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Weekly Top 10: Meaningful Practice, Remembering Jane Little, O Bass Review, Vulfpeck Transcription and More

Time to celebrate a whole lotta bass with another edition of the weekly top 10. Here are the No Treble reader favorite stories, lessons, videos and more for the week of May 14-20, 2016.

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Making Practice Meaningful

1. Making Practice Meaningful

This week, a reader asks Damian Erskine for advice on making a practice routine more meaningful. Damian put together quite the checklist…

Noggin Rockers Practice Amp Now Available

2. Noggin Rockers Practice Amp Now Available

Bassists looking for a quiet practice session have a new option with Noggin Rockers. The new “stethoscope-style” amplifier requires no power to get you jamming. The device, which work with guitar or bass, attaches to the surface of your instrument to deliver the vibrations to your ears…

In Memoriam: Jane Little

3. In Memoriam: Jane Little

Double bassist Jane Little, who was the longest tenured orchestra member in the world, passed away on May 14th doing what she loved: playing bass. In a bittersweet twist of fate, the 87-year-old collapsed during an encore performance with the Atlanta Symphony during the song, “There’s No Business Like Show Business”…

Gear Review: Orange Amplification O Bass

4. Gear Review: Orange Amplification O Bass

Burke has been busy in the gear review department. After the huge response to the news of Orange Amplification’s first bass entry – the O Bass – he decided to take it for a spin. Check out what he has to say…

Steven Blasini: Sound Chaser Play-Along

5. Steven Blasini: Sound Chaser Play-Along

Steven Blasini, aka BlasiniBass, sent me this video of him playing through to the Yes tune, “Sound Chaser”. Not only did he nail it, he played it on a Epiphone Viola strung with flat wound strings…

Keeping Time in Jazz

6. Keeping Time in Jazz

I love a good bass solo as much, or probably more, than the next person. In the band, however, our most important job is to “keeping time.” Here are a few things we can do in the practice room to help improve our “time” before we get to the gig, courtesy of Dr. D…

Fender Introduces Pro In-Ear Monitors

7. Fender Introduces Pro In-Ear Monitors

Fender has introduced their first line of Pro In-Ear Monitors. The new in-ears are designed and hand-assembled in Nashville, Tennessee and come in five models: the DXA1, the FXA2, the FXA5, the FXA6 and the FXA7…

Eduardo Machado and Gabriel Grossi: Three Views of a Secret

8. Eduardo Machado and Gabriel Grossi: Three Views of a Secret

Eduardo Machado sent this video to us, and it knocked me out. Here’s the duo of Eduardo on bass and Gabriel Grossi on harmonica doing their own unique version of the Jaco Pastorius tune, “Three Views of a Secret” – one of the greatest compositions of all time in my book…

Alasdair McLachlan: Vulfpeck’s “Conscious Club” Bass Playthrough and Transcription

9. Alasdair McLachlan: Vulfpeck’s “Conscious Club” Bass Playthrough and Transcription

Alasdair McLachlan shared this video and transcription with us of Vulfpeck’s tune “Conscious Club”, which appeared on the band’s 2015 release, Thill of the Arts

King Crimson: Thela Hun Ginjeet (Live, 1984)

10. King Crimson: Thela Hun Ginjeet (Live, 1984)

I’ve been on a King Crimson – and Tony Levin – kick lately, which brought me to binge watching a ton of videos of the band. Here’s a 1984 performance of “Thela Hun Ginjeet”, with Levin’s tremendous bass line for you to enjoy…