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  • Bass Lesson: Chord Superimposition

    Bass Lesson: Chord Superimposition

    In this lesson we’ll cover an effective concept of superimposing melodic lines over multiple chord types. We’ll then develop this idea through the introduction of a technique called “framing,” which will enable you to hear the chord you are playing over with more harmonic clarity. This concept will enable you to expand your ideas and... »

  • Talking Technique: Fast Fingers

    Talking Technique: Fast Fingers

    Today we’re talking technique with the right hand and getting those fast fingers. I’ll be going over the two finger alternating plucking style, which will get you through most playing situations. Oftentimes, players get wrapped up in coupling their right hand and left hand processes when playing patterns. I recommend making alternating your fingers an... »

  • Talking Technique: Jumps Without Looking at the Fretboard

    Talking Technique: Jumps Without Looking at the Fretboard

    Now that your fingers are getting in shape from the first two lessons, but how do you tackle making large interval leaps on the fly? Accurate shifting is an equally important skill to mastering technique. Upright bass players work meticulously on shifting to be as accurate as possible. We’ll borrow a few pointers from them... »

  • Bass Lesson: Diminished II V Substitution

    Bass Lesson: Diminished II V Substitution

    A cool harmonic concept that bebop players have used for years is substituting dominant 7th chords – built in minor 3rds – over the V7 chord of the key. In this lesson, we’ll cover this concept to learn the possibilities of Diminished II V chord substitution over the II V I progression. Follow along with... »

  • Talking Technique: Permutation Variation

    Talking Technique: Permutation Variation

    In the last lesson, we introduced the Permutation Exercise. This time we’ll talk about some more pattern variations to increase your dexterity. The permutation exercise can be played to drill down on lots of different fingerings that come in handy. We’ll be practicing the concept across strings and by implementing it with the whole tone... »

  • Bass Lesson: The Tritone Substitution Matrix

    Bass Lesson: The Tritone Substitution Matrix

    When learning to play your bass, an overkill of theory can often paralyze your results while performing. Many musicians have learned the theory of Tritone Substitution, but when trying to apply this information, they often end up short-changed. In this bass lesson, we’ll cover a simple but direct concept for the immediate application for Tritone... »

  • Talking Technique: The Permutation Exercise

    Talking Technique: The Permutation Exercise

    To start things off in this new series, we’re going to be working on our left hand dexterity with the “Permutation Exercise”. Each finger is assigned a number: 1 for index 2 for middle 3 for ring and 4 for our pinky By practicing each variation or permutation of the numbers 1, 2, 3, and... »

  • Bass Transcription: Bobby Vega’s “Gosh”

    Bass Transcription: Bobby Vega’s “Gosh”

    This month’s transcription is a piece I’ve been meaning to get to for a long time: Bobby Vega’s “Gosh”. This piece was originally featured on Bass The World’s YouTube channel last year. Grab the transcription, read the notes below and follow along: Although a master of all techniques, Bobby Vega is probably best known for... »

  • Bass Lesson: Crackin’ the Slonimsky Code

    Bass Lesson: Crackin’ the Slonimsky Code

    Using concepts derived from classical music, Joe delves into demystifying diminished patterns commonly used by jazz musicians, such as John Coltrane, Pat Martino, Jaco Pastorius and countless others. Follow along with this lesson’s notation (PDF) and video. »

  • Bass Lesson: Interval Shapes

    Bass Lesson: Interval Shapes

    In this lesson, we will cover a basic concept for interval shapes to develop your technique, while attuning your ears to hear the root motion of common harmonic progressions in jazz. Follow along with the notation (PDF) and this video: »