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Weekly Top 10: Carlos Santana Teams with Marcus Miller, Ida Nielsen Interview, Discussion on Tone, Top Videos, Gear and More

Time to celebrate the No Treble reader favorites for the week. Here are the most read stories, columns, lessons as well as the most watched videos for the week August 20-26, 2016.

Thanks as always for reading, watching, commenting and sharing.

Carlos Santana Announces Jazz/Rock Supergroup Featuring Marcus Miller

1. Carlos Santana Announces Jazz/Rock Supergroup Featuring Marcus Miller

Carlos Santana has formed a new jazz-rock supergroup called Mega Nova, and it promises to be incredible. The legendary guitarist has recruited an equally legendary band including keyboardist Herbie Hancock, saxophonist Wayne Shorter, drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, and bassist Marcus Miller…

Getting the Most Out of Your Bass

2. Getting the Most Out of Your Bass

A reader who is struggling with the sound of his bass reached out to Damian for advice. In this week’s “Ask” column, Damian shares thoughts on experimenting with strings, technique and tone controls…

Stuart Clayton: Giants of Bass – Flea

3. Stuart Clayton: Giants of Bass – Flea

Stuart Clayton just added a new video showcasing his work in progress on the new edition of Giants of Bass. In this video, he tackles the style of Flea – particularly the style of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik era. Dig the tone on that 1976 Music Man StingRay!

NS Design Unveils NXTa Active Series Omni Bass and Double Bass Models

4. NS Design Unveils NXTa Active Series Omni Bass and Double Bass Models

NS Design has teamed up with Mi-Si Electronics Design to introduce the NXTa Active series of instruments, including versions of the company’s Omni Bass and Double Bass models. Central to the new series is the introduction of battery-free, high-performance active electronics…

Turnitup: An Interview with Ida Nielsen

5. Turnitup: An Interview with Ida Nielsen

Ida Nielsen has gone by several names, including Ida Funkhouser and Bassida, but one thing has stayed consistent: her rock solid funk style. We caught up with Nielsen to discuss her new album, lessons from Prince, and her new Sandberg signature bass…

Magnus Sjöquist: Visa från utanmyra

6. Magnus Sjöquist: Visa från utanmyra

Ubass connoisseur Magnus Sjöquist sent us an all-bass version of a Swedish folk song called “Visa från utanmyra”, and it’s beautiful. “My version is inspired by the lovely version by Swedish pianist Jan Johansson and upright bassist Georg Riedel,” he told us…

Advanced Bass: Groove Follow Ups

7. Advanced Bass: Groove Follow Ups

This challenging lesson outlines a musical tactic called “follow ups” to add to your groove tool box. We’ll go over some cool ways to create call and response follow up patterns using all of the components of music – helping you to play great lines over chords that will render tasteful musical ideas…

House Of Waters: In Waves

8. House Of Waters: In Waves

Here’s another band I recently discovered that just blew me away. House of Waters features the trio of Hammered Dulcimer virtuoso Max ZT, bassist Moto Fukushima and percussionist Luke Notary. Members of the band have some impressive credentials too…

Should I Play French or German Bow?

9. Should I Play French or German Bow?

A reader asked Dr. D for advice on choosing between French and German bows. Dr. D breaks it all down in this new “Lowdown” column…

Fender Introduces 800-Watt Bassman Head

10. Fender Introduces 800-Watt Bassman Head

Fender’s Bassman series of bass amplifiers has gotten bigger with the introduction of the Bassman 800 Head. The 800-watt, dual channel amp features a hybrid design with a tube preamp matched to a Class D power section. It weighs 17 pounds…