the online magazine for bass players

Search Menu
  • Metronomes: The Debate for Bassists

    Metronomes: The Debate for Bassists

    Q: What do you think about Jeff Berlin’s approach to teaching music, specifically: no metronomes? A: Uh oh… This could mean trouble! Here’s my spin on it: I think different things and methods work for different people. I disagree with Jeff’s statements that metronomes are bad for everyone. I think he has a bit of... »

  • To Effect or Not to Effect? A Discussion for Bassists

    To Effect or Not to Effect? A Discussion for Bassists

    Q: What’s your take on effects pedals? Do you use any? A: I have been exploring many different pedals and having fun with the sonic possibilities, though I rarely use them outside of my home. My most used pedal is my reverb pedal, because I like the what it offers when playing in small group... »

  • The Bass Debate: Pick vs Fingers

    The Bass Debate: Pick vs Fingers

    Q: I prefer playing the bass using my fingers, but I see a lot of bassists these days using a pick. What’s your take on that? A: As with all things that come down to taste and music, I say: “follow your ears!” If you don’t like the sound of a pick, or it just... »

  • All Bass, No Treble: When is a Bass Not “Bass”?

    All Bass, No Treble: When is a Bass Not “Bass”?

    Here at No Treble HQ, we watch a ton of bass videos, read a ton of email from bassists, and get all the news releases about everything bass. Our name is obviously an attempt at being clever. No Treble, after all, is another way of saying “All Bass”. We love the instrument, we love bassists,... »

  • Bass vs. Guitar: The 6-String Debate

    Bass vs. Guitar: The 6-String Debate

    Q: I mean this in the most respectful of ways but, when I listen to six string bassists who play a lot of chords and solo. I can’t help but wonder why they don’t just play guitar. A: I’ve heard this question before, and thanks for being respectful. I’m a 6-string player, so I’ll share... »