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Weekly Top 10: Remembering Greg Lake, Popular Bass Videos, New Gear, New Bass Technique Lessons and More

This week, we paid tribute to Greg Lake, who passed away at the age of 69.

We also published two new technique lessons – one by Damian Erskine and another by Ariane Cap to help keep your chops up.

Add to it a new transcription by Brian Wroten, some reader favorite videos, new gear and more, and you have this week’s most viewed stories on No Treble.

Thanks for reading, watching, commenting and sharing.

Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (November 2016)

1. Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (November 2016)

If you love the daily bass videos here as much as we do (and it seems like that’s the case), you’ll love this list of the top 10 reader favorites. Here are the top 10 most watched videos on No Treble for the month of November…

Bass of the Week: Scopel P-Board Bass

2. Bass of the Week: Scopel P-Board Bass

I love it when luthiers think outside the box with the woods they use for their instruments. A recent trend has been to recycle old skateboards to create instant mojo, and Brazilian bass builder Antonio Cesar Scopel nailed it with his P-Board bass…

Ernie Ball Music Man Teases 30th Anniversary StingRay5 Bass

3. Ernie Ball Music Man Teases 30th Anniversary StingRay5 Bass

Ernie Ball Music Man has unveiled their 2017 Spring Collection, including a 30th Anniversary StingRay5 model. The 5-string version of their flagship bass was first introduced in 1986 and the company is celebrating gorgeous limited edition version…

Applying Three-Finger Right Hand Bass Technique

4. Applying Three-Finger Right Hand Bass Technique

This week, a reader asked Damian about his three-finger right hand technique and for examples of how to apply it. Damian responded with a video lesson and transcription…

Bass Transcription: Mick Taylor’s Bass Line on The Rolling Stones’ “Tumbling Dice”

5. Bass Transcription: Mick Taylor’s Bass Line on The Rolling Stones’ “Tumbling Dice”

We’ve all been in situations where we’ve had to hold down a one-chord or repeating bass line for long periods. Mick Taylor’s bass work on the Stones’ “Tumbling Dice” is an excellent example of providing a harmonically static verse a signature groove…

In Memoriam: Greg Lake

6. In Memoriam: Greg Lake

More sad news to report: bass and prog-rock legend Greg Lake has died after a long bout with cancer. The King Crimson and ELP founder was 69 years old…

VoBa Sound Experience: Do You Know Who / Continuum

7. VoBa Sound Experience: Do You Know Who / Continuum

Roberto Pace shared this video of his duo with vocalist Chiara D’Emilio. This time around, they offer something a little different – their tribute to Jaco Pastorius and Victor Bailey. Enjoy…

Talking Technique: Pull Off Pentatonics

8. Talking Technique: Pull Off Pentatonics

Pentatonics using hammer-ons and pull-offs sounds great, but you may have noticed that if you stay within the same pattern, you can only hammer on certain notes. In this lesson, Ariane shows us two major pentatonic shapes that will get us working across the fingerboard…

Aidan Hampson Releases Steely Dan Transcription Book

9. Aidan Hampson Releases Steely Dan Transcription Book

Steely Dan fans will want to check out Aidan Hampson’s latest transcription book, which documents the bass lines from the band’s biggest hits. The 13-song collection covers their most prolific period from 1972’s Can’t Buy a Thrill to 1980’s Gaucho

America Paz and Eduardo Sitja: Street Jam

10. America Paz and Eduardo Sitja: Street Jam

We love seeing bass playing buskers, and this video is a good example of why. America Paz and Eduardo Sitja took to the streets of Santiago, Chile to play some bass and melt some faces. The duo trades slap lines back and forth, building on each other’s ideas for a fun jam session…