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2024

Kevin Scott Announces WAXpaper’s Debut Album
News

Kevin Scott Announces WAXpaper’s Debut Album

In our interview with Gov’t Mule’s Kevin Scott last year, he shared he was working an album with his solo project, WAXpaper. Now he’s revealed the project’s self-titled debut will be released in April.

2023

Paul McCartney Has Recorded with The Rolling Stones
News

Paul McCartney Has Recorded with The Rolling Stones

With the passing of Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts in 2021, the internet was ablaze with hopes of a supergroup between the surviving Stones and Beatles members. Now it seems at least part of that is coming to fruition.

Suzanne Vega with Mike Visceglia: “Left of Center” Live in Montreaux
Bass Videos

Suzanne Vega with Mike Visceglia: “Left of Center” Live in Montreaux

Sometimes a good bass line is all you need. Singer/songwriter extraordinaire Suzanne Vega knows that. Here’s an amazing clip of her performing “Left of Center” with longtime bassist Mike Visceglia, who delivers a masterclass in accompaniment.

Sharay Reed Releases “Bass” EP
New Albums

Sharay Reed Releases “Bass” EP

Groove master Sharay Reed has released a new EP simply titled “Bass.” Reed’s big, beautiful tone is ever-present as he grooves, comps, and solos over the tracks.

2022

Wonder Women: Brittany Frompovich
Wonder Women

Wonder Women: Brittany Frompovich

For this month’s installment of Wonder Women; Stories from the Women Who Play Bass, Ariane Cap turns the tables on Brittany Frompovich, and interviews her for her own column.

Leonid & Friends: Ain’t It Blue?
Bass Videos

Leonid & Friends: Ain’t It Blue?

Leonid Vorobyev and his band Leonid & Friends are back with another remarkable Chicago cover. In this one, they take on “Ain’t It Blue?” from the 1975 album, “Chicago VIII”.

Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey Add Second Leg to Bass Extremes Tour
Concerts & Tours

Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey Add Second Leg to Bass Extremes Tour

Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, and Gregg Bissonette have added a second leg to their upcoming Bass Extremes tour. The second round of dates will focus on the East Coast with performances from Georgia up to Massachusetts.

2021

Steve Bailey and Victor Wooten Host Chick Corea Tribute Webinar
Events

Steve Bailey and Victor Wooten Host Chick Corea Tribute Webinar

The world lost one of its best musicians this month when Chick Corea passed away from cancer at 79 years old. Now, the Berklee Bass Department is paying tribute to him with a webinar called “Chick Corea: Rhythm, Life, and Melody”.

Hartke Unveils Lightweight HyDrive HL Bass Cabinets
Amps

Hartke Unveils Lightweight HyDrive HL Bass Cabinets

Hartke has expanded their Hydrive bass cabinet lineup with the new lightweight HL series. The series includes four models, which are all loaded with the company’s HyDrive speaker with neodymium magnets.

MonoNeon & His Grandma: Oh, When I Come to the End of My Journey
Bass Videos

MonoNeon & His Grandma: Oh, When I Come to the End of My Journey

MonoNeon has been a part of many great videos in our archives, but this one is extra special. “Jamming with my grandma today. I grew up listening to her sing this song in church. ‘Oh, When I Come to the End of My Journey’”, he shared.

Gecko Leather Works Introduces Classic Series Straps
Accessories & Strings

Gecko Leather Works Introduces Classic Series Straps

Wisconsin’s Gecko Leather Works has announced the new Classic Series of straps, which they say are designed to provide years of use and comfort.

2020

Bass of the Week: Alembic Signature Deluxe “Balance B”
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Alembic Signature Deluxe “Balance B”

Alembic recently shared some photos of this bass on their Facebook page and it stopped me in my tracks. I reached out to Mica at Alembic, who filled us in on the details.

Voodoo Chile / Voodoo Child (Slight Return): Behind The Scenes
Bass Videos

Voodoo Chile / Voodoo Child (Slight Return): Behind The Scenes

I’ve always been fascinated with the story of Jack Casady recording with Jimi Hendrix. Experience Hendrix shared this “behind the scenes” video of Hendrix’s sessions on Voodoo Chile / Voodoo Child, with clips of Casady, Noel Redding, and more.

Death By Audio Announces the ROOMS Stereo Reverberator
Pedals & Effects

Death By Audio Announces the ROOMS Stereo Reverberator

Death By Audio revealed their latest creation at Winter NAMM with the ROOMS Stereo Reverberator. The pedal offers six reverb algorithms (Room, Digital, Peak, Wave, Gate, and Gong) to offer a wide variety of soundscapes.

2019

Ray Ross Saddle-Less Bass Bridge Now Available
Accessories & Strings

Ray Ross Saddle-Less Bass Bridge Now Available

The Ray Ross Bass Bridge is now available via AP International. Created by Aaron Ross and originally shown on his Bass No. 27, the bridge uses saddle-less design to streamline the string’s path.

Warwick Introduces Rockbass Idolmaker Bass
Basses

Warwick Introduces Rockbass Idolmaker Bass

Last year, Warwick unveiled the bass version of the Framus Idolmaker at the Winter NAMM Show. At this year’s show, they unveiled a version of it for their more affordable Rockbass line.

Eyal Amir with Or Lubianiker: Embracing Composed Memories
Bass Videos

Eyal Amir with Or Lubianiker: Embracing Composed Memories

It’s a rainy, lazy Sunday morning here. While browsing the Facebook feed, I came across a post by Or Lubianiker, who shared a video he recorded with Eyal Amir. It was the perfect soundtrack for today.

House of Waters Releases “Rising”
New Albums

House of Waters Releases “Rising”

House of Waters has returned with a new album called “Rising.” The innovative trio, anchored by bassist Moto Fukushima, is known for their unusual instrumentation and exploratory music.

2018

G&L Guitars Announce the CLF Research L-2000 Bass
Basses

G&L Guitars Announce the CLF Research L-2000 Bass

G&L Guitars have introduced the CLF Research L-2000 Bass, an instrument that harkens back to the Leo Fender’s original innovations with his CLF Research company in the late 1970s. Fender’s creations with CLF went on to be the foundation of G&L’s instruments, including the Magnetic Field Design pickup and saddle lock bridge. “The new CLF Research L-2000 is a fully...

Roosevelt Collier with Michael League: Supernatural Encounters
Bass Videos

Roosevelt Collier with Michael League: Supernatural Encounters

I’m super excited about the upcoming release of Roosevelt Collier’s new album, Exit 16, which drops on March 9th. Collier has released a new video for one of the tracks on the album, which features Michael League on bass.

Christoph Luty Anchors Jeff Hamilton Trio’s “Live From San Pedro”
New Albums

Christoph Luty Anchors Jeff Hamilton Trio’s “Live From San Pedro”

As a former member of both Oscar Peterson’s and Ray Brown’s bands, jazz drummer Jeff Hamilton knows how to make the piano trio format work. That’s evident in his latest release, Live From San Pedro. The album features pianist Tamir Hendelman and bassist Christoph Luty, who Hamilton writes “is known for his big, natural sound, melodic bass lines and solos,...

2017

Halo Orbit: An Interview with Juan Alderete
Interviews

Halo Orbit: An Interview with Juan Alderete

Juan Alderete is the king of pedals and effects, and he’s proven that once again with his new group Halo Orbit. The band, which includes Japanese guitar whiz suGar Yoshinaga and drummer Mark Guiliana, released their debut album earlier this month and it’s filled with the bassist’s unreal tonal palette. Halo Orbit’s self-titled debut is Alderete’s first full release since...

Viktor L?rincz: Grinder Groove
Bass Videos

Viktor L?rincz: Grinder Groove

Viktor L?rincz’s creativity always astounds me, and his latest video is no different. “This video was made with drummer Steven Oravecz, who made a ‘grinder drum’ video on the Facebook,” L?rincz explains. “When I heard it, I felt the groove, and I made my bass line and video, and I mixed them.” Dig it:

2016

D’Addario Adapts NYXL Strings For Bass
Accessories & Strings

D’Addario Adapts NYXL Strings For Bass

D’Addario has adapted their NYXL strings to their line of bass products. The new NYXL Bass sets feature the company’s NY Steel core and reformulated nickel-plated wrap wire, which they say offer a more powerful low end, accentuated harmonics, and focused punch. The NY Steel core also adds to the string’s durability and stability, while a new core-to-wrap ratio give...

How To Learn Difficult Bass Parts
Ask Damian Erskine

How To Learn Difficult Bass Parts

Q: I would like to know what is the best way to approach and learn difficult bass parts, for example if I decide to try to figure out the bass solo to Stanley Clarke’s “School days”. A: The best way I’ve found to tackle difficult lines is a three-fold process. 1. Get it in your ears. Put the bass down...

Franklin Peredo: Teenagers From Jupiter
Bass Videos

Franklin Peredo: Teenagers From Jupiter

I saw this video by Franklin Peredo this morning and asked him if we could share it. All of us here have marvelled over Franklin’s right hand technique for some time. If we didn’t have video evidence to the contrary, I’d guess he had two right hands. This video of his tune, “Teenagers From Jupiter” shows why. Plus, this one...

Simple Plan Back with Fifth Album
New Albums

Simple Plan Back with Fifth Album

Pop-punk band Simple Plan has released its first studio album in five years, Taking One for the Team. David Desrosiers handles bass duties on the album, the band’s fifth, as he has since the beginning of the band’s recording career. How does the band sound after five years? Take a listen to the album’s opener, “Opinion Overload” in the video...

2015

Reader Spotlight: Jay Yaws
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Jay Yaws

If you lean more to the old school then you’ll see Jay Yaws is a bass player’s bass player. Just take some of the phrases from his story and you’ll see: “providing a solid foundation”, “serve the song”, and “that endless search for the perfect tone”. We dig all those things, and so Jay was a great choice for this...

Ibanez Announces Talman Bass Series
Basses

Ibanez Announces Talman Bass Series

Ibanez is taking a page out of the old school with their new Talman Bass Series, consisting of the TMB300 and TMB100. The basses, which feature a retro aesthetic, share many of the same features with the 300 having an edge in features. Both models are built with a mahogany body, maple neck, and rosewood fingerboard. The TMB300’s fingerboard is...

Tower of Power: “Soul With a Capital S”, Live (2008)
Bass Videos

Tower of Power: “Soul With a Capital S”, Live (2008)

Bass legend Francis “Rocco” Prestia shared this video on his Facebook page the other day, and I can only imagine that thousands of people around the world started moving in their seats. This clip of “Soul With a Capital S” is taken from the band’s 40th Anniversary at the Fillmore West. Most bass players dream of being able to play...

JJ Grey and Mofro Release “Ol’ Glory”
New Albums

JJ Grey and Mofro Release “Ol’ Glory”

JJ Grey and Mofro’s latest, Ol’ Glory, shows off the Southern band’s mix blues, rock, folk, funk, gospel, and R&B. Featuring Todd Smallie on bass, the band churns out a phenomenal groove. The 12-song set, recorded at Retrophonics Studio in St. Augustine, Florida, also includes work from guests Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars) on dobro and electric slide guitar and...

2014

Warwick Announces RockBass Artist Line Bootsy Collins Space Bass
Basses

Warwick Announces RockBass Artist Line Bootsy Collins Space Bass

Two years ago, Warwick presented Bootsy Collins with a one-of-a-kind “Space Bass” made in the company’s custom shop. The star-shaped instrument garnered so much attention that Warwick has now introduced a similar model to their more affordable RockBass Artist Line. The Warwick RockBass Artist Line Bootsy Collins Space Bass is built with a mahogany body, maple neck, and rosewood fingerboard....

Single String Shifting Exercise
The Lowdown with Dr. D

Single String Shifting Exercise

Single string shifting exercises are great for teaching us the geography of the fingerboard. Not to mention the help they provide in solidifying pitch accuracy and bow control. As a result, variations of the exercise given below have likely been in existence since the first human put first put bow to string. Edouard Nanny has a version at the end...

Victor Wooten, Regi Wooten & Steve Smith: Studio Jam
Bass Videos

Victor Wooten, Regi Wooten & Steve Smith: Studio Jam

This video was filmed over three years ago I believe, but somehow I’ve missed it all this time. Victor Wooten with his brother, guitarist Regi Wooten, and drummer Steve Smith decided to jam in the studio. The result was the trio’s unique version Herbie Hancock’s “Chameleon”.

One Way Out: The Inside History of The Allman Brothers Band
News

One Way Out: The Inside History of The Allman Brothers Band

“If you want to know the real deal, read Alan Paul,” says Allman Brothers bassist Oteil Burbridge about Paul’s (St. Martin’s Press). The book is billed as the first major biography of the ABB, which marks its 45th anniversary this year. All the surviving members of the band, including former members, are interviewed in this oral history, and founders Butch...

2013

Jackson Introduces Quilted Maple Top Concert Basses
Basses

Jackson Introduces Quilted Maple Top Concert Basses

Jackson’s Concert Bass series has grown this year with the introduction of the JS3QM and JS3VQM models. The new versions take all the features of their brethren and add a quilted maple top. Four and five-string basses, respectively, the JS3QM and JS3VQM Concert Basses feature basswood bodies, bolt-on maple necks, and 24-fret, compound-radius rosewood fingerboards. The four-string model sports a...

Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of February 17
Weekly Top 10

Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of February 17

Last week was a record-breaking one for No Treble and readership, thanks in large part to the top 10 stories and videos that made this top 10 list. Thanks as always for reading, commenting and sharing. It means a lot to us. 1. Marta Altesa: “Time Won’t Wait” Jamiroquai Play-Along Holy smokes. How have we missed Marta Altesa all this...

Aubrey Harris (aka BassGirl): “Crossroads”, with Keith Urban at ACA
Bass Videos

Aubrey Harris (aka BassGirl): “Crossroads”, with Keith Urban at ACA

Since we first featured bassist Aubrey Harris just about two years ago, we’ve known here simply as “BassGirl”. And for two years, she’s been impressing No Treble readers – including us. It has been great to watch Aubrey grow as a bassist and musician, and to see how she’s harnessed the power of the web to get her music and...

Bass Fretboard Workbook: Essential Music Principles and Concepts for Fretboard Mastery
Sheet Music & Instruction

Bass Fretboard Workbook: Essential Music Principles and Concepts for Fretboard Mastery

Hal Leonard announced a few new bass-focused books at this year’s NAMM Show, including a new one by author Chad Johnson. For many bassists, complete fretboard knowledge is lacking. Bass Fretboard Workbook – Essential Music Principles and Concepts for Fretboard Mastery was written to overcome these unknown spots with Johnson’s method for becoming comfortable with the whole neck. The method...

2012

Dunlop’s MXR Bass Fuzz Deluxe Debuts At NAMM
Pedals & Effects

Dunlop’s MXR Bass Fuzz Deluxe Debuts At NAMM

New for 2012 from Jim Dunlop is the MXR M84 Bass Fuzz Deluxe, a stompbox with “vintage fuzz modified for the modern bassist.” In addition to the Tone and Fuzz knobs, the new pedal features both dry and wet controls for dialing in the perfect mix without losing any low end. The Bass Fuzz Deluxe can be powered by a...

New School: Viaceslav Svedov
New School

New School: Viaceslav Svedov

Viacelsav Svedov has been catching the attention of the YouTube world with his inventive and entertaining solo bass covers of popular rock tunes, including “Purple Haze,” “Master of Puppets,” and “Tom Sawyer.” With an infectious sense of energy and enthusiasm, the bassist’s videos have been averaging around 100,000 views while his “Around the World” cover hit nearly 225,000. Hailing from...

Evan Marien: “Havona” (Jaco Pastorius Solo Bass Cover)
Bass Videos

Evan Marien: “Havona” (Jaco Pastorius Solo Bass Cover)

Evan Marien has taken one of Jaco Pastorius’ great compositions, “Havona” and put his spin on it. Evan took the chord changes for the tune, programmed some backing tracks on his computer, and let it rip on his bass. Evan shares the details: “I’m playing and soloing over the chord changes to Havona by Jaco Pastorius: Emaj7#11 Cmaj7#11 Bmaj7#11 Gmaj7#11...

Gary Husband Releases “Dirty and Beautiful Volume 2”, Featuring Mark King
New Albums

Gary Husband Releases “Dirty and Beautiful Volume 2”, Featuring Mark King

When Gary Husband went into the studio for his latest record, the drummer, keyboardist and composer enlisted the help of an all-star cast to help him make it a reality. The result is Dirty and Beautiful Volume 2, the follow up to Husband’s 2010 Vol. 1 release of the same name. Among the musicians Husband recruited is Level 42 bassist...

2011

Fernandes Tony Campos Tremor 5 Bass Updated
Bass Gear

Fernandes Tony Campos Tremor 5 Bass Updated

Fernandes has issued an upgrade to the Tony Campos Signature Tremor bass, which was originally released two years ago. The 5-string bass features an Alder body with a Lava Burst finish, Maple neck, and a Rosewood fingerboard including 24-frets with Tony’s Maldito X logo is inlayed at the 12th fret. A pair of passive EMG-40Hz pickups, designed for low noise...

Custom Shop: Ansir Music
Custom Shop

Custom Shop: Ansir Music

Ansir Music is a custom shop based out of Ohio, consisting of the team of founder Jody Michael and artist Deric Smith. Jody, who has owned and operated a high precision tool and die shop, began to mix his bass-playing hobby with work, designing and creating basses. In turn, his business partner Deric, a self-taught artist with 20 years of...

Jay Leonhart: Bass Aboard a Plane
Bass Videos

Jay Leonhart: Bass Aboard a Plane

Dr. D recently covered the painful topic of flying with a bass. Here’s bassist Jay Leonhart performing his own musical take on the subject. This comes from Leonhart’s one man show, .

CruzTOOLS Releases Groovetech Jack and Pot Wrench
Bass Gear

CruzTOOLS Releases Groovetech Jack and Pot Wrench

CruzTOOLS has unveiled their latest gadget, the GrooveTech Jack and Pot Wrench. Designed for bass, guitar, and just about every other piece of musical gear, the tool includes three thin wall sockets of the most common sizes: 1/2”, 7/16”, and 12mm. The sockets, arranged in a T-shape, deep enough for pot shafts, with the 1/2” being on the long end...

2010

Events

10th Annual Summer Camp Music Festival to feature Victor Wooten and more

The Summer Camp music festival to be held in Chillicothe, Illinois promises to be another groovy, bass-filled weekend, with such acts as Victor Wooten, moe., Gov’t Mule, Railroad Earth, Steel Pulse, and many more. The festival, which is celebrating its 10th year running, is a green event which seeks to “reduce [its] carbon footprint, support local business and reduce, reuse,...

Ask Damian Erskine: Gigging with No Preparation Time?
Ask Damian Erskine

Ask Damian Erskine: Gigging with No Preparation Time?

Q: How do you prepare for a gig when you have a short amount of time to learn tunes? A: For me, it is more important that I have the tune internalized and have the vibe inside. The second thing is any hits that I’ll need to be aware of. If I can feel the tune, I can use my...

Bass Videos

Jeff Corallini: Avé Maria

Jeff Corallini, a bassist from France, is quite an accomplished bass player on fretted, fretless and upright basses, including 4-, 5-, 6- and 7-stringed instruments (if that’s not enough, he also plays guitar and sings). Here’s a nice little tapping/frettless arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Avé Maria. On two 7-string basses :) He has two solo CD’s out and is working...

Player News

James LoMenzo keeps busy after Megadeth, with Hydrogyn

Metal head James LoMenzo has been keeping busy, despite having just left the ranks of metal legend Megadeth. LoMenzo will be recording on the new Hydrogyn album, sharing bass duties with Jake Wolf. The album is in the process of being recorded, and will be ready for release this summer, along with a tour by the band. LoMenzo’s resume also...

2009

Yowee. Hot Tuna: Uncle Sam Blues
Bass Videos

Yowee. Hot Tuna: Uncle Sam Blues

Our friend Will sent us this video, from a 1971 Hot Tuna performance including the “devil devil devil of a man”, bassist Jack Casady. Enjoy “Uncle Sam Blues”:

News

Jaco Pastorius Park

Palms Beach ArtsPaper has a nice feature on the new park honoring the late, great Jaco Pastorius. The park is on Dixie Highway in Oakland Park, Florida, near where Jaco grew up, and covers seven acres. The park opened on what would have been Jaco’s 57th birthday, last December 1st. You can read the entire feature on the Palms Beach...

Bass Gear

The latest in bass fashion?

Blankets are okay, but they can slip and slide. So now there’s something called a Drapester for your axe, aka “the bass cover with sleeves!” According to their press release, Drapesters are essential to protect against dust, sunlight and “curious fingers” (because a towel just won’t do). They come in several sizes, from bass to parlor guitar, and you won’t...