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Archive for August 2013

Ask Damian Erskine: A Call for Questions
News

Ask Damian Erskine: A Call for Questions

Damian Erskine’s Ask Damian column is our longest running column on No Treble. For over four years – and I believe a total of 216 columns so far – Damian’s column has also been one of the most popular, thanks to the unique way he breaks things down. Damian is looking for more questions to answer. So if you have...

Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in August
Gear Roundup

Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in August

August saw a decent amount of new bass gear released, but only 10 make the list of reader’s favorites here. Thanks as always for reading, commenting and sharing! 1. Misa Introduces Tri-Bass MIDI Controller Australian company Misa is all about enabling live bands to play electronic music, and their new Tri-Bass is a great example of that. The Misa Tri-Bass...

Herbie Hancock with Marcus Miller: Actual Proof (Live)
Bass Videos

Herbie Hancock with Marcus Miller: Actual Proof (Live)

In 2005, Herbie Hancock took the stage at Tokyo Jazz with a special Headhunters line up that featured Marcus Miller on bass. The band also included Terri Lyne Carrington on drums, Roy Hargrove on trumpet, Munyungo Jackson on percussion, Lionel Loueke on guitar and vocals and Wah Wah Watson on guitar. Here they are performing the tune “Actual Proof”. Marcus...

The Blues: It’s Not “Just a Blues”
I Wish I Knew That

The Blues: It’s Not “Just a Blues”

Believe it or not, I’m a huge fan of the blues. This particular genre caught my attention at a young age and it has taken years (and, I expect, will require many more) to appreciate some of its subtleties. If you’ve had an opportunity to check out my series on blues bass playing, then this column acts as a quintessential...

Fernando Molinari: “Taffontry 20mg” Country/Fusion Slap Bass
Bass Videos

Fernando Molinari: “Taffontry 20mg” Country/Fusion Slap Bass

Yes, you read that right: Country/Fusion slap bass. Brazilian bassist Fernando Molinari posted this play-along of the song “Taffontry 20mg” from his album Identidade, which is kind of like a honky tonk song on speed. More of the fusion part of the equation comes out at 1:55 when Molinari plays some blazing tapping lines in unison with the guitar. I’m...

BC Bass Relay Raises Money For Cancer Research
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BC Bass Relay Raises Money For Cancer Research

Here’s another reason why the bass community is the best: bassists in the United Kingdom are donating to a good cause as part of the BC Bass Relay. Started in mid-January by James Ryan, a member of the online forum BassChat, the relay includes a single Stagg BC300 Fusion bass being used as a “baton” for gigs to raise money...

Bass of the Week: Lipe Guitars Lupara
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Lipe Guitars Lupara

The Lipe Guitars Lupara bass is handmade in California by veteran luthier Mike Lipe. Based on his guitar models, the Lupara comes in 4- and 5-string versions with a choice of P/J, J/J, and humbucker pickup configurations. The bass comes standard with an alder body that’s contoured for comfort. Several choices for exotic tops are available including mango, quilted maple,...

Seeing the Light: An Interview with Peter Hook
Interviews

Seeing the Light: An Interview with Peter Hook

Peter Hook is a man who marches to the beat of his own drum, and that beat will lead him on a world tour this year as he and his band The Light present New Order’s Movement and Power, Corruption, & Lies in their entirety. The group will dig deep to play all the singles and B-sides in order as...

Henrique Corrêa: Solo Slap Bass Groove
Bass Videos

Henrique Corrêa: Solo Slap Bass Groove

Bassist Henrique Corrêa sent us this video of him laying down a sweet groove. What more needs to be said?

In Memoriam: Chris Friedrich
In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Chris Friedrich

Chris Friedrich, bassist for post-rock outfit Caspian, has passed away. The band made the announcement on their website. “We write to you today with heavy hearts and indescribable sadness to tell you that our bass player, Chris Friedrich, died unexpectedly Sunday afternoon,” they wrote. “We have lost a close friend, a true brother, and a presence that can never be...