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The “10 Bass Line” Challenge

Learning music… learning bass… it’s language, and therefore we should approach learning it like we learned our first spoken language – listening and then trying to recreate what we hear. We should also aim to understand everything we play from a harmonic perspective too, much like when we went to school and learned about the construction of language. Let’s jump in…

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The “67 Day” Challenge

We’re all here to better ourselves as bass players and musicians, right? Well, for this challenge we’re going to work on forming a life long habit that can really benefit our playing! Let’s jump in…

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The “Rock” Challenge

We all have rock music in our lives. Whether it’s country rock, blues rock, rock fusion, metal, punk… or even jazz rock… it’s EVERYWHERE! :) Well, for this challenge you’re going to get focused in on ROCK! Ready? Let’s jump in…

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2015 “Kickstart” Challenge

We all know what happens at the start of every year. You set a heap of New Year resolutions that generally… you won’t stick too. I know I don’t ;) Well, this New Year YOU are going to put something into action. Interested? Then check this out…

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The “Slap Bass” Challenge

We all know, slap bass is one of the coolest bass techniques there is. That’s why we thought it was about time to launch “The Slap Bass Challenge”. You’ve got two different options within this challenge – the transcription pathway and the composition pathway, plus there will be new play along tracks being added every week. Hit the button below and find out how you can get started!

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The “Bass Line Creation” Challenge

This could be one of our best challenges yet! As bass players, creating bass lines is what we’re going to be called to do 99% of the time. Sometimes it will be to re-create someone else’s bass line, but sometimes it will be to create an original bass line, something you have created yourself. This is what this challenge is all about!

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The “Style Analysis” Challenge

For this challenge, we want you to pick one style of music to study and immerse yourself in over the duration of this challenge. You will be studying different artists, bass players and bass lines from your chosen genre.

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The “Player Analysis” Challenge

This is one of my favourite ever practices, and is something I have done extensively with many bass players over the years. You simply choose one of your favourite bassists, and then start to transcribe their bass lines on one or a few chosen songs.

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The “Funk and Disco” Challenge

I want one of your main focuses this month to be learning bass lines from the “Funk and Disco” genres…

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The “Jam Session Survival” Challenge

Jam sessions can be one of “the” most fun parts of being a bassist… but they can also be one of the scariest too. For this challenge I want you to choose 3 songs and learn them so you can play them in their entirety by memory.

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The “Motown” Challenge

The focus of this challenge is two fold, using music from the Motown era in order to develop our skills in transcribing as well as building a strong rhythmical foundation.

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The “Blues” Challenge

I want one of your main focuses this month to be ‘The Blues’. You can work on grooving, soloing, walking bass lines – the choice is totally up to you. BUT… make sure you’re challenging yourself!

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The “Kickstart Goal” Challenge

To participate in this challenge, pick “Kickstart Goal” for January. Then, keep updating us on your progress throughout the month so we can all join in and support each other along the journey. I really recommend filming or recording yourself along the way and posting these performances into your thread as it’s a great way to let us see and hear exactly what you’re working on, and it keeps you accountable.

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The “Transcription” Challenge

This months challenge is all about “Transcription”. If you’re not quite sure what transcription is, you’ve probably been doing it for a while and not even realised it. Transcription is simply working out (by ear) other peoples bass lines and solos. In fact, it doesn’t have to be bass, it could be anything – piano solos, guitar solos, theme tunes… whatever you want

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