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Jazz Style Sweeping Lick for Bass – (L#211)

Non Academy members can grab the PDF with Tab and Notation by clicking here. === A few weeks ago I uploaded a short video to the SBL Instagram channel where I was playing a fast jazz style sweeping lick (a…

“Mambo Influence” – Play-along

=== Learning and studying Latin-style bass lines can be a fantastic way to develop the rhythmic side of your bass playing. Latin jazz, salsa and timba all stem from Latin and African rhythms – I’m simply crazy for the stuff,…

“LePoulet” – Play-Along

=== Hey, Scott here… This cool new play-along is based on the famous jazz funk classic “The Chicken” that was popularised by the late great Jaco Pastorius. If you’re thinking about attending any jam sessions, or you’re already involved in…

Will Lee – Bass Line Analysis (Using Shape & Contour) – (L#204)

=== In this new lesson I’m going to be looking at the construction of two bass lines by the insanely talented bass player, Will Lee. I chose these two bass lines as they use chord and scale tones… but DON’T…

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“Must Know” Blues Intro’s & Outro’s

=== In this lesson you’re going to be learning some absolutely “must know” intro’s and outro’s over a common blues progression. You’re going to learn: 4 ‘stock’ blues intro’s 5 ‘stock’ blues outro’s How to use parts of the original…

“Impersonations” – Play-Along

=== A few weeks ago I shared a play-along track from our Play-Along library within the Academy here at Scott’s Bass Lessons. We ended up getting so many thank you emails coming in from the SBL community that I thought…

“All Funk Blues” – Play-Along

=== Inside the Academy here at ScottsBassLessons we’ve got a growing play-along library which features songs ranging from funk, country and rock, right through to reggae and fusion… Each play-along track comes with a “bass-less” MP3, a lead sheet, and…

One of the Most Important Chord Sequences You’ll Ever Learn – The II V I (L#196)

=== In this lesson I’m going to show you one of (if not ‘the’) most important chord sequences I have ever learned. If you haven’t noticed yet – most songs are built from the same types of chord movements… and…

How to Mix Arpeggio Patterns for Ultimate Fretboard Fluidity (L#185)

=== To really push your playing to the next level, being able to visualise the available chord tones (arpeggios) and scales around the neck at the drop of a hat is what you should be aiming for. It’s going to take…

Using “Stops” and “Hits” within Your Blues Bass Lines

=== In this lesson you’re going to learn about some ‘stock’ stops and hits you must know when playing over the 12 bar blues….

How to Unlock Your Bass Fingerboard – EPIC Scale Exercise (L#184)

In this lesson I’m going to show you a great exercise that will help you open up your knowledge of the fingerboard and help you play much more freely around the entire instrument. Before you get rolling with this exercise…

“I Want You Back” – The Jackson 5 /// Bass Line Break Down

=== Lesson Overview There’s so much we can learn by analysing and learning great bass lines. That’s how we really begin to learn the language of music… listening to what others have done before us, trying to copy what we…

How to Create R&B Bass Lines and Grooves with Danny Mo Morris

=== Lesson Overview Around a year ago I was lucky enough to get introduced to Danny Mo Morris (one of the longest serving faculty members at the world famous Berklee College of Music… and one of my favourite educators). We…

The Groove Mapping Concept – A “MUST” for all bass players! (L#180)

=== Lesson overview In this lesson Scott demonstrates some great exercises to help stop you loosing your place when playing over a static chord for an extended period of time. The key to using these techniques in a real world situation…

Developing Your Vocabulary with the Blues Scale (L#173)

LESSON SUMMARY Arpeggios, scales, chord tones, pentatonics… I could go on… We all get told to learn them – but what for?! If you think about it, they’re simply collections of different notes organised by intervals. There’s nothing more to…