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The Perfect Fifth is always safe to use, right? Yes. Except when it isn’t! Related, in case you missed it: The Fifth – Why it is the bassist’s best buddy The Forgotten Fifth We often refer to “perfect fifths” as just “fifths” – that is sort of an okay thing to do, since there are
Fingering a Fifth You probably know it as a “1 by 2”: one string up, two frets over, like this (the numbers are fingering options for fifths): According to my Wall Chart’s interval formula, this is a “1 by 2” – one string up, two frets over. The Forgotten Fifth But what about this
Root – Five – Root – Five… it is a kind of signature bass line – and it works! In country, bluegrass, folk music, as well as in bossa (where it’s root – five – five – root root – five – five); also, a great way to start playing walking bass, for example, is
“May I have a large container of coffee?” This handy mnemonic never made it to my German speaking classroom back in high school, but it would have come in handy to remember those elusive digits that make up the mysterious Pi! Mnemonics are one of my favorite ways to learn and teach because they work
Ah, sus chords! Sus means suspended – what we are suspending here is the third of the chord, so a sus2 or sus4 chord is essentially a chord with “something else” instead of the third, which leads to it being less stable and not defined as major or minor. This “something else” can be the
What does “Rhythm Changes” mean? We refer to “Rhythm Changes” to a chord sequence made famous by George Gershwin’s tune “I Got Rhythm”. The A section of this tune features a two bar phrase with chords changing every other beat, like this: I chord, VI chord, II chord, V chord. In the key of C:
Let’s talk melodic minor for a second. It is a beautiful scale. What is it? It is the natural minor scale (AKA the sixth mode of the major scale, aeolian minor) with the raised sixth and seventh scale degrees. In classical theory it makes a difference whether you ascend or descend… ascending means sharpening the
The International Musical Alphabet… Are you from a country other than the US, where quavers make you quiver (rather than eighth notes), where Do means C, or sharp means “crosse“? Feeling like you need to relearn pretty much everything from scratch as you foray into the land of YouTube videos, international teachings and real books,
Play in a band and asked to contribute a great bass line to a song? Happy jamming and want to take it a step further? Writing a song from the bottom up? Being Able to Create a Great Bass Line From Scratch is a Useful, Rewarding and Learnable Skill! While some great bass lines are
How difficult is it to convert from fretted to fretless bass playing? While I don’t recommend to convert fully – both fretless and fretted have their uses – read in my article below what I recommend to keep in mind. The transition is so much easier if you have a solid one-finger-per-fret regimen under your
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Solo Bass Playing? To some it is a sacrilege – using bass outside of the band context, using bass for anything but grooving in a band. I challenge that view – amazing solo bass music has been made. It is a very special sound – even though it is “just bass”, the variety of tones
In this article I answer a question on quora about errors. Errors are a difficult topic for me personally because I have a history of being extremely hard on myself if things are not “perfect”. So much so that my self judgment at times completely paralyzed me and sure took the fun out of performing
Learn in Your Sleep or: Put Your Bass Under Your Pillow for Maximum Practice Effect. Wait, what? In this article I talk about the magic window of learning we get right before we drift into dream land. Another opportunity to maximize your practice bang with just a small pre-sleep routine. It is really easy and
Learning Channels Ever played a piece over and over and it still failed to “stick”? No matter how often you repeat it, when you return back to it it feels as if you are starting from scratch? Don’t worry, there is nothing wrong with you. Likely you just never learned how to practice effectively. Focusing
It’s a no-brainer, you practice, then you take a break, right? True, but, even that process of taking breaks can be improved upon and hence make your practice session significantly more effective. How you take those breaks, the spirit in which you take breaks and at what intervals all plays into how much you will
I recently wrote on Feedback Loops, and I got a few questions on it. So I wanted to go a bit deeper on the topic, particularly, by giving you examples of “how not to” and rather “how to”. It helps to have examples – whether it is to improve yourself or others! Make sure to
Adapting The Patterns for Four-, Five-, Six-string Basses – Surprisingly Easy and Not What you Might Think I have been getting a few emails lately with questions about The Pattern System. The Pattern System is a systematic approach of getting the fretboard down, learning to think ahead (great for the groove!) and being able to
The best method I know of for habit change is the PORA method. I learned the basics of it at the University of Music in Vienna, Austria, refined it over the years and created a step-by-step infographic. Get the scoop and a video I did for ISB here.
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In this blog post I will put a bit of attention on the importance of good overall bass technique when playing and tell you about an awesome experience I had a few months ago that plays right into healthy bass technique. Effective Bass Technique – My Take in a Nut Shell I believe effective right