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2024

Derek Frank Band Announces Tour Dates
Concerts & Tours

Derek Frank Band Announces Tour Dates

After releasing Origin Story back in April, Derek Frank is taking his show on the road. The bassist, who is also known for his work with Gwen Stefani and Shania Twain, will be leading his band in a run of dates that will focus on the West Coast.

2023

Learn How To Play Pull-Offs: Essential Funk Bass Technique – Part 1
Keep It Groovy

Learn How To Play Pull-Offs: Essential Funk Bass Technique – Part 1

This lesson explores the pull-off technique, an essential element of bass playing. While it’s typically used in funk, this can be applied across all genres of music.

The Main Squeeze: “Ain’t Nobody” (with Adryon de León)
Bass Videos

The Main Squeeze: “Ain’t Nobody” (with Adryon de León)

It’s always a good day when The Main Squeeze drops a new video. Here’s the group with special guest Adryon de León doing their version of the Rufus and Chaka Khan classic, “Ain’t Nobody.”

moe. Announces Fall Tour
Concerts & Tours

moe. Announces Fall Tour

moe. has announced a new 16-date tour for the fall focusing on the mid-Atlantic and Midwest. At the beginning of the year, the band welcomed guitarist Chuck Garvey back to the road full-time. They also made keyboardist Nate Wilson a permanent addition to the group.

2022

Ashdown Engineering Unveils ABM EVO V 750 Bass Amp
Amps

Ashdown Engineering Unveils ABM EVO V 750 Bass Amp

Ashdown Engineering was on hand at NAMM to celebrate its 25th anniversary with new products including the latest iteration of their ABM series of bass amps. The ABM EVO V 750 is the sixth version of the line and has a few new tricks up its sleeve.

Simon Fitzpatrick: “Maria” on 8-String Bass
Bass Videos

Simon Fitzpatrick: “Maria” on 8-String Bass

Simon Fitzpatrick has returned with a new video, and this one finds the impressive bassist performing Francisco Tarrega’s “Maria” on an 8-string bass.

Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister to Be Memorialized During Hellfest
News

Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister to Be Memorialized During Hellfest

Musical icon and bass thrasher Lemmy Kilmister will be officially memorialized on June 23rd at Hellfest. The Motörhead frontman, who died in 2015, has had a portion of his ashes enshrined at the festival in Clisson, France inside a new statue of him.

2021

Bass of the Week: Endres Guitars 8-String
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Endres Guitars 8-String

Scott Hayes dropped us a line saying his pal Eli Endres has some serious bass-building skills. To prove his point, he shared this eight-string bass that the luthier just completed.

Julia Hofer: Top 5 Geddy Lee Bass Lines
Bass Videos

Julia Hofer: Top 5 Geddy Lee Bass Lines

Julia Hofer has shared some excellent videos on her top bass five lines by Carol Kaye and Leland Sklar. Now she’s focusing on the work of Geddy Lee.

Percy Jones and PAKT Announce Album, Tour Dates
News

Percy Jones and PAKT Announce Album, Tour Dates

Fretless bass wizard Percy Jones is taking part in a brand new supergroup called PAKT, with Alex Skolnick, Kenny Grohowski, and Tim Motzer. The band will have an album out in July with a handful of tour dates to support the release.

2020

Teen Town with Gabriel Severn: Signal Path
Bass Videos

Teen Town with Gabriel Severn: Signal Path

Gabriel Severn and his band Teen Town - along with guitarist Giorgio Galimberti - recorded this virtual cover of Tribal Tech’s “Signal Path.” These guys absolutely nailed it!

Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (May 2020)
Top Ten

Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (May 2020)

Time to kick back and enjoy a day full of bass goodness. Here’s one way to kick that off: the top 10 reader favorite bass videos for the month of May.

2019

Ghost-Note Announces World Tour with MonoNeon
Concerts & Tours

Ghost-Note Announces World Tour with MonoNeon

Ghost-Note has announced a world tour from June through November. The band, which is helmed by Snarky Puppy percussionists Robert “Sput” Searlight and Nate Werth, will once again feature the eclectic grooves of MonoNeon.

Custom Shop: L.e.H. Guitars
Custom Shop

Custom Shop: L.e.H. Guitars

Jake Serek is back with a new “Custom Shop” column. In this edition, Jake takes a look into the work of L. Ellis Hahn, the creator of L.e.H. Guitars, who has taken the familiar offset body design to whole new heights.

Peter Erskine: Hawaii Bathing Suit (with Cody Wright)
Bass Videos

Peter Erskine: Hawaii Bathing Suit (with Cody Wright)

Cody Wright shared this video on Facebook saying, “This was a career highlight for me!” This video was recorded as part of Vic Firth’s VFJams LIVE! series, and features Peter Erskine and the band performing the drummer’s tune, “Hawaii Bathing Suit.”

Christian McBride and Derrick Hodge Groove on Philip Bailey’s New Solo Album
New Albums

Christian McBride and Derrick Hodge Groove on Philip Bailey’s New Solo Album

Earth, Wind, & Fire co-founder Philip Bailey has released a new solo album. And though it doesn’t feature him fronting the legendary R&B band, it does have him surrounded by some of the world’s best musicians, including Christian McBride and Derrick Hodge.

2018

Frail Things in Sharp Places: An Interview with John Ferrara
Interviews

Frail Things in Sharp Places: An Interview with John Ferrara

John Ferrara has released a stunning new duo album with percussionist Seth Moutal entitled Frail Things in Sharp Places. The bassist, who many know for his band Consider the Source, seems to get every last ounce of music out of his instrument over the 11-song collection. Although his extensive playing techniques are extremely impressive, it is obvious that they are...

Forq: Stannic
Bass Videos

Forq: Stannic

Forq is back with another terrific video with music from their 2017 album, Thr?q. “Stannic” was written by keyboardist Henry Hey, and features Michael League on bass.

A Perfect Circle Announce North American Tour Dates
Concerts & Tours

A Perfect Circle Announce North American Tour Dates

Hot off of releasing their new album Eat the Elephant, A Perfect Circle has expanded their North American tour with a new leg of dates for the fall. The band, which is anchored by Matt McJunkins, is fitting the run in between performances in Europe. The North American jaunt will kick off October 20th at the Maverik Center in Salt...

2017

Bassics BPA-1 Preamp Now Shipping
Accessories & Strings

Bassics BPA-1 Preamp Now Shipping

Diffusion Audio is now shipping the Bassics BPA-1 analog bass preamp. Designed by studio equipment designer Malcolm Toft, the BPA-1 packs a preamp, tone controls, and compression into a floor unit with footswitches for each section. It has two inputs with two low-noise pickup amplifiers with individual level controls. The three-band EQ has Low Bass, Mid Bass, and High Bass...

Should I Quit the Bass? A Discussion on Burn Out (and More)
Ask Damian Erskine

Should I Quit the Bass? A Discussion on Burn Out (and More)

Q: I’m a semi-pro bassist of 15 years and have been playing for about 25 now, I’ve been with my current band for nearly six years and are about to release our second album. For the past two years, I’ve not been very happy playing, and it is a real conflict because of how much time I’ve invested into music,...

Whose Hat Is This?: Untitled
Bass Videos

Whose Hat Is This?: Untitled

The musicians in the Tedeschi Trucks Band can throw down on some southern soul grooves, but they also have a love for free improv. Four members of the group – including Tim Lefebvre, Kebbi Williams, J.J. Johnson, Tyler Greenwell – formed a project called Whose Hat Is This? to let their creativity run wild. Here they are performing an untitled...

2016

Reader Spotlight: Janette Kidd
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Janette Kidd

Meet Janette Kidd, a bassist from Scotland who has had an interesting career – in and out of music. One of my favorite parts of her story is how she turned a guitar into a bass (way before our how-to video), which set her on a path for life. Janette is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s...

Cody Wright: Funk Funko Potamus
Bass Videos

Cody Wright: Funk Funko Potamus

Cody Wright a real funkmeister, which is why it’s perfect that he’s helping to create the soundtrack to the new Toejam and Earl video game. Here’s a clip of the bassist getting down on the quacky “Funk Funko Potamus”.

The Misfits Release Four-Song EP
New Albums

The Misfits Release Four-Song EP

The Misfits’ new EP, Friday the 13th, is inspired by 1980s horror movies, as befits a horror-punk band. The band’s founding bassist and continued heartbeat, Jerry Only, tells Kerrang! magazine that he loved 80’s horror because of movies like John Carpenter’s “The Thing.” Even so, he pulls a bit of his 1960s childhood into the mix, too, on the closing...

2015

Weekly Top 10: Andrew Gouché Interview, Quick Left Hand Exercises, Top Bass Videos, Gear, Discussion and More
Weekly Top 10

Weekly Top 10: Andrew Gouché Interview, Quick Left Hand Exercises, Top Bass Videos, Gear, Discussion and More

If you like bass, you’ll love this… the latest edition of our weekly top 10, otherwise known as the best in bass this week. As always, these lists are tallied based on reader views. So thank you for reading, commenting, watching and sharing. 1. Multiple Basses or Just One? A Discussion for Working Bass Players For this week’s “Ask” column,...

Bass Centre Announced Revamped Power Bass Series
Basses

Bass Centre Announced Revamped Power Bass Series

The Bass Centre has revamped their vintage-inspired Power Bass series for 2015 with a several new features. According to the manufacturer, the lineup has been “re-imagined to blend period accurate looks & a classic sound with modern, light weight construction & a super fast, satin finish neck.” One of the main upgrades is the inclusion of the Babicz Full Contact...

Nathan Navarro: Lindsey Stirling’s “Take Flight” Bass Cover
Bass Videos

Nathan Navarro: Lindsey Stirling’s “Take Flight” Bass Cover

Violin meets bass in Nathan Navarro‘s latest video cover of Lindsey Stirling’s “Take Flight.” The bassist tackles the melodic and complex violin part while still infusing his own style into it. Navarro also posted free tabs on his website to share with anyone up to the challenge.

Third Eye Blind Releases “Dopamine”
New Albums

Third Eye Blind Releases “Dopamine”

Third Eye Blind has released Dopamine, its first studio album since 2009. The record, featuring Alex LeCavalier on bass, will be the group’s last traditional album, according to leader/frontman Stephan Jenkins, who told HuffPost Live that the band will still record music, but instead of recording full albums, it will turnaround work more quickly through digital releases. This last full...

2014

JamHub Shipping “Tracker MT16” Multitrack Recorder
Accessories & Strings

JamHub Shipping “Tracker MT16” Multitrack Recorder

JamHub has released the Tracker MT16, a portable multi-track recorder capable of capturing up to 16 channels of audio simultaneously. The tracks, which are recorded in 24-bit, 96kHz resolution, can be transferred to a computer via SD card or USB as well as be uploaded wirelessly to the cloud. The Tracker MT16 connects to the remote port of JamHub’s Studio...

David Pastorius: Tech N9ne “This Ring” Bass Remix
Bass Videos

David Pastorius: Tech N9ne “This Ring” Bass Remix

David Pastorius has been knocking everyone out with his bass remixes of Tech N9ne’s tunes. It started with “Questions” and followed up with “Worldwide Choppers”. Now David is back with a brand new video, featuring his amazing bass work on the Tech N9ne tune “This Ring”, from the album Anghellic.

Kaces Revamps University and Symphony Series Upright Bass Gig Bags
Accessories & Strings

Kaces Revamps University and Symphony Series Upright Bass Gig Bags

Kaces has redesigned their University and Symphony series upright bass gig bags with new aesthetics. Both series are available in 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 sizes. The University series bag features 12-millimeter high density foam padding and double stitched handles for support. It also has a bow pocket and accessory compartments. The Symphony series steps things up with 20-millimeter foam, a...

2013

When Technology Breaks: A Survival Guide for Bassists
I Wish I Knew That

When Technology Breaks: A Survival Guide for Bassists

Technology is a wonderful thing. Compared to a century ago, our day-to-day lives are completely different; we no longer need to hand wash our clothes, build a fire to eat, or take a horse and buggy to visit friends in an adjacent state. Instead, we can simply purchase magical devices such as washing machines, microwaves, and Toyota Corollas. While all...

KNOWER with Tim Lefebvre: Daft Punk “Get Lucky” Cover
Bass Videos

KNOWER with Tim Lefebvre: Daft Punk “Get Lucky” Cover

Interestingly, this cover covers both the electronic era of Daft Punk and the current era which features more live instruments. For the “live instruments” part, KNOWER has teamed up with the ever-funky Tim Lefebvre on the bass.

Kim Deal Quits The Pixies
News

Kim Deal Quits The Pixies

Kim Deal has left the iconic alternative rock band The Pixies, according to a post on the band’s Facebook page. “We are sad to say that Kim Deal has decided to leave the Pixies. We are very proud to have worked with her on and off over the last 25 years. Despite her decision to move on, we will always...

2012

Bass of the Week: Surine Basses Regency 8-String “Rainbow”
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Surine Basses Regency 8-String “Rainbow”

Surine Basses decided to go all out on their Regency model with this “Rainbow” 8-string bass. The hollow-body bass has a stunning 32-strip laminate top and matching headstock with a variety of exotic woods. Equally impressive is the 7-piece thru neck made of rock maple and purple heart, which is topped by an ebony fingerboard. And if that’s not enough,...

Custom Shop: Brubaker Guitars
Custom Shop

Custom Shop: Brubaker Guitars

For Kevin Brubaker, an aesthetic mod led to a lifetime of luthiery. Coupling his need to tweak his bass with his background in woodworking, he soon started building his own basses. Since his start nearly 30 years ago, Brubaker has created over a thousand custom instruments. Brubaker Guitars often feature distinctive book-matched tops with exotic woods and extraordinary finishes that...

Tribal Tech: Actual Proof
Bass Videos

Tribal Tech: Actual Proof

Tribal Tech took on Herbie Hancock’s “Actual Proof” in this live performance. And it grooooooves. As an added bonus, there’s plenty of focus on bassist Gary Willis‘ technique, which is as impressive as always.

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Bass Play-Along
Sheet Music & Instruction

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Bass Play-Along

Hal Leonard has added a new edition to their Bass Play-Along series, with the release of Red Hot Chili Peppers: Bass Play-Along (Vol. 42). The 80 page book offers up tab for nine Flea bass lines, with the standard enhanced audio CD that is included with each book in this series. The audio provides the opportunity to hear the bass...

2011

Reader Spotlight: George Lacson
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: George Lacson

Meet George Lacson, a bassist based in San Francisco, California, and our player in the spotlight for June 21, 2011. Bio: I’m originally from St. Louis, Missouri, now based in San Francisco, California. My sound blends groovin’ jazz, soulful funk, old school blues, bass inspired riffs and tinges of downtempo electronica. I have performed internationally with world renowned artists such...

Mr. Big Announces North American Tour
Concerts & Tours

Mr. Big Announces North American Tour

Mr. Big, anchored by bass genius Billy Sheehan, will be touring North America starting July 30th in San Diego, California. The trek, in support of their latest album What If, will mark the group’s first North American trek with it’s original members in 13 years. Founded in 1988, Mr. Big’s original and current lineup includes Sheehan, guitarist Paul Gilbert, vocalist...

Question of the Week: If you could have any gig, what would it be?
Q&A

Question of the Week: If you could have any gig, what would it be?

If you could have any gig in the world (past or present), what would it be? Answer below in the comments, or on our Facebook page.

Scott Clay: “Love Will Never Do” All Bass Cover
Bass Videos

Scott Clay: “Love Will Never Do” All Bass Cover

Our friend Greg Smith sent in this awesome 6-string solo bass clip with this note: “Here’s my buddy Scott Clay showing his six-string dexterity on Janet Jackson’s ‘Love Will Never Do’. Scott plays in the San Francisco Bay Area and teaches out of the Music Tree in Morgan Hill, CA.” Have a video to share? Send us a note at...

Bebop Scales: Jazz Scales And Patterns In All 12 Keys
Sheet Music & Instruction

Bebop Scales: Jazz Scales And Patterns In All 12 Keys

Aebersold Jazz has released Bebop Scales: Jazz Scales And Patterns In All 12 Keys, a new method book by Joe Riposo. The 48-page book covers Bebop scales and patterns in all 12 keys of the Major, Minor, Dominant 7th, and Locrian (Half-diminished) scales and is designed to help the player hear, use and understand Bebop scales more efficiently, and apply...

2010

Gear Watch: EMG X Series Pickup Sets for Jazz Bass
Bass Gear, Summer NAMM

Gear Watch: EMG X Series Pickup Sets for Jazz Bass

EMG has released Jazz bass versions of their X series pickups: the JX, JAX, and JVX sets. The brand’s X-Series is made to provide increased headroom, giving the voicing an organic and open tone while keeping great clarity and response. EMG describes them as “bridging the gap between passive and active tone.” The JX retains the jazz bass tone while...

Columns

Seeing Through Hearing

I’m an ear player… By that I mean I’m good at hearing something and responding intuitively to it on my bass, without necessarily knowing exactly what I’m doing. This has been both advantageous AND a disability to me. Below I’ve listed some of the pros and cons of being this kind of a player. See if you identify with any...

The Temptations & the Funk Brothers Rare Studio Rehearsal Video
Bass Videos

The Temptations & the Funk Brothers Rare Studio Rehearsal Video

Here’s some super rare footage of the Motown Studio known as the Snakepit, with James Jamerson on bass. Given the fact that Motown had not been conducting Live sessions with the vocalists and instrumentalists recording at the same time since at least 1963, this session was clearly staged for the CBS News cameras that were doing a brief piece called...

Weekly Top 10

Rewind: The Top 10 Bass Gear, Videos, Player News and Columns of the Week

1. Player News: Tal Wilkenfeld Breaks from New Album to Tour with Herbie Hancock After announcing her work on several upcoming albums, Tal Wilkenfeld revealed that she will be joining Herbie Hancock on the road as he tours in support of his newest effort, The Imagine Project. 2. Video: Keith Horne: Bass Solo on Miles Davis’ “All Blues” This is...

2009

Bass Videos

Al Cardillo covers John Clayton’s Bach To Blues

It seems I keep running into great double bassists on Youtube every day. Today, I discovered Al Cardillo for the first time. Al is a jazz bassist and teacher, born in Italy, graduated from Berklee and lives and performs in New York. Here he is, in a performance from a couple of years ago, performing John Clayton‘s Bach To Blues:...

New Albums

Victoria: a new live release from Arthur Kell

Bassist and composer Arthur Kell has released a new album, Victoria / Live in Germany on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records. The album features Loren Stillman (alto sax), Brad Shepik (guitar) and Joe Smith (drums) and was recorded live in Cologne and Karlsruhe (Germany) in May 2008. Kell has been around the New York jazz scene for over twenty years, playing...

Events

The Low Show II at Nashville NAMM

July 17th 2009 will mark the second installment of The Low Show at this year’s Nashville NAMM show, at The Rutledge from 7:30 to 11:00pm. Bassists Bryan Beller (Steve Vai, Dethklok), Doug Johns (Buddy Miles), Sean O’Bryan Smith (Billy Ray Cyrus, Rebecca St. James) and Roy Vogt (Dickey Betts, Jerry Reed) will be performing with their bands in a bass-focused...