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  • How Do I Stop Playing Ahead of the Beat?

    How Do I Stop Playing Ahead of the Beat?

    Q: I’m finding it really hard not to play ahead of the beat. I can play on the click with a metronome or other rhythm exercises, but when I put a playback, I’m starting the beat most of the time! It is something to do with too much thinking about the notes I’m playing. Also... »

  • Schusterlevych: Sad Clown

    Schusterlevych: Sad Clown

    Today we’re checking out a cool drum and bass collaboration by bassist Sergey Danilevych and drummer Josh Schusterman. “Sad Clown” is the second song from the duo, who blend electronica with live instrumentation. “It’s been three years since our last time in a studio,” Danilevych explains. “This video a bit different though since we are... »

  • Reader Spotlight: David Ashton

    Reader Spotlight: David Ashton

    Meet David Ashton, who started playing bass three years ago thanks to a band in need of a bassist. When his mother became ill, he started focusing more on his music. Then an encounter with Victor Wooten changed things even more. David is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio:... »

  • Miura Guitars Introduces the M2 Compressor/Limiter

    Miura Guitars Introduces the M2 Compressor/Limiter

    Miura Guitars has gotten into the pedal business with the M2 Compressor/Limiter. The pedal has Threshold, Ratio, Attack, and Level controls for dialing in the right amount of compression. It has two LEDs: one to show the status as on or off, and one to indicate how strong the compressor is in effect. The Ratio... »

  • Leland Nelson: Scoop (All Bass Arrangement)

    Leland Nelson: Scoop (All Bass Arrangement)

    No Treble reader Leland Nelson sent us this video of an all-bass arrangement he worked on of Marcus Miller’s “Scoop,” from Miller’s Master of All Trades DVD. “Basses include a Fender Marcus Miller Signature, a Conklin GT-7, and an upright I borrowed from DePauw University where I currently attend,” Leland shared. »

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  • Unreleased Jaco Pastorius Live Album Coming Soon

    Unreleased Jaco Pastorius Live Album Coming Soon

    A previously unreleased Jaco Pastorius live album has been unearthed and will be available to the public this spring. Truth, Liberty & Soul captures the entire performance featuring the bass legend’s Word of Mouth big band (along with harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans) from a 1982 recording for NPR’s “Jazz Alive!” program. “I think that this... »

  • Bass of the Week: Simnett Guitars 5-String Fretless

    Bass of the Week: Simnett Guitars 5-String Fretless

    Jon from Simnett Guitars shot us an email with his latest build, and it’s a beauty. This five-string fretless has some gorgeous features that the luthier put serious time and effort into. “It’s a 33-inch scale (tuned E-C) ‘piezo-only’ fretless. The Black Limba body is chambered and has a spalted Hornbeam top,” he explains. “There’s... »

  • Joyo Audio Releases the Iron Loop Looper Pedal

    Joyo Audio Releases the Iron Loop Looper Pedal

    Loopers have a new option from Joyo called the Iron Loop. The digital phrase looper features a stripped back design with a single footswitch and a single level knob. Pressing the footswitch will toggle recording and playback modes to layer loops, while a ring around the level control shows the length of your recorded loop.... »

  • Robin Zielhorst: Release

    Robin Zielhorst: Release

    Robin Zielhorst has recorded a special four-piece suite for solo bass. Although the bassist has played with heavy bands like Cynic, Exivious, Textures, Our Oceans, and OneGodLess, he took a more hauntingly beautiful and ambient approach for the music. Check out the sweeping melody of “Release”: »

  • Reverend Guitars Unveils 20th Anniversary Mercalli Basses

    Reverend Guitars Unveils 20th Anniversary Mercalli Basses

    Reverend Guitars is celebrating 20 years in the business with a special 20th Anniversary Mercalli Bass. Available in four and five-string versions, the bass carries many of the same features as the standard Mercalli with several special features. Most notable is the eye-catching sky blue flame maple top adorned with a brushed aluminum pickguard. It... »