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  • Bass Battle and Absurdcus: kōan

    Bass Battle and Absurdcus: kōan

    Bassists Absurdcus and Bass Battle, aka Laszlo Demeter and Bogdan Diaconeasa, regularly put out fantastic bass videos, and now they’ve teamed up for the sublime “kōan”. The ambient tune gives a floating feeling as they utilize bass chords and the higher register to tug at your heartstrings. »

  • Snarky Puppy Changes It Up On Latest Album

    Snarky Puppy Changes It Up On Latest Album

    Fusion band Snarky Puppy has returned to its fully instrumental roots with its 11th album, Culcha Vulcha. However, the band, led by bassist Michael League, departed from its live-from-the-studio film and audio style for the record, preferring to record at a Texas studio situated in the middle of a pecan ranch, and taking opportunities to... »

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  • Bass of the Week: ESP E-II Stream SL-5

    Bass of the Week: ESP E-II Stream SL-5

    This week we’re taking a look at the ESP E-II Stream SL-5, a bigger variation on the bass model they debuted in 2014. The SL-5 is a five-string version with a 35-inch scale and larger body than its predecessors. As part of the E-II series, the Stream SL-5 is built in ESP’s Japanese factory. Available... »

  • When You Can’t Get To It All In Practice Sessions

    When You Can’t Get To It All In Practice Sessions

    One of our No Treble readers has this to say: I understand how to structure my practice, but I’m still having trouble figuring out how to set up practice sessions because I have so much stuff to work on. I’m a bit frustrated. Do you have any suggestions? The first thing I’d suggest is to... »

  • Songhoy Blues: Sekou Oumarou

    Songhoy Blues: Sekou Oumarou

    Until today, I had never heard the band Songhoy Blues. So I looked them up. According to Wikipedia, the band is a “desert punk / blues music group from Timbuktu, Mali.” I have no idea what that means, exactly, but I dig whatever you want to call this fine music. Here’s the band performing “Sekou... »

  • Happy Seventh Birthday, No Treble!

    Happy Seventh Birthday, No Treble!

    It’s a tradition around here – celebrating No Treble’s birthday with a post. Seven years ago today, we pushed the button and made this site live. Many of you have connected with us on Facebook, and we just hit 200,000 bass playing friends there last week. Some of our big additions since our last birthday... »

  • Blue Öyster Cult Founder Releases New Music

    Blue Öyster Cult Founder Releases New Music

    Blue Öyster Cult founding bassist Joe Bouchard has released his fourth solo album, The Power of Music. Bouchard, who plays with The X Brothers and Blue Coupe — the latter with former Alice Cooper bassist Dennis Dunaway — produced and appears to have played all the instruments on his record, which features a cover of... »

  • Nordstrand Pickups Introduces Big Blades Soapbar Bass Pickups

    Nordstrand Pickups Introduces Big Blades Soapbar Bass Pickups

    Nordstrand Pickups has once again expanded their signature pickup offerings with the new Big Blade soapbar. The pickup, which is available in standard soapbar shapes and sizes, was built for a “striking and aggressive sound.” “The Big Blade is a result of the pursuit of a continuous sensing blade style pickup whose tone brings with... »

  • Weekly Top 10: New Bass Transcription, Talking Technique,  Advanced Bass Lesson, New Gear, Top Bass Videos and More

    Weekly Top 10: New Bass Transcription, Talking Technique, Advanced Bass Lesson, New Gear, Top Bass Videos and More

    Time to celebrate the best of the best from the world of bass – aka the weekly No Treble reader’s top 10. Here are the most read stories, columns and lessons, and the most watched videos of the week. Thanks for reading, watching, commenting and sharing. 1. Tal Wilkenfeld: Under the Sun Back in March,... »

  • Bill Withers: Kissing My Love

    Bill Withers: Kissing My Love

    In 1972, Bill Withers made an appearance on the Germany TV show, “Beat-Club”. Backed by his band – which included Melvin Dunlap – they laid down one sweet groove on “Kissing My Love”. »