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The only 5 scales you’ll EVER need to learn

There are a LOT of scales, right? – I think we all know that. And, I think we can also admit that it can be totally overwhelming knowing which one to learn next, which one will be most useful to…

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…

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…

How to Learn the Notes on the Bass Guitar (L#197)

=== Hey, Scott here… In this lesson I’m going to cover a topic that pretty much everyone struggles with… “How to learn the notes of the neck?!” Don’t worry… I had the same issues as you. I struggled to memorise…

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How to Mix Arpeggio Patterns for Ultimate Fretboard Fluidity (L#185)

=== To really push your playing to the next level, being able to visualise the available chord tones (arpeggios) and scales around the neck at the drop of a hat is what you should be aiming for. It’s going to take…

How to Unlock Your Bass Fingerboard – EPIC Scale Exercise (L#184)

In this lesson I’m going to show you a great exercise that will help you open up your knowledge of the fingerboard and help you play much more freely around the entire instrument. Before you get rolling with this exercise…

10 Things EVERY Bass Player Should Know (L#172)

=== A few weeks ago I published a lesson called “The 6 Common Mistakes Made by Bass Players and How to Avoid Them”… and to say the response to that lesson has been amazing would be an understatement! In just…

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…

What ‘REALLY’ Makes a great bass player!

Ed Friedland is not only one of my favourite bass educators in the world – he’s also a fantastic bass player and one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. In one of his recent live seminars within the Academy…

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 find the Perfect Posture while Practising (L#158)

If your anything like me when practising, most of the time you’ll be sitting down. This makes total sense, as if we’re going to be making any serious progress we’re going to be spending a lot of time with our…

Awesome Fingerboard Shifting Exercise (L#152)

As bass players we’re constantly playing up and down the fingerboard and changing positions as our bass lines, grooves and solos dictate. One of the most common mistakes I see students make time and time again when making these fingerboard…

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…

How to play multiple octave scales – like a bad-ass! (L#147)

Playing freely up and down the fingerboard and been able to visualise your available notes within any given key can be a real challenge – especially for bass players, as a lot of the time we’re playing the money notes in the lower…