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  • Megadeth Announces “Countdown To Extinction” 20th Anniversary Album and Tour

    Megadeth Announces “Countdown To Extinction” 20th Anniversary Album and Tour

    Megadeth has announced a 20th anniversary edition of their seminal album Countdown to Extinction, which will be released October 16th in a box set as well as in digital format. The two-disc lift-top box set will contain a remastered version of the album as well as a previously unreleased 1992 concert recorded live at the... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Josh “Bass Mountain” Townsend

    Reader Spotlight: Josh “Bass Mountain” Townsend

    Josh Townsend is a bassist with one very cool nickname (“Bass Mountain”). Josh, like many others in the spotlight here, has awesome parents who helped him get his start in music at an early age. But it wasn’t until his high school years did he discover the bass, and that – as is also the... »

  • Bass Line Construction: Legato Minor Pentatonic Scale Bass Run

    Bass Line Construction: Legato Minor Pentatonic Scale Bass Run

    Last time, we kicked off a bass line construction series of lessons with a study in improvising on some funk in the key of C. This time around, we’re focusing on some new phrasing ideas for the trusty old minor pentatonic scale. In this case, we’re using the A minor pentatonic scale: A, C, D,... »

  • Avishai Cohen Trio: Remembering

    Avishai Cohen Trio: Remembering

    It’s a very rainy day here today, and this tune seems to fit perfectly. Of course, any time we feature Avishai Cohen is a good day to us. Here’s Avishai with his trio, performing the tune “Remembering”. Avishai really starts getting down around the 2:25 mark! »

  • On-Stage Gear Introduces LED509 Clip-On Stage Light

    On-Stage Gear Introduces LED509 Clip-On Stage Light

    On-Stage Gear has a new clip-on stand light called the LED509. Featuring 9 LED lights, the LED509 can clip onto most music stands and illuminate up to four pages – a nice feature for bassists with large charts to read. It’s also designed to stand on its own on a flat surface. The power switch... »

  • Höfner Celebrates 125th Anniversary With Commemorative Book

    Höfner Celebrates 125th Anniversary With Commemorative Book

    This month marks Höfner’s 125th anniversary, and part of the celebration includes a new hardback book that documents the company’s time in the business. Founded by luthier Karl Höfner in 1887, the company makes violins and guitars, but is renowned for their violin bass as made famous by the Beatles’ Paul McCartney. The 328-page book... »

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  • iHarmony: A Look at the Music Theory App for iOS

    iHarmony: A Look at the Music Theory App for iOS

    iHarmony is an app described by its creator as “a fully complete collection of scales, chords & harmonizations…” The harmonization part of the description describes what is actually a list of chord qualities for every note in a given mode (i.e.: Maj7, -7, -7, Maj7, Dom7, -7 & -7(b5) for the Major modes), which is... »

  • Aquarium Rescue Unit with Oteil Burbridge: Search Yourself

    Aquarium Rescue Unit with Oteil Burbridge: Search Yourself

    We’ve been really stoked about interviewing Oteil Burbridge, so I’ve been watching tons of videos of him. Check out this one of him playing “Search Yourself” with the Aquarium Rescue Unit, live at the Jacksonville Jazzfest. Burbridge really brings the band together and gets some time to shine by vocalizing his solo spots. »

  • Weekly Top Ten: New Basses, New Bass How To’s, Plus the Top Bass Videos and Nathan East’s Stories Behind the Songs

    Weekly Top Ten: New Basses, New Bass How To’s, Plus the Top Bass Videos and Nathan East’s Stories Behind the Songs

    All the best of the best in bass (which is already great to begin with)… Here are the top 10 stories, lessons and videos for No Treble for the week of September 9-15, 2012. 1. Esperanza Spalding with The Roots: Live Performance of Weather Report’s “Predator” My friend Marsha was telling me about Esperanza Spalding... »

  • Mike Watt: The Stooges Are Writing New Music

    Mike Watt: The Stooges Are Writing New Music

    The Stooges are back to making new music, says bassist Mike Watt. The band, which hasn’t released any new material since 2007’s The Weirdness, is still in the very formative stages of writing. “I’ll tell you this: James Williamson a few months ago had me put bass on nine songs that he gave to Ig... »