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  • Carlomaria: Feel The Love

    Carlomaria: Feel The Love

    Matteo Vallicella sent us this video of a project he’s working on with Italian singer Carlomaria. “I playied a ’66 P-bass with flats,” Matteo shared. “The efx [includes] a Wonderlove, a Doom by 3 Leaf Audio and an Oc2. Also a Ditto x4 by TC Electronics for a reverse effect of a pre-recorded slide at... »

  • Legendary Betty Davis Sessions Released

    Legendary Betty Davis Sessions Released

    Music from a couple of storied and previously unheard recording sessions, which signaled a legendary melding of jazz and rock, is finally seeing the light of day. Those sessions were produced by jazz legend Miles Davis and Teo Macero on May 14 and May 20, 1969, and featured Davis’ then-wife, Betty (the pair split by... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Antonis Mikelis

    Reader Spotlight: Antonis Mikelis

    Antonis Mikelis borrowed a bass while attending college, and the rest is history. Now he spends his time playing, teaching and running sound. Antonis is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: Born on the small but picturesque island of Milos in Greece, his first introduction to music was classical... »

  • Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in July 2016

    Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in July 2016

    Time for a reader (and one of our) favorite lists of the month… the top 10 list of bass gear. As always, this is based on reader views. Here’s what everyone enjoyed during the month of July. Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing. 1. Fender Unveils Flea Signature Jazz Bass Fender has teamed up with... »

  • Stu Hamm Band: Black Ice, Live

    Stu Hamm Band: Black Ice, Live

    Stuart Hamm has been killing it on the road this year with solo and band tours. While he’s been touring behind his latest album, The Book of Lies, he has also been mixing in some of his older tunes for a career spanning experience. Here’s a clip of Hamm and his bandmates Jeff Bowders and... »

  • The Descendents Release First Album in More Than a Decade

    The Descendents Release First Album in More Than a Decade

    The Descendents have released their first album in a dozen years. Hypercaffium Spazzinate is the band’s seventh album and the first released by the punk band since 2004’s Cool to Be You. Karl Alvarez handles bass on the album, as he has through the band’s existence (and its several hiatuses and reformations) since 1986. The... »

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  • Bass of the Week: Jerzy Drozd Soul IV “Matisse”

    Bass of the Week: Jerzy Drozd Soul IV “Matisse”

    Tim Cook sent us a few pictures of his bass, and we were drooling. The Jerzy Drozd Soul IV “Matisse” is a real piece of art, which is fitting since it was inspired by other pieces of art. “Jerzy Drozd monikers his work as ‘Jerzy Drozd, the Bass Art Company’ and fittingly a search for... »

  • Talking Technique: Two-Octave Triads

    Talking Technique: Two-Octave Triads

    How about some cool two octave triad fills for your grooves? Playing triads over two octaves is surprisingly difficult to do on the bass. Today we’ll cover how to not only master playing those triads over two octaves, but also how to build some cool fills from that tonal material. An important tip ensures that... »

  • Cyrille Aimée and Sam Anning: Tricotism

    Cyrille Aimée and Sam Anning: Tricotism

    Oscar Pettiford’s “Tricotism” has been a benchmark melody for bassists since the bebop heavyweight wrote it in 1954. Today we’re checking out a superb bass and vocal version of the tune performed by Cyrille Aimée and Sam Anning. Our friend Dylan Kuerschner sent the clip in saying our readers might like it, and I have... »

  • Aidan Hampson Transcribes Oasis and Elton John Bass Lines

    Aidan Hampson Transcribes Oasis and Elton John Bass Lines

    Aidan Hampson has turned his bass transcribing ability to the works of Elton John and Oasis in two new downloadable books from Guitar Music Publishing. The majority of the songs covered “Best of Elton John for Bass” had bass lines originally played by Dee Murray, while the bass parts in the Oasis book were originally... »