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Archive for June 2016

Boss Introduces Free Mobile Tuner App
Apps

Boss Introduces Free Mobile Tuner App

Boss has expanded their tuner line into the digital realm with a new mobile tuner app. Available as a free download for iOS and Android, the app takes on the familiar look of the company’s TU-3 pedal tuner and features a 21-segment meter and note display. Arrow indicators show when a note is in tune, flat, or sharp. The app...

In Memoriam: Rob Wasserman
In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Rob Wasserman

Bassist Rob Wasserman, who played alongside some of the world’s greatest musicians, has passed away from an undisclosed illness. He was 64 years old. Wasserman began as a violinist, switching to bass as a teenager. He studied bass at the San Francisco Conservatory as well as composition with John Adams. His early career included stints with Van Morrison, Oingo Boingo...

Diego Tarantino: Better Days Ahead
Bass Videos

Diego Tarantino: Better Days Ahead

Diego Tarantino shared this video with us, where he took the Pat Metheny tune “Better Days Ahead” and turned it into a lead bass arrangement. A few things struck me about this performance: Diego’s smooth playing, how much fun he is having, and how one of the greatest albums is on display behind him.

Aubrey Harris Releases Debut Mini-EP
New Albums

Aubrey Harris Releases Debut Mini-EP

Longtime No Treble readers will probably recognize the name of Aubrey Harris. When we first shared one of her videos, she was just 13 years old and went by the name BassGirl5809. She was inspired to pick up the instrument after watching Tal Wilkenfeld play. Now she’s studying at the Berklee College of Music and has released her debut self-titled...

Amptweaker Introduces Bass Jr Distortion Pedal Series
Pedals & Effects

Amptweaker Introduces Bass Jr Distortion Pedal Series

After years of requests, Amptweaker recently added a Dry Low knob to their TightMetal and TightRock pedals. Now the feature is available in a new bass friendly range called the Amptweaker Bass Jr Distortion Series. Each of the models share most of the features of their guitar counterparts but with the new Dry Low knob to help maintain the bottom...

Soloing When The Band Drops Out
Ask Damian Erskine

Soloing When The Band Drops Out

Q: I’ve been reading through your No Treble columns and had a question pop into my head. I’ve been asked to play more solos recently at a lot of different gigs from jazz to R&B. I find that half (or more) of the time, when it comes to the bass solo, everyone stops playing except for the drummer. How do...

Peekaboom: Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
Bass Videos

Peekaboom: Send My Love (To Your New Lover)

Simone Masina shared his latest video with us, featuring his duo with Angelica Lubian known as Peekaboom. “This is our new cover, the brand new hit from Adele,” he shared. “I had this idea in my head to make a cover using the double bass as a multi-percussion kit… so we did it!”

The Avett Brothers Release “True Sadness”
New Albums

The Avett Brothers Release “True Sadness”

The Avett Brothers have released their ninth studio album, True Sadness. The record is the first studio release in three years from the Americana stalwarts, and one that draws on a host of influences, according to the band led by brothers Seth and Scott Avett, including Queen, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Jimmie Rodgers, Tom Petty, Nine Inch Nails, Gillian Welch, Aretha...

Reader Spotlight: Cole Millward
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Cole Millward

Meet Cole Millward, who started on bass out of necessity (a bass player quit, Cole was handed a bass and asked to learn fast). Today, Cole stays busy with a few bands – including playing upright in a bluegrass Pink Floyd tribute band. Cole is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: I started playing...

Talking Style: Rhumba Blues
Talking Style

Talking Style: Rhumba Blues

I was back home in New Orleans recently hanging out with my mom and attending my @* year high school reunion. Where did that time go??? Yeah, that’s a tale for another time! While I was there I sat in with the Marc Stone band down on Frenchman at a club called 30/90. My buddy Thomas was the bass player...