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Weekly Top 10: Ra Diaz Interview, Making Arpeggios Musical, Talking Style, Top Bass Videos and More
Weekly Top 10

Weekly Top 10: Ra Diaz Interview, Making Arpeggios Musical, Talking Style, Top Bass Videos and More

Here’s your weekly list of the top 10 stories, how-to’s, videos and news from the world of bass – all based on No Treble reader views. Thanks as always for reading, watching, commenting and sharing. 1. Nathan Navarro: Super Mario Bass Guitar Playthrough Nathan Navarro is back with another brilliant bass video, and this time he’s playing along with a...

Ibanez Adds New Finishes For Summer 2016
Basses

Ibanez Adds New Finishes For Summer 2016

Ibanez has added new finishes to a host of their electric basses, including the Gio series, the SR300 series, and the Talman TMB310. Each of the entry level basses have a pair of new color options. The Ibanez Gio series will now include the GSR200SDL, a Soda Blue 4-string, and the GSR205DVM Deep Violet Metallic 5-string. Each bass is built...

Maddie Jay & The pH Collective: Say You’ll Be There
Bass Videos

Maddie Jay & The pH Collective: Say You’ll Be There

We’ve featured some videos by Maddie Jay with her band, The pH Collective before. I recently got a Facebook note from Jeannette Lough – Maddie’s mom. “Just wondering if you have had a chance to see this yet (proud mom – I really love this re-imagination),” Jeannette shared. The song is what Maddie calls “a re-imagination of a 1996 classic...

Revocation Releases “Great Is Our Sin”
New Albums

Revocation Releases “Great Is Our Sin”

Death metal band Revocation has released its sixth album, Great Is Our Sin. “I think it’s our best effort, and I’m not just saying that because it’s the new record. I truly believe it’s the group’s best effort for sure,” bassist Brett Bamberger (Publicist UK and River Black) told No Treble in June 2016. While the members of Revocation are...

Birdsong Guitars Introduces Sparrow Bass and SD Curlee Phoenix
Basses

Birdsong Guitars Introduces Sparrow Bass and SD Curlee Phoenix

The short-scale masters at Birdsong Guitars have taken things a step further by adding the Sparrow Bass to their lineup. Originally introduced as a prototype, the model features an incredibly short 25.5-inch scale. Birdsong explains on their website: “The thought was this – if our 31? scales behave & speak like 34s, could we do a something even shorter that...

Esperanza Spalding: Unconditional Love
Bass Videos

Esperanza Spalding: Unconditional Love

Esperanza Spalding recently visited the Skype Live Studio for 101.9 KINK FM’s broadcast and performed “Unconditional Love”. The song appears on Spalding’s fifth album, Emily’s D+Evolution.

Peter Erskine Trio Box Set of 1990s Work Released
New Albums

Peter Erskine Trio Box Set of 1990s Work Released

The four albums released by the Peter Erskine Trio between 1992 and 1997 are now available as a box set, As It Was, through ECM’s Old and New Masters Series. The trio featured drummer/leader Erskine, Swedish double bassist Palle Danielsson (known for his 1970s-era work with Kieth Jarrett) and British pianist John Taylor, who was also the trio’s primary composer....

John Patitucci Joins Chick Corea for Elektric Band Tour
Concerts & Tours

John Patitucci Joins Chick Corea for Elektric Band Tour

The classic lineup of Chick Corea’s Elektric Band will be hitting the road once again this fall. Anchored by bass heavyweight John Patitucci, the band will also include guitarist Frank Gambale, saxophonist Eric Marienthal, and drummer Dave Weckl. “The group sort of reformed itself with everyone’s desire to play together,” Corea explains. “I thought it would be an interesting thing,...

Beetronics Launches the Whoctahell Fuzz/Octave Pedal
Pedals & Effects

Beetronics Launches the Whoctahell Fuzz/Octave Pedal

Beetronics has launched its first handmade effects pedal line including the WhoctaHell, a low-octave fuzz with independent controls for each effect. “Its overdrive/fuzz is summed up with a gnarly, squared-wave low octave, resembling an 8-bit bass synthesizer,” the company writes. “Its octave has a range of one or two low octaves, selectable by a toggle switch and also has it’s...

The Meters: Look-Ka Py Py/Jungle Man, Live 1974
Bass Videos

The Meters: Look-Ka Py Py/Jungle Man, Live 1974

I’ve been on a huge Meters kick lately. All of George Porter, Jr.’s bass lines groove like crazy. They’re simple and to the point, which is perfect. Here’s a great clip of The Meters live in 1974 on Dr. John’s “New Orleans Swamp.” The group tears into “Look-ka Py Py” before a cool transition into the slower, thicker “Jungle Man”....