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  • Bass of the Week: Aquilina Basses DB

    Bass of the Week: Aquilina Basses DB

    Sébastien Aquilina of Aquilina Basses is making some beautiful instruments. Case in point: the Aquilina DB, a suave singlecut design with French aesthetic. The neck-through bass is built around a sycamore and ash neck with carbon reinforcements, topped with a sycamore fingerboard. The body wings are mahogany with a stunning flamed sycamore that continues the... »

  • Alberto Rigoni: Dream Theater’s “Erotomania” Play-Along

    Alberto Rigoni: Dream Theater’s “Erotomania” Play-Along

    From the tricky fingerings to the melodic phrasing, Alberto Rigoni absolutely nails John Myung’s part on the Dream Theater song “Erotomania” in this play-along. Dig that tone, too! »

  • Deciding on an Amp: A Discussion for Bass Players

    Deciding on an Amp: A Discussion for Bass Players

    Q: Damian, what’s in your rack and why? The last time I had a paying gig, I could just roll in my Acoustic 360, plug in, and play. Now I’m trying to get back in to playing just as a hobby. What do you need for today’s amplification? A: Personally, I’m an Aguilar guy. I... »

  • John Entwistle Band: Young Man Blues

    John Entwistle Band: Young Man Blues

    Today we celebrate the life and music of John Entwistle, on his birthday. The Ox was a huge figure in the development of the bass guitar and is referred to as the greatest who ever lived. His classic bass lines for The Who inspired thousands to pick up the bass to emulate that huge signature... »

  • Crowbar Announces New Bassist

    Crowbar Announces New Bassist

    A month after bassist Pat Bruders left the band, the iconic New Orleans metal band Crowbar has announced their new bass player is Jeff Golden. “After 100’s of bass video submissions and many jam sessions, we have decided that Jeff Golden is the man!” the group announced on their Facebook page. The news comes as... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Walter Finnerty

    Reader Spotlight: Walter Finnerty

    Meet Walter Finnerty, a self-described “very funky ‘old’ bass player” who still practices three to four hours a day, on top of steady gigging and a day job. Walter is No Treble’s reader in the spotlight for the week of October 7, 2013. Bio: A very funky “old” bass player who has been playing bass... »

  • Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (September 2013)

    Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (September 2013)

    Out of a full month’s worth of bass videos, only 10 can reign supreme. And for those bassists in the #1 through #9 slots, feel extra great in that you beat a rare Jaco video. Here are the most watched videos on No Treble for the month of September, 2013. Enjoy! 1. Nathan Navarro: Bass... »

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  • Guitar Bank: Fender Jazz Bass Shootout

    Guitar Bank: Fender Jazz Bass Shootout

    There’s always been debate about the differences in quality between Fender basses made in different factories. Guitar Bank decided to settle it with a shootout video comparing Jazz Basses built in the USA, Mexico, and Japan with varying materials to make a straight comparison. Which one do you like the best? Share your thoughts in... »

  • Tony Levin, Marco Minneman and Jordan Rudess Release New Album

    Tony Levin, Marco Minneman and Jordan Rudess Release New Album

    King Crimson’s Tony Levin, the Aristocrats’ Marco Minneman and Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess teamed up to make a prog rock album of epic proportions, appropriately entitled Levin Minnemann Rudess. The project started with producer Scott Schorr and Levin, who provides bass, Chapman Stick, and cello to the effort. “The producer of the album, Scott Schorr,... »

  • Pyramiding: An Approach to Musical Exercise

    Pyramiding: An Approach to Musical Exercise

    There are many ways to approach a given exercise (e.g. trills, vibrato, etc.) and each have benefits. Some, of course, are more thorough than others. When I want to truly want to intensive on a particular area of technique I sometimes apply a concept borrowed from bodybuilding known as “pyramiding.” In simplest terms (when applying... »