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  • Walrus Audio Introduces Monument Harmonic Tap Tremolo

    Walrus Audio Introduces Monument Harmonic Tap Tremolo

    Walrus Audio is now shipping the Monument tremolo. Named after and inspired by the Monument Valley, the pedal is described as “both a harmonic, and standard tremolo that produces a rich, luscious, warm pulsating modulation capable of peaks and valleys as smooth or as jagged as the real ones that our dear mother nature created... »

  • Getting Back to Basics in a Band

    Getting Back to Basics in a Band

    Q: I’d like some advice on a sensitive issue. I find myself working with a band whose musical ambitions seem quite often to outstrip their technical abilities. While it is always a good thing to stretch yourself, I can’t help but feel that a grasp of some the fundamentals might be something worth considering. How... »

  • Goodfoot: Get Up

    Goodfoot: Get Up

    Bassist Huw Foster shared his latest project with us, and we’re digging it big time. “This track is called ‘Get Up’. It’s quite bass-heavy (I co-wrote it with the singer Danny Sharples so that’s to be expected!), and people have been comparing it to the likes of Chic, Jamiroquai and Earth, Wind & Fire,” Huw... »

  • In Memoriam: Kerry Turman

    In Memoriam: Kerry Turman

    Longtime Temptations bassist Kerry Turman passed away April 23rd from what are believed to be natural causes. He was 59 years old. The classic soul band announced the news on their Facebook page. “The Temptations lost a dear member of our family, as bass player Kerry Turman has passed away,” they wrote. “Rest In Peace,... »

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  • Reader Spotlight: Franziska Plueckhan

    Reader Spotlight: Franziska Plueckhan

    Meet Franziska Plueckhan (aka Sissip), a bassist who has traveled the world, and covers the musical spectrum from solo bass and vocals to studio work, to top 40. Franziska says she got her start on bass due to the size of her hands and has been playing ever since. She’s this week’s No Treble reader... »

  • SVS Designs Introduces the Adapt Bass

    SVS Designs Introduces the Adapt Bass

    Luthier Shawn Shannon was showing off his production bass prototypes at the NAMM Show this year, and now the first model is available for order. The SVS Designs Adapt is a four-string bass designed to provide tonal clarity in standard, drop, and sub tuning that the company says is normally exclusive to five and six-string... »

  • Black Mamba: Tom Sawyer

    Black Mamba: Tom Sawyer

    Black Mamba is a trio consisting of bassist Cecilia Nappo, guitarist/vocalist Irma Mirtilla and drummer Federico Maragoni. They just shared their videos with us, including this one of their cover of Rush’s “Tom Sawyer.” I love how they decided to remake it in their own style. »

  • Bass of the Week: Bonobo Guitars Double Neck Headless Bass

    Bass of the Week: Bonobo Guitars Double Neck Headless Bass

    As I’ve said many timed before, Facebook is a great tool for discovering awesome instruments. I saw bassist Roey Haviv’s quick demo of his new double-neck headless bass from Bonobo Guitars while scrolling through my feed and my jaw dropped. With one fretless neck and one fretted neck, the bass is made for versatility. It’s... »

  • Talking Technique: Close Your Eyes and “See” in New Ways

    Talking Technique: Close Your Eyes and “See” in New Ways

    Let’s start with a simple exercise. I say, go ahead, get your bass and just do it – that way you get the full benefit from this article. To start, let’s play a simple shift, such as C to D on the A string with the first finger on both notes (this is not the... »

  • YYNOT: Prelude

    YYNOT: Prelude

    As we mentioned in their “YYZ” video, YYNOT has a new drummer (Chris Moore). And so they’re recording lots of new versions of their epic Rush covers with this new lineup. As always, the bass (and more) is handled by Tim Starace, with Billy Alexander on guitar and Rocky Kuner on vocals. In this video,... »