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    Finger Substitutions

    When we play the same note, usually on the same string, consecutively, but with different fingers, it is called a finger substitution. For example: This technique is most often employed is when we want to avoid shifting within a slur. While we should be able to shift silently within a slur, it is sometimes musically... »

  • YYNOT: Making Memories / Best I Can

    YYNOT: Making Memories / Best I Can

    YYNOT is going old school with a couple of covers from Rush’s Fly by Night. Here’s “Making Memories” and “Best I Can” performed by the best Rush cover band we’ve ever seen. Tim Starace once again nails the lines and that tone! »

  • In Memoriam: Pete Overend Watts

    In Memoriam: Pete Overend Watts

    Pete Overend Watts, who founded and played bass for Mott the Hoople, has passed away after a battle with cancer. He was 69 years old. Born in Yardley, Birmingham, Watts started on guitar while at Ross Grammar School. He switched to bass when he was 18 and eventually started playing professionally with guitarist Mick Ralphs... »

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  • Weekly Top 10: News from NAMM, Getting Paid on Gigs, Efficient Practice Hacks and More

    Weekly Top 10: News from NAMM, Getting Paid on Gigs, Efficient Practice Hacks and More

    NAMM news was the theme of the week, with many new gear stories hitting the top 10. But that’s not all that caught No Treble readers’ attention. Damian Erskine’s latest “Ask” column on determining what you should get paid on a gig and Ariane Cap’s “efficient practice hacks” lesson also had lots of reviews and... »

  • Aguilar Amplification Unveils AG 700 Bass Amplifier

    Aguilar Amplification Unveils AG 700 Bass Amplifier

    Aguilar Amplification has announced the expansion of their AG amplifier series with the AG 700. The company describes their latest creation as having the clarity, dynamic range and fast transient response of their AG 500 with a larger low end and headroom. It offers 700 continuous watts at four ohms while weighing just 4.9 pounds.... »

  • Richard Bona and Raul Midon: Teen Town

    Richard Bona and Raul Midon: Teen Town

    Here’s an incredible fan shot video of Richard Bona and Raul Midon performing Jaco’s “Teen Town” live in Tokyo in 2013. In addition to nailing the tune, Bona and Midon trade some pretty sick solos. »

  • The Killers Reissue “Hot Fuss” on Vinyl

    The Killers Reissue “Hot Fuss” on Vinyl

    In 2004, The Killers took the pop and rock worlds by storm with their debut album Hot Fuss. Propelled by bassist Mark Stoermer’s catchy bass lines, the release garnered hits with “Mr. Brightside”, “Somebody Told Me”, “Smile Like You Mean It,” and “All These Things That I’ve Done.” Now the band has reissued their breakout... »

  • Reverend Guitars Unveils Mike Watt Signature Wattplower Bass

    Reverend Guitars Unveils Mike Watt Signature Wattplower Bass

    Bass legend Mike Watt has teamed up with Reverend Guitars for a special signature bass called the Wattplower. The short-scale bass also features a smaller body and is reminiscent of vintage basses that Watt gravitated towards. “He was always modifying the vintage basses,” Reverend writes, “so Joe Naylor built the Wattplower with all of his... »

  • Stuart Clayton: Giants of Bass – Stuart Zender

    Stuart Clayton: Giants of Bass – Stuart Zender

    Stuart Clayton is set to release his new edition of Giants of Bass on March 4th, which is a completely revamped version of his original book. In this video, Stuart offers another preview of what to expect, with a focus on former Jamiroquai bassist Stuart Zender. “I’ve been a fan of Stuart’s work since the... »

  • The Wood Brothers Release Live Album, Announce Tour Dates

    The Wood Brothers Release Live Album, Announce Tour Dates

    The Wood Brothers are back with a new live album and tour for 2017. The trio of guitarist Oliver Wood, bassist Chris Wood, and drummer Jano Rix have just released Live At The Barn, which sees the band performing at a beautiful and bittersweet venue. Late drummer/vocalist Levon Helm regularly featured the Wood Brothers at... »