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How Bass Players Interact with Drummers: Being Conversational with the Kick Drum

Lesson Summary: As bass players we’re expected to be hyper tuned in and focused on creating bass lines that either lock in with the kick drum or are conversational with it. To do this you must always be listening and…

How to Make the Metronome Swing (L#163)

When I tell people you can make a metronome actually ‘swing’ I get some funny looks to say the least… But, you certainly can make it swing! A metronome can be an invaluable tool for bass players that are seeking…

2 Exercises to Develop a Great Shuffle Feel (L#160)

BB King, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs, Jimi Hendrix, even The Roots have all used the shuffle feel… It’s one of the most important and popular feels in music today – and therefore, it’s absolutely vital that we have…

The “Upbeat Groove Exercise” (L#159)

Great rhythm is absolutely vital to us as bass players and musicians. It’s the one fundamental factor of everything we play. It doesn’t matter if you can slap a thousand notes a minute. It doesn’t matter if you can solo around…

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Awesome subdivision exercise (L#76)

The bass guitar is as much a rhythmical instrument as it is a harmonic instrument. This is why we must view the study of rhythm itself as being of equal importance as the study of harmony (scales, chord tones etc)….

Walking Bass – Improve Your Swing Feel! (L#20)

When playing walking bass lines, your feel is absolutely key to make everything ‘sit’ as it should within the context of whichever ensemble you’re playing. The exercises presented within this lesson should help you on your way to strengthening your…