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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…

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Bass Riff of the Week #1 (L#117)

Ok… we all love cool bass riffs, right?! Well, I had an idea and wanted to run it past you… As you probably already know, I release one bass lesson per week, and this will continue (until the end of…

Two ways to make your bass lines sound awesome! (L#114)

So this lesson is a BIGGY! As in, although I may seem to be covering a pretty simple concept, I believe this is one of the main things that separates great sounding players and mediocre sounding players. I say “one…

This is one of the funkiest bass techniques there is! (L#113)

Mixing plucking and slapping techniques on the bass is something that I rarely see discussed, but is used extensively by many of the worlds top bass players. You’ll have heard it used on many records thousands of times before, most…

What You Should ‘REALLY’ Focus on When Creating Grooves (L#110)

One of the questions I repeatedly get asked is “what exactly are you thinking while playing the bass?”… and I get it! It was the one thing that bugged me forever when I was younger… what the heck are all…

Breaking the Rules to Create Awesome Grooves – “Groove Analysis” (L#109)

In this bass lesson I’m going to demonstrate how you can use the minor blues scale to create bass lines and grooves over static dominant chords, i.e. a dominant chord over multiple measures. In this instance G7. Because the G7…

Exploring the Bossa Nova (L#104)

As you’ll hear in this lesson, there’s a good reason why I want you to learn the fundamentals of playing the bossa nova. I got myself into a sticky situation in the past, and I want to save you the…

The Importance of ballads (L#103)

Using ballads as a practicing tool can be a very effective way to expand you’re knowledge of harmony upon the fingerboard. We’re all so often caught up in playing fast, which scale to use, is my technique clean enough and…

Awesome String Skipping Groove! (L#102)

String skipping can be one of the most awkward and challenging moves to master with your plucking hand. And, a groove like this will be quick to highlight any technique issues you have that need to be focused on and…

Awesome Funk Groove Breakdown (L#94)

In this lesson I’m going to show you a really cool technique that you can apply to any groove you want to create. Essentially we’re going to be using the ‘wrong’ notes within our groove, but because of the way…

Jaco Pastorius Style Groove Breakdown (L#89)

When I first heard the legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius my life was changed forever. Up until that moment the only bass players I’d ever really heard were simply doubling up the guitar line or simply grooving in the background. I…

The Pino Palladino Double Stop (L#86)

Here’s a technique I first heard the legendary bass player Pino Palladino using on D’Angelo’s album ‘Voodoo’. Then, on closer examination I found that many bass players were using the same technique… Jaco… even Jimi Hendrix! Essentially, it’s adding chordal…