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The only 5 scales you’ll EVER need to learn

There are a LOT of scales, right? – I think we all know that. And, I think we can also admit that it can be totally overwhelming knowing which one to learn next, which one will be most useful to…

How you can master the fingerboard – with just a hand full of shapes!

In this lesson I’m going to show you the real secret to learning the fingerboard… And… if you follow and learn the concepts in this lesson, you’re going to be able to play ANY groove over ANY chord, ANYWHERE on…

The top 10 bass soloing MISTAKES

Usually in my lessons I tell what you ‘should’ be doing to get your bass playing to the next level… So, I thought it’d be fun for this lesson to switch that around and to tell you what NOT to…

Sexy up your bass scales… with these 2 notes!

In this lesson I’m going to show you how to really spice up your pentatonic scales… with just 2 notes! By simply adding in the 2 notes I’m going to show you in this lesson it’s going to give your…

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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…

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…