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  • The Pros and Cons of Skype Bass Lessons

    The Pros and Cons of Skype Bass Lessons

    Q: I was thinking that maybe I should start taking Skype lessons so that I can reach out to more teachers than I have around me locally. Do you have any advice? Can you have a good lesson over Skype vs. in person? A: It is certainly possible to have a great lesson over Skype... »

  • Learning the Bass: Should I Get a Teacher?

    Learning the Bass: Should I Get a Teacher?

    Q: I am a beginning bassist. I want to know your opinion about studying bass with a teacher vs. self-teaching. Which do you think is more useful and advantageous? I’ve studied with a teacher since last year, but I don’t find I’m progressing anymore, and I’m in doubt if I should continue with the same... »

  • Bass Book Series is a ‘Goldmine’ of Tutorials for All Players

    Bass Book Series is a ‘Goldmine’ of Tutorials for All Players

    A new series of bass tutorial books from Hal Leonard aims to provide players of all styles with 100 essential lessons. The books in the Bass Lesson Goldmine Series — , , , and — offer detailed information in print and via streaming/downloadable audio. Audio CDs of performance demos are also available with the books.... »

  • Pablo Elorza: Recording Fretless Bass and Getting that Jaco Tone

    Pablo Elorza: Recording Fretless Bass and Getting that Jaco Tone

    The last time we featured Pablo Elorza, he gave us an in-depth look at the popular Jaco Pastorius tune “Continuum”. Our friend Sylvain Gros-Desormeaux shares this one of Pablo demonstrating how to record a fretless bass and achieve that Jaco sound. For more on Pablo’s Deep Into Electric Bass Classics, visit his website. »

  • On the Music Path: A Look at the Music Lessons App for iPad

    On the Music Path: A Look at the Music Lessons App for iPad

    On The Path released a beautiful app that I’ve enjoyed for the past year or so, called On the Music Path. On the Music Path is an iPad app designed to offer in-depth lessons for a multitude of instruments by masters of their craft (like Roscoe Beck, Leland Sklar, Russell Ferrante, Eric Johnson, Lee Ritenour... »

  • Best of 2012: Top 10 Bass How To’s, Columns and Lessons

    Best of 2012: Top 10 Bass How To’s, Columns and Lessons

    Just in time for your new year’s resolutions, here are the top 10 most popular bass lessons, how to’s and columns from 2012. From practicing and technique to advice on life as a musician, these features should help you make big musical strides in 2013. 1. Finger-Style Funk Bass Lesson: Build Dexterity and Accuracy in... »

  • Best of 2011: The Top 10 Bass Lessons

    Best of 2011: The Top 10 Bass Lessons

    No Treble readers must be busy practicing, because our lessons section is one of our most visited sections. The top 10, most viewed lessons in 2011 include many newcomers, as well as several from our archives. Here are the top 10 most popular bass lessons on No Treble in 2011. 1. Practical Theory: Practice Tips... »

  • Alfred and Mag Rack Join Forces to Provide Video-On-Demand Music Lessons

    Alfred Music Publishing has partnered with Mag Rack, a video-on-demand lifestyle network, to make free music lessons available through a variety of cable and dish network providers. The program starts today, with access to blues and vocal lessons. On May 13th, bass (and drum) lessons will begin airing. “The music lessons that Alfred Music Publishing... »

  • Looping Lesson: Programming the Behringer FCB1010 with Mobius

    Looping Lesson: Programming the Behringer FCB1010 with Mobius

    This is a lesson based around use of the popular Behringer FCB1010 MIDI foot controller surface for hand-free control of the freely available and very capable, Mobius looping software from Jeffrey Larson at Circular Labs. The Gear The Behringer FCB1010 Foot Controller has 100 memory positions to store MIDI controller data for up to 5... »

  • Using Triadic Harmony in Solos

    The foundation for harmonic structure is the triad. They are the basic chords of Western harmony, and using them in a solo provides a sense of structure and strongly outlines the underlying chords. Do not be fooled into thinking this is some boring drill where you arpeggiate the triads from chords in a lead sheet... »