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Bass of the Week: Grove Guitars FHP Bull Moose 5
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Grove Guitars FHP Bull Moose 5

Grove Guitars does something really cool for their bass tops. Instead of an exotic hardwood, the company will sometimes use old crate tops to “provide a genuine vintage feel without the faux finish.” A good example is our bass of the week, the FHP Bull Moose 5. Described as a super spec’ed MM bass, the Bull Moose 5 is built...

Buying a Bass: A Checklist by No Treble Readers
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Buying a Bass: A Checklist by No Treble Readers

As the instrument that expresses your musical ideas, it’s important to choose a bass that fits you and your music. But with so many options available, what do you look for? Active or passive electronics? Maple or rosewood fingerboard? How many strings? Which brand? The choices can be daunting, and finding a worthy instrument can take some time. That’s why...

Andres Rotmistrovsky: “Thriller” Solo Bass Arrangement
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Andres Rotmistrovsky: “Thriller” Solo Bass Arrangement

We like to celebrate Halloween bass-style each year. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” shows up on many of the top 10 Halloween song lists we’ve seen, and luckily for us, Andres Rotmistrovsky put together his own solo bass arrangement. I don’t know how he holds down the bass line while playing the chords, but I’m going to be studying that. Happy Halloween!

Jeff Hughell Releases “Chaos Labyrinth”
New Albums

Jeff Hughell Releases “Chaos Labyrinth”

When you play bass for more than one prominent metal band, you’re bound to make friends with some of the best heavy musicians out there. That’s precisely the case for bassist Jeff Hughell, who has recruited his friends to guest on his first full length solo album, Chaos Labyrinth. Hughell, who lays down the low end for death metal outfits...

How To Groove at Jam Sessions
Ask Damian Erskine

How To Groove at Jam Sessions

Q: During jam sessions, I normally have a “hit and stick” approach to coming up with grooves. Essentially, there’s a lull between grooves where I end up peddling notes or playing the one. My keyboard player pointed this out and it bothers me. Is this something that I should be worried about? How do I lead a groove during these...

Rick James: “Super Freak” Isolated Bass
Bass Videos

Rick James: “Super Freak” Isolated Bass

Rick James’ “Super Freak” was a mega-hit in 1981, and listed at #477 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. Here’s James’ isolated bass from the original multi-track master. Thanks to Rick Suchow for sharing this one!

Greg Lake Keeps Adding to Autobiography
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Greg Lake Keeps Adding to Autobiography

As a former bassist of both King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Greg Lake has plenty stories to tell. So many, in fact, that it’s been hindering the release of his long-awaited autobiography, Lucky Man, which derives its title from a song Lake wrote for ELP’s debut album. “I’ve been writing it for some years now,” he told Sean...

Reader Spotlight: Marek Bero
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Marek Bero

Meet Marek Bero, a bassist living in London and pursuing the dream. We loved Marek’s story, but even more, we loved the way he tells it. Marek is No Treble’s reader in the spotlight for the week of October 28, 2013. Bio: I am originally from Prague, Czech Republic and two years ago I moved to London, UK. Man, I...

Paul McCartney Ends Grudge With Yoko Ono
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Paul McCartney Ends Grudge With Yoko Ono

One of rock’s longest standing feuds appears to be over after Paul McCartney told Rolling Stone that he’s over having hard feelings toward John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono. The two figures, who often fought over songwriting credits, recently made up with Macca even referring to Ono as a “badass.” “I thought, ‘If John loved her, there’s got to be something....

Viaceslav Svedov: All Bass Performance of Megadeth’s “Train of Consequences”
Bass Videos

Viaceslav Svedov: All Bass Performance of Megadeth’s “Train of Consequences”

You just gotta love bassist Viaceslav Svedov, who brings great all-bass arrangements, tons of energy and plenty of epic bass faces in each of his videos. Here’s Viaceslav doing his thing with the Megadeth tune, “Train of Consequences”, from the band’s 1994 album, Youthanasia.