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  • Bass Lesson: Expand Your Fretboard with Major Triads

    Bass Lesson: Expand Your Fretboard with Major Triads

    In this new lesson, we’ll break down the concepts of utilizing triads in expanding your fretboard knowledge and control. We’ll explore triad inversions, different fingerings and using triads as target notes to achieve this goal. The video starts with a demonstration of a solo over a G Major chord. I’m playing a G Major triad.... »

  • Harmonizing the Major Scale: Using a Number System on Bass

    Harmonizing the Major Scale: Using a Number System on Bass

    This week, I’m kicking off a new lesson focusing on the foundation of music – the major scale. Read over this lesson and then be sure to check out the video for a demonstration. Western music harmony is mostly based on the 7 steps of the major scale, and the chords built on the major... »

  • Finger-Style Funk Bass Lesson: Build Dexterity and Accuracy in Your Playing

    Finger-Style Funk Bass Lesson: Build Dexterity and Accuracy in Your Playing

    In this lesson we’re going to focus on a style known as finger-style funk (or “finger funk”), with the goal of developing both dexterity and accuracy in your playing. Finger-style funk is typically centered around the 16th note, and many of the notes are muted. You’ll notice in the notation for this lesson that those... »

  • Practical Theory: Improvising over a Minor Key Progression

    Practical Theory: Improvising over a Minor Key Progression

    In my last lesson, we covered the topic of improvising over a minor 7 chord. This time around, we’re going to focus on improvising over a minor key progression. For this lesson, we’ll use this progression: | Am7 | G7 | FMaj7 | FMaj7 Bm7b5 | For this particular progression, you can play the A... »

  • Practical Theory: Improvising over a Minor 7 Chord

    Practical Theory: Improvising over a Minor 7 Chord

    Today, I’m kicking off a new Practical Theory lesson series, starting with an approach to improvising over a minor 7 chord. In the video below, I demonstrate a solo groove before describing the approach. In jazz, funk and rock, if a solo section consists of a static minor 7 chord, most often the Dorian minor... »

  • 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... »