Online Bass Lessons http://www.scottsbasslessons.com Free Online Bass Lessons Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:04:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 ‘Must Know’ Walking Bass Substitutions – with Todd Johnsonhttp://www.scottsbasslessons.com/improvisation/walking-bass-substitutions-todd-johnson.html http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/improvisation/walking-bass-substitutions-todd-johnson.html#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:03:54 +0000 http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/?p=11146 So What (originally composed by the great Miles Davis) is one of those tunes that get’s called time and time again at jam sessions. In fact, if you’re starting to think about attending a local jam session, or if you’re...

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So What (originally composed by the great Miles Davis) is one of those tunes that get’s called time and time again at jam sessions.

In fact, if you’re starting to think about attending a local jam session, or if you’re already attending them - you need to know this tune. Simple as that.

The gag is, that due to it’s modal nature people tend to get lost within the form very easily and ultimately it can end in a total train wreck.

Honestly, I couldn’t count on 10 hands the amount of times I’ve heard this tune end in disaster during jam sessions.

So - let's make sure that it doesn't happen when you're taking care of business! ;)

Let’s look at the chord sequence: 

Dm7   | Dm7   | Dm7   | Dm7   |

Dm7   | Dm7   | Dm7   | Dm7   |

Ebm7 | Ebm7 | Ebm7 | Ebm7 |

Dm7   | Dm7   | Dm7   | Dm7   ||

As you can see, there’s a lot of Dm7 — and that is exactly where the problem is. When playing through this tune, if you don’t know how to map out the form you’re in danger of getting lost in a sea of Dm7 very easily.

But don’t worry, help is at hand!

In this lesson Todd Johnson is going to show you a fantastic way of mapping out the form of So What by simply inserting II V substitutions over the minor chords. By using this technique you’re not only going to give your bass line much more shape and contour, you’re also going to hold the rest of the band together in a way that everyone will know exactly where they are within the form. The cool thing is, they won’t even know why they're not getting lost anymore... all they’ll know, is that when they play with you - everything just works!

As always, see you in the shed…

Scott.

PS. This clip was taken from one of the weekly live seminars from within The Academy here at ScottsBassLessons. Every week we have live-streamed seminars with the likes of Ed Friedland, Anthony Wellington, Todd Johnson, Steve Lawson, Steve Jenkins, Cody Wright and many more…

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Killer Jazz Style Solo Lick – Learning Minor Vocabularyhttp://www.scottsbasslessons.com/improvisation/jazz-style-bass-lick-lesson.html http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/improvisation/jazz-style-bass-lick-lesson.html#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 09:16:46 +0000 http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/?p=11116 You might of heard that "learning licks is bad"... Well, let me squash that myth right now! Learning licks is not only good... it's essential to your development as a bass player and musician. Here's the deal... No matter where...

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You might of heard that "learning licks is bad"...

Well, let me squash that myth right now!

Learning licks is not only good... it's essential to your development as a bass player and musician.

Here's the deal...

No matter where you are in the world right now, when you were a child you were given the task of learning a language. We can all relate to this. As humans we need to communicate with each other - and language is our number one asset.

Whatever language we had to learn, we all started off by listening and then simply repeating what we had heard, until at around the age of 2-3 years old we had a pretty basic grasp of how to tell our parents that it was time to drop whatever they were doing, and take us to the nearest play-park... or at least that's what my son does ;)

There was no questions like "are you talented enough to learn a language"...

You just had to do it.

It's simply understood that children will repeat what they hear, and after certain amount of listening and repetition, they'll just 'get it'.

Learning bass, or any instrument is exactly the same.

You can learn all the arpeggios, all the scales, all the tricks, have crazy technique... but at the end of the day the absolute fundamentals are...

  • Listen to great music that inspires you.
  • Imitate what you're hearing.

This is why if you're aiming to develop your soloing ability on the bass -- learning licks is so important.

Without learning licks, you simply won't understand how a good solo line is constructed and applied over the different chord types. This is why it's vital that you learn what other soloists are playing and how they're approaching different chord progressions, so you can take what they're doing and absorb it into your own vocabulary.

So before we get into the lesson, I want to ask you...

  • What are you transcribing right now?
  • Who's language are you trying to recreate within your own bass playing?

This isn't just how you learn to solo - this is how you learn to play an instrument!

If you're not doing either of the above, today is the time to start!

Now, let's get into the lesson...

In this lesson I'm going to show you a great jazz style lick that can be used over any minor tonality... oh, and it's fierce! ;)

If this lick is above your skill level right now, don't sweat it! Just pick a simpler lick, riff or groove and work on that instead. The most important thing is that we're constantly developing our vocabulary by listening to and imitating other musicians.

"But I don't want to sound like anyone else... I want to sound like me!"...

I hear you, but don't worry. Yes, if you studied only one player you'd most likely end up sounding like them to some extent -- but if you study many different players, ultimately you will end up sounding like an amalgamation of them all. I am living proof of this - my main influences are Skuli Sverrission, James Jameson, Gary Willis, Pino Palladino and Kai Eckhardt... and yeah, I kinda sound like a weird mix of all of those guys moulded together.

So if you're wondering "How do I develop my own voice and sound on the bass"... well, this is it!

Who do you want to sound like a strange mix of?! Start learning their bass lines and licks - today.

As always, see you in the shed...

Scott :)

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How to approach complicated bass lines and licks! (L#166)http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/technique/string-crossing-exercise-bass-lesson.html http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/technique/string-crossing-exercise-bass-lesson.html#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 22:23:07 +0000 http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/?p=11025 There's something we can all be 100% certain of... At some point we're all going to want to play a lick, groove, or solo line that will be out of our comfort zone - and clearly beyond where our technical...

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There's something we can all be 100% certain of...

At some point we're all going to want to play a lick, groove, or solo line that will be out of our comfort zone - and clearly beyond where our technical capabilities are right now on the bass.

If you've experienced this before or experiencing this right now, don't worry - every single bass player has this issue. Even guys that have a highly developed bass technique such as Victor Wooten, Alain Caron and Jeff Berlin for example will all have these issues at some point.

It's easy to think that once you get to your technique to certain level you will develop bass super powers that will make you indestructible - even the worlds toughest lick will be a like a walk in the park...

Well, I'm here to tell you that it won't.

Yes, as your technique develops certain things will become a lot easier, but at some point you'll be asked to perform a piece of music that has hiding within it a "lick of doom" ;)

It's happened to me personally countless times, and I can guarantee that every bass player on the planet has encountered such a lick - whatever level they're at.

To be honest, it's a complicated subject - as what one bass player finds easy, another bass player will find hard - no matter if they're at the same level technical proficiency.

Why you ask?!

Well, that's just the way it works. We're all physically different, and therefore certain physical movements might be easier for one player than an other.

Also, what a player's focus has been comes into play...

Victor Wooten has crazy slap chops, we can all be certain about that - whereas Jeff Berlin has an insane legato technique. If these players were asked to play each others lines, they would certainly have some challenges ahead of them - even though they both have highly developed techniques.

Don't get me wrong, I'm certain they'd be able to "get it"... but it might not be as easy as you'd think.

So, how should we go about learning complicated licks, riff, and bass lines?!

There's obviously the "start slow and build it up" technique, which works great. But, in this lesson I'm also going to show another great technique that I use all the time when trying to master really tricky technical lines that are slightly out of my comfort zone.

As always, see you in the shed...

Scott :)

PS. If you enjoy this lesson and really want to get your bass technique into shape, you should check out my full technique course within the S.B.L Academy. It’s over 2 hours long and includes the very exercises I used to completely change the way I play.

Check out the full course HERE.

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Cool Soloing Hack for Bass Players (The Jazz Blues)http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/improvisation/soloing-lesson-bass-jazz-blues.html http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/improvisation/soloing-lesson-bass-jazz-blues.html#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2015 13:36:34 +0000 http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/?p=10956 Soloing over the a blues chord sequence is lot tricker than first meets the eye (or ear!). I'm not talking about simply shredding up and down the minor pentatonic scale or blues scale (guitar players - I'm calling you out,...

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Soloing over the a blues chord sequence is lot tricker than first meets the eye (or ear!).

I'm not talking about simply shredding up and down the minor pentatonic scale or blues scale (guitar players - I'm calling you out, lol!) - I mean really outlining the changes of the sequence, and hitting all the juicy chord tones as they go by.

When I first began to solo on the bass (many moons ago), I actually found the blues sequence incredibly hard as I just couldn't get used to the movement of the first two dominant chords. I figured I wasn't alone, so began an epic transcription project where I took 5 great blues solos and learned them front to back trying to discover what techniques the greats were using when improvising over this common sequence.

To compress what I learned from that transcription project into one lesson would be utterly impossible as I learned so much - but, I did discover a cool hack that some players were using on the first two chords of the sequence - in fact, this hack fixed my issue with the two dominant chords that I was originally struggling with!

In this lesson I'm going to show you exactly what hack I discovered so you can get it into your playing - today!

Here's the chord sequence for the standard Jazz Blues progression:

F7 | F7 | F7 | F7
Bb7 | Bdim | F7 | D7
Gm7 | C7 | F D7 | Gm7 | C7 ||

The scales used are:

  • F7 - Bars 1-4
  • F Minor Blues Scale - Bars 5&6
  • F7 - Bar 7
  • F# Diminished - Bar 8
  • Combination of outlining the chords and F major - Last 4 Bars

Just a heads up: this is in no way the only way to solo over a jazz blues sequence. There are multiple ways of approaching improvisation over this common progression - this is just a great way of getting started.

As always, see you in the shed...

Scott :)

PS. I also want to give a huge shout out to Mark (Mongoose), who's one of our Academy members. The lesson you're about to watch is a clip from one of my weekly student focus seminars within the Academy where I give Academy students direct feedback and advice each week. This video was my response to Mark, who's been submitting some great videos over the last few months - and as always, it's a pleasure to here him play, and hear the progress he's making every week.

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Mastering Your Bass Fingerboard – The 4+2 Positioning Concept (L#165)http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/technique/mastering-your-bass-fingerboard.html http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/technique/mastering-your-bass-fingerboard.html#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 14:36:55 +0000 http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/?p=10671 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...

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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 ago.

Gary is very 'visual' in the way he maps out the fretboard - and that was great for me, as I'm also a very visual learner. I absolutely do not have a million note names flying through my head while I'm playing... my thought process is this:

1. What's the root note of the moment?
2. What's the quality of the chord? i.e. major 7th, minor 7th, dominant 7th etc etc

I then assign the correct arpeggio (or scale if relevant) shape to the root note.

I have multiple arpeggio/scale fingering patterns memorised, approximately 3 for each chord type, which gives me the ability to have the 'correct shape' under my fingerings wherever I am on the fingerboard, regardless of what the chord type is.

If you want to find out about this in greater detail, you should check out my full scales and arpeggio course as it's over 10+ hours long and takes you through a comprehensive step by step approach of how to map out the arpeggios and scales in this way.

So what's the big secret?...

What helps me tie all of this knowledge together is the 4+2 positioning concept that I'm going to show you in this lesson.

The 4+2 fingering concept is a fantastic way of mapping out your key centres on the fingerboard, and organising the huge amount of information we have to deal with when playing into more manageable chunks.

If you use and practice this concept the correct way (as I'm about to show you in this lesson), it will also help you greatly in learning where all the notes of the fingerboard are.

So without further a due, let's jump into this lesson!

As always, see you in the shed...

Scott :)

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The Last 5 Years – “The Top 10 Lessons”!http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/notes/the-last-5-years-top-10-lessons.html http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/notes/the-last-5-years-top-10-lessons.html#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 23:40:34 +0000 http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/?p=10850 In just a few weeks time Scott's Bass Lessons is going to have it's 5 year birthday, whoop! :) Honestly, I can't believe it's gone so fast. 5 years ago I had a seed of an idea to create a...

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In just a few weeks time Scott's Bass Lessons is going to have it's 5 year birthday, whoop! :)

Honestly, I can't believe it's gone so fast.

5 years ago I had a seed of an idea to create a resource for bass players that would give them the information they need to understand exactly how to really take their playing to the next level... and 5 years later Scott's Bass Lessons has grown into the worlds largest and fastest growing bass lesson resource (my mind's blown - constantly!).

I've released over 160 lessons onto YouTube (collectively that have been viewed more than 16 million times). Time-wise, it adds up to 153 years, 254 days of viewing time... give or take ;)

So, I thought this would be a great time to do a round up of the Top 10 most viewed lessons that I've released since Scott's Bass Lessons began.

I've also included a little info about each over them... some of it informative... some, simply for comedy value! ;)

As always, see you in the shed...

Scott :)

The last 5 years - The Top 10 Most Viewed Lessons!

1. Slap Bass lesson - Beginner/Intermediate (1,118,718 views)

If you're just starting out with slap bass or simply want to review your technique, this lesson is for you.

It was recorded in the spare room of the house I was living in when I began Scott's Bass Lessons -- things were VERY "guerrilla" back then!

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2. Walking bass lesson - Beginner (925,477 views)

Again, this lesson was very low-tech (kinda makes me cringe when I watch it back!). Just me in a room with a mic and a camera (probably nowhere near as good as an iPhone camera). I did all the editing myself... which is why it's pretty close to terrible ;)

This lesson is great if you're unsure of what walking bass actually is, and/or just want to get started with it.

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3. How to Get Those "SEXY NOTES" - Using Simple Shapes (578,380 views)

The popularity of this lesson was totally unexpected! A few of the lessons that I've released have been unexpectedly popular, but this one is certainly at the top of that list. In fact, after I recorded this lesson I almost scrapped it as I thought I might not have communicated the concept well enough... but by the view numbers, it seems I was wrong! :)

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4. The Secret Triplet Technique - (526,660 views)

When I really started getting into slap bass in a big way and researching the different techniques players were using, I noticed that there was a lot more happening that first meets the eye (or ears!). Essentially, this is because there are many more percussive elements within a slap bass line than a traditional finger picked line.

One of the techniques that you'll hear time and time again is fast percussive triplets that are inserted between the notes of the main bass line or motif. This can be achieved by using a few different techniques... in this lesson I show you how I do it, and how you can get it into your playing by using the cool riff I teach you.

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5. Funky Bass Groove Breakdown - (494,326 views)

This was one of the first lessons where I took a cool funky bass riff, and then broke it down piece by piece making sure that students understood how it was constructed from a theoretical stand-point using chords tones and chromatic passing tones.

This lesson was very 'low-tech'... there was only an over-head mic being used. The bass wasn't even on a separate feed!

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6. The Real Secret to a Great Bass tone - (428,379 views)

This was one of the first lessons that had a really professional feel to it. Because of the growing popularity of Scott's Bass Lessons I decided that it was time to take things up a notch and hired a film crew.

I can't tell you how risky it felt doing this! Hiring a film crew is not cheap - and everyone around me thought I was crazy for hiring someone to film what was ultimately going to be given away for free on YouTube. Even the film crew thought I was crazy, lol!

Still, the proof is in the pudding -- it was 100% the right thing to do, and is a fantastic example of why sometimes you should ignore what everyone is telling you to do, and simply do what YOU think is right.

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7. Jaco Pastorius Style Groove Breakdown - (350,555 views)

This lesson is a great 'groove breakdown' style lesson, written in the style of the great Jaco Pastorius. This style of lesson is great, as not only does the student learn a killer riff, they also learn 'why' and 'how' it works from a musical stand point. This is what I think a lot of teachers on YouTube miss... they teach great riffs, but they don't teach you why they're great and how to replicate those compositional techniques yourself. When I started Scott's Bass Lessons - my number 1 goal was to fill that gap!

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8. The Most Important Bass Lesson I Ever Teach - (340,620 views)

This was another lesson that I almost scrapped! In fact, it was my wife who talked me out of deleting it and told me in no uncertain terms that I 'must' upload it to YouTube.

I guess you're thinking "why scrap it"?!...

I was still doing all my own editing at this point. Now, can you remember when you heard your voice recorded for the first time? It didn't sound anything like you, did it. I'm guessing you hated the sound of your voice. Now, imagine what that's like when you're editing videos of yourself every day. It's very easy to take a dislike to a video that you've made, even if the message is solid. That's why now I don't edit any of my videos - in fact, you might be surprised to hear that I don't even watch the lessons after I've recorded them - instead I have two of the Scott's Bass Lessons team watch them instead, and they give them the thumbs up or down. If I watched them, I'd want to re-record them over and over... even if the first one was perfect. That's just my nature.

This is another great lesson in itself. Searching for perfection will actually hold you back. Sometimes you've just got to keep pushing forward, even when you think you could do better - as that in itself is what will push you forward!

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9. 2 Ways to Make Your Bass Solos Sound Awesome - (275,492 views)

This is a great lesson if you want to expand your soloing concepts! It's based around using the major scale, and looks at using interval sequences to give your solo lines much more shape. When you get these concepts down you can literally 'plug them in' whenever you need to spice up one of your lines.

I wish someone had showed me this stuff years ago, lol!

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10. Bass Soloing lesson - Scale Discovery (256,048)

This is another great lesson to help you start ramping up your solos. Again, it's all based upon the major scale - which is the most important scale you will ever learn, as most of the other scales you will use are all derived directly from the major scale.

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Playing Chords on Bass: Getting Your Voice Leading Together!http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/chords/playing-chords-on-bass-getting-your-voice-leading-together.html http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/chords/playing-chords-on-bass-getting-your-voice-leading-together.html#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 11:04:57 +0000 http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/?p=10680 Playing chords on bass can be tricky! In fact right from the start we're at a disadvantage simply because of the low register of the bass. That said, you can certainly play chords on the bass - and, it can...

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Playing chords on bass can be tricky! In fact right from the start we're at a disadvantage simply because of the low register of the bass.

That said, you can certainly play chords on the bass - and, it can sound VERY cool!

In this lesson I'm going to teach you about voice leading - what it is, how it can help you gain more freedom on the fretboard, and why we need to start thinking like piano players!

As always, see you in the shed...

Scott :)

PS. If you enjoy this lesson, you should check out my course "Chords on Bass - The Definitive Guide". In fact the lesson you've just watched is part of that 6+ hour course. You can try it out for a full 14 day totally free here.

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What ‘REALLY’ Makes a great bass player!http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/beginners/what-really-makes-a-great-bass-player.html http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/beginners/what-really-makes-a-great-bass-player.html#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 23:54:30 +0000 http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/?p=10648 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...

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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 he was asked a great question... "What constitutes a great bass player?"

Now take a moment and think about that question.

It's actually much more complex than it first seems - and, is absolutely relevant to all of us.

I this video Ed shares what he thinks makes a great bass player. And personally, I don't think anyone could have given a better answer.

As always, see you in the shed...

Scott :)

PS. Remember that Ed, and many more of the best bass educators in the world do completely live online streamed seminars every week in the Academy. To check out the full Academy faculty click here. Or, to find out more about the Academy and grab your 14 day free trial, click here.

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Face-Melting Bass Lick + How To Develop Your Vocabulary /// Full Workshop (L#164)http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/improvisation/bass-lick-vocabulary-workshop.html http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/improvisation/bass-lick-vocabulary-workshop.html#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 11:21:25 +0000 http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/?p=10641 I get asked all the time... "is learning licks bad?"... And I get it, I used to hear this all the time about certain players... "he's just a lick player". Unfortunately, when people hear comments like this they automatically think...

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I get asked all the time... "is learning licks bad?"...

And I get it, I used to hear this all the time about certain players... "he's just a lick player".

Unfortunately, when people hear comments like this they automatically think that learning licks is bad.

Well, that is a BIG mistake!

What many people forget is that learning licks is VITAL to expanding your vocabulary on any instrument. Period.

Yes, you shouldn't 'just' play licks - we need to develop our vocabulary in a way that gives us total freedom over the entire fingerboard. Yet it's important to understand that learning licks is a crucial element of expanding your vocabulary.

I should warn you - the lick I cover in this workshop is tough! But, the concepts I cover are applicable to anyone. Even if you've just been playing a few months, by simply watching this workshop you'll begin to understand what vocabulary is, and how you're going to develop your own. So, even if this lick is way above your level - make sure you watch the entire tutorial as I cover some absolutely fundamental topics that will be important to your progression as a bass player and musician.

As always, see you in the shed...

Scott :)

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How to unlock your fretboard! “Must see” lesson for bass players (L#141)http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/improvisation/how-to-unlock-your-fretboard-must-see-lesson-for-bass-players-l141.html http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/improvisation/how-to-unlock-your-fretboard-must-see-lesson-for-bass-players-l141.html#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 09:49:19 +0000 http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/?p=10631 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...

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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 chord tones in existence, coming in at over 10+ hours long!

This lesson is a sneak preview of a lesson from the new course.

So what's this lesson about?!...

Mapping out your available notes on the fretboard can seem incredibly hard! There's 4 different basic arpeggio types to learn, and with each of the different chord types you need to be able to play them fluidly up and down the fretboard in multiple octaves... and at the same time still be musical and keep the groove. That sounds crazy hard, right?!

Don't worry... I've got a cool trick up my sleeve for ya! :)

For every chord type there is, I've mapped them out using 3 easy to learn one octave shapes. This gives me the ability to play any arpeggio all over the fingerboard without having to memorise huge elaborate patterns by simply linking up the smaller shapes. It also gives me the freedom change direction upon the fingerboard whenever I want so I have complete control over the bass lines or solo lines I'm creating at any given moment.

In this lesson I’m going to show you a few different ways you can play a two octave arpeggio to demonstrate how useful this technique can be.

As always, see you in the shed...

Scott :)

PS. If you enjoy this lesson and really want to become a "scales/arpeggios ninja" on the bass you should check out our 10+ hour  course, "Harmonic Layering - A Comprehensive Guide To Chord Tones, Arpeggios & Scales".

It's probably the most thorough scales and arpeggio course that's ever been created coming in at 10+ hours long... I literally take you step by step through everything I know on the subject, leaving no rock unturned. It's ALL in there.

Within the new course I cover arpeggios, chord tones, scales, pentatonic scales, the modes, uses of more exotic scales, but most importantly - I show you how to use all of these elements to create awesome bass lines, grooves and solos.

​In other words - I not only show you everything I know, I also show you how to actually use this information in real life situations!

In fact the lesson you're about to watch is part of that course! :) Check it out HERE.

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How to Make the Metronome Swing (L#163)http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/rythm/make-the-metronome-swing-bass-lesson.html http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/rythm/make-the-metronome-swing-bass-lesson.html#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 12:47:58 +0000 http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/?p=10615 When I tell people you can make a metronome actually ‘swing’ I get some funny looks to say the least… But, you certainly can make it swing! A metronome can be an invaluable tool for bass players that are seeking...

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When I tell people you can make a metronome actually ‘swing’ I get some funny looks to say the least…

But, you certainly can make it swing!

A metronome can be an invaluable tool for bass players that are seeking to develop their groove and time feel. The key, is to find ways of using the metronome in a musical way that re-enforces your internal subdivision feel and in turn develops your overall groove.

In the past few lessons we’ve focused on getting your shuffle feel together and strengthening your eighth note grooves. In this lesson you’re going to learn how to make the metronome swing.

We’re going to start off slowly, so if you’re just starting out playing swing - this lesson will be great for you.

If you’re a more advanced player, don’t worry - I’ve included some exercises in this lesson that are going to make you sweat! ;)

As always, see you in the shed…

Scott :)

PS. If you enjoy this lesson and want to check out my full ‘Masterclass in Time and Groove Development’ course (which this lesson is a part of), click here and grab your 14 day free trial.

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Vital Groove Technique: Going BELOW the Root! (L#162)http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/bass-lines-grooves/vital-groove-technique-below-the-root.html http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/bass-lines-grooves/vital-groove-technique-below-the-root.html#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:06:49 +0000 http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/?p=10575 As bass players, we generally think “root first” and then build upwards from the root adding 3rds, 5ths, 7ths, and whatever other extensions there may be available to outline the chord of the moment. The gag is, because we think...

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As bass players, we generally think “root first” and then build upwards from the root adding 3rds, 5ths, 7ths, and whatever other extensions there may be available to outline the chord of the moment.

The gag is, because we think root first, and then build the other extension “on top” of that root, bass players often (understatement alert!) only see and visualise what’s available above the root note.

By doing this we’re missing out on a HUGE opportunity. We should also be viewing the available extensions that are below the root note of the moment, as this gives us the ability to add deep and low sounding extensions within our grooves and bass lines even when we’re in more sonically awkward keys when playing on a 4 string bass such as Eb, D, Db.

5 string players… read on, this lesson is still very relevant to you!

If you’ve ever played Superstition in the original key of Eb on a 4 string bass you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. When playing the Eb on the 7th fret of the A string it just doesn’t have that deep groove that you’d get when playing a 5 string… You really wish that low Eb was available!

Well, if you start thinking root down as well as root up - you’re going to find that you can still take advantage of the lower end of your instrument, even if you are playing within one of the more sonically challenging keys. In fact, this can transform you're facility over the entire bass. This gives you the ability to create deep and low sounding grooves whatever key you’re in.

In this lesson I’m going to demonstrate this in action, and then show you a killer groove to help you get this happening within your own grooves and bass lines.

As always, see you in the shed…

Scott :)

PS. If you want to really expand your bass line creation and groove chops, you should check out the "Masterclass in Bass Line Creation and R&B Bass" course within the Academy by Danny Mo Morris. To find out more and grab your 14 day FREE trial click here.

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Sexy Up Your Bass Grooves with these Cool Articulations (L#161)http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/bass-lines-grooves/bass-grooves-articulation.html http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/bass-lines-grooves/bass-grooves-articulation.html#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:46:44 +0000 http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/?p=10421 Has this ever happened to you?… You listen to a real bad-ass bassist playing a killer groove, you figure out the notes they’re playing but when you play the same groove it doesn’t sound anywhere near as funky as when...

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Has this ever happened to you?…

You listen to a real bad-ass bassist playing a killer groove, you figure out the notes they’re playing but when you play the same groove it doesn’t sound anywhere near as funky as when you listen back to the original.

This happened to me over and over (and over) again until I finally discovered what it was!

It was hard to figure out why it sounded sooooo good when they played it, but mediocre at best when I tried to replicate that same groove.

I’m guessing you’ve been through the exact same experience, so here it is…

The secret folks is - great internal time, articulation and note length.

It’s what I like to call ‘The Groove Trifecta”.

Easy as that!

Well, it’s actually not that easy unfortunately - but once you understand the concept, know what you have to do to, and carefully experiment and apply it to your own grooves, that is when you’re going to hear a real change in your own bass playing.

In this lesson I’m going to show you a seriously killer groove that is going to get you focusing specifically on note length and articulation, plus there’s a pretty darn cool run in it too!

I’ve broken it down bit by bit to make it easier to digest for you. Take your time, as some of the runs are a little tricky at first - but well worth the effort.

As always, see you in the shed…

Scott :)

PS. In this lesson we’re focusing on note length, but as I mentioned above - “great internal time” is also a HUGE part of the ‘Groove Trifecta’… in fact, I would argue that it is by far the most important of the three as ‘time’ is the foundation of everything we ever play as bass players.

If you want to push your ‘internal time’ to the next level I’ve created an entire course focused on this called 'A Masterclass in Time and Groove Development" which is in the Academy course library. You can try out the entire course, plus everything within the Academy for a full 14 day totally free. Click here to find out more.

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2 Exercises to Develop a Great Shuffle Feel (L#160)http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/rythm/shuffle-bass-lesson.html http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/rythm/shuffle-bass-lesson.html#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:34:29 +0000 http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/?p=10371 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...

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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 this feel completely mastered!

The shuffle feel is also very flexible in its application. There are traditional shuffle feels, right through to the Purdie Shuffle, and everything in-between.

In this lesson I'm going to show you 2 great exercises to help you start fine tuning your shuffle!

As always, see you in the shed...

Scott :)

PS. This lesson is part of my 2+ hour "Masterclass in Time and Groove Development" course... and it's AWESOME! To find out more and try out entire course for 14 days, totally free - click here.

>>>Click Here To Get Your Academy 14 Day Free Trial!<<<

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The “Upbeat Groove Exercise” (L#159)http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/rythm/bass-groove-lesson.html http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/rythm/bass-groove-lesson.html#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:46:11 +0000 http://www.scottsbasslessons.com/?p=10365 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...

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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 a complex jazz tune at 300bpm.

It ALL comes down to rhythm. And if you your rhythmical internalisation is off - everything you play will be off.

Now, many people believe that great rhythmical sensibility is something you're born with and that it can't be learned and developed. Well, I say that's absolute rubbish!

Rhythm can be developed. Groove can be developed. And, your overall sense of time can be developed.

Just like when learning any skill - you just need to be given the right information, at the right time, and then apply it.

In this lesson I'm going to show you a great groove exercise to strengthen your rhythmical internalisation.

As always, see you in the shed...

Scott :)

PS. This lesson is part of my 2+ hour "Masterclass in Time and Groove Development" course... and it's EPIC! To find out more and try out entire course for 14 days, totally free - click here.

>>>Click Here To Get Your Academy 14 Day Free Trial!<<<

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