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  • Black Sabbath Reunites, Promises Album and World Tour in 2012

    Black Sabbath Reunites, Promises Album and World Tour in 2012

    After many months of rumors, the original members of Black Sabbath have finally fessed up that they’ve reunited for a new album and world tour starting in 2012. The band made the announcement on today (11-11-11) with a press conference and YouTube video: Though bassist Geezer Butler dismissed rumors earlier this year, it appears he’s... »

  • More Blues Feels! Rumbas, Funky Blues, and Rock-n-Roll

    More Blues Feels! Rumbas, Funky Blues, and Rock-n-Roll

    Here are three more feels to have at your fingertips whenever you’re stepping into a blues gig or jamming situation. As I’ve mentioned in previous “feels” columns, bandleaders enjoy putting their own spin on certain tunes and will often deviate from the recorded version of the song by changing the feel. It’s also nice to... »

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  • Bass Play-Along Week: Troy Hughes’ “YYZ” Bass Play-Along

    Bass Play-Along Week: Troy Hughes’ “YYZ” Bass Play-Along

    Editor’s note: Bass play-along week continues! If you have one you’d like to submit (by you or someone else), send it to playalong@notreble.com. Ah, YYZ. Geddy Lee’s bass line on this iconic tune has to be one of the most popular challenges and play-along’s out there. No Treble reader Troy Hughes sends us this video... »

  • Pablo Aslan Quintet Releases Piazzolla In Brooklyn

    Pablo Aslan Quintet Releases Piazzolla In Brooklyn

    Tango master Pablo Aslan has released a new album with his quintet, Piazzolla in Brooklyn. For the project, Aslan took a failed 1959 album by Astor Piazzolla called Take Me Dancing and re-interpreted it to prove its musical worth. The result is influenced by Aslan’s “immersion in the Brooklyn scene.” “I was attracted by the... »

  • Bass of the Week: Mayones Elegance 5 Paper

    Bass of the Week: Mayones Elegance 5 Paper

    Some basses are a piece of history, and then some are made from pieces of history. As part of their Master Builder Collection, Polish company Mayones unveiled the Elegance 5 Paper, a limited edition 5-stringer covered with reprints of newspapers, some dating back 100 years. The clippings are from all over the world: Poland, the... »

  • Double Thumb: A Lesson in Slap Bass

    Double Thumb: A Lesson in Slap Bass

    In this installment of our new bass lesson series, we’re focusing on a slap-based, percussive bass technique widely known as “Double Thumbing” or the “Victor [Wooten] style”. This technique involves an approach to slap where you hit the string with your thumb and follow through, landing on the next string. So the first note –... »

  • Bass Play-Along Week: Adrian Bartol’s John Mayer/Pino Palladino “Who Did You Think I Was?” Bass Play-Along

    Bass Play-Along Week: Adrian Bartol’s John Mayer/Pino Palladino “Who Did You Think I Was?” Bass Play-Along

    Editor’s note: Bass play-along week continues! If you have one you’d like to submit (by you or someone else), send it to playalong@notreble.com. Bassist Adrian Bartol sends us his bass play-along of John Mayer’s live recording of “Who Did You Think I Was?”, which also includes Jimi Hendrix’s “Power of Soul” at the end. In... »

  • Christian McBride Releases Conversations with Christian

    Christian McBride Releases Conversations with Christian

    In a complete 180 from his recent big band album, Christian McBride has released an album of duets called Conversations with Christian. The project began as podcasts in 2009, where the bassist got together with his musical companions to interview them, as well as play through some songs. The podcast eventually led to the bassist’s... »

  • Rush Releases “Time Machine 2011 – Live in Cleveland”

    Rush Releases “Time Machine 2011 – Live in Cleveland”

    The veteran rockers of Rush have released the live concert footage of their recent “Time Machine 2011” tour on both CD and DVD. Recorded on April 15, 2011 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, the concert features performances of the power trio’s best selling 1981 release, Moving Pictures, which includes the still popular... »

  • A Guide to Memorizing Tunes

    A Guide to Memorizing Tunes

    Q: Do you have any tips on how to memorize tunes? I have the hardest time remembering tunes! A: I’ve been there. But a few years ago, I discovered the key: repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition… For years, I’ve always been a chart reader on gigs. I never understood how people could memorize so... »