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Archive for June 2017

Justin Chancellor: New Tool Album 90 Percent Done
News

Justin Chancellor: New Tool Album 90 Percent Done

It’s been 11 years of waiting for a new album, but Tool’s Justin Chancellor says that the band is most of the way done with their next release. “We’re about 90 percent there,” he told the MetalSucks podcast. “We’ve just been really picky over what we want to put on this new album and really want to come up with...

Boss Introduces the GT-1B Bass Effects Processor
Pedals & Effects

Boss Introduces the GT-1B Bass Effects Processor

Boss has expanded their line of multi-effects units with the GT-1B Bass Effects Processor. Utilizing the company’s Multi-Dimensional Processing (MDP), the GT-1B features 90 unique effects, 13 preamp types, and a dedicated looper. The unit has a streamlined interface with Easy Select and Easy Edit functions for quickly adjusting the parameters of your effects. It’s fitted with an onboard control...

Or Lubianiker and Eyal Amir: Mirror Mirror
Bass Videos

Or Lubianiker and Eyal Amir: Mirror Mirror

Eyal Amir shared this video on Facebook. After watching it, I reached out to Or Lubianiker to ask him if we could feature it here (and on our Youtube channel). Or sent the video my way. “My favorite power metal band, Blind Guardian are playing tonight in Tel Aviv, so Or Lubianiker and I got inspired and jammed around the...

John McCarthy Releases Learn Bass, Master Edition
Sheet Music & Instruction

John McCarthy Releases Learn Bass, Master Edition

John McCarthy has released a new 152-page instructional book for bassists called Learn Bass, Master Edition. Starting at the beginning with how to hold the instrument, the book covers everything from theory and scales to rhythm and how to play with a drummer. McCarthy also covers plucking techniques, slap and pop, and pick technique. Once you register your book, you’ll...

Bass Tracks: An Interview with Derek Frank
Interviews

Bass Tracks: An Interview with Derek Frank

When you take a look at a list of his current gigs, it’s a wonder that Derek Frank gets any sleep at all. The L.A. bassist and musical director has been busy laying down the low end for Shania Twain, Air Supply, Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers, and The Dirty Diamond, to name a few. That’s not to mention his...

Zander Zon: Resistance
Bass Videos

Zander Zon: Resistance

Zander Zon took Muse’s “Resistance” and arranged it for two basses (one fretted and one fretless). As always, Zander’s arrangement and performance skills are on full display.

What Scales Do I Use Over a Minor ii-V Progression?
Ask Damian Erskine

What Scales Do I Use Over a Minor ii-V Progression?

Q: I have a question about minor ii-V’s. In a major ii-V7-I progression, each chord is diatonic to the I chord. The ii chord is Dorian, the V chord is Mixolydian and it resolves to a Major tonic. In a minor ii-V, the 1 would be natural minor, which makes the ii chord Locrian (7th degree of the major scale)...

Diego Tarantino: Jitterbug Waltz
Bass Videos

Diego Tarantino: Jitterbug Waltz

We also love the videos Diego Tarantino shares with us. This time around, Diego takes on Fats Waller’s “Jitterbug Waltz” on double bass and bass guitar.

Reader Spotlight: Ariana Falcò
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Ariana Falcò

Meet Ariana Falcò, a bassist from Argentina who spends her days teaching, recording and playing bass. Ariana is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s her story… Bio: I started to play bass when I was 17 and in a random way, when some friends forgot an electric bass, after a show, in my house. Since I was...

On the Road with Peat Rains from You Bred Raptors?: Part 3
On the Road with Peat Rains

On the Road with Peat Rains from You Bred Raptors?: Part 3

Part 3 – Fort Worth / Denton / Austin / Houston / New Orleans Fort Worth / Denton, TX – Shipping & Receiving / Gatsby’s Mansion We were zero for three after our last solid anchor date on this tour. As feared, the Midwest was predictably financially draining for us. While we made some solid fans and had a good...