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  • Double Thumb: A Lesson in Slap Bass

    Double Thumb: A Lesson in Slap Bass

    In this installment of our new bass lesson series, we’re focusing on a slap-based, percussive bass technique widely known as “Double Thumbing” or the “Victor [Wooten] style”. This technique involves an approach to slap where you hit the string with your thumb and follow through, landing on the next string. So the first note –... »

  • Practical Theory: Practice Tips for Scales (Part 3)

    Practical Theory: Practice Tips for Scales (Part 3)

    In this third and final installment of the Practice Tips for Scales series, we continue our look at the Major tetrachord formula to practicing scales. (Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2). This week, we dive into arpeggios, using consistent patterns to repeat on the upper register of the neck. Once we... »

  • Practical Theory: Practice Tips for Scales (Part 2)

    Practical Theory: Practice Tips for Scales (Part 2)

    This week, we’re continuing where we left off with Part 1 of this series, covering the Major tetrachord formula to practice scales. This week, we expand on the basics by covering various finger patterns and covering the entire neck. As part of this excercise, we’ll also skip notes in the scale, playing in thirds, fourths,... »

  • Practical Theory: Practice Tips for Scales (Part 1)

    Practical Theory: Practice Tips for Scales (Part 1)

    Practicing scales in a musical way helps keep things interesting. In this lesson, we kick off with some tips for practicing scales by using different intervals, arpeggios and fingerings. We’re also introducing a new approach to looking at the Major scale formula. Normally, we view it as 7 different steps (8, if you count the... »

  • How To: Fretless Bass Conversion

    How To: Fretless Bass Conversion

    Our Facebook friend Ryan Pusiak posted a question on our Facebook page, asking about the best way to go about converting a fretted bass into a fretless one. So we decided it was a great opportunity to feature the series from Jason Holder, one of the guys at The Musician’s Den in Evansville, Indiana. Jason... »

  • Slap Bass 101 – Part 6: Octaves

    Slap Bass 101 – Part 6: Octaves

    Continuing our series on slap bass, today we’ll combine several of the elements from the first five lessons in this series, and add “octaves” to the mix. FYI, in this lesson, I’m paying a Shergold Modulator bass. If anyone know where to get modules for it, please let me know in the comments below. Check... »

  • Slap Bass 101 – Part 5: Funk/Rock Scale Basics

    Slap Bass 101 – Part 5: Funk/Rock Scale Basics

    Today, we continue the Slap Bass 101 series, adding the basic “funk/rock scale” – the minor pentatonic, with trills, to what we’ve learned so far. Check out the entire Slap Bass 101 series: Part 1: Slap Bass Introduction Part 2 – Building on the Basics Part 3 – Left Hand Slap & Hammer-Ons Part 4... »

  • Slap Bass 101: Part 4 – Right Hand Pluck/Pop

    Slap Bass 101: Part 4 – Right Hand Pluck/Pop

    In this lesson, we’ll build on the concepts in Part 3 and add the right hand pluck/pop. Next time: Funk/Rock Scale Basics! In case you missed them, here are Parts 1-3: Part 1: Slap Bass Introduction Part 2: Building on the Basics Part 3: Left Hand Slap & Hammer-Ons »

  • Slap Bass 101: Part 3 – Left Hand Slap & Hammer-Ons

    Slap Bass 101: Part 3 – Left Hand Slap & Hammer-Ons

    This week, we continue building on the foundation established in Part 1 (the basics) and Part 2 (building on the basics), and add left hand slap concepts and hammer-ons. Next: Right hand pluck and pop »

  • Slap Bass 101: Part 2 – Building on the Basics

    Slap Bass 101: Part 2 – Building on the Basics

    Last time, we covered the basics in my introduction to slap bass lesson. This week, we’re going to build on the concepts of the introduction, covering basic thumb slapping, ghosted notes, muting and offbeat bass lines. Next: Part 3 – left hand slap and hammer-ons. »