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Use THIS to FUNKIFY YOUR BASS GROOVES (extra funk included!)

Being able to use and apply “Ghost Notes” within your bass lines and grooves is HUGE… James Jamerson used them, Jaco used them, Rocco uses them, I’m sure you get the idea… The gag is, they can be a total…

How to STOP playing the SAME OLD $?@T

If you’re anything like me every now and again you start driving yourself CRAZY… because you just keep playing the same old stuff over and over… and over… and overrrrr… Every time you pick up your bass, you fall back…

Going back to my old bass…

For this lesson I thought it’d be fun to get out one of my old basses, and ohhhh boy, I’ve missed this one sooooo much… It’s my original Overwater signature series that I actually designed whilst working for Overwater when…

How to solo on a II V I… LIKE A PRO!

In this lesson we’ve got a VERY special guest… Someone who in my opinion is one of the most talented bassists on the planet. Period. And if that’s not enough, he’s an amazing educator too. In this lesson he’s going…

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DON’T think notes… think INTERVALS

Until I finally figured it out, I was constantly wondering what the great bass players are thinking about when they’re laying down some serious grooves, or busting out an epic solo… Are they thinking notes? Are they thinking patterns? Are…

Play awesome BASS FILLS with this EASY trick

At some point or another, we ALL want to be able to play a kick-ass bass fills, right?… The gag is, I see a LOT of players trying to pull them off, but unfortunately they end up sounding garbled (is…

Why you SHOULDN’T play a 5 string bass

I get asked a LOT about the whole “should I play a 5 string thing?”… And I get it… because I used to wonder the same thing. Should I?… Shouldn’t I? So in this lesson, I’m going to share 5…

EPIC Bass lick (and the coolest soloing substitution?)

In this lesson, I thought it’d be fun to teach you a MONSTER of a bass lick… And – by learning this lick, you’re also going to learn how to superimpose diminished arpeggios over ANY dominant chord to get a…

3 AWESOME tips to make ODD TIME SIGNATURES easy

If the time hasn’t come yet where you’ve been faced with playing something in 7/4… or 13/8… or 11/4… Trust me – that time will come, and you need to be prepared! Firstly – don’t panic! Playing in odd time…

How you can master the fingerboard – with just a hand full of shapes!

In this lesson I’m going to show you the real secret to learning the fingerboard… And… if you follow and learn the concepts in this lesson, you’re going to be able to play ANY groove over ANY chord, ANYWHERE on…

“The Groove Buster”… the ultimate timing exercise for bass players

=== It’s one thing to think you’ve got good time… but do you really? Well, In the this lesson I’m going to put YOUR timing to the test! And don’t worry… you’re going to hear me messing up too… we…

How to play epic gospel bass fills…

=== Ok… let’s talk GOSPEL CHOPS! We’ve all heard epic gospel players such as Sharay Reed, Justin Raines and Fred Hammond tearing it up with those crazy sounding gospel bass fills… And let’s get it straight… we ALL want to…

What is Hip – Tower of Power – Bass Line Analysis (L#223)

=== “What is Hip” has got to be one of the coolest 16th note funk grooves ever written… It was originally played by one of the original godfathers of funk, Rocco Prestia of the amazing band Tower of Power. There’s…

Deeper Underground – Bass Line Analysis (L#220)

=== In this lesson I’m going to teach you one of my all time favourite synth style bass lines – “Deeper Underground” by Jamiroquai. But there’s more to it than just teaching you a great riff! One of the questions…

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…