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  • The Damned Documentary Available on DVD/Blu-ray

    The Damned Documentary Available on DVD/Blu-ray

    A documentary film about seminal British punk band The Damned, by the maker of the “Lemmy” documentary about late Motörhead bassist/bandleader Lemmy Kilmister, is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead features interviews with Lemmy (who had a brief stint with the group), fans like Guns ’n’... »

  • Bass of the Week: Kudritsky Guitars Pandora Bass

    Bass of the Week: Kudritsky Guitars Pandora Bass

    Our friend Andrew Arnautov wrote in to share this gorgeous Pandora bass made by Ukrainian luthier Alex Kurdritsky. Arnautov calls the maker, who has over four decades of instrument building under his belt, one of the field’s best kept secrets. Kudritsky named the model Pandora after the Greek goddess because “the instrument explodes with plethora... »

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  • Talking Technique: Feeling Rusty?

    Talking Technique: Feeling Rusty?

    So you haven’t gotten to touch your bass in a while. It happens! We all have those times where we don’t get time with our bass for extended periods. When we get the bass in our hands again, our gut instinct is to get all our fast chops back, but that’s not such a great... »

  • Carlos Santana/Wayne Shorter Group: Deeper Dig Deeper (Live, 1988)

    Carlos Santana/Wayne Shorter Group: Deeper Dig Deeper (Live, 1988)

    Here’s a great old clip of the Carlos Santana/Wayne Shorter Group performing the Santana tune “Deeper, Dig Deeper” at Pori Jazz in 1988. Laying down the groove is the one and only Alphonso Johnson. Such great footage. »

  • Piano Trio Album from Cyrus Chestnut Features Jazz Bass Great

    Piano Trio Album from Cyrus Chestnut Features Jazz Bass Great

    Jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut’s latest album, Natural Essence, features the work of noted jazz bassist Buster Williams (solo artist, Herbie Hancock Sextet, Art Blakey, Ron Carter and many more) and drummer Lenny White. The album features classic piano trio material, distinguished by Chestnut’s pleasure in playing, particularly when supported by such accomplished fellow musicians. The... »

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

    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. Thanks for reading, watching, commenting and sharing. 1. Making Practice Meaningful This week, a reader asks Damian Erskine for advice on... »

  • Bass Lick Series: Cool Bluesy Bass Line with Fills in G

    Bass Lick Series: Cool Bluesy Bass Line with Fills in G

    Here’s a new lick lesson for you, using a good fingering exercise with a Major Pentatonic scale. This is also great for practicing slides and hammer-ons. The fills are mostly Pentatonic, with added flat 3rd (B♭) and flat 7th (F). The backing track is a one chord (G7) vamp, but you can transpose it and... »

  • Rush: Working Man (Live, 1974)

    Rush: Working Man (Live, 1974)

    In April 1974, Rush took the stage at the Laura Secord Secondary School in St. Catharines. Here’s a clip of the band performing “Working Man”, which includes John Rutsey on drums (who was replaced by Neil Peart just a few months later) and Geddy Lee rocking a P-bass. The tape of this concert was found... »

  • New Order Turns “Music Complete” Into “Complete Music”

    New Order Turns “Music Complete” Into “Complete Music”

    If you don’t feel like your version of New Order’s Music Complete was actually complete, an extended version of the album has arrived for you as Complete Music. The band says that due to overwhelming demand, it decided to release the extended versions of the tracks, previously only available on a limited edition vinyl box... »

  • Rodenberg Amplification Introduces Commander Distortion Pedal

    Rodenberg Amplification Introduces Commander Distortion Pedal

    Germany’s Rodenberg Custom Amplification has expanded their lineup of effects with the Commander distortion pedal. Apt for bass and guitar, the pedal is described as the logical development following the company’s GAS Overdrive series. “While the GAS-808 is designed for overdrive sounds, the Commander’s home is distortion,” Rodenberg writes on their website. “But you can... »