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Larry Graham: The Origins of Thumping, Plucking… and Bass History
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Larry Graham: The Origins of Thumping, Plucking… and Bass History

We can all agree that Larry Graham might be the baddest thumper of all time. In this clip from 1980, he gives us a bit of bass history. Larry breaks it down with a live drummer and the funk doesn’t let up!

BrownMark’s Battle of the Basses: “777 9311” vs “Square Biz”
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BrownMark’s Battle of the Basses: “777 9311” vs “Square Biz”

BrownMark has been killing it with his Rumble Bass vs. Slap Bass series on YouTube. This clip is so funky, I couldn’t keep it to myself. In the video, BrownMark put the funk classics “777-9311” and “Square Biz” in the skillet.

George Benson on Saturday Night with Marcus Miller and Friends
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George Benson on Saturday Night with Marcus Miller and Friends

Marcus Miller with an all-star cast of musicians? YES, PLEASE!! Marcus has teamed up with the Smooth Jazz Cruise to bring the “Saturday Night with Marcus Miller and Friends” concert series. In this video, they jam with the legendary George Benson.

Slave: Mark Adams’s Isolated Bass on “Just a Touch of Love”
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Slave: Mark Adams’s Isolated Bass on “Just a Touch of Love”

Mark Adams is definitely on my list of top bass players. When Slave’s “Just a Touch of Love” dropped in ’79, it set the bass world on fire. Here’s Mark’s isolated bass on the track.

Louis Johnson: Live Clinic (1994)
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Louis Johnson: Live Clinic (1994)

I’m still going down my Louis Johnson rabbit hole, and I keep finding cool stuff! In this clip from 1994, most likely in Japan, Louis looks to be holding a clinic of some sort.

BrownMark: Slap Bass vs Rumble Bass
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BrownMark: Slap Bass vs Rumble Bass

Today’s clip is brought to you by the legend, BrownMark. He gives us some secret sauce and other techniques that create that classic “Grease” that Prince is known for amongst musicians.

Federico Malaman and Áron Hodek: Killer Kid Funk
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Federico Malaman and Áron Hodek: Killer Kid Funk

Prepare for instant stank face, as No Treble favorite Federico Malaman and shining star Áron Hodek give us some “Killer Kid Funk.” Joined with Áron’s brother David on drums, this trio is super funky!

Louis Johnson: “Get On The Floor” Isolated Bass
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Louis Johnson: “Get On The Floor” Isolated Bass

Today, I’m coming at you with an isolated bass video featuring the great Louis Johnson! In this clip, we hear LJ’s bass from “Off The Wall”, and the two basses for the recording: the trusty Stingray, and the classic Alembic Series I bass.

Verdine White: Rhythm of the Earth
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Verdine White: Rhythm of the Earth

I discovered this instructional video done by Verdine White in the ’90s. If you remember the old “Starlicks” instructional videos, get ready for some serious nostalgia!

Louis Johnson: Bass Solo with Billy Preston
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Louis Johnson: Bass Solo with Billy Preston

I have a special treat today! Louis Johnson is one of my favorite bassists, but criminally underrated. Here he is with the Fifth Beatle, Billy Preston. Can you believe he was only 17? Armed with a P Bass, Louis is in full force.

Brian Bromberg: Slap Technique / Bass Face
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Brian Bromberg: Slap Technique / Bass Face

There is no denying that Brian Bromberg is an absolute monster. Definitely one of my biggest influences! In this clip, Brian is at Bass Player Live in ’08, talking about his triplet technique and performing his classic tune “Bass Face.”

Chaka Khan with Melvin Lee Davis: My Funny Valentine
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Chaka Khan with Melvin Lee Davis: My Funny Valentine

Yesterday was definitely a special day. I ran across this classic clip of the masterful Melvin Lee Davis with Chaka Khan covering “My Funny Valentine” last night. Melvin plays a beautiful solo on a Ken Smith 7 String!