Weekly Top 10: “Opus Insert” Bass Transcription, Remembering Morris “B.B.” Dickerson, New Bass Gear, Books, and More
Another week is in the books, so it’s time to check in on the top 10 stories of the week on No Treble.
Here are the top 10 most-read stories and more for the week of April 3-9.
Trying to narrow down any list of tracks by Leland Sklar is quite the challenge. But Julia Hofer did the work to put together her case for her top five bass lines by the legend.
Squier has announced a few changes to its Affinity lineup for 2021 including three new finishes (Lake Placid Blue, Charcoal Frost Metallic, and Burgundy Mist) as well as a new bass: The Squier Affinity Series Jaguar Bass H.
Boss has added a new model to their line of clip-on tuners with the TU-05. Designed for guitar, bass, and other stringed instruments, the tuner has a built-in rechargeable battery that offers 10 hours of continuous use.
Luthier Chris Seldon has shared one of his latest creations with us, and it’s absolutely stunning. This five-string Alchemist 534 is crafted with an African Mahogany body and a maple burl top that has us drooling.
Alberto Rigoni loves the bass, and he’s just released a new album to prove it. “For the Love of Bass” features a jaw-dropping cast of bassists of many styles.
John Patitucci has worked with the legends. Saying he has a deep well of knowledge on walking bass lines is an understatement. Now he’s sharing that knowledge with a new book simply called “Walking Bass”.
After releasing “Bach Shapes” in January, Jon De Lucia has introduced a new book to put those shapes into to practice. “Bach Shapes: The Etudes” utilizes pieces of Bach’s melodic material in a jazz context over standard chord changes.
Another giant of the bass has left us. Morris “B.B.” Dickerson, who co-founded the band War, passed away after a long illness. He was 71 years old.
Esperanza Spalding has released “Triangle”, a three-track project that was created as part of her Songwrights Apothecary Lab. The bassist/singer/composer wrote the three songs, which she calls formwelas, as a way to connect and heal her listeners.
Tim Fletcher and Troy Hughes’ epic project “Kansas: Leftoverture – The Complete Basslines” has reached its fifth chapter, featuring Dave Hope’s work on “Opus Insert”.