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Happy Holidays from No Treble
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Happy Holidays from No Treble

As we get set to start our third year covering the greatest instrument on the planet, we’ve been reflecting on the first two. When you start something like this because you love it, you’re biggest hope is that you’ll find other people who love it just the same, and that you produce something worth viewing and sharing. Thanks to you,...

Jingle Bells: Bass Style
Bass Videos

Jingle Bells: Bass Style

Here’s a little something to get you in the holiday mood. From Youtuber taolikuenjing comes his rock bass version of Jingle Bells. The fun starts around the 30-second mark.

Gear Watch: M Basses Mj-4 and Mj-5
Bass Gear

Gear Watch: M Basses Mj-4 and Mj-5

M Basses has officially released their Mj-4 and Mj-5 models, which are 4 and 5-string versions of a “vintage-inspired” bass with customizable features. The M bass body comes standard with a choice of either a swamp ash or alder body, maple neck and an Indian rosewood fingerboard. The Mj-4 carries 20 frets while the 5-string has 21, though both have...

Bass Chords: Going Beyond the Root
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Bass Chords: Going Beyond the Root

Q: Lately I’ve been trying to expand my knowledge of basic chords on bass. Any advice! A: This seems a good time to expand on a previous column about developing chords on the bass. Previously, we had really just focused on root position chord shapes. Now let’s look at some ways to get beyond that. Really, the key is being...

Reader Spotlight: Charles “Chuck” Hoffman
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Charles “Chuck” Hoffman

Meet Chuck Hoffman, a bassist from Des Moines, Iowa and our player in the spotlight for December 21, 2010. Bio: I started out playing trumpet in elementary school in Waterloo, IA, got interested in indie rock, jazz, and 20th century music in high school. I went to college with the idea of becoming a composer, but took up playing bass...

Motorhead Announces 35th Anniversary Tour Dates
Concerts & Tours

Motorhead Announces 35th Anniversary Tour Dates

Motorhead has announced an expansive new tour for early 2011 that will weave through North America from the end of January through March. The 27-date tour will mark the band’s 35th anniversary, during which time bassist/vocalist Lemmy Kilmister has been the sole constant member. The trek will also be in support of their upcoming album, The World is Yours, set...

Victor Wooten: Live Looper Solo Bass Performance
Bass Videos

Victor Wooten: Live Looper Solo Bass Performance

Here’s another brilliant performance by Victor Wooten, who recently stopped by EMG Headquarters to try out their new JVX pickups for this demo. The man knows how to use a looper!

Gear Watch: Carl Martin Pro Power
Bass Gear

Gear Watch: Carl Martin Pro Power

Carl Martin has released their Pro Power power supply, designed for versatile power distribution for pedals. Starting with an input that is switchable between 110V and 230V for international adaptability, the power is split into 8 individual isolated and regulated outputs. Output levels can then be set to 9V at 150mA or 12V at 110mA, with the 7th and 8th...

Lee Rocker to Join Cast of “Million Dollar Quartet”
Player News

Lee Rocker to Join Cast of “Million Dollar Quartet”

Former Stray Cats bassist Lee Rocker will be joining the cast of the Broadway show “Million Dollar Quartet”, portraying Jay Perkins for twelve shows, from January 21st through the 31st, 2011. The musical is inspired by the recording sessions of December 4, 1956 in the Sun Record Studios, which included a jam session among Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl...

Phil Palombi Recording Album with Scott LaFaro’s 1825 Prescott Bass
Player News

Phil Palombi Recording Album with Scott LaFaro’s 1825 Prescott Bass

Jazz bassist Phil Palombi was given the opportunity of a lifetime. For a week, he was able to borrow Scott LaFaro’s 1825 Prescott bass to record a tribute album to the groundbreaking player. Palombi, who is an expert on LaFaro, realized there has not been a tribute album to the late bassist and decided to make one with Don Friedman...

The Red Hot Meters: The Meters Live Jam with the Red Hot Chili Peppers (2006)
Bass Videos

The Red Hot Meters: The Meters Live Jam with the Red Hot Chili Peppers (2006)

George Porter, Jr. and Flea on the same stage! The Meters and The Red Hot Chili Peppers combined for a seriously jammin’ performance for Voodoo Fest 2006. Here are a couple of clips from the performance. Part 1: Part 2:

Rewind: Lemmy’s Start on Bass, Prince on the Bass, Best Bass Gear, Videos and More
Weekly Top 10

Rewind: Lemmy’s Start on Bass, Prince on the Bass, Best Bass Gear, Videos and More

Here are the most read, most popular stories and features on No Treble for the week of December 12 – 18, 2010. 1. Prince: Getting Wild with the Bass Prince (yes, Prince) straps on a bass for some Larry Graham/Bootsy Collins inspired-playing for his tune “Get Wild.” This was filmed live at The White Room UK in 1994. 2. Top...