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  • Bass Lick Series: Funky Bass Breakdown in E

    Bass Lick Series: Funky Bass Breakdown in E

    Here’s another lick to add to your bag of tricks. Once again, I’m using open strings as described in past lessons. This one is a groovy bass line you can play over a E7, E9 or E13 chord using the Em dorian scale with the Major 3rd added (G#). Omit the G# and use it... »

  • Fast Fretboard Position Shifting on Bass

    Fast Fretboard Position Shifting on Bass

    Here’s a lesson I’d consider more beginner/intermediate-level, but it is a great refresher for all of us. Many times, we have to play a line which requires some quick shifting along the fretboard. Here’s a simple exercise for fast position shifts. Follow along with the video. »

  • Bass Lick Series: Funky Fingerstyle Bass Groove in Dm

    Bass Lick Series: Funky Fingerstyle Bass Groove in Dm

    Time to add another lick lesson to the series. This time around, our focus is on this funky fingerstyle bass groove, which is in the key of Dm or D7, using mostly the D minor Dorian scale with chromatic connecting notes. This lick also relies heavily on open strings, for fast note doubling (D on... »

  • John Ferrara: Two-Handed Tapping Lesson and Playalong

    John Ferrara: Two-Handed Tapping Lesson and Playalong

    We recently got to interview Consider the Source’s John Ferrara, who gave us the scoop on the band’s latest album, World War Trio, Pt. 1. It’s made up of a six-part epic song called “Put Another Rock in That Bag” that the bassist kicks off with some blazing two-handed tapping. Ferrara shares some insight on... »

  • 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: 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,... »