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Steve Lawson – How To Flip Looping On Its Head And Start With The Melody

=== This lesson is taken from the new course we’ve just released by the amazingly talented Steve Lawson. Steve is going to show you how to break free from the stereotypical looping techniques you may have seen or used in…

How to Easily Memorise ALL the Notes on the Bass Fingerboard

=== Figuring out where the notes on the fingerboard are is pretty easy… open google, search “notes on bass fingerboard”, click “images” and there you’ll have a gazzilion diagrams all showing you where the notes are… BUT – the real…

Lead Sheet Navigation for Bass Players

=== Knowing how to demystify lead sheets when you first look at them is a SUPER valuable skill that will last you a lifetime… The gag is, what do you look at first?… Key signature? Form? Common Chordal Movements (and…

“How to Adjust Your Bass Intonation” – Understanding Your Bass with Chris May (L#225)

=== Understanding how a basses intonation works and how to correctly adjust it yourself is a vital skill for any bass player… Without it, your bass will be out of tune… with itself! In this lesson I sit down with…

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How to make your electric bass sound like an upright (L#224)

=== In this lesson I’m going to give you some great tips for getting that ‘upright’ vibe on your electric bass… I’m discussing hand positioning, technique, how you pluck the strings, tone controls, strings, open strings and much more. Ready?……

How to Survive Jazz Jam Sessions – 10 Top Tips (L#222)

=== Jam sessions can be fantastic for your learning curve as a bass player… but, they can certainly be nerve wracking too… And jazz jam sessions… well, they can be the worst of all! So, to save you making the…

Understanding Your Bass with Chris May – “The Importance of Signal Quality”

=== I’m back with another instalment of our “Understanding Your Bass” series with master luthier Chris May, the man behind Overwater Basses. In this new lesson we’re discussing the importance of signal quality – something you may not have thought…

Understanding Your Bass with Chris May – “Shielding and Noise”

=== As a new monthly feature over on my YouTube channel I thought it’d be great to get Chris May (the master luthier behind ‘Overwater Basses’) down to SBL towers and share some of his knowledge with the SBL community……

What is a “Real Book” and Why They’re so Important (L#217)

=== “What’s a Real Book and should I have one?”… this is a question I get asked pretty much every week by students that are studying with me in the Academy. The Real Book can be a fantastic tool that…

How Not to Get Lost Within Any Song – 5 Tips! (L#216)

=== If you’ve played live before you’ll know that there’s always a danger of getting lost within the form of a song… You don’t know whether you’re in the right place which means you’re either looking around for help from…

4 Hacks to Help You Choose the Correct Fingering Position (L#215)

=== How do you choose what fingering position you’re going use when you’re faced with a brand new song? If you simply gravitate down to the first 5 frets you’re missing out on some seriously cool opportunities. To ‘really’ learn…

5 Essential Tips For Surviving Your Next Jam Session (L#214)

=== So… let’s talk about jam sessions! They’re amazing for meeting fellow musicians, amazing for getting in at the deep end and using what you’ve been practicing in real life situations… and there’s absolutely no faster way to push your…

The “Real” Role of the Bass Player (L#213)

=== I find that one of the biggest stumbling blocks for many bass players is actually understanding what the bass players role is within the band… It may seem simple at first, but sooooo many players get this completely wrong…

My Top 5 Essential Transcription Tips for Bass Players – (L#210)

=== Transcribing the musical language of other musicians is one of the most positive things I ever did for my bass playing, and in this new lesson you’re going to learn my top 5 essential transcription tips. If I was…

My Top 10 Influential Bass Players – (L#209)

The above video is blocked in Germany due to copyright issues… here’s one for you guys… === One of the most common questions I get asked is “which bass players have had the biggest influence on your bass playing?”… There…