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Archive for June 2021

The Brown’stone: Unlock Your Fretboard Using Pentatonics
The Brown’stone

The Brown’stone: Unlock Your Fretboard Using Pentatonics

In this lesson, Rich Brown takes an in-depth look at the Pentatonic scale. We’ll get familiar with the different Pentatonic shapes created on the fretboard and how you can open up the entire fretboard using these simple shapes.

Sheila E. TV: Episode #15 – Bootsy Collins
Bass Videos

Sheila E. TV: Episode #15 – Bootsy Collins

Episode #15 of Sheila E. TV’s series features a legendary guest. Check out her chat with Bootsy Collins.

Nathan East Joins Eric Clapton for U.S. Tour
Concerts & Tours

Nathan East Joins Eric Clapton for U.S. Tour

Guitar legend Eric Clapton is hitting the road this fall and feature veteran bassist Nathan East. The U.S. tour will include eight shows, which he says will be his only U.S. shows for the year.

Hamstead Soundworks Introduces the Comet Interstellar Drive Pedal
Pedals & Effects

Hamstead Soundworks Introduces the Comet Interstellar Drive Pedal

Hamstead Soundworks has unveiled the Comet, a four-knob drive pedal that has both transparent and character drive voices. The company says the pedal can be “molded from boutique sounding overdrive with a vocal midrange to a rich and creamy fuzz.”

Daniel Smith: Whisper
Bass Videos

Daniel Smith: Whisper

No Treble reader Daniel Smith sent this video to us of a tune he wrote for bass and voice. “Whisper” is the first track from his upcoming EP.

Thundercat Announces 2021 Tour Dates
Concerts & Tours

Thundercat Announces 2021 Tour Dates

Bass phenom Thundercat has announced a substantial North American tour this fall to support his 2020 Grammy-winning release, “It Is What It Is”. Rapper Channel Tres will be opening the show for much of the outing.

Bass of the Week: Nichols Guitar Co. Spruce Dylan
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Nichols Guitar Co. Spruce Dylan

This week we’re checking out the Dylan model by Nichols Guitar Company. While the bass comes with several options, this particular version is a four-string featuring a swamp ash body topped with Engelmann Spruce and Rosewood laminates.

Huw Foster: 5 Prince Basslines (and How To Play Them)
Bass Videos

Huw Foster: 5 Prince Basslines (and How To Play Them)

Our friend Huw Foster sent us his latest video, and in this one, he breaks down five bass lines from Prince’s catalog.

Charnett Moffett Releases “New Love”
New Albums

Charnett Moffett Releases “New Love”

Bass virtuoso Charnett Moffett has returned with his seventeenth album as a leader, entitled “New Love”. The bassist describes the music, recorded in trio and quartet band formats, as a love letter to humanity.

King Crimson Announces “Music Is Our Friend” Tour with The Zappa Band
Concerts & Tours

King Crimson Announces “Music Is Our Friend” Tour with The Zappa Band

In what seems to be a prog lover’s dream tour, King Crimson has unveiled the “Music Is Our Friend” tour. The outing will see the band accompanied by the California Guitar Trio for the first half of the tour and The Zappa Band for the second half.

Julia Hofer: Back Pocket
Bass Videos

Julia Hofer: Back Pocket

I’ve really been enjoying the videos Julia Hofer has been creating with Thomann’s Guitars & Basses. In this one, she takes on Joe Dart’s funky bass line on the Vulfpeck tune, “Back Pocket”.

“Mingus at Carnegie Hall” Gets Deluxe Reissue
New Albums

“Mingus at Carnegie Hall” Gets Deluxe Reissue

Forty-seven years ago, Charles Mingus performed with his band at Carnegie Hall. A live album, “Mingus At Carnegie Hall”, was issued but excluded much of the 2-hour performance. Now the full concert has been released as a deluxe edition.