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  • Talking Technique: Pedal to the Metal

    Talking Technique: Pedal to the Metal

    Today’s lesson is all about building cool grooves using the pentatonic scale with pedal tones, a technique often found in heavy metal. We’ll use a G minor pentatonic scale in the first area of the bass (more on that in the video). To create the pedal effect, we’ll be playing the root of the scale... »

  • Hans Zimmer with Yolanda Charles: Tribute to Prince

    Hans Zimmer with Yolanda Charles: Tribute to Prince

    My good friend Steve Lawson shared this video a couple of days ago, saying “the great Yolanda Charles sings and plays bass on ‘Purple Rain’ last night with Hans Zimmer. Guthrie Govan AND Johnny Marr on guitar. Amazing Prince tribute.” It sure is. RIP, Prince. »

  • Guide’s Goal Is To Inspire Improved Music Careers

    Guide’s Goal Is To Inspire Improved Music Careers

    A new book from Hal Leonard Corp. aims to help aspiring music artists. Five Star Music Makeover: The Independent Artist’s Guide for Singers, Songwriters, Bands, Producers, and Self-Publishers, written by five industry experts, covers five key skills: improving vocal production/technique, songwriting, recording an EP, music publishing, and promoting your music. The authors share industry insider... »

  • Weekly Top 10: Bass on a Budget, New Gear, Top Bass Videos, Shell Voicings and More

    Weekly Top 10: Bass on a Budget, New Gear, Top Bass Videos, Shell Voicings and More

    Time for our weekly tradition of celebrating the best of the best from the world of bass. Here are the top 10 No Treble reader favorite stories, columns and videos for the week of April 16-22, 2016. Thanks as always for reading, watching, commenting and sharing. 1. Bass on a Budget: 10 Basses Under $1,000... »

  • DigiTech Introduces Dirty Robot Stereo Mini-Synth Pedal

    DigiTech Introduces Dirty Robot Stereo Mini-Synth Pedal

    The mad scientists at DigiTech have unleashed the Dirty Robot, a stereo mini-synth effect for bass and guitar. The pedal features seven controls and two synth voices: straight envelope-style synthesis (V1) or vocal formant synthesis (V2). “We designed the Dirty Robot to provide guitarists or bassists with a slew of synth effects in a small... »

  • Tedeschi Trucks Band: “Anyhow” (Live in Studio)

    Tedeschi Trucks Band: “Anyhow” (Live in Studio)

    I’ve been really enjoying the new Tedeschi Trucks Band album, Let Me Get By. So it was a real treat to see the band – anchored by bassist Tim Lefebvre – performing “Anyhow” at their Swamp Raga Studio. »

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  • Package Teaches Hundreds of Double Bass Scales

    Package Teaches Hundreds of Double Bass Scales

    Interested in honing your skill with double bass scales? Bass educator and founder of Discover Double Bass, Geoff Chalmers has created a digital ebook and backing track package, Double Bass Scales: The Play-Along Collection. The package covers 17 different scale types in all 12 keys, over one and two octaves. The package includes 408 written... »

  • Source Audio Now Shipping Aftershock Bass Distortion

    Source Audio Now Shipping Aftershock Bass Distortion

    Source Audio is now shipping their Aftershock Bass Distortion. The pedal boasts three distortion engines – Tube, Heavy, and Fuzz – as well as the company’s Neuro Mobile App capabilities for deep tonal tweaking. “The Tube engine belts out a subtle, but powerful vintage tube overdrive with a smooth breakup and plenty of punch,” Source... »

  • Carlos Sanxes: Hijo Del Viento

    Carlos Sanxes: Hijo Del Viento

    Jules Dozer sent us this video saying “this is my friend Carlos Sanxes, a professional bass player living in Norway but originally from Spain!” “Hijo Del Viento” is an original composition written by Sanxes, “as a token of appreciation for the work and legacy of my friend and inspiration Carles Benavent,” the bassist shared. »

  • Oz Noy Gets Funky on Latest with Will Lee and Roscoe Beck

    Oz Noy Gets Funky on Latest with Will Lee and Roscoe Beck

    Guitarist Oz Noy, whose music blends jazz, funk, rock, blues and R&B, focuses on the funk this time around with the appropriately titled album, Who Gives a Funk. Bassist Will Lee, most well-known for his work in the bands for David Letterman’s late-night shows, and a longtime Noy collaborator, appears on the album, as does... »