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  • Gear Watch: Aguilar Announces New Line of Bass Pickups

    Aguilar Amplification has just announced the first in their new line of bass pickups, the AG-4J pick up. The AG-4J is a single-coil pickup, modeled after a mid-60’s single coil Jazz bass pickup, built using Heavy Formvar wire and Alnico V magnets. Aguilar says they’ve developed a proprietary winding pattern to give these pickups string-to-string... »

  • Live looping: Thinking Outside the Box

    Live looping: Thinking Outside the Box

    I was in a music retail outlet recently where I purchased a Boss RC-20XL Loop Station. A great piece of kit, a glowing review of which I will post separately. What occurred to me, as the eager shop assistant demo’d the device, was that live looping may have become a little typecast in the minds... »

  • Meshell Ndegeocello with David Dyson: I’m Diggin’ You

    Here’s a 1997 recording of Meshell Ndegeocello performing in a 1997 concert in Switzerland, backed by the funky bass lines of David Dyson. »

  • Rewind: The Top Stories for the Week of March 14th, 2010

    Here are the top 10 articles from No Treble for the week of March 14th, 2010. 1. 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. 2. Lesson: Scale Patterns from Tetrachord Combinations In this lesson we’re going... »

  • Jacogrow’s Funk Groove: Fretless Bass Improv

    Choi Dong-Ju, who goes by the screen name “jacogrow” posted this cool fretless bass jam, showcasing some of his great Gary Willis-inspired bass playing. »

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  • Sligo Jazz Project 2010 Adds Manring and Goldsby to Faculty

    Sligo Jazz Project’s annual International Summer School and festival will feature two bass faculty members, double bassist John Goldsby and electric bassist Michael Manring. Sligo Jazz Project was founded in 2005 by four Sligo-based musicians to promote jazz education and performance in the area. All faculty members give one master class and two ensemble sessions... »

  • Hova Burian & Babak Amini: Flamenco Duet

    Flamenco guitar is impressive enough, but when the bassist matches the lines note-for-note, watch out! That’s exactly what bassist Hova Burian does with guitarist Babak Amini, who wrote this tune. »

  • Alfred Music Adds the Rolling Stones to the Ultimate Bass Play-Along Series

    Alfred Music Adds the Rolling Stones to the Ultimate Bass Play-Along Series

    Alfred Music has announced their newest book in their Ultimate Bass Play-Along Series, featuring the music of the Rolling Stones. Ultimate Bass Play-Along: Rolling Stones, a book and CD set, each with complete versions of eight classic Stones tunes, including “Brown Sugar”, “Gimme Shelter”, “Honky Tonk Women”, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, “Let it Bleed”, “Paint it... »

  • Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon To Release New Book of Art

    Sonic Youth bassist Kim Gordon will be releasing a new book of artwork on March 23rd entitled Performing/Guzzling. Published by Rizzoli, the book is a collection of paintings, watercolors, photographs, and poems that all revolve around the main theme of Gordon’s onstage experiences. Also included are written contributions by artist Jutta Koether and writer Hilton... »

  • Gear Watch: East UK P-Retro Active/Passive Preamp

    The new P-Retro from East UK is a P-bass style active/passive preamp equalizer that is be installed without permanently modifying your bass. The P-Retro fits in easily, and uses screw terminals, so no soldering is necessary. Therefore, no physical modifications to your bass are required. The P-Retro features two stacked knobs with pull switches on... »