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  • Talking Technique: Short-Scale Bass Shedding

    Talking Technique: Short-Scale Bass Shedding

    Short-scale basses have recently enjoyed a bit of a resurgence – be it as an alternate tool in a pro’s kit or as a main axe chosen for its sound, lightweight, easy playability and hip factor. In this episode, we’ll explore some right-hand, left-hand, and coordination drills that will help you wrap your mind around... »

  • Talking Technique: 11 Strategies for Learning an Alien Scale

    Talking Technique: 11 Strategies for Learning an Alien Scale

    Do you know what the Byzantine Scale is? How about Double Harmonic Major? Gypsy Major? Well, after this episode of Talking Technique, you will. But this episode is about so much more than just a scale – in it, we’ll cover 11 strategies to get a new scale under your fingers. The goal here is... »

  • Bass Transcription Analysis: Getting Inside Cannonball Adderley’s C7 Lick

    Bass Transcription Analysis: Getting Inside Cannonball Adderley’s C7 Lick

    In our last series of lessons, we had a look at a chorus of a Bob Mintzer blues over four episodes. Well, today we are putting just two bars of music under the microscope. This line is from a Cannonball Adderley solo on a tune called “Limehouse Blues.” Now the line itself isn’t super tricky,... »

  • Stuart Clayton: “Hump de Bump” Bass Tutorial and Transcription

    Stuart Clayton: “Hump de Bump” Bass Tutorial and Transcription

    Stuart Clayton is one hard working bassist and educator. Here’s a new lesson he’s just released, covering how to play Flea’s bass line on Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Hump de Bump.” Check out the video and be sure to download the full transcription from Stuart’s Bassline Publishing website. »

  • Talking Technique: Alberti Bass

    Talking Technique: Alberti Bass

    Do you know what an “Alberti Bass” is? If you play electric bass (rather than cembalo in the 1700’s), you are excused if you don’t. That does not mean that we cannot use this keyboard figure to inspire some heavy duty technique shedding: string crossing, right-hand shedding, and coordination. In this lesson, we’ll go over... »

  • Bass Transcription Analysis: “I Start With The Blues” Bob Mintzer Sax Solo, Part 4

    Bass Transcription Analysis: “I Start With The Blues” Bob Mintzer Sax Solo, Part 4

    Our fourth installment on Bob Mintzer’s “I Start With The Blues” solo is a discussion of the crucial chord on bar 8 of a typical jazz blues. Almost always this is a vi chord – so in an F Blues like this one, it’s a D7 ( D dominant 7). In Letter A Bar 8... »

  • Bass Transcription Analysis: “I Start With The Blues” Bob Mintzer Sax Solo, Part 3

    Bass Transcription Analysis: “I Start With The Blues” Bob Mintzer Sax Solo, Part 3

    Don’t be afraid to make some notes on your transcription! By that I mean to write in where there’s a cool diminished lick, a nice ii-V line, etc. If there’s a cool lick – outline that, and identify stuff you want to come back to. It’s so valuable to learn licks through the cycle of... »

  • Bass Transcription Analysis: “I Start With The Blues” Bob Mintzer Sax Solo, Part 2

    Bass Transcription Analysis: “I Start With The Blues” Bob Mintzer Sax Solo, Part 2

    For our second installment focusing on Bob Mintzer’s solo from “I Start With The Blues,” we’ll be focusing mainly on transposing a line through different keys and why we do that. This is really important and something I touched upon in part one, too. It goes without saying that jazz standards and indeed tunes from... »

  • Bass Transcription Analysis: “I Start With The Blues” Bob Mintzer Sax Solo, Part 1

    Bass Transcription Analysis: “I Start With The Blues” Bob Mintzer Sax Solo, Part 1

    I’m kicking off a new series here for Creative Bass Lines. In this episode, we’ll take a look at a really great solo over a jazz 12 bar blues – performed and transcribed by sax great Bob Mintzer! We’re really fortunate to have this music for our lessons. Bob very kindly agreed to let me... »

  • Talking Technique: Sweet Emotion

    Talking Technique: Sweet Emotion

    There’s nothing like starting a song with a cool bass riff. “Sweet Emotion” by Aerosmith shines a light on the bass for sure! At the very top, we set the tone. To play this riff correctly and in time right out of the box is what it’s all about. How to approach learning something like... »