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  • Lesson: Funky Groove with Pentatonic Run

    Lesson: Funky Groove with Pentatonic Run

    Keeping up with this recent series of quick bass lick lessons, here’s a short groove in Em. I’m playing this with an open D string to achieve a note doubling effect. Follow along with the video and this transcription (PDF). For the gear heads: I’m playing a 1964 Fender Jazz bass with Dunlop nickel strings,... »

  • Bass Lick Series: Disco Bass Groove in Gm

    Bass Lick Series: Disco Bass Groove in Gm

    Here’s another quick lesson for you, this time focusing on a disco-style bass groove. As with any excercise, it is important to keep playing it without stopping until you find that groove. Follow along with the video and this transcription (PDF). The tempo on this one is 105 bpm. For the gear heads: I’m playing... »

  • Lesson: Funky Finger Funk with Pentatonic Fill

    Lesson: Funky Finger Funk with Pentatonic Fill

    Time to get funky. Here’s another quick bass lick lesson for you, centered around a pentatonic fill. Follow along with the video and this transcription (PDF download). If you want some background, there are a few lessons here covering pentatonic scales and patterns: Breaking Down the Pentatonic Scale: The Five Positions on Bass Improvising and... »

  • Lesson: Offbeat Double Thumb Slap Bass

    Lesson: Offbeat Double Thumb Slap Bass

    I’m working on a new concept in double thumb slap bass, which basically is an “in reverse” technique. This means the “down” thumb is on the offbeat, and the “up” thumb is on the downbeat. This creates a whole new feeling worth exploring. You can follow along with the notation (PDF) and the video below.... »

  • Transcription: Jaco Pastorius’ Solo on “(Used To Be a) Cha Cha”

    Transcription: Jaco Pastorius’ Solo on “(Used To Be a) Cha Cha”

    Among the great tunes on Jaco Pastorius’ self-titled solo debut was “(Used to Be A) Cha-Cha”. His solo is a tricky one, at an upbeat tempo and with Jaco’s trademark melodic and syncopated lines. Along with Jaco, Hubert Laws (piccolo and flute), Herbie Hancock (piano), Lenny White (drums) and Don Alias (congas) performed on the... »

  • Lesson: Funky Bass Grooves and Fills with Open Strings

    Lesson: Funky Bass Grooves and Fills with Open Strings

    Here are some cool patterns for you to try out, using open strings for creating fast passages and note doubling. In the video demonstration, I first play it at full speed, followed by a reduced speed. Follow along with the notation/TAB (PDF). For the gear heads: I’m playing my 1966 Fender Precision bass (I don’t... »

  • Transcription: Tal Wilkenfeld’s “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers” Solo

    Transcription: Tal Wilkenfeld’s “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers” Solo

    This month’s transcription is bassist Tal Wilkenfeld’s fantastic solo on the Jeff Beck classic “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers”. There are several live recordings of this track, but the one transcribed here is from the Crossroads Guitar Festival from 2007. Download the transcription (PDF) and follow along: Tal’s stellar performance on this track has proved... »

  • Bass Talk: How To Practice Scales, Intervals, Patterns and Positions

    Bass Talk: How To Practice Scales, Intervals, Patterns and Positions

    Editor’s note: No Treble readers submitted questions to us for the next series of lessons by Thomas “MarloweDK” Risell. Several readers submitted questions about learning scales, intervals and patterns, as well as asking how I approach practicing them. In this installment, I try to cover all the basics. If you have questions or something you’d... »

  • Improvising: Scale Substitutions for Bass

    Improvising: Scale Substitutions for Bass

    In this new lesson, we’ll cover some tips on soloing over changes. In the video below, you’ll see that I’m playing chords through a looper, to create the pattern to play against. We start with a D Major scale, over an E minor chord, which is the Dorian mode. The scale: D E F# G... »

  • Transcription: Viktor Lörincz’s “Boomerang”

    Transcription: Viktor Lörincz’s “Boomerang”

    This month’s transcription is “Boomerang”, a funk-filled slap-fest from Hungarian bassist Viktor Lörincz we originally featured back in 2011. This chops-heavy piece is a great workout for anyone looking to take their slapping and tapping skills to the next level. Download the transcription (PDF) and follow along: Viktor opens the piece with a Latin-flavored tapping... »