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Archive for January 2017

Reader Spotlight: Davey Maddox
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Davey Maddox

Meet Davey Maddox, who originally started out on guitar but found it frustrating due to what he describes as “sausage fingers.” After a friend showed him a bass, he fell in love – and never fell out of love with it. Davey is the No Treble reader in the spotlight this week. Here’s his story… Bio: Davey Maddox is a...

MarloweDK: Slow Funk Groove in Dm
Bass Videos

MarloweDK: Slow Funk Groove in Dm

It is always great to see MarloweDK doing his thing, and he’s back with a new video. Here’s what he describes as a “thumb plucking, finger picking bass groove in D, using (as always) as many open strings as possible.” This one grooves.

In Memoriam: John Wetton
In Memoriam

In Memoriam: John Wetton

Sad news to report today: prog rock legend John Wetton has died after a battle with colon cancer. He was 67 years old. Wetton was born in Willington, Derbyshire but grew up in Bournemouth, where he started his career on bass and vocals with bands like the Palmer-James Group, The Corvettes, Tetrad, Ginger Man, and Mogul Thrash. His big break...

Radiohead Announce 2017 Tour Dates
Concerts & Tours

Radiohead Announce 2017 Tour Dates

Radiohead has announced an extensive tour of the U.S. and Europe for 2017. Kicking off in Miami, Florida on March 30th, the trek will take them through the South and over to the West Coast to wrap up at Coachella. After a month off, the band will hit Europe for June and July. Anchored by bassist Colin Greenwood, the band...

Bass of the Week: Lawalin Guitars Chamele Bass
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Lawalin Guitars Chamele Bass

This week we’re checking out a bass that went viral on Facebook. If you didn’t see this video of the Lawalin Chamele yet, watch it, and you’ll understand why it was so popular: Besides the incredible light show, the Chamele is not your typical bass. It features a hollow fiberglass body that’s fitted with programmable LEDs as well as a...

Talking Technique: Efficient Practice Hacks #2 – How to Take a Break
Talking Technique

Talking Technique: Efficient Practice Hacks #2 – How to Take a Break

Welcome to installment two in my series on my favorite and most efficient practice “hacks.” You have probably heard of this one – taking breaks. Here are some tips on making the best of these breaks! After about 20 to 25 minutes of focused, distraction-free practice (one “Pomodoro” if you are hip to the Pomodoro Technique), take a break. When...

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra: Live with MonoNeon
Bass Videos

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra: Live with MonoNeon

Over the years, we’ve shared videos by Jonathan Scales Fourchestra featuring some stellar bassists. Here’s another to add to the list. MonoNeon joined the band for their performance in Asheville, NC on October 20th, 2016. Thanks to videographer Barry2theB, we have some of the footage of that show.

Sadowsky Introduces Compact SBP-2 Preamp Pedal
Pedals & Effects

Sadowsky Introduces Compact SBP-2 Preamp Pedal

Sadowsky Guitars has released a compact version of their preamp pedal called the SBP-2. The new outboard preamp has the same circuitry that the company fits into their basses but in a slimmed down design. “[The SBP-2 is] perfect for crammed pedalboards as well as vintage basses where onboard preamp installation would affect resale value,” Sadowsky writes. “It works with...

Weekly Top 10: News from NAMM, Melodic Minor vs. Diminished Scales, Creative Bass Lines and More
Weekly Top 10

Weekly Top 10: News from NAMM, Melodic Minor vs. Diminished Scales, Creative Bass Lines and More

The No Treble team is back at our HQ after another NAMM show. Our feet are still recovering, our jet lag is just about over, and the news we compiled is still coming. NAMM news is the theme of the week, but we also shared some great new how-to’s, some videos and more. Check out this week’s reader favorites. And...

J Ferro Basses Introduces Kilian Duarte KD-5ES Bass
Basses

J Ferro Basses Introduces Kilian Duarte KD-5ES Bass

J Ferro Basses was showing their full lineup at the NAMM Show this year including the brand new Kilian Duarte KD-5ES bass. Based on their Escalon model, it features a mahogany body with a solid flame maple top, a five-piece maple and mahogany neck, and a maple fingerboard with black pearl inlays. Electronics include custom wound J Ferro pickups matched...