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Filthy Bass Groove Deconstruction + Expanding Your Vocabulary (L#170)

If you’re anything like me, every now and again you just want to learn a good ol’ dirty sounding groove that makes you wanna say… “Ooof”… Well if today is one of those day’s for you, you’re in the right…

‘Must Know’ Walking Bass Substitutions – with Todd Johnson

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…

Killer Jazz Style Solo Lick – Learning Minor Vocabulary (L#167)

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…

How to approach complicated bass lines and licks! (L#166)

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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Cool Soloing Hack for Bass Players (The Jazz Blues)

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,…

Face-Melting Bass Lick + How To Develop Your Vocabulary /// Full Workshop (L#164)

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…

Awesome Ear Training Exercise For Bass Players (L#151)

We talk a lot about groove, we talk a lot about scales and arpeggios… and we definitely talk a lot about technique – but one thing that’s not talked about so much is ear training. And trust me, as a…

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…

One Of The “Hippest” Scales You’ll Ever Learn! (L#145)

Soloing over a static dominant chord such as C7 is one of those things I found incredibly tough when I was first getting into soloing on the bass. I understood that I could use a C Mixolydian scale. I also…

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…

How to Spice up Your Bass Grooves and Solos with The Blues Scale! (L#138)

You may or may not know but I’ve just 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…

Do you overplay? Learn how to make a true impact with your bass playing. (L#121)

Have you been the culprit of overplaying? I know I have!… In this video one of my best bass playing buddies Zoltan Dekany discusses over playing, how to make a true impact with your bass playing and tells cool stories…

My Number One Phrasing Exercise…Ever (L#111)

Ok, i’ll get straight to the point. The exercise I show you within this lesson completely changed the way I play the bass. It forced me to start thinking in way that is much more musical and dynamic – and…

How to play “Out” when Soloing on Bass (L#100)

Playing “out” is something that I obsessed about for around three years. I loved the sound of it but just couldn’t figure out how players were doing it when they were soloing. Guys such as Allan Holdsworth, Skuli Sverrisson, Gary…