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  • Zorg Effects Introduces Oppressor Compressor

    Zorg Effects Introduces Oppressor Compressor

    French pedal company Zorg Effects has unveiled the the Oppressor, an optical compressor they say packs tons of control into a small footprint. Alongside Volume, Gain, and Compression knobs, the pedal has a pair of three-way switches for attack and release to give up to nine combinations of values. It also has a “BAD” switch... »

  • Best of 2016: The Top 10 Ask Damian Erskine Columns

    Best of 2016: The Top 10 Ask Damian Erskine Columns

    Damian Erskine became No Treble’s first columnist on June 24th, 2009. Ever since he’s been publishing his mega-popular Q&A column every other week. We’re lucky to have him, and we know readers feel the same way based on the huge readership numbers his column sees. And here are the best of the best – the... »

  • Leo De Santi: Ananda

    Leo De Santi: Ananda

    Bassist Leo De Santi sent us this video, saying it was the first time he’s published one of his tunes. Leo’s composition skills and remarkably fluid playing are on display in this song he calls “Ananda”. Enjoy. »

  • Gary Willis Launches Groove A Day App

    Gary Willis Launches Groove A Day App

    If you’re looking for a New Year’s resolution to start grooving more, bass master Gary Willis has you covered. He’s just released an app for iOS called “Groove A Day” that aims to help teach building grooves. The app includes grooves of various styles and difficulties performed by Willis and drummer Gergo Borlai. “In decades... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Steve Fabry

    Reader Spotlight: Steve Fabry

    Meet Steve Fabry, who took quite a musical journey as a kid before finally finding the bass. Steve is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: I was born the 29th of April, 1985 in Verviers. I lived with music. My father was a sound engineer, and I took drum... »

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  • Best of 2016: The Top 10 Bass Videos

    Best of 2016: The Top 10 Bass Videos

    Out of the 365 or so videos we’ve shared this year, we have a lot of favorites. But the “Best of” lists include only 10, and are always ranked by No Treble reader views. Here are the top 10 most watched bass videos for 2016. Enjoy! 1. Brian Wilson and Carol Kaye: Good Vibrations Carol... »

  • Linus Klausenitzer: Obscura’s “Akroasis” Bass Playthrough

    Linus Klausenitzer: Obscura’s “Akroasis” Bass Playthrough

    Buckle up: Obscura bassist Linus Klausenitzer has posted a new playthrough for the title track to the band’s latest album, . Armed with a seven-string fretless, the Klausenitzer tears it up with blazing sixteenth-note runs alongside melodic counter lines. For those wanting to try it for themselves, Obscura has a bass transcription book on their... »

  • Victor Wooten Trio Announces 2017 Tour

    Victor Wooten Trio Announces 2017 Tour

    After recently completing their European tour, Victor Wooten and his trio with drummer Dennis Chambers and saxophonist Bob Franceschini have announced a winter/spring U.S. tour for 2017. The trek will kick off with a six-night residency at The Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City before covering the East Coast and heading to the... »

  • Bass of the Week: The Painted Player Yellow Submarine Bass

    Bass of the Week: The Painted Player Yellow Submarine Bass

    The Painted Player Guitar Company makes some fantastic finishes for their instruments, but they really went all out on this bass tribute to the Beatles. Their “Yellow Submarine” bass is a heavily modded Fender Mexican Precision that was crafted to resemble the psychedelic boat. “[The bass was created] in the UK using a stunning Fender... »

  • Exercises: Thumb Position in the Lower Positions

    Exercises: Thumb Position in the Lower Positions

    When many of us first learn to play in “thumb position” (using thumb on top of the fingerboard to press the string down) we begin by placing thumb on the half-string harmonic (G on the G-string, 12th fret, if we had frets). In fact, much beginning thumb position study starts here. From here, intermediate thumb... »