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The Tobias Luthier Legacy: Building Basses and Giving Back
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The Tobias Luthier Legacy: Building Basses and Giving Back

Throughout his career, Michael Tobias has quietly and generously supported musicians in need. Guest contributor Luke Putney shares the story on The Tobias Luthier Legacy.

From the Bottom: An Iconic Bass Line Meets Rock Guitar Royalty
From the Bottom

From the Bottom: An Iconic Bass Line Meets Rock Guitar Royalty

In this episode, Paul Thompson digs into a huge hit from 1983 and the iconic bass line that carried it. George Duke, Steve Ferrone, and Alphonso Johnson bring the funk on “Stay With Me Tonight” by Jeffrey Osborne.

Lorenzo Feliciati: Five Bass Lines You Should Know
Five Bass Lines You Should Know

Lorenzo Feliciati: Five Bass Lines You Should Know

Lorenzo Feliciati is one of my favorite players because he has total control of the instrument with exciting creativity that really draws you into his music. We picked Feliciati’s brain about the essential bass lines that everyone should know.

From the Bottom: Upright, Standup, Acoustic, Double, or String Bass?
From the Bottom

From the Bottom: Upright, Standup, Acoustic, Double, or String Bass?

In his new “From the Bottom” episode, Paul Thompson answers the unanswerable questions - revealing the many identities of this curious instrument of ours and the curious names of the people that play it.

From the Bottom: Someday We’ll All Be Free
From the Bottom

From the Bottom: Someday We’ll All Be Free

In this new episode of “From the Bottom,” Paul Thompson breaks down Donny Hathaway’s greatest song. Paul digs in on why it sounds so amazing, and, of course, checking out that amazing bass fill by Willie Weeks before the end!

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From the Bottom: Jaco Pastorius “Solo” on “Midwestern Nights Dream”
From the Bottom

From the Bottom: Jaco Pastorius “Solo” on “Midwestern Nights Dream”

In this episode of “From the Bottom,” Paul Thompson digs into one of his favorite and lesser-known Jaco Pastorius solos. This one focuses on “Midwestern Nights Dream” from Pat Metheny’s 1975 album, “Bright Size Life.”

From the Bottom: Wilton Felder – The Greatest Bass Doubler (You Probably Don’t Know)
From the Bottom

From the Bottom: Wilton Felder – The Greatest Bass Doubler (You Probably Don’t Know)

Paul Thompson is kicking off a new series today on No Treble. “From the Bottom” explores the work of the great bassists in history. This one kicks off with Wilton Felder.

Erick “Jesus” Coomes: Five Bass Lines You Should Know
Five Bass Lines You Should Know

Erick “Jesus” Coomes: Five Bass Lines You Should Know

Today, we’re launching a new series. “Five Bass Lines You Should Know” will feature bassists from all genres giving their opinion on the most essential tracks, plus one of their own. We’re kicking this off with Erick "Jesus" Coomes.

Recording Bass: Getting Separation From Guitars to Actually Hear Your Bass
Recording Bass

Recording Bass: Getting Separation From Guitars to Actually Hear Your Bass

Have you had problems being able to follow your bass lines in a finished mix? After putting all of the instruments in the mix stuff can start to get cluttered. Travis Huisman offers some advice in this new “Recording Bass” column.

Back on the Road With Peat Rains from You Bred Raptors?: Part 2
On the Road with Peat Rains

Back on the Road With Peat Rains from You Bred Raptors?: Part 2

Peat Rains and You Bred Raptors? are back on the road for the first time since the world shut down in 2020. To document this brave new world, he’s writing a new tour diary for No Treble. Here’s Part 2.

Back on the Road With Peat Rains from You Bred Raptors?: Part 1
On the Road with Peat Rains

Back on the Road With Peat Rains from You Bred Raptors?: Part 1

Peat Rains and You Bred Raptors? are back on the road for the first time since the world shut down in 2020. To document this brave new world, he’s writing a new tour diary for No Treble.

Recording Bass: What To Expect For Your First Studio Experience
Recording Bass

Recording Bass: What To Expect For Your First Studio Experience

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.