This week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, Rich Brown shares the mother of all pentatonic exercises. This one is going to be a workout, but it’ll be well worth it.
Here’s a great clip from Yes’s Youtube channel archives, featuring the band in a live performance at the Rainbow Theatre in 1972. This was the “Close to the Edge” tour, with the mighty Chris Squire on bass and backing vocals on “And You And I”.
Esperanza Spalding has released her eighth album as a leader, entitled “Songwrights Apothecary Lab”. Building off of the three-song EP from April, the album contains twelve songs.
MXR is now shipping the Deep Phase Pedal, which they say delivers “uniquely expressive vintage phaser tones.” The stompbox works well on both bass and guitar.
Here’s a great video from back in the day, taken from Victor Wooten’s “Super Bass Solo Technique” DVD. In this clip, Vic and the band get funky on “Pretty Little Lady”.
Steve Rabe, founder and chief engineer of SWR Engineering, has passed away, his family announced. He was 73 years old.
AST Basses & Guitars celebrated their 100th instrument by creating a masterpiece called The Dawn Bass. The six-string bass sports a quilted maple top that’s inlaid with padauk and ebony to create a Japanese theme.
Nenad Vasilic sent us his latest, and it shows some real innovation! Check out his all-bass take on Deep Purple’s “Black Night” with some interesting “analog distortion”.
This week’s top 10 stories on No Treble include some exciting news from Geddy Lee, an incredible solo by Stanley Clarke, two new lessons, new bass gear, and more.
Gilad Ephrat sent us his latest video in his collaboration with pianist Shai Even. Gilad wrote “The Seventh Heaven” in the middle of the night, “almost during a dream”. The result is a remarkable tune and performance.
With everyone locked down in 2020, it seems many musicians took to writing songs as an outlet, which made 2021 a very busy year for producers and engineers. Travis Huisman shares some advice on preparing to enter the studio for the first time.
Recorded in 2008 in Los Angeles, here’s Herbie Hancock, Bob Sheppard, Marcus Miller, Lionel Loueke, and Vinnie Colaiuta performing “Cantaloupe Island” and “River”. Joni Mitchell took the stage for the second song, and Marcus switched to double bass.