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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)

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…

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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…

How Bass Players Interact with Drummers: Being Conversational with the Kick Drum

Lesson Summary: As bass players we’re expected to be hyper tuned in and focused on creating bass lines that either lock in with the kick drum or are conversational with it. To do this you must always be listening and…

Filthy Bass Groove Deconstruction + Expanding Your Vocabulary (L#170)

If you’re anything like me, every now and again you just want to learn a good ol’ dirty sounding groove that makes you wanna say… “Ooof”… Well if today is one of those day’s for you, you’re in the right…

6 Common Mistakes Made by Bass Players and How to Avoid Them (L#169)

If you been following my bass lessons for a while you’ll be well aware that I try and tell you exactly what to do to take your bass playing to the next level – and beyond. I’ve shown you licks,…

‘Must Know’ Walking Bass Substitutions – with Todd Johnson

So What (originally composed by the great Miles Davis) is one of those tunes that get’s called time and time again at jam sessions. In fact, if you’re starting to think about attending a local jam session, or if you’re…

How to approach complicated bass lines and licks! (L#166)

There’s something we can all be 100% certain of… At some point we’re all going to want to play a lick, groove, or solo line that will be out of our comfort zone – and clearly beyond where our technical…

Mastering Your Bass Fingerboard – The 4+2 Positioning Concept (L#165)

So first of all just let me come clean – I did not come up with this concept. It was shown to me by the amazing bass player Gary Willis, who I was lucky enough to study with many years…

How to Make the Metronome Swing (L#163)

When I tell people you can make a metronome actually ‘swing’ I get some funny looks to say the least… But, you certainly can make it swing! A metronome can be an invaluable tool for bass players that are seeking…

Vital Groove Technique: Going BELOW the Root! (L#162)

As bass players, we generally think “root first” and then build upwards from the root adding 3rds, 5ths, 7ths, and whatever other extensions there may be available to outline the chord of the moment. The gag is, because we think…

Sexy Up Your Bass Grooves with these Cool Articulations (L#161)

Has this ever happened to you?… You listen to a real bad-ass bassist playing a killer groove, you figure out the notes they’re playing but when you play the same groove it doesn’t sound anywhere near as funky as when…