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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…

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…

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“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…

Double Your Speed (L#88)

In this bass lesson I’m going to show you a killer speed exercise which was hands down one of the most important exercises I ever used to refine my technique. In fact, it pretty much doubled my speed. If you’re…

Slap bass Lesson – The Secret Triplet Technique (L#84)

In this slap bass lesson I’m going to show you a technique that I use a lot. I say ‘secret’ because it’s so hard to see what’s going on within slap bass lines sometimess that it’s easy to miss the…

Slap Bass lesson – Breaking the Mould! (L#83)

Ok… we ALL like slap bass right?… I’m sure when you first heard your first slap bass riff you thought it was the coolest thing you’d ever heard! Well… me too! But – one thing that so many bass players…

Study Piece – ‘Donna lee’ (L#75)

Donna Lee was recorded by legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius in 1978. It was at this point that the perceived role of the bass guitar was changed forever! And, when I first heard this groundbreaking recording my life was also changed…

Slap Bass Lesson – Beginner & Intermediate (L#74)

Can you believe it? A SLAP bass lesson, finally! I’ve had sooo many e-mails over the last few months asking me to put together a lesson covering slap bass… I’ve finally given in! Some of you were even wondering if…

Palm Muting Technique on the Bass (L#72)

Here’s an new lesson about right hand technique. I’m sure you’ve been in a situation before where the bass you’re playing might not quite suit the ‘vibe’ of the song. You know what I mean… You wish you had a…

Killer Dynamics Exercise (L#65)

In this new bass lesson, I’m talking about right hand dynamics on the bass. Many bass players or students coming to me, haven’t got particularly good dynamics –if any, and it’s a very big flaw as we shall see. Don’t…