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Weekly Top 10: Remembering Victor Bailey, Talking Technique, New Bass Gear, Videos and More

This was a tough week in the world of music and bass. Bass legend Victor Bailey passed away on Friday, and the outpouring of love for him propelled our tribute to the #1 slot on the most read list. RIP, Mr. Bailey.

This week’s top 10 also includes a discussion with Damian Erskine on the pros and cons of a flat vs. curved neck, Ariane Cap’s latest “Talking Techniques” lesson, one wild Bass of the Week, as well as the most popular videos and bass gear stories.

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In Memoriam: Victor Bailey

1. In Memoriam: Victor Bailey

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that bass legend Victor Bailey has passed away from complications with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. He was 56 years old…

Robert Trujillo Talks on Learning Metallica’s “…And Justice For All” Songs

2. Robert Trujillo Talks on Learning Metallica’s “…And Justice For All” Songs

Metallica’s …And Justice For All is one of the band’s most classic albums, but it’s often maligned by bass players due to the almost inaudible bass. Bassist Jason Newsted’s bass was just about mixed out of the album. Current member Robert Trujillo recently told Rolling Stone Australia that songs from the 1988 album were the hardest to learn when he joined the band…

Curved vs. Flat Fingerboards on Bass

3. Curved vs. Flat Fingerboards on Bass

In this week’s “Ask” column, Damian answers a reader’s question about the pros and cons of curved (radiused) vs. flat fretboards. Damian discusses this and other considerations worth noting…

Karl Clews: “Stayin’ Alive” for Solo Bass

4. Karl Clews: “Stayin’ Alive” for Solo Bass

Karl Clews always impresses with his all-bass covers. This time around, he gets down with the Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive”. Bonus points for the apparel too…

Mesa Adds 2×10 Cabinet and DI/Preamp Pedal to Subway Series

5. Mesa Adds 2×10 Cabinet and DI/Preamp Pedal to Subway Series

In addition to introducing the Subway D-800+ bass amp, Mesa/Boogie has added to the Subway series with a 2×10 Ultra-Lite Cabinet and a Bass DI-Preamp. The Subway Ultra-Lite 2×10 joins the existing 1×12 and 1×15 cabs in the series…

Bass of the Week: Barton Basses 11-String Fretless Harpbass

6. Bass of the Week: Barton Basses 11-String Fretless Harpbass

Barton Applewhite of Barton Basses sent this in for us to check out and it stopped me in my tracks. This monstrous 11-string fretless Harpbass includes a four regular bass strings plus seven standalone harp strings…

Anthony Vitti and John Patitucci: Forgotten Groove Yard #9

7. Anthony Vitti and John Patitucci: Forgotten Groove Yard #9

In episode #9 of Anthony Vitti’s Forgotten Groove Yard, he teamed up with John Patitucci for this terrific bass duo. We love it how John gets right into the groove, as soon as the drum track starts…

Talking Technique: Octaves on Overdrive

8. Talking Technique: Octaves on Overdrive

Today we’re going to go over a few tips on how to spice up a groove using octaves. Of course, we’ll focus on good fingering practices to make the notes sound smooth and connected. You can use this technique when practicing rudiments and scales…

Iron Ether Electronics Retools FrantaBit for 2016

9. Iron Ether Electronics Retools FrantaBit for 2016

Iron Ether Electronics has revamped their FrantBit effects pedal for 2016 with upgrades and a new feature. The bit crusher/sample rate reducer now has a built-in expression attenuator knob that allows for dialing in the range of the expression sweep, plus better audio fidelity and improved expression response…

Eduardo Machado: Dançando na chuva

10. Eduardo Machado: Dançando na chuva

Eduardo Machado gets down on this video with his trio, which features pianist Gil Reis and drummer Marcio Bahia. These guys bring it!