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Best of 2011: The Top 10 Bass Lessons

No Treble readers must be busy practicing, because our lessons section is one of our most visited sections. The top 10, most viewed lessons in 2011 include many newcomers, as well as several from our archives.

Here are the top 10 most popular bass lessons on No Treble in 2011.

Practical Theory: Practice Tips for Scales (Part 1)

1. Practical Theory: Practice Tips for Scales (Part 1)

Practicing scales in a musical way helps keep things interesting. MarloweDK kicked this off lesson with some tips for practicing scales by using different intervals, arpeggios and fingerings. He also introduced a new approach to looking at the Major scale formula…

Double Thump: A Lesson in Slap Bass

2. Double Thump: A Lesson in Slap Bass

Bassist/educator Grant Stinnett made his No Treble debut in 2011 with a new bass lesson video series. In this, his first, he focused on a slap-based, percussive bass technique widely known as double thumbing (aka double thumping) technique…

Practical Theory: Improvising over a Minor 7 Chord

3. Practical Theory: Improvising over a Minor 7 Chord

MarloweDK’s three-part series on Practical Theory lessons began with an approach to improvising over a minor 7 chord…

Lesson: Slap Bass 101

4. Lesson: Slap Bass 101

This 6-part series remains a No Treble reader favorite. The series covers basic thumb slapping, ghosted notes, muting, hammer-ons and plucking/popping and more.

Looping Lesson: Programming the Behringer FCB1010 with Mobius

5. Looping Lesson: Programming the Behringer FCB1010 with Mobius

This is a lesson based around use of the popular Behringer FCB1010 MIDI foot controller surface for hand-free control of the freely available and very capable, Mobius looping software from Jeffrey Larson at Circular Labs…

Lesson: Scale Patterns from Tetrachord Combinations

6. Lesson: Scale Patterns from Tetrachord Combinations

In this lesson, Evan introduces the concept of tetrachords, and how they change the way we look at scales….

A Lesson on Live Looping for Bass

7. A Lesson on Live Looping for Bass

Live looping is not only a popular topic with No Treble readers, it is also at the center of many of the favorite videos we’ve featured. So we decided to break down live looping into a lesson…

Lesson: Minor Tetrachord Patterns

8. Lesson: Minor Tetrachord Patterns

Evan builds upon the first tetrachord lessons with a look at the melodic minor and harmonic minor modes…

Lesson: Practicing Chord Changes

9. Lesson: Practicing Chord Changes

There are many ways to get better at the changes on a particular tune, but this approach works really well. ..

Lesson: Basic Line Construction Types

10. Lesson: Basic Line Construction Types

Jon shares some concepts behind basic line construction types through demonstrating the back and forth from i to V to ii to V, and so on…

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