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Rewind: The Top 10 Bass Gear, News, Videos and Columns of the Week

1. Video: The Bass Gang: A Night in Tunisia
What’s better than one bass? How about four basses!

2. Ask Damian Erskine: Scales vs. Chords
Damian asks a reader’s question: “What scales are best to know for improvising and how can I go about trying to memorize them?”

3. Gear Watch: IK Amplitube iRig
IK Multimedia has announced the release of their newest and most portable product yet: The Amplitube iRig system for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad.

4. Column: Because It’s There…
Russ Sargeant shares his views on playing in the upper register and about innovation on the bass and how we are perceived as players.

5. New Releases: David Ellefson of Megadeth: Metal Bass
Hal Leonard and The Rock House Method are releasing a new 2-DVD instructional video featuring David Ellefson. David Ellefson of Megadeth: Metal Bass covers the fundamentals of metal bass playing.

6. Tour: Primus Announces Summer Tour and Plans for New Album
Primus has announced they will be headlining a tour this summer for the first time in almost four years. After the tour, the band heads into the studio to begin work on a new album, expected in 2011.

7. Video: Gianni Serino: A Fretless Bass “Lesson”
Bassist Gianni Serino titled this video “Fretless Bass Lesson”. I think the only lesson here is that if you practice a whole lot, you might be able to play this.

8. Review: John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension’s “To The One”
Phil Wain says To The One is the record he was hoping for: John McLaughlin letting rip within a band context, with the help of bassist Etienne Mbappe.

9. Gear Watch: Epiphone Zenith Bass
Epiphone has released the new Zenith bass, an instrument that pays homage to the jazz guitar tradition. Available as fretted or “lined” fretless, the key to this bass is its unique NanoFlex and NanoMag pickup combination.

10. No Treble sticker giveaway
Did you get your sticker yet?