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  • Advanced Bass: Creative Chordal Connections

    Advanced Bass: Creative Chordal Connections

    This challenging bass lesson highlights Creative Chordal Connections, enabling you to understand complex jazz concepts while revealing how learning to play chords on the bass will help you to hear different chord qualities with greater clarity and ease. Follow along with the transcription and the video below. »

  • Talking Technique: Efficient Practice Hacks #2 – How to Take a Break

    Talking Technique: Efficient Practice Hacks #2 – How to Take a Break

    Welcome to installment two in my series on my favorite and most efficient practice “hacks.” You have probably heard of this one – taking breaks. Here are some tips on making the best of these breaks! After about 20 to 25 minutes of focused, distraction-free practice (one “Pomodoro” if you are hip to the Pomodoro... »

  • Creative Bass Lines: The Chameleon Variations

    Creative Bass Lines: The Chameleon Variations

    In this lesson, I’ve taken a pretty classic and fairly easy to play bass part from Herbie Hancock’s “Chameleon” and given you a few examples of how to use that as a springboard for creating other bass lines around that core groove. This can be really useful when playing under multiple soloists on the same... »

  • Talking Technique: Efficient Practice Hacks

    Talking Technique: Efficient Practice Hacks

    Are you (like me) always on the hunt for the latest and most efficient practice “hacks”? Today I am starting a series here on Talking Technique introducing you to my personal favorites. Some of them are quite unexpected, and I encourage you to try them and see the results for yourself. Some go back to... »

  • Talking Style: Why I Don’t Really Like Playing the Song “Kiss”

    Talking Style: Why I Don’t Really Like Playing the Song “Kiss”

    It’s no secret at this point that Prince is, has been and always will be my favorite “B.A.S.E.” player – him and just about anyone who had the salt to hold the chair in his band. Yes, I’ve got my preferences out of that bunch as well, but we’ll rap about that later! In this... »

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  • Talking Technique: Beautiful Practice in Minor

    Talking Technique: Beautiful Practice in Minor

    Last July, I published a Talking Technique lesson called “Beautiful Practice“. It recently made a reader’s favorite list for 2016 here on No Treble thanks to your likes, shares, and comments. Thank you for that! The lesson brought together music theory, comprehensive fretboard knowledge, and lots of technique aspects. I thought we’d bring the lesson... »

  • Bass Transcription: Dee Murray’s Bass Line on Elton John’s “Step Into Christmas”

    Bass Transcription: Dee Murray’s Bass Line on Elton John’s “Step Into Christmas”

    Dee Murray is a giant of the bass guitar many people do not rate as being among the best of all time, but I certainly do. His playing on the holiday single “Step Into Christmas” by Elton John is nothing short of impressive as he finds many inventive ways to make very simple chord changes... »

  • Bass Transcription: Walter Becker’s Bass Line on Steely Dan’s “Gaucho”

    Bass Transcription: Walter Becker’s Bass Line on Steely Dan’s “Gaucho”

    This month I chose the self-titled track from Steely Dan’s 1981 record, as a focus of study. I had never heard this group before, though my friends told me all the time there are a lot of good studio musicians on the band’s records. I never was interested in their music until recently when I... »

  • Talking Technique: The One-Finger-Per-Fret Controversy

    Talking Technique: The One-Finger-Per-Fret Controversy

    Some people are afraid for their fingers, while others swear by it: the one-finger-per-fret position. Is there is a reason to fret “one-finger-per-fret”? Not if done right. Is it worth getting it down? Yes! [Read to the end for “Practice-with-me” videos.] I definitely recommend having a solid grip (so to speak) on the one-finger-per-fret method.... »

  • Talking Style: Quartet Time/Feel

    Talking Style: Quartet Time/Feel

    Sometimes a simple shift in accent or change in the length of a note can really mark a particular style or genre. In this episode, I’m taking a very recognizable Dominant 7 line and shifting accents and note length to demonstrate how the exact same harmonic material sounds different in Blues, R&B and Quartet music.... »