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Thomas “MarloweDK” Risell

Thomas 'MarloweDK' RisellThomas Risell, otherwise known as “MarloweDK” on Youtube, is a bassist and music educator from Denmark.

His main claim to fame is his online video bass lessons on many crucial techniques of modern bass playing: slapping, fingerstyle, pickstyle and putting theory into practical use.

He regularly plays gigs with local acts and is working at making his online bass lessons a full-time job, through PlayBassNow.com.

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Articles by Thomas “MarloweDK” Risell:

  • Bass Lick Series: Gospel-Style Bass Groove

    Bass Lick Series: Gospel-Style Bass Groove

    Last time, we got down and dirty with a overdrive-charged rock bass groove. This time around, we’re going to get a bit more funky with a modern Gospel-style lick, complete with all the slurs and slides. This groove is based on B minor Aolian, which is a great key and mode for this setting, especially... »

  • Bass Lick Series: Rock Bass with Overdrive

    Bass Lick Series: Rock Bass with Overdrive

    If you’re looking to rock it out on bass, using an overdrive pedal can really help achieve that edge you need. In this lick lesson, I’m pretty much playing the same bass line repeatedly, but with different note lengths in the different sections: short note duration for verses, and long not duration for the chorus.... »

  • Fretboard Exercise: C Major Triad Reggae Groove

    Fretboard Exercise: C Major Triad Reggae Groove

    As bassists, it is important that we know our chords and arpeggios. Coupled with that is the importance of knowing the entire fretboard. In this exercise, we’ll play only three notes – the C Major triad. To make it fun, I’ve set it up as a reggae-style groove. As you’ll see in the video below,... »

  • Bass Lick Series: Funky Fingerstyle Bass Groove

    Bass Lick Series: Funky Fingerstyle Bass Groove

    Changing things up a bit this time around with a funky 5-string bass groove (which can also be played on a 4-string). The fill is based on the Em Dorian scale (E F# G A B C# D) and uses the open strings for a doubling effect. The doubling effect is something we’ve tried before... »

  • Covering All the Keys Using a Cool Minor Bass Lick (And Having Fun)

    Covering All the Keys Using a Cool Minor Bass Lick (And Having Fun)

    We’re taking a bit of a detour from our regular bass lick series lessons to work on moving around the fretboard and playing a line through all the keys. In this lesson, we’re going to start with a lick in A minor, and work through the cycle of fifths. Each key lasts four bars each.... »

  • Bass Lick Series: Getting Funky with an Envelope Filter

    Bass Lick Series: Getting Funky with an Envelope Filter

    Using an envelope filter effect can make a funky bass line sound even funkier. This lick is in Em with a fill based on an Em pentatonic scale motif. It uses pretty much only the top two strings on the bass. Follow along with the video and this transcription. For the gear heads, I’m playing... »

  • Bass Lick Series: Fat & Dirty Synth Bass Groove

    Bass Lick Series: Fat & Dirty Synth Bass Groove

    Here’s a fun lick you can use any time the music calls for a fat, dirty groove. This is in E♭, built predominantly on a E♭ minor pentatonic fill (with a 9th added). To achieve this sound, you’ll need a couple of effects: an octaver and an overdrive. I’m using the MXR Bass Octave Deluxe,... »

  • Bass Lick Series: Funky Triplet Bass Groove

    Bass Lick Series: Funky Triplet Bass Groove

    Here’s a new lick for you to try with a half-time 16th shuffle groove and a hip-hop vibe. This lick is based on a G minor pentatonic scale. In the video below, I play it full speed before playing it at reduced speeds. Follow along with the transcription (standard notation and tab), and have fun!... »

  • Lesson: Funky Slap Bass with Cross-String Hammer-Ons

    Lesson: Funky Slap Bass with Cross-String Hammer-Ons

    Here’s a new slap bass lesson for you to try out to incorporate cross-string hammer-ons into your playing. We’ll practice this with a line I put together in the key of E. In the video below, I play the line at full tempo, followed by half speed and finally super slow speed. Follow along with... »

  • Learning to Transpose: A Lesson for Playing Bass Lines in Every Key

    Learning to Transpose: A Lesson for Playing Bass Lines in Every Key

    I’ve found many bass players have difficulty with transposing bass lines, so here’s a lesson that should help. Transposing on bass isn’t terribly difficult, since we can rely on shapes and patterns up and down the neck, to play a line in several keys. In the video below I demonstrate how to navigate the neck,... »