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  • 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. »

  • Lesson: Slap Bass 101

    Lesson: Slap Bass 101

    By popular demand, I’ve been working on a new lesson series for beginning slap bass. This week, we’ll break down the basics. Part 1: Slap Bass Introduction This lesson covers basic thumb slapping, ghosted notes, muting, hammer-ons and plucking/popping: Next: we’ll build on these concepts with Part 2 – Building on the Basics. »

  • Introduction to Bebop Scale Forms

    In this lesson we’ll explore the basic forms of Bebop scales so you can start getting the patterns down and experiment with them in your music. There are times when you solo that you may want to do a scale run over a chord. Have you ever noticed that a straight descending scale run as... »

  • Lesson: Building an Improvised Composition for Solo Bass with a Looping Device

    Lesson: Building an Improvised Composition for Solo Bass with a Looping Device

    One exciting way of use a looping device with your bass is to enhance a composition. A recorded phrase can become a backbone over which to improvise. For example, a phrase can take the form of a tapped rhythm (e.g. using muted strings), a short rhythmic phrase lasting only one or two bars or a... »