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  • Adam Stevens: “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free” for Solo Bass

    Adam Stevens: “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free” for Solo Bass

    Adam Stevens has shared another great solo bass arrangement of great tune. This time around, he tackles “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free”, which was written by Billy Taylor and “Dick Dallas” in the early ’60s and made popular by Nina Simone in 1967. »

  • Damian Coccio: What the Storm Brought

    Damian Coccio: What the Storm Brought

    Damian Coccio shared his latest video with us of a tune he wrote for solo loop bass, “What the Storm Brought”. He also shared the specifics in how his setup: “Using the Ditto X2 Looper and Strymon Timeline Delay. Using the volume knob on the Ditto X2 Looper for fading during the performance. Tuning is... »

  • Yoni Ha: Shreds of Madness

    Yoni Ha: Shreds of Madness

    Yoni Ha sent me a note about an interesting tune he wrote, “Shreds of Madness”. Yoni uses nothing but bass to create the layers of the tune, which includes some great percussive slapping. »

  • Zeroliser: Bass Arrangement of Flume’s “Ezra”

    Zeroliser: Bass Arrangement of Flume’s “Ezra”

    Our Facebook friend Tim Grunwald sent us a clip of YouTube bassist Zeroliser playing a solo bass version of Flume’s “Ezra”, and I’m glad he did. Zeroliser uses some looping to flesh out the arrangement, which is lush with harmonics, chords, and percussion. Have a video to share? Send it to videos@notreble.com. »

  • Colin Trusedell: Amerika, The Beautiful

    Colin Trusedell: Amerika, The Beautiful

    We’re celebrating Independence Day with a clip of U.S. Air Force bass player Colin Trusedell performing his take on “Amerika, the Beautiful,” as popularized in the bass world by Jaco Pastorius. The track comes from Trusedell’s latest recording, All By Myself. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July! »

  • Jesús Rico Pérez: A Never Ending Winter

    Jesús Rico Pérez: A Never Ending Winter

    It is always exciting to see a new video from Jesús Rico Pérez. Here’s his latest – a solo fretless bass performance of his tune, “A Never Ending Winter”. Once again, Jesús creates such a rich sound on a single instrument, with no overdubs. »

  • Olivier Babaz: Bass & Kalimba Cover of “Stairway to Heaven”

    Olivier Babaz: Bass & Kalimba Cover of “Stairway to Heaven”

    Olivier Babaz has a specialty in performing double bass, kalimba, and shaker simultaneously to create a unique and beautiful texture. His latest video takes on the iconic Led Zeppelin song “Stairway to Heaven,” and it has to be seen to believed. Babaz starts the melody on the kalimba before switching to focus on bass during... »

  • Petros Klampanis: Blue Cave

    Petros Klampanis: Blue Cave

    Here’s another great example of how versatile the double bass is as an instrument. Greek bassist Petros Klampanis paints a vivid picture with his bass on “Blue Cave,” a song inspired by an area on his home island of Zakynthos. Utilizing looping and effects, Klampanis builds a haunting and beautiful backdrop to build a melody... »

  • Pablo Elorza: Bass Solo Chord Melody

    Pablo Elorza: Bass Solo Chord Melody

    Bassist and educator Pablo Elorza recently posted a new blog on exercises for musicians. Part of the lesson is a video with stretches to warm up before or after a playing session. The bassist composed this beautiful bass solo to accompany the video, and it’s just as inspiring as the information. Elorza crafts a lyrical... »

  • Bass Transcription: Miki Santamaria’s “Thinking Out Loud” Solo Bass Arrangement

    Bass Transcription: Miki Santamaria’s “Thinking Out Loud” Solo Bass Arrangement

    This month’s transcription was suggested to me by No Treble founder Corey Brown, serving to remind me of Miki Santamaria’s fantastic solo arrangements of pop songs for bass guitar. This song, originally by Ed Sheeran, translates nicely onto the bass due to the relatively open key of D major. For the first 8 bars, Miki... »