Editor’s Note: At the end of each year, we tally up all the article and video views on No Treble to come up with a list of the top 10 most popular bassists. This is entirely based on readership, not on opinions, polls, or anything else. Just having some fun.
We first featured Charles Berthoud back in 2015. Over the years, we’ve been amazed by his work, and in 2021, he made it a lot of fun.
Charles was our guest for the 75th episode of Groove – the No Treble Podcast in March, and it was great to hear (and share) his story.
It is no surprise to us that Charles made the list this year.
Charles Berthoud is known for pushing the boundaries, and he sometimes gets snarky comments about his approach. One of them is obviously “you should just play piano!” So he did just that, and we absolutely love it.
We love Charles Berthoud. And we love how he’s been responding to the typical comments people pushing the boundaries often get. Here’s his response to the age-old “you have too many strings on your bass” one. I’m convinced there’s nothing he can’t do.
Episode #75 of Groove - The No Treble Podcast is here. This month’s guest is the insanely talented Charles Berthoud. Already recognized as one of the masters of the two-handed tapping technique, Charles plays the bass like a piano, accompanying himself with multiple parts.
Charles Berthoud is running a series of videos with this challenge posted to his fans: “If ____ was the hardest song in the world”. In this one, he takes on the Chili Peppers’ “Californication”, with a variety of impressive techniques.
Charles Berthoud first teased Victor Wooten’s “The Lesson” in a video a year or so ago. So many of his viewers have since asked him to do a full cover. So we decided to learn the live version and broke it down into “20 Levels Of Difficulty”.
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