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Rewind: The most popular stories for the week of March 7, 2010

Here are the top 10 most read articles on No Treble for the week of March 7, 2010.

1. Gigs: Smashing Pumpkins Hold Open Auditions for New Bassist
Ever wanted to play along side Billy Corgan in the Smashing Pumpkins? Well your big chance has arrived! Corgan has announced that the band will be having open auditions for a new bassist.

2. Contest: Win an Ansir Bravura Bass!
Ansir Music wants to give away a bass to one lucky No Treble reader! Enter between now and March 31st for your chance to win this custom Ansir Bravura bass.

3. Sheet Music: The Mark King Bass Book Released
Bassline Publishing has recently released the Mark King Bass Book, which contains transcriptions of the Level 42 frontman’s bass lines, as well as live bass solos with detailed performance notes.

4. Lesson: Becoming a Great Band
What does it take be become a “great” band? Believe it or not the collective skill of a group is not determined solely by the skills of its individual members.

5. Video: Wayne Pedzwater: BS&T Bass Solo
Here’s a rare clip of Wayne Pedzwater of the 1980-81 incarnation of Blood, Sweat and Tears, doing a jamming bass solo.

6. Concerts: 32nd Annual Playboy Jazz Festival to Feature Who’s Who of Bassists
The Playboy Jazz Festival promises to be another bass player’s favorite, featuring performances and appearances by Esperanza Spalding, Marcus Miller, Dwayne Burno, John Clayton’s Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra, Chick Corea’s freedom band with Christian McBride, and many more.

7. Interview (from the archives): David Pastorius: It’s not what you think
When your last name is Pastorius and you play the bass, it only stands to reason that people will draw some immediate conclusions. In the case of David Pastorius, they’d probably be wrong.

8. Gear Watch: Rees Big-F-Light Lightweight Bass
Rees Electric Guitars has introduced a new addition to their F-Light Lightweight bass series called the Big-F-Light.

9. Video: Doug Johns: Pocket Fulla Nasty
Behold Doug Johns and Chris Ceja playing “Funk Bomb”.

10. Player News: Bootsy Collins Announces Funk U
Funk master Bootsy Collins has just announced that he will be opening the “Funk University,” and that the first semester of classes will begin on July 1, 2010.