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Top 10: The Best Bass Videos (November 2011)
Top Ten

Top 10: The Best Bass Videos (November 2011)

We featured several reader-submitted videos in November (one of our favorite things to do!), showcasing the awesome No Treble community of bassists, and the videos they love. This included a Bass Play-Along Week, where bassists play along to their favorite tracks and show off their transcribing and performance skills. Another week featured all-bass covers of famous tunes. Readers responded with...

George Lacson: Solo Bass Performance of Alicia Keys’ “Unthinkable”
Bass Videos

George Lacson: Solo Bass Performance of Alicia Keys’ “Unthinkable”

George Lacson turns in this nice solo bass arrangement and performance of “Unthinkable”, written by Drake and originally produced and performed by Alicia Keys. George’s Warwick Streamer Stage 5-string is tuned B-D-G-D-G for this tune.

Phish Releases Hampton/Winston-Salem ’97 Box Set
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Phish Releases Hampton/Winston-Salem ’97 Box Set

Phish has released a 7-CD box set called Hampton/Winston-Salem ‘97, which documents the entirety of their three shows from November 21-23, 1997. The collection includes 45 songs coming in at over 8 hours of music, as well as previously unheard material from soundchecks at both venues. The trio of shows are among the most requested for release from the Phish...

Loopy: A Look at the Looper App for iOS
Apps

Loopy: A Look at the Looper App for iOS

I’ve discovered a great looper for the iPhone and iPad. Loopy (and Loopy HD) allows you to create and alter sophisticated loops without the need for a pedal or other hardware. Loopy’s interface presents a series of circles, which become circular waveforms once you’ve started recording. The app offers great features, like pan, volume, timing adjustments, track merging, tempo adjustments...

Nick Mason: “You’ve Got A Friend in Me” Solo Bass Performance
Bass Videos

Nick Mason: “You’ve Got A Friend in Me” Solo Bass Performance

Bassist Nick Mason put together a great all-bass arrangement of the Randy Newman song, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”, made popular by the original Toy Story. Nick said he was inspired to arrange this piece after seeing Toy Story 3. If you’re interested in working on this one yourself, you’re in luck. Nick has posted a chart for download...

Top 10: Our Most Read Stories, Bass of the Week, Best Bass Gear & Videos, Plus the Christian McBride Interview
Weekly Top 10

Top 10: Our Most Read Stories, Bass of the Week, Best Bass Gear & Videos, Plus the Christian McBride Interview

In gear, our Bass of the Week – JanAid Guitars’ Bob Abbott Yolanda 5 – brought out a lot of comments as many custom basses do – equally loving and not so loving. That helped propel the feature to the #1 most read article for the week on No Treble. Our coverage of Glockenklang’s Blue Soul Bass Amp, G&L’s new...

Le Fay Introduces Fan Fret Version of Pangton Headless Bass
Basses

Le Fay Introduces Fan Fret Version of Pangton Headless Bass

Le Fay has released a new fanned fret version of their Pangton headless bass. The bass has a unique bridge, head piece and pickups to accommodate the multi-scale lengths, which range from 35.24” for the B-string and 33.46” for the G-string. Though the design is quite unique, the German bass company says it’s easy to adjust to. “Soon this bass...

Jason Newsted Reunites with Metallica for 30th Anniversary Celebration
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Jason Newsted Reunites with Metallica for 30th Anniversary Celebration

During the first night of their 30th Anniversary concerts last week, Metallica brought Jason Newsted back for a special guest appearance. Newsted, who left the band in 2001, was introduced by singer James Hetfield as “someone who lived with us, and toured with us and did stuff with us for 14 years.” The band then kicked into “Harvester of Sorrow,”...

In Memoriam: Dan “Bee” Spears, Willie Nelson’s Longtime Bassist
In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Dan “Bee” Spears, Willie Nelson’s Longtime Bassist

We’re sad to report the passing of Dan “Bee” Spears, the longtime bassist for Willie Nelson’s Family Band. Spears performed with Nelson on albums including Stardust, The Troublemaker, Shotgun Willie, Red Headed Stranger and others. The Austin American-Statesman reported that Spears fell as he exited his motor home, and died due to exposure. He was 62. “We are deeply saddened...

Zon Guitars Releases All-Bass Holiday Album, “Holiday Rumblings”
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Zon Guitars Releases All-Bass Holiday Album, “Holiday Rumblings”

Zon Guitars is getting in the holiday spirit with an all-new holiday album featuring the Zon artist roster. Zon Guitars: Holiday Rumblings feature bassists Michael Manring, Ray Riendeau, Jonni Lightfoot, Alex Bershadsky, Scott Harlan, Zander Zon, Mike Dimin and Chuck Bianchi all performing their bass-focused takes on traditional holiday music. The CD is available now in limited quantities from the...