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The Most Important Scale You’ll Ever learn! (L#143)

The modes can be soooooo confusing!… What are they actually used for? Which one should I learn first? How can I actually use them to create bass lines, grooves and solos? All of these questions are extremely common… so if…

How to unlock your fretboard! “Must see” lesson for bass players (L#141)

You may or may not know but two weeks ago I released a brand new course into the SBL Academy course library… and it’s HUGE! In fact, it’s probably the most detailed and in depth course focusing on scales, arpeggios and…

The Perfect Bass Position… a must for all bass players! (L#135)

I’ve seen countless bass players struggling with their technique – they can’t seem to play faster type lines or make big stretches on the fingerboard… in fact stretching any more than 4 frets is a struggle for them. In most…

4 Killer Exercises To Whip Your Pick Playing Into Shape! (L#131)

Using a plectrum to play bass!… Surely not?! ;) Well actually, if you’re aiming to be a versatile and in demand bass player you certainly should be able to play bass using a plectrum (also commonly referred to as a…

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“Slap Bass”… 2 Great Exercises to Get You Started! (L#129)

Ok, I think you’ll be in agreement… Slap bass is simply one of the coolest and funkiest techniques you can use on bass! Unfortunately for many players it’s really hard just to get up and running with this technique and much…

The one thing that turned my bass playing around! (L#115)

I talk about a ton of stuff on Scott’s Bass Lessons… chord tones, scales, modes, grooves… the list goes on… But, all of that is useless if you’re not putting it into practice. This is why keeping a practice log…

How to Change Strings on Your Bass… Correctly. Watch this! (L#96)

In this lesson I’m going to show you exactly how I change my strings, plus a cool little trick that will stop the internal core of your strings slipping and causing you tuning issues… which is always a pain! As…

The Secret to a Great Bass Tone (L#92)

Are you holding your bass playing back? Don’t make this big mistake! (L#95)

Are you holding your own bass playing back and don’t even know it?! This is a serious issue for so many bass players and is unfortunately something I see time and time again. In fact I believe many bass players…

Are you playing live? My one huge performance tip! (L#90)

Alongside teaching one my greatest loves is playing live. If you’re not playing live yet I urge you to join a band, jam with friends, do whatever you can to get playing with other musicians, as it will turbo charge…

3 things you must do when playing fretless bass! (L#87)

Playing fretless bass can be super challenging if approached in the wrong way. Equally, you can transition between the fretted and fretless bass very easily (even if you’ve never played fretless before!) if you take a few things into consideration…

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Ear Training for Bassists (L#82)

Ear training is one of THE most important things any musician should be working on… and what’s the best thing about it?… Well, you can practice ear training without your bass! This means every time you’re listening to music in…

The Importance of Eye Contact (L#80)

When playing in any live or studio situation eye contact between band members is of critical importance and can be the difference between a great gig, and a total train wreck. This is the BIG difference between professional musicians and…

‘THE’ most important bass lesson I ever teach! (L#68)

You can put your bass down for this lesson, you won’t need it. Why? Am I talking about harmony or something like that? Something like that, yes…