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  • Reader Spotlight: Tunu Jumwa

    Reader Spotlight: Tunu Jumwa

    Meet Tunu Jumwa, a bassist who got her start four years ago and already has her own signature bass. Tunu is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s her story… Bio: My name is Tunu Jumwa from Kenya. I am a music enthusiast who loves to play the bass guitar. Location: Nairobi Day... »

  • Talking Technique: Efficient Practice Hacks #4 – Motivation

    Talking Technique: Efficient Practice Hacks #4 – Motivation

    Having trouble getting motivated to practice? Just not feeling it? Here are a few simple action items to help get you going. I have found them very useful for myself and my students. Famously, there are two kinds of motivation (or impulses that lead to motivation to act): extrinsic (from the outside) and intrinsic (from... »

  • What a Day: Mardi Gras Mambo

    What a Day: Mardi Gras Mambo

    The unconventional duo What a Day, consisting of upright bassist Jonathan Joly and singer/typist Leah Gracie, are ready for Mardi Gras this year with a cover of the classic song “Mardi Gras Mambo.” Joly handles all of the harmonic accompaniment with a simultaneous bass line and countermelody on his upright while Gracie leads with her... »

  • EBS Launches Blue Label Pedals and Premium Gold Flat Patch Cables

    EBS Launches Blue Label Pedals and Premium Gold Flat Patch Cables

    EBS unveiled a new line of pedals called the Blue Label Series at NAMM this year. It’s starting this year with three analog overdrive models called the Drive Me Crazy, The Black Haze, and The Drive. While EBS makes everything work well for bass, these pedals are made specifically to work well on bass and... »

  • Bass of the Week: Blasius Guitars Kata 4 Headless

    Bass of the Week: Blasius Guitars Kata 4 Headless

    The Kata 4 Headless from Blasius Guitars features a pretty unique body shape with the tone to match. A take on the company’s flagship Kata model, this headless bass is built with three-layer body wings consisting of a bubinga back, maple core, and flamed maple top. Its five-piece neck is a sandwich of maple, padouk,... »

  • Steely Dan: Gaslighting Abbie

    Steely Dan: Gaslighting Abbie

    As a lifelong Steely Dan fan, I was so thrilled when Two Against Nature came out. That was in large part to the opening track, “Gaslighting Abbie.” Hard to believe that was 17 years ago. Here’s the band performing the track live, with Tom Barney laying it down. »

  • Trickfish Amplification Introduces Bullhead .5K Bass Amp

    Trickfish Amplification Introduces Bullhead .5K Bass Amp

    Trickfish Amplification introduced a new bass amp at the Winter NAMM Show this year called the Bullhead .5K. A little brother to the Bullhead 1K, the amp features a Mike Pope low noise preamp matched with a Class D power amplifier that offers 500 watts at 8 ohms and 700 watts at 4 ohms. “We... »

  • Valeriy Stepanov, Jay Stave & Paul Kholodyanskiy: The Chicken

    Valeriy Stepanov, Jay Stave & Paul Kholodyanskiy: The Chicken

    Craig Harris sent us this video saying, “I know this comp gets overplay, but this is impressive and I think should be featured.” This has the be the highest energy version of “The Chicken” ever. Jay Stave is the bassist in this trio, with Valeriy Stepanov on keys and Paul Kholodyanskiy on drums. »

  • EchoTest Releases Third Album, “From Two Balconies”

    EchoTest Releases Third Album, “From Two Balconies”

    Ever since Julie Slick teased the album back in October, we’ve been patiently waiting for the new EchoTest album. Now we’re basking in the goodness that the band calls From Two Balconies. Slick shares bass duties in the band on her Bass VI with fellow phenom Marco Machera, who plays on a five-string. Slick gave... »

  • Bass Players To Know: Sean Hurley

    Bass Players To Know: Sean Hurley

    There’s a lot to be said for bass players who know how to play a song. While it may seem like a simple thing, it takes a mature attitude and a keen ear to do so. Sure, soloing is fun, and many of us want to showcase our slap technique, but exhibiting those skills doesn’t... »