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2017 Reader Favorites – #5: Stuart Clayton

Editor’s Note: At the end of each year, we tally up all the article and video views on No Treble to come up with a list of the top 10 most popular bassists. This is entirely based on readership, not on opinions, polls, or anything else. Just having some fun.

Stuart Clayton

Stuart Clayton started an ambitious effort in 2017 with a year-long series entitled “Bass Lick of the Week.”

We featured a handful of his videos since the debut in September, as well as some of the videos from his new edition of Giants of Bass, which published in March.

These videos (and others) were such a huge hit in 2017, they put Stuart at #5 on the reader favorites list.

Stuart Clayton: Bass Lick of the Week #1 – Funk Groove

1. Stuart Clayton: Bass Lick of the Week #1 – Funk Groove

Our friend Stuart Clayton recently made the exciting announcement that he’s kicking off a year-long series entitled “Bass Lick of the Week.” Here’s the first entry in the series, focused on playing a funk groove with a pick…

Stuart Clayton: Giants of Bass – Mark King

2. Stuart Clayton: Giants of Bass – Mark King

Stuart Clayton released Giants of Bass – Volume 2 back in March, and the videos keep coming. In this one, Stuart takes on the Level 42 bassist Mark King in this track he wrote for the book…

Stuart Clayton: Giants of Bass – Stuart Zender

3. 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…

Stuart Clayton: Bass Lick of the Week #4 – Harmonics & Chords

4. Stuart Clayton: Bass Lick of the Week #4 – Harmonics & Chords

Here’s another great entry in Stuart Clayton’s popular “Bass Lick of the Week” series. “This week’s exercise is a slow bass groove that combines harmonics with fretted bass notes to create chords,” Stuart shared. “The inspiration for this piece was Jaco Pastorius’s renowned composition ‘Portrait of Tracy’…”

Stuart Clayton: Bass Lick of the Week #2

5. Stuart Clayton: Bass Lick of the Week #2

When we shared Stuart Clayton’s first Bass Lick of the Week, it was a huge hit. Here’s the second installment. Stuart shares the background on this lick: “This week’s exercise is a fingerstyle line that uses major and minor tenth intervals to imply chordal parts alongside a bassline…”

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