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10,000 Post Celebration: Top 10 Bass Columns

Editor’s note: After seven plus years of publishing, we just hit the 10,000th post here on No Treble. We thought we’d celebrate with some of the all-time reader favorites by category over the next week. Thanks for being here!

Kicking off our celebration of 10,000 posts on No Treble, we’re looking back at the top 10 reader favorite columns since our official debut on May 2, 2009.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy.

Bass Pickups: A Guide to Formulating Your Sound

1. Bass Pickups: A Guide to Formulating Your Sound

There are a number of variables to consider in the search for your ideal tone. To date, we have discussed options relative to amplification. Key among the variables that impact bass tone is pickups thus this column concentrates on pickups…

A Practical Guide to Modes and Scales

2. A Practical Guide to Modes and Scales

A reader asked Damian to describe modes (and how they work). Damian delivers with a straightforward guide to modes and scales to follow…

The Buzz Killer: How To Shield Your Bass

3. The Buzz Killer: How To Shield Your Bass

In this column, Rob Doane discusses an all too common problem: the humming and/or buzzing you get from radio frequency waves interfering with the electronic signal in your bass. These waves can be emitted from any number of sources, many of which are common on the stage and in the home. Rob offers some solutions…

Low Action on a Bass: The Pros & Cons

4. Low Action on a Bass: The Pros & Cons

Damian dives into the world of action – specifically on the pros and cons of setting it low (but also covering the other options)…

Butter Strings: A Guide to Finding the Best Bass Strings for You

5. Butter Strings: A Guide to Finding the Best Bass Strings for You

Finding the best bass strings takes a lot of experimentation. In this “Ask Damian Erskine” column, Damian breaks down the various types of strings and the intended result for each…

Five Things to Remember to When Moving from Electric to Upright Bass

6. Five Things to Remember to When Moving from Electric to Upright Bass

The electric and double basses are cousins, and it seems intuitive that one plays both. But the instruments differ enough to create challenges. Dr. D has the prescription for making the switch…

The Most Influential Blues Bassists: Part 1

7. The Most Influential Blues Bassists: Part 1

Here’s Ryan Madora’s the first of a 2-part series focusing on the most influential blues bassists. Check out her list, and add the ones you think belong in the conversation…

Breaking Down Harmonic Substitutions: Part 1

8. Breaking Down Harmonic Substitutions: Part 1

A reader asked Damian to define substitutions and asked him how to use them. Damian delivers a master class on the subject…

Amplifying the Upright Bass

9. Amplifying the Upright Bass

Most of us will need to amplify our upright bass at some point. Besides… you know you want to! When amplifying your bass, there are a number of components involved in creating the sound that comes out of the speakers. Dr. D considers a few of them in this “Lowdown” column…

Bass Players To Know: Donald “Duck” Dunn

10. Bass Players To Know: Donald “Duck” Dunn

For the official launch of our Bass Players to Know series, Ryan started with the man, the legend, the ’fro: Donald “Duck” Dunn. She covers some of the need-to-know facts, an examination of his style, and a few key listening examples…