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Rufus Philpot

Rufus Philpot

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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Articles by Rufus Philpot:

  • Creative Bass Lines: Funking with the Dorian Mode and the Blues Scale

    Creative Bass Lines: Funking with the Dorian Mode and the Blues Scale

    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... »

  • Creative Bass Lines: Beat Displacement

    Creative Bass Lines: Beat Displacement

    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... »

  • Creative Bass Lines: Melodic and Rhythmic Lines

    Creative Bass Lines: Melodic and Rhythmic Lines

    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... »