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Custom Shop: An Interview with Mike Lull

Thu, 12/15/2011 - 8:30pm
Mike LullAs one of the world’s most respected bass luthiers, Mike Lull’s work has been heard around the world. His Seattle, Washington-based shop has allowed Lull to work on nearly all of the instruments used by bands from the area known as “the grunge capital”, including Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and others. His story began as...

Francois Lamouche: Shake Everything You Got

Thu, 12/15/2011 - 5:30pm
ZnGJvX0c3XEFacebook friend Jim Cana shared this video with us, featuring Francois Lamouche grooving and playing along to the Maceo Parker tune, “Shake Everything You’ve Got”. The original has Rodney Curtis holding down the low end, and Francois does a great job on the tune. (We only wish it was longer.) Francois shares, “I invite you...

JackTight USA Now Shipping JackTight Tool for Repairing Output Jacks

Thu, 12/15/2011 - 3:30pm
JackTightFor all you do-it-yourselfer’s out there, JackTight USA released the JackTight, a tool for fixing loose output jacks on basses and guitars. The JackTight works by gripping and stabilizing the jack from the inside, allowing for users to tighten the nut without the jack spinning. In addition to being handy on instruments the JackTight works...

Philosophy Amplifiers Launches Flagship All-Tube Bass Amp

Wed, 12/14/2011 - 11:30pm
Philosophy Amplifiers Bass AmpPhilosophy Amplifiers has entered the bass amplifier scene with the launch of their flagship Philosophy amp, a 200-watt all tube bass amp. The class AB amplifier utilizes three JJ 12ax7 preamp tubes and four JJ KT-88 power tubes for it’s all-tube signal path, which the company explains is capable of both clean and overdriven sounds...

Pay to Play?

Wed, 12/14/2011 - 8:30pm
damian-soloQ: Just recently a drummer friend of mine offered me a gig. It’s a little local bar gig, with a fixed payout (around $150 for the night, for the band). My friend suggested we hire a great piano player for the gig, but to get him on this trio, he said we’d have to give...

Donovan Stokes: Solo Bass Arrangement of “Gentle Rain” by Luiz Bonfá

Wed, 12/14/2011 - 5:30pm
U3NQ1uy1ybMDonovan Stokes (aka Dr. D and a regular contributor here) recorded his solo bass arrangement of “Gentle Rain” by Luiz Bonfá for the upcoming Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Faculty Sampler CD. Luckily, Kevin Johnson was around to film it.

Joseph Patrick Moore Releases “XYZ Factor”

Wed, 12/14/2011 - 3:30pm
 XYZ FactorBassist/composer Joseph Patrick Moore, well known for his contemporary jazz style, has just released a new experimental EP blending that very style with electronica. The result is a three song collection known as XYZ Factor. The three-track EP kicks off with “Yield” (video below), featuring an ambient electronic beat backed by Moore’s bass, with what...

Player Spotlight: Joaquina “Roqui” Lluma

Tue, 12/13/2011 - 11:30pm
Joaquina-Lluma-thumbMeet Joaquina “Roqui” Lluma, a multi-instrumentalist who currently resides in Denver, Colorado and calls music her day job, night job, weekend job and holiday job. One of our favorite lines in this interview feature: Joaquina says she uses “a TC Helicon distortion/distresser for my backing vocals sometimes when I’m feeling frisky.” Bio: I was born...

Top 10: The Best Bass Videos (November 2011)

Tue, 12/13/2011 - 8:30pm
6mODXrAIO00We featured several reader-submitted videos in November (one of our favorite things to do!), showcasing the awesome No Treble community of bassists, and the videos they love. This included a Bass Play-Along Week, where bassists play along to their favorite tracks and show off their transcribing and performance skills. Another week featured all-bass covers of...

George Lacson: Solo Bass Performance of Alicia Keys’ “Unthinkable”

Tue, 12/13/2011 - 5:30pm
CBpF5ZX6cQMGeorge Lacson turns in this nice solo bass arrangement and performance of “Unthinkable”, written by Drake and originally produced and performed by Alicia Keys. George’s Warwick Streamer Stage 5-string is tuned B-D-G-D-G for this tune.