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Killer Jazz Style Solo Lick – Learning Minor Vocabulary

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…

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…

Cool “out” sounding lick – Get this in your toolbox! (L#108)

By the time my bass soloing had gotten to the point where I could easily move around the chord tones and chord scales pretty much all over the fingerboard with a decent amount of fluidity, I really started to take…

Stuck in one area of the fingerboard? Watch this! (L#91)

WARNING!… In this bass lesson I’m going to show you a ‘KILLER AWESOMESAUCE LICK’ to demonstrate how to use the different fingerings of each arpeggio and how this will help you to play over the entire fingerboard… LIKE A BAD…

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Awesome Chromatic Bass Lick (L#73)

If you’ve watched my lesson ‘Using Simple Shapes on the Bass #2′, perhaps you remember that it dealt with those ‘sexy notes’ that have a special flavor to them, that kinda surprise our ear, but in a nice way, well……

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….

Lydian Type Jazz Lick Bass Lesson #1 (L#45)

In this new bass lesson I’m going to show you a nice lydian jazz lick you can play over a Major 7th chord. What’s interesting about this one, is that there’s a sharp 11th in it, which creates the “tension”. If…

Jazz Lick for Minor-7th Type Chords #1 (L#39)

In this new bass lesson, I’m taking you through a lick that we can play over an E minor 7th chord or over its relative major chord which is G Major 7th. I’ll be showing you what triads and arpeggios…

Jazz Lick for Major-7th Type Chords #2 (L#44)

Here’s another bass lick you can play over major-7th type chords.The previous one was built mainly over the C major arpeggio. This one uses quite a few chromatic notes, for a change. Nothing really complicated but watch your fingering! We’ll…

Jazz Lick for Major 7th Type Chords #1 (L#25)

As you probably know by now, ScottsBassLessons is not just about licks, grooves and chops… What I’m striving to do here is to give you a ‘non-reductive’ approach to learning and playing the bass. That said, I’m not ‘anti-lick’ at…

II-V-I Jazz Lick #5 (L#36)

Here’s a new II-V-I bass lick in the key of Eb. Like in the previous lesson, we’re gonna be playing the II-V within the first bar, instead of playing one chord per bar (or two bars for the root). When…

II-V-I Jazz Lick #4 (L#35)

I’ve received quite a bunch of e-mails asking me about II-V-I bass licks that happen within one bar (actually, it’s generally the “II-V” that happens on one bar). The previous II-V-I’s I’ve showed you were on 3 or 4 bars:…

II-V-I Jazz Lick #3 (L#31)

Here’s a new lesson showing you another II-V-I bass lick, this time in the key of Eb. As I said many times before –but I’m saying it again in case you didn’t hear it…, once you’re comfortable playing a bass…

II-V-I Jazz Lick #2 (L#30)

In today’s bass lesson we’re gonna be working on a little II V I Jazz lick (melody) in the key of C Major. The chords are Dm7-G7-C7 and we’ll have one bar of each. Within this lick, I use a…

II-V-I Jazz Lick #1 (L#24)

Here’s just a quick bass lesson showing you a really easy II V I lick. Here I’m discussing the 7th to 3rd resolution on the II V. Sounds complicated but you’ll see it’s not! If you haven’t heard of this,…