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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…

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Are You Playing Around The Changes Yet? (L#97)

If you’ve even felt that you’re “bluffing” a little when you’re trying to solo (I know I used too!), in this lesson I’m going to to give you three great exercises that will give you more confidence when soloing, give…

Running out of soloing ideas? Try Out these awesome substitutions! (L#93)

I used to get so frustrated when soloing over a one chord groove. I just kept running out of ideas! It was when I was transcribing a bass solo of Jeff Berlin’s that I discovered a super cool way of…

2 ways To Make Your Bass Solos Sound Awesome! (L#85)

In this bass lesson I’m going to show you two awesome techniques that will literally bring your bass soloing alive! By using linear lines in conjunction with intervalic scale sequences your bass solos will start to become more dynamic and…

Bassists – Soloing Bad habits (L#81)

Pretty much ALL of my bass students suffer from, or have suffered from the same bad habit when trying to solo over chord changes. But, it just so happens that I have an ‘awesome sauce’ exercise to stop YOU doing…

Shape Shifting Over Chord Changes (L#79)

Improvising over multiple chord changes can be a daunting task. It can be challenging to be creative when playing over only one chord, but when there is 2, 3 or even 4 chords it’s easy for your mind to get…

Major Scale Improvisation Exercise #2 (L#78)

In this bass lesson you’re going to learn how to use intervalic shapes and patterns within your bass solos, and how important they can be. When you listen to a great bass player soloing it can seem effortless, almost like…

Major Scale Improvisation Exercise #1 (L#77)

In this bass soloing lesson I’m going to show you an exercise that’s not only going to radically improve your soloing facility on the bass, but it’s also going to improve your phrasing and overall musicianship too! It’s one of…

The Importance of Melody (L#64)

This lesson is all about melody! As bass players, we generally play‚Ķ bass lines most of the time, rather than melodies. So if you’re not used to soloing, it can be a pretty scary experience at first, because you’re not…

The Gary Willis Approach #2 (L#63)

This is part 2 of my bass lessons about what I call ‘The Gary Willis approach’, in which I’m talking about a specific lesson Gary and I went through together when I was studying with him. If you haven’t seen…

The Gary Willis Approach # 1 (L#55)

Gary Willis has to be one of the most virtuosic, original and unique sounding bass players of the last twenty years. From his early work with Wayne Shorter, the groundbreaking fusion band Tribal tech through to his more recent projects…

Gary Willis Style pentatonic Lick (L#54)

The legendary bass player Gary Willis is in my opinion one of the most unique bass players out there. He has his own unique approach to the bass guitar, not only in the way he plays but also his sound….