus Miller on bass, Mike Stern on guitar, Bill Evans on sax, Al Foster on drums and Mino Cinelu on percussion…

Larry Kimpel Teams with Combe-Luthier for Signature Bass

8. Larry Kimpel Teams with Combe-Luthier for Signature Bass

Bassist Larry Kimpel has teamed up with French luthier Mathieu Combe to create LK5 Signature Bass. Kimpel, a seasoned session and touring bassist, worked closely on the bass’s design…

Rock N’ Roll Relics Announces Thunders Bass

9. Rock N’ Roll Relics Announces Thunders Bass

Rock N’ Roll Relics has unveiled the Thunders Bass, a short-scale bass oozing with old school flavor. The instrument is their first set-neck bass model and comes in a variety of colors and aging…

Bass of the Week: Skjold Design Drakkar

10. Bass of the Week: Skjold Design Drakkar

Pete Skjold has been wowing bassists with his incredible instruments for nearly two decades. Last year he introduced a trio of new models based on his most popular body shapes, and this week we’re checking out the singlecut Drakkar bass…