Rufus Philpot has performed and or recorded with everyone from Scott Henderson, Allan Holdsworth, Virgil Donati and Tony MacAlpine to Randy Brecker, Tom Scott, Gary Novak and Marvin "Smitty" Smith.
He is a full endorsee with G-K, La Bella and Xotic & Moollon basses and has given Masterclasses all over the world, including headlining the 2005 Swedish bass n Drum day with Virgil Donati and has given Masterclasses in Australia, Russia the UK and the US of A.
He currently teaches online and is available via Skype from Beginner/Intermediate to advanced level. His past students include members of Jamiroquai, Primal Scream, George Michael & Beth Orton's bands. he was also a Faculty member of NYC's the Bass Collective from 2002-2004, and regularly gives Masterclasses at Los Angeles College of Music and M.I. Hollywood.
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In this lesson, I’ve taken a pretty classic and fairly easy to play bass part from Herbie Hancock’s “Chameleon” and given you a few examples of how to use that as a springboard for creating other bass lines around that core groove. This can be really useful when playing under multiple soloists on the same... »
Welcome back to the third installment of Creative Bass Lines. Before we start, I’d like to take a moment to say a fond farewell to the amazing Victor Bailey who sadly left us way too soon a few days ago. Victor was an enormous influence on me, and his highly melodic yet super funky playing... »
Here we have the second installment of the Creative Bass Lines, and this month, it’s “Bass Gruv”. For this we’re looking at a Headhunters-esque bass groove I wrote. This would fit the harmony of an E dominant 7th chord, or for a crunchier sound, try setting up a vamp with an E7♯9, too. I wanted... »
For my first column here at No Treble, I thought it might be fun to demonstrate a few actual bass parts I have come up with for projects I have recorded. One of the things I enjoy in the playing of the bassists that have influenced me is the use of interesting melodic and rhythmic... »