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Nathan Navarro Releases Debut Album, “They Came From the Sky”
New Albums

Nathan Navarro Releases Debut Album, “They Came From the Sky”

Nathan Navarro has released his debut album, featuring 11 original tracks showcasing the bassist’s unique style. They Came from the Sky ranges from raging dubstep to ambient grooves to bouncy solo bass, with guest appearances by vocalist Dylan Patrello and guitarist Annie Shred. “During the writing process of They Came From the Sky I was inspired by considering the human...

Clutch Working on New Album, Announce Tour Dates
Concerts & Tours

Clutch Working on New Album, Announce Tour Dates

Hard rock outfit Clutch is readying their next release entitled Earth Rocker, which is being produced by Machine and will drop in March 2013. Fans can check out the album’s progress via a website dedicated to updates. Bassist Dan Maines checked in with a short video interview talking about the band’s approach. “The approach was… not to overthink the songs...

Enclosure Tone Exercises for Bassists
The Lowdown with Dr. D

Enclosure Tone Exercises for Bassists

One way to give more interest to your improvisations is to add enclosure tones to otherwise simple note choices. Enclosure tones are two tones which “enclose” (i.e. one higher, one lower) another note. Generally, but not always, the note which gets “enclosed” is a chord tone. For example, if we begin with the root of a C7 chord: …and precede...

Rob Smith: Solo Bass Arrangement of The Beatles’ “In My Life”
Bass Videos

Rob Smith: Solo Bass Arrangement of The Beatles’ “In My Life”

“In My Life” is one of the most touching Beatles songs, and Rob Smith brings that passion and soul to his solo bass arrangement. Rob really nails the bridge with some awesome two-handed tapping.

Weekly Top Ten: New Basses, Top Bass Videos, Reader Spotlight and More Bass Greatness
Weekly Top 10

Weekly Top Ten: New Basses, Top Bass Videos, Reader Spotlight and More Bass Greatness

We love lists. Lists of bass awesomeness are even better. Here are the top 10 most read stories and most watched videos on No Treble for the week of October 28 – November 3, 2012. Thanks for reading, sharing and commenting! 1. G&L Unveils Black Ice Collection Basses G&L has unveiled a new line of instruments labeled the “Black Ice...

La Bella Strings Launches First Bass Guitar: The Olinto
Basses

La Bella Strings Launches First Bass Guitar: The Olinto

With nearly 100 years in the string manufacturing business, La Bella Strings is getting into producing instruments starting with the Olinto Bass Guitar. Taking its name from one of the company’s founding brothers, the Olinto is handcrafted in New York City’s Lower East Side by renowned luthier Mas Hino. The vintage style bass is built with hand-carved Alder that is...

Underrated Bassist: An Interview with Colin Hodgkinson
Interviews

Underrated Bassist: An Interview with Colin Hodgkinson

This is part one of a new series on underrated bass players. First up is Colin Hodgkinson, best known for the innovative blues, rock and jazz group Back Door. While players like Jaco Pastorius were still in high school, Colin Hodgkinson was playing solos, counter-melody, bass lines and chords with Back Door. In my opinion, Colin ranks up there with...

La Vague: Straight Contrariwise – Resophonic Bass & Vocals
Bass Videos

La Vague: Straight Contrariwise – Resophonic Bass & Vocals

Here at No Treble HQ, we like things that are a little out of the ordinary. Check out this video of La Vague performing their song “Straight Contrariwise”. The duo is made up of Francesca Pirami on vocals and Alessandro Corsi on resophonic bass, stomp box guitar and back up vocals. Corsi’s unique style incorporates finger-style plucking and flamenco-style strumming...

Bill Laswell Releases Solo Bass Album, “Means of Deliverance”
New Albums

Bill Laswell Releases Solo Bass Album, “Means of Deliverance”

Bassist and producer Bill Laswell‘s amazing career in music has spanned the spectrum. Looking at a short list of the musicians Laswell has worked with says it all: Mick Jagger, Iggy Pop, Public Image Ltd, Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, Bootsy Collins, Motorhead, Sting, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock… It was Laswell’s work with Hancock that brought the 1980’s hit, “Rock-It” —...

Ibanez Introduces IJXB150B Jumpstart Electric Bass Package
Basses

Ibanez Introduces IJXB150B Jumpstart Electric Bass Package

Ibanez has everything covered for a beginner in their new IJXB150B Jumpstart Bass Package. The package centers around a GSR190 bass, but also includes a bass amp, a gig bag, a tuner, a stand, a cable, an accessories pouch, and a card good for online lessons. The bass, which comes in five colors, sports a P/J pickup configuration and chrome...

Krist Novoselic’s “Smell Like Teen Spirit” Bass to Be Auctioned
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Krist Novoselic’s “Smell Like Teen Spirit” Bass to Be Auctioned

The famed bass played by Krist Novoselic and smashed by Kurt Cobain in Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video is heading to Christie’s in London for an auction later this month. The 1960’s Japanese Zen-On bass was bought by Novoselic from a pawn shop, because he knew it would be destroyed in the video. The body is all that’s left....

Steve Metcalf: All-Bass cover of the Chili Peppers’ “Don’t Forget Me”
Bass Videos

Steve Metcalf: All-Bass cover of the Chili Peppers’ “Don’t Forget Me”

Steve Metcalf has just shared the latest in his epic collection of all-bass covers. And this one came by request. “Someone suggested I cover ‘Don’t Forget Me’ in another RHCP video. Well, I did it,” he said. “The timelapse photography shots are vantage points from my room in downtown LA. I love this city.” This isn’t the first time Steve...