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Archive for April 2014

La Bella Strings Introduces Low Tension Flexible Flats
Accessories & Strings

La Bella Strings Introduces Low Tension Flexible Flats

La Bella Strings is introducing a new take on their flatwound strings with the Low Tension Flexible Flats series. Made with the same techniques as their Deep Talkin’ Bass sets, the new strings have a slightly adjusted construction for a lighter and more flexible feel to their heavier counterparts. The company says that the Low Tension Flexible Flats offer the...

Adjusting to Alternate Tunings on Bass
Ask Damian Erskine

Adjusting to Alternate Tunings on Bass

Q: As you may know, many bassists who play Urban Gospel music will detune their basses to a low B? or lower to achieve that extra low range. About a year ago, I decided to give detuning a try and detuned my 5-string bass to B?. It was strange at first, because I had to get used to the half-step...

Miles Mosley Trio: Planetary Princess
Bass Videos

Miles Mosley Trio: Planetary Princess

We’ve typically seen Miles Mosley in solo settings, and he’s always knocked us out. But as we learned in our interview with Miles, he’s an incredibly versatile bassist, and one who studied with some true bass giants including John Clayton, Ray Brown and Al McKibbon. Here’s Miles with his trio performing “Planetary Princess”. The trio includes Tony Austin on drums...

The Allman Brothers Release 40th Anniversary Concert DVD
New Albums

The Allman Brothers Release 40th Anniversary Concert DVD

On March 26, 2009, 40 years to the day that the original Allman Brothers Band played together, the revitalized version of the group — original members Gregg Allman (vocals and keyboards), Jaimoe (drums), and Butch Trucks (drums, tympani) along with Marc Quinones (congas, percussion), Warren Haynes (vocals, lead and slide guitar), Derek Trucks (slide and lead guitar) and Oteil Burbridge...

Reader Spotlight: Jason Raso
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Jason Raso

Meet Jason Raso, a bassist and instructor from Ontario who says he has “zero control over [his] face muscles when [he] plays.” In other words, he’s a bass player. He’s also the No Treble reader in the spotlight for the week of April 28, 2014. Bio: Jason Raso has a funk heart and a jazz head. They are hard wired...

Lesson: Bass Groove with Harmonics and Double Stop Chords
Bass Lessons

Lesson: Bass Groove with Harmonics and Double Stop Chords

Here’s a cool new bass groove for you to try out and add to your bag of tricks. This is an A Dominant 7 lick, complete with harmonics and double stop chords. Follow along with the video below and this transcription. For the gear heads: the bass this time around is my 1977 Music Man Stingray strung with Dunlop nickel...

Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen: When You Get Back
Bass Videos

Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen: When You Get Back

Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen know how to groove, thanks to a stellar cast of musicians which includes bassist Cornell C. Williams, guitarist Derwin “BigD” Perkins and drummer Eddie Christmas. Here’s the quartet performing “When You Get Back” live at the The Basement night club in Sydney, Australia. This one offers a lot, and grooves all the way...

Rush Releases ReDISCovered Vinyl Box Set
New Albums

Rush Releases ReDISCovered Vinyl Box Set

So, you always wanted to own a vinyl copy of the first Rush record. Now you can get the record that kicked of a 40-year band career that’s still going strong, through the good graces of Universal’s reDISCovered vinyl series, which is reissuing that (released in 1974 in Canada on the band’s first independent imprint, Moon Records.) But this reissue...

Fodera Unveils Victor Wooten Bow Bass Prototype
Basses

Fodera Unveils Victor Wooten Bow Bass Prototype

Victor Wooten is all about stretching boundaries, but most recently he’s teamed up with Fodera to create a radical new bass design. They’ve just announced the first prototype of their collaboration, which they’re calling the Bow Bass. “No your eyes are not deceiving you and no we have not decided to move our design ethos into the realm of Modern...

MonoNeon: Joe’s Apartment – The Bathroom Scene
Bass Videos

MonoNeon: Joe’s Apartment – The Bathroom Scene

MonoNeon adds a crazy amount of groove to everything he plays on, even if it’s a bunch of singing bugs. “Here is a new video of me playing along with a scene from the 1996 musical-comedy, Joe’s Apartment (first film produced by MTV Films),” the bassist shares. “This was and still is one of my favorite movies, I used to...