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Master the entire fingerboard with these 5 simple shapes

=== In this lesson I’m going to show you that with just 5 simple shapes you can utilise the entire fingerboard… and the best bit… none of these shapes are more than a 4 fret stretch… VERY cool! ;) But…

Ultimate hack for learning and *USING* the modes…

=== Are you confused with what the modes are… or, how you can actually use them in a real musical setting?! I was for a LONG time until I found the exercise I’m going to show you in the this…

How to play epic gospel bass fills…

=== Ok… let’s talk GOSPEL CHOPS! We’ve all heard epic gospel players such as Sharay Reed, Justin Raines and Fred Hammond tearing it up with those crazy sounding gospel bass fills… And let’s get it straight… we ALL want to…

4 Melodic Minor Substitutions that ROCK my world (plus a cool trick so you can use one scale shape for them all)

=== The melodic minor scale… it was something I simply couldn’t get to grips with for SO long! Don’t get me wrong, I could play it up and down the neck and back to front – but I just couldn’t…

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Essential Bass Soloing Lesson – Outlining the Changes

=== In this lesson I’m going to show you how to get started with soloing on bass when faced with multiple chord changes. You’re going to learn exactly what I’m thinking about when soloing plus how NOT to sound like…

One of the Most Important Chord Sequences You’ll Ever Learn – The II V I (L#196)

=== In this lesson I’m going to show you one of (if not ‘the’) most important chord sequences I have ever learned. If you haven’t noticed yet – most songs are built from the same types of chord movements… and…

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…

Developing Your Vocabulary with the Blues Scale (L#173)

LESSON SUMMARY Arpeggios, scales, chord tones, pentatonics… I could go on… We all get told to learn them – but what for?! If you think about it, they’re simply collections of different notes organised by intervals. There’s nothing more to…

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…

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…