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The “Ultimate” Speed Exercise For Bass Players! (L#156)

Ok, we all want to play fast, right?! At some point in our past we’ve all tried to get a more complex groove or lick into our playing, it’s been way out of our comfort zone and ultimately ended up…

2 Bad Ass Legato Exercises (L#155)

In the last lesson release I focused on hammer-ons, and showed you 3 great exercises to get your hammer-ons into shape. This lesson is a direct follow on from that lesson. If you haven’t checked it out already I recommend…

3 Killer Hammer-On Development Exercises For Bass Players (L#154)

When you watch a great bass player playing a groove or taking a solo, there’s often a lot more going on than meets the eye! I’m sure you’ve experienced this before – you’re watching a bass player, you’re hearing a…

Awesome Fingerboard Shifting Exercise (L#152)

As bass players we’re constantly playing up and down the fingerboard and changing positions as our bass lines, grooves and solos dictate. One of the most common mistakes I see students make time and time again when making these fingerboard…

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2 Great Tips For The Perfect Fretting Hand Technique (L#150)

Getting a great fretting hand technique on the bass can be a real struggle. Many of us started playing without having someone to show us the correct way of doing things – we simply picked up the bass, cranked up the…

2 Killer Speed & Shifting Exercises For Bass Players (L#149)

Ok, I admit it… I stole this exercise from one of my favourite all time guitar players, Mike Walker. I was lucky enough to study with Mike years ago when I was really just starting out with improvising, and although…

2 “Must Know” Plucking Techniques For Bass Players (L#148)

Just under 10 years ago I’d hit a complete road block in my bass playing. I was working on all the usual stuff – time feel, fingerboard and harmony visualization, chord tones, standards… they were all going well, but the…

Become A Bass Technique Ninja… “The Ultimate String Crossing Exercise” (L#133)

When practising technique, bass players in general tend to focus on running scales up and down the neck trying to reach that “warp-factor” speed they’ve heard bass players such as Jaco Pastorius, Gary Willis and Matt Garrison achieve. The big problem…

4 Killer Exercises To Whip Your Pick Playing Into Shape! (L#131)

Using a plectrum to play bass!… Surely not?! ;) Well actually, if you’re aiming to be a versatile and in demand bass player you certainly should be able to play bass using a plectrum (also commonly referred to as a…

Bass Technique…A Crash Course! (L#127)

Many of the students that i’ve worked with in the past have had problems with their technique, and in many cases their bad technique was the main thing that was holding them back. It’s more often than not a mix…

Technique Buster! (Finger independence for bass players) (L#116)

A few weeks ago I released a lesson covering what I refer to as my “Flying Fingers Exercise”. In a nut shell, it’s a great exercise that’s retrains and refines your fretting hand technique. Which is a must for all…

“Teen Town” by Jaco Pastorius (L#107)

The tune “Teen Town” was written by the legendary bass player and composer Jaco Pastorius and was one of the stand out tracks on the 1977 “Heavy Weather” album recorded by the boundary breaking jazz ensemble Weather Report. For me,…

Locking In With The Band (L#106)

This is a preview from the “Essential Groove Techniques” bonus course from the SBL Academy. CLICK HERE to find out more and to download the tab and notation. This lesson features a live band I want to thank the awesome…

How to stop “Flying Fingers”! (L#105)

“Flying Fingers”… this used to drive me crazy! The best way of describing this, is when you push down a note on the neck with your index or middle fingers, your ring and pinkie finger seem to uncontrollably stick out…

Unhappy with your technique?… Watch This! (L#99)

In this bass lesson I’m going to explain exactly why you MUST start slowly when changing anything to do with your technique. Trust me… it’s more interesting than you might think. And, if i’d known why you must do this…