Music Theory for the Bass Player

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A Beautiful Story

A Beautiful Story When I first launched my Indiegogo campaign for my second book “The Pattern System For The Bass Player”, it was greeted with a lot of eager backers.

The Flummoxing Phenomenon of Messing up in the Lesson or on Stage

When Performing doesn’t go as practiced… There is a reason. And a remedy! We likely have all been there… aced the tune in the practice room. Yet, when playing it

Skippy T-Shirt Poll – Please give us your Input!

Which Skippy should grace our T-Shirt? I’d like to tell you about the star of my new book “The Pattern System for The Bass Player – Sharpen Your Musical Mind

This Octave Riff is a Winner [Video]

Reposting this Octave riff because it generated lots of interest when it first came out. Many of my students went ahead and learned it- and then sent me their recordings!

Should I get a fretless? [Video]

Fretless Dreaming! [Video] When is the “right” time to add a Fretless? Asked & Answered Series Victor asks: I’m a beginner and have a medium scale four string fretted bass.

That Riff in Spain [Video]

Chick Corea’s Spain and the tough Riff… I collect challenging bass lines by way of asking for them in bass groups: What tune is technically hard for you? One that

Chromatic Acrobatics (Practicing Technique? Learn a cool groove!)

Color “Outside the Lines” Using Chromatics! If you are looking to come up with some fresh ideas for grooves, try injecting some chromatics. “Chroma” is the Greek word for color.

How to Make it Swing in Five Minutes

Make Your Walking Bass Swing Notes, notes, notes…It’s all about ‘da notes, right? We dutifully study “roots and fifths”, using chord tones and approach notes and enclosures… and then cool

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