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  • Andreas Oxholm: Ingrid

    Andreas Oxholm: Ingrid

    Andreas Oxholm is a recent graduate of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (aka the Paul McCartney School). He sent us this video of a solo bass performance of his original composition, “Ingrid”. Enjoy. »

  • Percy Jones Releases Debut With MJ12 Project

    Percy Jones Releases Debut With MJ12 Project

    Instrumental jazz/fusion/prog band MJ12, featuring Percy Jones (Brand X, Soft Machine, David Sylvian, Brian Eno, Steve Hackett) has released its self-titled debut album. The band draws its name from “Majestik 12, which was supposedly a group of 12 scientists and engineers assembled in the late 40s to investigate UFOs,” Jones said. There’s speculation as to... »

  • Bass of the Week: AC Guitars Über ART Recurve 4

    Bass of the Week: AC Guitars Über ART Recurve 4

    This week we’re checking out the AC Guitars Über ART Recurve 4. Built in Scotland by luthier Alan Cringean, the bass features a proprietary finishing process called Acrylic Resin Treated (ART). “The process makes use of acrylic monomers and dyes in order to infuse the wood,” he writes. “This takes place in a vacuum oven... »

  • Some Thoughts on Playing at Fast Tempi

    Some Thoughts on Playing at Fast Tempi

    At some point, someone at the gig is going to call a tune at breakneck speed. Trying to keep solid time at a blistering pace can be physically and mentally exhausting for a bassist. We might drag, or miss a change. We can help mitigate these issues by applying a few ideas when playing an... »

  • Vulfpeck: Live at Bonnaroo (2016)

    Vulfpeck: Live at Bonnaroo (2016)

    Clear your schedule for the afternoon, because this is one of the longer videos we’ve featured. Vulfpeck made an appearance at Bonnaroo back in June. Thankfully the performance was filmed. Here’s the band’s entire show, anchored as always by the fantastic Joe Dart. Here’s the set list: 5:30: Christmas in LA 10:32: Fugue State 13:01:... »

  • Michael Franti & Spearhead Releases “Soulrocker”

    Michael Franti & Spearhead Releases “Soulrocker”

    Michael Franti & Spearhead has released its ninth studio album, Soulrocker. The band is most well known for the 2009 hit “Say Hey (I Love You),” co-written by bassist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Carl Young, who has been an integral member of the band since its beginning in 1994. This time out, Franti produced in collaboration... »

  • Weekly Top 10: Modes on a String, Freudenstein Minibass, Top Videos, Bass of the Week and More

    Weekly Top 10: Modes on a String, Freudenstein Minibass, Top Videos, Bass of the Week and More

    Time to celebrate the best of the best from the world of bass… AKA the top 10 No Treble reader favorites of the week. Thanks for reading, watching, commenting and sharing. 1. Fender Introduces The Mod Shop If you’ve been wanting to get a customized Fender, the company has got you covered with the Mod... »

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  • Ernie Ball Introduces Overdrive and Ambient Delay Expression Effects Pedals

    Ernie Ball Introduces Overdrive and Ambient Delay Expression Effects Pedals

    Ernie Ball introduced a pair of expression pedals for bassists and guitarists at the Summer NAMM show this year. The Expression Overdrive and Ambient Delay pedals, which will be available later this year, offer dynamic foot control for on-the-fly tweaking. The Expression Overdrive is described as tonally versatile, delivering “everything from a hint of natural... »

  • Olivier Babaz: Paranoid Android for Bass and Kalimba

    Olivier Babaz: Paranoid Android for Bass and Kalimba

    Olivier Babaz has done it again. The bass and kalimba king has transformed another rock gem onto the two instruments simultaneously. This time Babaz tackles Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android”, trading the song’s focus between each instrument while nimbly navigating them with his right hand. The result is an ethereal and intimate take on an already epic... »

  • Cream Bass Play-Along Book Released

    Cream Bass Play-Along Book Released

    You can learn to play bass lines created by one of rock’s best-ever bassists, the late Jack Bruce, with the help of a new play-along book. Hal Leonard Corp. has published “Cream – Bass Play-Along Vol. 52” includes tab and companion audio to help you learn some of the power trio’s most well-known songs: “Badge,”... »