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Question of the Week: What is your style? Rock? Metal? Funk? Jazz? …
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Question of the Week: What is your style? Rock? Metal? Funk? Jazz? …

Our question of the week: What is your style? Rock? Metal? Funk? Jazz? … Give us the scoop! Answer below in the comments, or on our Facebook page.

Bass Play-Along Week: Grant Smith’s Version of James Jamerson’s Line on “For Once In My Life”
Bass Videos

Bass Play-Along Week: Grant Smith’s Version of James Jamerson’s Line on “For Once In My Life”

Today’s play-along is Grant Smith’s cover of Stevie Wonder’s “For Once In My Life,” a tune that features a masterfully crafted bass line from the imagination of the late, great James Jamerson. Smith, who plays it on a Kens Smith 6-string, picked the song as his first in a series of videos for its complexity and beauty. “It is a...

Edgar Meyer Featured on The Goat Rodeo Sessions
New Albums

Edgar Meyer Featured on The Goat Rodeo Sessions

Bassist Edgar Meyer, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, fiddler Stuart Duncan and mandolinist Chris Thile have come together to release The Goat Rodeo Sessions, an 11-track collection of songs which the group describes as “genre proof.” With styles ranging from classical to bluegrass, the album is definitely an interesting mix, sure to please fans of acoustic music. Though the title refers to...

Ashdown Engineering Announces Limited Edition Little Bastard LB-550 Amp
Amps

Ashdown Engineering Announces Limited Edition Little Bastard LB-550 Amp

Ashdown Engineering has unveiled a limited edition of their Little Bastard amp head called the LB-550. The new amp couples their Little Bastard tube preamp section with the 550-watt digital power section from their new MiBass head, resulting in tube tone in a lightweight head weighing in at 6.2kg (approximately 13.6 puonds). The preamp uses ECC83 and ECC82 tubes and...

Basic Vibrato on the Upright Bass – A How To Guide
The Lowdown with Dr. D

Basic Vibrato on the Upright Bass – A How To Guide

Many students have trouble mastering vibrato technically and understanding its usage musically. There are numerous debates regarding vibrato usage in musical contexts, so today we will focus on a simpler matter: how to achieve technical mastery of this skill. From an instrumental point of view, our goal is to have complete control over the width and speed of our vibrato,...

Chuck Rainey Recovering After Stroke
Player News

Chuck Rainey Recovering After Stroke

After suffering a major stroke on Friday November 4th, bass legend Chuck Rainey is expected to have a full recovery, according to his wife Susan. “Thank U Dear Friends for all the prayers and healing Light,” Mrs. Rainey posted on Facebook. “Chuck had a stroke Friday night but the prognosis is good for a full recovery. Please keep him in...

Bass Play-Along Week: CharGuitarGirl’s “Girls & Boys” by The Subways
Bass Videos

Bass Play-Along Week: CharGuitarGirl’s “Girls & Boys” by The Subways

Editor’s note: we’re featuring a different bass play-along every day this week. If you have one you’d like to submit (by you or someone else), send it to playalong@notreble.com. Charlotte Robinson, aka CharGuitarGirl, is a 21 year old bassist from Swindon, England who really digs The Subways, thanks to their “Kickin’ bass riffs”. In today’s bass play-along, Charlotte nails the...

Top 10: The 6-String Debate, The Best Bass Gear and Videos, Reader Spotlight and Interview with Alex Webster
Weekly Top 10

Top 10: The 6-String Debate, The Best Bass Gear and Videos, Reader Spotlight and Interview with Alex Webster

Last week, No Treble readers really dug Davie504‘s FleaBass Funk video which took the top slot overall, and Magnus Sjoquist‘s big sounding uBass video made the top 10 as well. Our interview with extreme metal bassist Alex Webster was a happy addition for many of our readers, who responded with their clicks and positive comments about putting extreme metal in...

Bass Video Round Up: Ripping Rock Bass, Some Funky Funk Bass, Bass-Style Halloween and A Big Sounding Little Bass
Bass Videos

Bass Video Round Up: Ripping Rock Bass, Some Funky Funk Bass, Bass-Style Halloween and A Big Sounding Little Bass

Bass videos for the win! Here are the most popular bass videos of the week. Which one is your favorite? 1. Davie504: Simple FleaBass Funk Bassist “Davie504” gets funky with his modified FleaBass, and offers some instruction along the way. Enjoy the tune, or play along with the tabs. 2. Happy Halloween, Bass-Style: The Munsters Theme Song In honor of...

Gibson USA Releases New Explorer Bass
Basses

Gibson USA Releases New Explorer Bass

Gibson has added a new Explorer Bass model for their USA line. The solid mahogany bass takes its body shape from the original Explorer guitar, first introduced in 1958, and comes in a Silverburst finish. The Gibson Explorer Bass has a full 34″ scale and features a glued-in, quarter-sawn maple neck with a Preciosa fingerboard. The Explorer’s electronics are a...

Simon Fitzpatrick: Emerson Lake & Palmer’s “Take a Pebble” for Solo Bass
Bass Videos

Simon Fitzpatrick: Emerson Lake & Palmer’s “Take a Pebble” for Solo Bass

Bassist Simon Fitzpatrick shared his latest solo bass video with us, featuring a live performance of Emerson Lake & Palmer’s “Take a Pebble”. Wait for the 1:30 mark, when Simon really gets going with some excellent tap bass. Then things get really crazy with Simon picking up a bow! Have a video to share? Send it to videos@notreble.com.

CruzTOOLS Introduces Groovetech Truss Rod Drivers for Vintage Style Truss Rod Nuts
Accessories & Strings

CruzTOOLS Introduces Groovetech Truss Rod Drivers for Vintage Style Truss Rod Nuts

CruzTOOLS has announced their new Groovetech Truss Rod Drivers, designed specifically for vintage-style truss rod nuts on basses and guitars. As the company explains, early Fender instruments and subsequent modern reproductions use a “cross screw” nut, which has two slots in a cross pattern. Though the innovation was popular in years past, they often cause problems as they’re made of...