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Gigging Life: Elevating Your Game with the Right Musicians (or Vice Versa)
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Gigging Life: Elevating Your Game with the Right Musicians (or Vice Versa)

Q: I’ve found myself in somewhat of a middle-ground with my gigs. Some gigs I have are with much better musicians than me, and I find that I actually play better with these guys. But many more of my gigs are just your everyday bar gigs. I’m noticing that I just can’t play the same way when the musicians around...

Philip Smith: Crazy House Funk
Bass Videos

Philip Smith: Crazy House Funk

We’re big fans of bassist Philip Smith (aka KingOfPain) here at No Treble HQ. Here’s a new video from Philip, described by him as “some freestyle slap stuff behind a House loop on a Pedulla Bass. Fun fun fun on a Saturday night.” Fun indeed. And the commercial break is hilarious.

New Brecker Brothers Anthology Announced, Featuring Marcus Miller, Will Lee and Tony Levin
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New Brecker Brothers Anthology Announced, Featuring Marcus Miller, Will Lee and Tony Levin

Late next month, the Brecker Brothers’ entire Arista Records catalog will be released in a new box set format. The Brecker Brothers: The Complete Arista Albums Collection collects the group’s six albums released on Arista between 1975 and 1981. None of the albums have ever been released on CD in the US. During the span of those albums, the Brecker...

Reader Spotlight: Allen Cummins
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Allen Cummins

Meet bassist Allen Cummins, a musician from California who looks to be having a blast with his music. Allen is our player in the spotlight for the week of July 24, 2012. Bio: I have been a weekend warrior bass player since the age of 19, where I played Top 40 Rock for quite a few years. At 48, I...

Old School: 1960’s Kustom Model 200 “Tuck & Roll” Bass Amplifier
Old School

Old School: 1960’s Kustom Model 200 “Tuck & Roll” Bass Amplifier

In this edition of Old School, bassist Mike Whited shares his classic 1960’s Kustom Model 200 bass amp, an amp Mike has shared a lot of miles with over the years. Kustom introduced the 200 model as an upgrade to their 100 model amp, offering it in black, blue, cascade, gold, red, white and charcoal. The company later introduced emerald...

Ron Carter and Russell Malone: “Samba De Orfeu”, Live
Bass Videos

Ron Carter and Russell Malone: “Samba De Orfeu”, Live

Jonah Jonathan shared this video with us, with the great Ron Carter performing “Samba De Orfeu” live with Russell Malone at Club Soda at Montreal International Jazz Festival. Nice. Have a video to share? Send it to videos@notreble.com.

Phil Lesh Done With Recording, Continues Touring With Furthur
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Phil Lesh Done With Recording, Continues Touring With Furthur

Sounds like Phil Lesh is done with studio albums. In a recent interview with Billboard, the 72 year old bassist said Furthur – his current effort with fellow Grateful Dead alumni Bob Weir – has no plans to record new albums, citing their focus on continually evolving music. “Nobody’s mentioned it to me, and certainly it’s not anything I’m interested...

Mesa Boogie Introduces Traditional Powerhouse Bass Cabinets
Amps

Mesa Boogie Introduces Traditional Powerhouse Bass Cabinets

Mesa Boogie has introduced a new line of bass cabinets called the Traditional Powerhouse Series that offers up 2×10, 4×10, 1×15, 6×10, and 8×10 speaker configurations. Each of the cabs are handbuilt in Petaluma, California with Marine-grade Baltic Birch and are covered with Black Bronco Vinyl with a gray and black weave jute grille. The 2×10, 4×10, and 1×15 models...

iMaschine: A Look at the Beat Sketch Pad for iOS
Apps

iMaschine: A Look at the Beat Sketch Pad for iOS

I have a confession: I am completely useless when it comes to making beats or using synths and drum machines. While I pride myself on being both musical and tech savvy, for some reason, when I combine the elements, the results are not exactly fantastic. But as they say, there’s an app for that. I’ve had a lot of fun...

Darrell Craig Harris: “Come Together” Funky Bass Jam
Bass Videos

Darrell Craig Harris: “Come Together” Funky Bass Jam

Former Cirque du Soleil bassist Darrell Craig Harris took the Beatles’ “Come Together” and cranked up the funk knob on this solo bass version of the classic tune. Grooooooooooooooooovy.

Weekly Top 10: RIP Bob Babbitt, Isolated Paul McCartney, Joe Osborn’s Top 10, Amazing Bass Videos and Bass Lessons
Weekly Top 10

Weekly Top 10: RIP Bob Babbitt, Isolated Paul McCartney, Joe Osborn’s Top 10, Amazing Bass Videos and Bass Lessons

Another week in the books, and another week of the best of the best in bass, and a sad farewell to a legend among legends, Mr. Bob Babbitt. Here are the top 10 most read, most viewed articles, columns and videos on No Treble for the week of July 15 – 21, 2012. Thanks for reading, commenting and for spending...

PBS History Detectives to Trace History of Ampeg Amp Marked with James Jamerson’s Name
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PBS History Detectives to Trace History of Ampeg Amp Marked with James Jamerson’s Name

In 2009, Los Angeles bassist Steve Fishman discovered a vintage Ampeg amp that may just be the find of the century. Stenciled on the back of the amp was the name of the Motown bass legend, James Jamerson. Fishman, who has recorded with Paul McCartney, decided to try to get this story investigated, to see if this amp is indeed...