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  • Bass Jam: Tal Wilkenfeld, Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, Oteil Burbridge, J.D. Blair

    Bass Jam: Tal Wilkenfeld, Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, Oteil Burbridge, J.D. Blair

    Here’s a great clip from a Victor Wooten / J.D. Blair concert, where the group is joined by Tal Wilkenfeld, Steve Bailey, and Oteil Burbridge. As Vic says, Bailey is playing an original 6-string Carl Thompson bass for the first time. »

  • James Jamerson’s widow sues La Bella Strings

    According to the Detroit Free Press, the widow of Motown’s master bassist James Jamerson is suing La Bella Strings for using his name and image in its marketing. The suit is seeking at least $25,000. Annie Jamerson, 68, is filing the suit against La Bella, which “touts James Jamerson in the packaging and ads for... »

  • Coachella Festival line up announced

    The massive line up for the three day Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has been announced, boasting over 120 performing artists. The headlining artists for each night are scheduled to be Jay-Z, Muse, and Gorillaz. Bass players will be happy to hear from the likes of Les Claypool, Them Crooked Vultures, Sly and the... »

  • Gear Watch: Korg Wi-Tune Wireless Tuner

    Korg has released a new addition to their expansive selection of tuners called the Wi-Tune Chromatic Tuner. Utilizing the Korg’s new “Wireless Tuning System,” it allows players freedom from swapping cables and needing to patch in and out of a tuner during performance. The tuner is made up of two pieces: a transmitter module that... »

  • City Sonic: Geddy Lee at Massey Hall

    Here’s a cool video of Rush’s Geddy Lee talking about his hometown Massey Hall back in the day, and want it meant for him to play the place his heroes, like Jack Bruce, played when he was growing up. For more great films like this, check out City Sonic. »

  • Rewind: the most popular stories last week

    Check out the most popular stories from No Treble last week, including our continuing NAMM coverage. Columns & Features Welcome to Mark Saltman and his new column, Bottoms Up. Mark’s first column focuses on Melodies in Bass. What’s Spinning for… John Goldsby Donovan Stoke‘s latest Lowdown with Dr. D.: Three Requirements of Attainment (Part 2... »

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  • Gear Watch: Peavey introduces bass guitars to its PXD series

    Peavey has introduced two new basses guitars to their modern metal inspired PXD Series: the Tragic 4 and Void 4. Both the Tragic and Void are 4-string neck-through-body basses that feature an alder body, maple neck, and ebony fretboard. Both models also enjoy the incredible tonal control of Peavey VFL active pickups, which are the... »

  • Zander Zon: Hallelujah for solo bass

    Zander Zon has posted another amazing video, this time, performing his arrangement of “Hallelujah”. He shares, “This is a really beautiful song that lots of piano and guitar players have covered. I really wanted a complete solo bass version to exist, so here it is! Hope you guys like it!” Zander also mentioned his new... »

  • WesFest 5 Benefit Concert announced, with Tal Wilkenfeld

    Bryan Beller recently updated us on the next WesFest Benefit Concert, now in its fifth year. The concert is in honor of Wes Wehmiller, a Berklee grad and good friend of Beller who passed away in 2005 from thyroid cancer. Each year, the concert raises funds for a scholarship endowed in Wehmiller’s name at Berklee.... »

  • Anthony Jackson to release his first-ever solo album, with colleague Yiorgos Fakanas

    Hard to believe that after 40 years as a pro, Anthony Jackson is set to release his first solo album this March. The album, Interspirit pairs Jackson with composer/bassist Yiorgos Fakanas, as well as Dave Weckl on drums, Frank Gambale on guitar, Mitch Forman on keyboards, and Tony Lakatos on sax. According to a press... »