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Weekly Top 10: Developing a Solid Groove, New Transcription, Gear, Top Videos and More

Time to celebrate the reader favorites of the week on No Treble, including two great columns by Damian Erskine and Dr. D, some new bass gear, popular videos and more.

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Epiphone Unveils Limited Edition Korina Explorer Bass

1. Epiphone Unveils Limited Edition Korina Explorer Bass

Epiphone has released a line of limited edition instruments featuring korina wood, including the Limited Edition Korina Explorer Bass. The bass sports the classic explorer body shape and comes loaded with a set of Epiphone’s XR and XT humbuckers…

Developing a Solid Groove

2. Developing a Solid Groove

A reader asked Damian for advice on how to build up a solid sense of groove (and stop overplaying). In this new “Ask” column, Damian put together an excellent checklist for becoming a “student of the groove”…

IK Multimedia Introduces MODO Bass Virtual Instrument

3. IK Multimedia Introduces MODO Bass Virtual Instrument

IK Multimedia has released MODO Bass, a physical modeling virtual bass instrument. The program recreates the response, feel, and tone of a real electric bass with accurate replications of 12 standard models…

Josquin Des Pres Launches Bass Fitness Mobile App

4. Josquin Des Pres Launches Bass Fitness Mobile App

Want to get in shape? Bassist Josquin Des Pres has released a new app called Bass Fitness. Dubbed “The Ultimate Woodshedding App,” the new release is based on his published by Hal Leonard in 1991…

ESO Releases Bass Strap

5. ESO Releases Bass Strap

The ESO Strap line has been expanded to include a bass-specific strap. Available in seven colors, the straps are manufactured in Seattle, Washington. The ESO Bass Strap features a contoured “S” shape to avoid pressure points and digging into your neck…

Bass Transcription: Dominique di Piazza’s Bass Solo on John McLaughlin’s “Belo Horizonte”

6. Bass Transcription: Dominique di Piazza’s Bass Solo on John McLaughlin’s “Belo Horizonte”

Marcelo Cordova says Dominique di Piazza deserves more recognition in the bass world. So for this month’s transcription, he focuses in on Dominique’s solo on John McLaughlin’s “Belo Horizonte”…

Bravo Victor: Hallelujah

7. Bravo Victor: Hallelujah

Jono Burgess sent us this video of his duo with vocalist Sophie Aked performing a tribute to the late, great Leonard Cohen. “This was the first song Bravo Victor performed together back in 2015,” Jono shared. “In honor of the amazing musician who wrote it, we decided to film our version of it”…

The Derek Trucks Band: I’d Rather Be Blind, Crippled And Crazy

8. The Derek Trucks Band: I’d Rather Be Blind, Crippled And Crazy

I often listen to The Derek Trucks Band’s Songlines LIVE, which offers up one killer performance by an equally killer band. Here they are performing “I’d Rather Be Blind, Crippled And Crazy”, anchored by the sweet bass lines of Todd Smallie…

Dealing with a Removable Neck

9. Dealing with a Removable Neck

This week, a reader asked Dr. D for details on dealing with a removable neck – including how to deal with the bridge. Dr. D breaks it all down…

Ismael Alcina: Solo

10. Ismael Alcina: Solo

Spanish bassist and composer Ismael Alcina recently released an album called Bass Life, featuring some really fantastic playing. Here’s a great video of the aptly entitled track “Solo”. Alcina creates a mysterious atmosphere before launching into a palm muted groove and building on it with a looper pedal…