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  • Mr. Big: Next Time Around

    Mr. Big: Next Time Around

    How can you not love Billy Sheehan? Besides being a phenomenal bass player, he’s the epitome of cool. Here’s a great clip of Sheehan in the video for Mr. Big’s “Next Time Around,” which showcases his supportive playing with some great licks thrown in for good measure. Be sure to check out the fill at... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Russ Webster

    Reader Spotlight: Russ Webster

    Meet Russ Webster, who was first drawn to the low end when he was around 12 years old, thanks to bands like AC/DC, Kiss, and Rush. Today, Russ plays in a successful band in the midwest. Russ is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: My name is Russ Webster... »

  • Creative Bass Lines: Increasing Fingerboard Knowledge – Part 3: Minor Arpeggios

    Creative Bass Lines: Increasing Fingerboard Knowledge – Part 3: Minor Arpeggios

    Continuing our series on increasing fingerboard knowledge, here’s the accompanying Minor Arpeggio Exercises to play all across the fingerboard. This is the same principle as the Major types. I’ve given you a number of variations to try, and you’ll see this gives you more options when playing over a minor chord type. As usual, practice... »

  • The Other Brothers: Joe Dart’s Isolated Bass on “Boogie On Reggae Woman”

    The Other Brothers: Joe Dart’s Isolated Bass on “Boogie On Reggae Woman”

    The Other Brothers guitarist John Morrison shared this clip with us after having Vulfpeck’s Joe Dart sit in with them on a performance of Stevie Wonder’s “Boogie On Reggae Woman.” They recorded the performance and isolated Dart’s bass from the rest of the band. And if that’s not enough, they set it to a Mario... »

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  • Happy Eighth Birthday, No Treble!

    Happy Eighth Birthday, No Treble!

    Eight years ago today, we pushed the button and debuted this site to the world. It has been a fun ride – mostly, thanks to the connections we’ve made with you, learning about your music and life through Reader Spotlight, gassing over your Old School gear and sharing your videos. As always, I want to... »

  • Bass of the Week: Roks Instruments Microtonal Futura

    Bass of the Week: Roks Instruments Microtonal Futura

    We’ve featured some gorgeous basses from Roks Instruments before, but this one comes with a twist. Luthier Axel Roks collaborated with bassist Sanne Verbogt to create a stunning microtonal bass. “Sanne started to see structure in music at the beginning of her conservatory study, which eventually led to her own music theory method: SV Method,”... »

  • Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in April 2017

    Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in April 2017

    GAS attack! Here is your monthly dose of the most popular bass gear stories covered by us in April, 2017. Enjoy. 1. Markbass EVO 1 Bass Amp After introducing the prototype last year, Markbass has unveiled the final version of the EVO 1 bass amp. The innovative head unit offers six amp tones over two... »

  • Radiohead: Nude, Live at Coachella

    Radiohead: Nude, Live at Coachella

    Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood always plays the perfect supporting bass lines. One of my favorites is “Nude” from the album In Rainbows. Utilizing octaves in the upper register of the neck provides a gorgeous thick tone that sets the mood for the song. Here’s the band playing it at the Coachella Music Festival this year. Building... »