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Weekly Top 10: New Bass Gear, Scale Excercise, Top Videos and More

The week closes once again with our celebration of the top 10 reader favorites of the week. From new gear, to expert columns, to the top videos and more, here are your favorites from the week of December 10-16, 2016.

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Fender Unveils American Professional Series Basses

1. Fender Unveils American Professional Series Basses

Fender has unveiled the American Professional Series, which takes the place of their recently discontinued American Standard line. The new series will, of course, include Precision and Jazz bass models, but each will have new features…

Fodera Unveils “Brooklyn” Bass in Masterbuilt Series

2. Fodera Unveils “Brooklyn” Bass in Masterbuilt Series

Fodera unveiled the third bass in their Masterbuilt line this past week with a special version of their Emperor II 5 Elite. The one-of-a-kind instrument is called “Brooklyn” and pays respect to the New York City borough that the company calls home…

Scale Exercise in Thumb Position

3. Scale Exercise in Thumb Position

When double bassists put their thumb on top of the fingerboard, rather than behind it, and use it to depress the string (just like the other fingers), we call that “thumb position.” Dr. D put together this scale exercise for improving thumb position facility…

Trickfish Amplification Announces SM110 “Perch” Bass Cabinet

4. Trickfish Amplification Announces SM110 “Perch” Bass Cabinet

Trickfish Amplification has unveiled the SM110 “Perch” cabinet. Originally intended for acoustic bass or guitar, the 1×10″ is described as a low profile light-to-medium duty electric bass speaker cab…

Fernando Lamadrid: Iniciático

5. Fernando Lamadrid: Iniciático

One of our favorite bassists is back with a new video. Fernando Lamadrid leads this band in their performance of his original tune, “Iniciático”…

Miki Santamaria and Anna Sentina: Dangerous

6. Miki Santamaria and Anna Sentina: Dangerous

Miki Santamaria teamed up with bassist Anna Sentina and drummer COOP3RDRUMM3R to put together this cover of David Guetta’s “Dangerous.” Miki handled the arrangement on this, which features plenty of bass goodness…

Bass of the Week: KD Basses Picasso

7. Bass of the Week: KD Basses Picasso

Andy Irvine of The Daily Funk Club shared some pictures of this bass on Facebook and it made me stop scrolling. The Picasso by KD Basses is a colorful, artistic take on the instrument made in Bulgaria…

Resistance to Change

8. Resistance to Change

This week, Damian tackles a question he saw on Facebook regarding some musicians resistance to changing gear and/or playing techniques, even when faced with pain, technical challenges or progress. Damian responds with an excellent column with his thoughts on these subjects…

Anthony Vitti & Jonathan Elyashiv: Forgotten Groove Yard #34

9. Anthony Vitti & Jonathan Elyashiv: Forgotten Groove Yard #34

Man, we sure love Anthony Vitti’s “Forgotten Groove Yard”. In episode #34, Anthony sat down with Jonathan Elyashiv for what they simply describe as a “hip hop jam”…

Thundercat Announces 2017 World Tour

10. Thundercat Announces 2017 World Tour

Bass phenom Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner has announced a massive world tour for 2017. Starting with a solid month in North America, the bassist will head to Europe for another month on the road…