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‘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…

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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…

2 Exercises to Develop a Great Shuffle Feel (L#160)

BB King, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs, Jimi Hendrix, even The Roots have all used the shuffle feel… It’s one of the most important and popular feels in music today – and therefore, it’s absolutely vital that we have…

The “Upbeat Groove Exercise” (L#159)

Great rhythm is absolutely vital to us as bass players and musicians. It’s the one fundamental factor of everything we play. It doesn’t matter if you can slap a thousand notes a minute. It doesn’t matter if you can solo around…

How To Create Tension Within Your Bass Lines & Grooves (L#153)

As bass players we have a lot of responsibility and power within the ensembles in which with play. We provide the harmonic foundation that everything else within the band is built upon – and therefore if we simply change a…

A Masterclass in Bass Line Creation and R&B Bass with Danny Mo Morris

Creating great bass lines is an art form in itself but often gets over shadowed by fancy soloing or slap licks and therefore gets completely over looked by many bass players. I can’t stress enough – this is a HUGE…

“Off The Cuff”… Scott’s Solo Bass Groove

I had 10 minutes before recording the next Bass Riff Of THe Week, so I decided to throw down a quick groove for you… What’s the composition?… Well I figured it’d be pretty boring if I was just grooving, so I…

Bass Riff of the Week #5 (L#123)

In this weeks “Bass Riff of the Week” i’m getting my thumb out and going Gospel! Last week during a live Q&A masterclasses that we run bi-weekly within the SBL Academy, one of our members was having problems getting a…

Bass Riff of the Week #4 (L#122)

For this “Bass Riff of the Week” I wanted to cover a basic riff, but spice it up by giving it a 6 over 4 feel. Essentially this means although the riff itself isn’t overly complex or tough to play,…

Bass Riff of the week #3 (L#120)

For this weeks “Riff of the Week” i’ve used part of the riff from one of my favourite Erykah Badu songs “Annie Don’t Wear No Panties” and then added my own little twist on the end to keep you on…

Bass Riff of the week #2 (L#118)

Hey low-end lovers! So after the epic comments I got in last weeks “Bass Riff Of The Week #1″ lesson where I asked you guys whether you’d like a bass riff every week… I thought i’d better put another lesson…