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What to upgrade first… your bass or your amp?

=== One question that comes up over and over is… “what should I upgrade first… my bass or my amp”? I have a really strong opinion on this topic – so if you’ve ever wondered what and exactly why you…

SLAP BASS… and my crazy fast triplet pattern thing…?

=== Ok… let’s talk … SLAP BASS! ;) I’ve just released a brand new video where I’m going to show you 4 cool slap hacks that really helped me get my slap bass chops together… I’m talking about arm rotation,…

Why ALL Bass Players *Should* Use a Pick

=== If you’ve been playing bass for any length of time you’ll already know that there’s a lot of controversy around the whole “bass players using a pick” argument… Well, in this video I want to talk about why all…

The Jazz Bass Vs P Bass Thing…?

The Jazz bass vs Precision bass thing is a question that comes up regularly simply from the fact that they are two of the longest standing bass guitar designs there are. The gag is… when you look into it, the…

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Why You *Shouldn’t* Go To Music School

=== So, while I sit here writing this post I’m sat in a studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn working with some of the coolest and most respected bass players on the planet… Cody Wright, Rufus Philpot and Damian Erskine have already…

Top 5 Myths About Learning Bass

=== I’ve been playing bass now for around 20 years, which has been long enough for me to hear about every bizarre myth there is when it comes to learning the bass… I thought it’d be fun to film a…

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…

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…