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Weekly Top 10: Talking Triads, New Bass Gear, On Harmony, Chuck Rainey’s Life in Music, New Videos and More

Happy Sunday. Time to celebrate another week from the world of bass. Here are the top 10 No Treble reader favorites for the week of July 16-22, 2016.

Thanks for reading, watching, commenting and sharing.

Cody Wright and Andy Irvine: Funky Bass Jam

1. Cody Wright and Andy Irvine: Funky Bass Jam

Cody Wright joined Andy Irvine for this bass jam on Andy’s The Daily Funk Club. Cody is playing a custom Jensen “Megacounstidon” – a beast of a bass, and Andy is playing a Nordstrand VJ5 charity bass. This one gets funky…

Talking Technique: Talking Triads

2. Talking Technique: Talking Triads

Triads are three note chords that serve as the building blocks of functional harmony. As bass players, it’s important for us to recognize triads by ear and to know how to play them starting on each string in all keys and in all registers of the bass. Ariane shows us the way…

Tower of Power: So Very Hard To Go (Live on Soul Train)

3. Tower of Power: So Very Hard To Go (Live on Soul Train)

The other day, I stumbled upon this 1973 video of Tower of Power’s appearance on Soul Train. I immediately texted it to Kevin, and then I watched it countless times since then. The song is “So Very Hard To Go”, and Rocco Prestia is laying it down like only he can, behind one killer band…

Stonefield Musical Instruments Introduces Freekbass Signature Model

4. Stonefield Musical Instruments Introduces Freekbass Signature Model

New Zealand’s Stonefield Musical Instruments has teamed up with Freekbass to produce a signature model. Based on the company’s Model 1-4C, the bass has special tweaks to fit the funk bassist’s style…

Stuart Clayton: Giants of Bass – John Entwistle

5. Stuart Clayton: Giants of Bass – John Entwistle

Stuart Clayton has released another video and preview of the upcoming revamp of his book Giants of Bass. This time around, his focus is on bass legend John Entwistle…

On Harmony

6. On Harmony

This is a different sort of column for “Ask Damian Erskine” than usual. Given what’s happening in the world, Damian wanted to use this platform to share some other thoughts this time around…

Vulfpeck: Game Winner

7. Vulfpeck: Game Winner

Time for some old school goodness from our good friends, Vulfpeck and their tune “Game Winner”. The track appeared on Vulpeck’s album, Thrill of the Arts, and features guest appearances by Charles Jones on vocals and Rhodes and David T. Walker on guitar. As always, Joe Dart handles the low end, beautifully…

Bass of the Week: Maurizio Ūber Basses Ūber-Groove 4 Single Cut

8. Bass of the Week: Maurizio Ūber Basses Ūber-Groove 4 Single Cut

This week we’re checking out an Ūber-Groove 4 Single Cut by Maurizio Ūber Basses called The Promise. The bass features a stunning Monkeypod top over an Asian mahogany body. “The Promise was built for a client who, among other gigs, plays regularly at church,” MūB explains…

Oceans of Love: Chuck Rainey’s Life in Music

9. Oceans of Love: Chuck Rainey’s Life in Music

Guest contributor Luke Putney put together a great piece on the legendary Chuck Rainey, with quotes from Chuck, Victor Wooten, Roy Vogt and more…

LedBelli Bass Guitars Unveils Majestic Model

10. LedBelli Bass Guitars Unveils Majestic Model

Luthier Cleve Johnson of LeBelli Basses has unveiled a new flagship model called the Majestic. The bass, which is the company’s seventh model, sets itself apart in shape as well as construction…