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  • Talking Technique: Short-Scale Bass Shedding

    Talking Technique: Short-Scale Bass Shedding

    Short-scale basses have recently enjoyed a bit of a resurgence – be it as an alternate tool in a pro’s kit or as a main axe chosen for its sound, lightweight, easy playability and hip factor. In this episode, we’ll explore some right-hand, left-hand, and coordination drills that will help you wrap your mind around... »

  • Talking Technique: 11 Strategies for Learning an Alien Scale

    Talking Technique: 11 Strategies for Learning an Alien Scale

    Do you know what the Byzantine Scale is? How about Double Harmonic Major? Gypsy Major? Well, after this episode of Talking Technique, you will. But this episode is about so much more than just a scale – in it, we’ll cover 11 strategies to get a new scale under your fingers. The goal here is... »

  • Talking Technique: Alberti Bass

    Talking Technique: Alberti Bass

    Do you know what an “Alberti Bass” is? If you play electric bass (rather than cembalo in the 1700’s), you are excused if you don’t. That does not mean that we cannot use this keyboard figure to inspire some heavy duty technique shedding: string crossing, right-hand shedding, and coordination. In this lesson, we’ll go over... »

  • Talking Technique: Thinking Inside the Box – Upper Structure Pentatonics

    Talking Technique: Thinking Inside the Box – Upper Structure Pentatonics

    Today’s episode is all about thinking inside the box. Pentatonic box shapes only on the G and D string are easy to finger and make for quite the pizzazz when you lay them over a variety of chords. Check out the PDF to guide you along the easy shape and what colors you introduce using... »

  • New Year’s Resolutions for Bass: 5 Ingredients to Get You Results

    New Year’s Resolutions for Bass: 5 Ingredients to Get You Results

    I ran a survey a few weeks back asking bass players what they struggled with the most. With an overwhelming majority, the response had to do with practicing. Specifically, how to: Practice effectively so as to see improvement. Not be distracted. Know what to work on next or where to even start. Some people formulated... »

  • Talking Technique: Whole Tone Riffin’

    Talking Technique: Whole Tone Riffin’

    The whole tone scale is a really interesting scale. Unlike our major and pentatonic scales, it’s built out of all whole steps making it sound a little bit eerie and bright. Because the scale is symmetrical, it does not sound like it has a beginning or an end. Another neat fact is that there are... »

  • Talking Technique: Switching Drills for 4, 5, and 6 String Basses

    Talking Technique: Switching Drills for 4, 5, and 6 String Basses

    Switch much? If you find yourself switching between four-, five- and six-string basses a lot, or even just between different bass models, here’s a lesson for getting comfortable with whatever bass, fast. Playing different instruments is like driving a different brand new car. It takes time to get comfortable and settle in. If you find... »

  • Talking Technique: Sweet Emotion

    Talking Technique: Sweet Emotion

    There’s nothing like starting a song with a cool bass riff. “Sweet Emotion” by Aerosmith shines a light on the bass for sure! At the very top, we set the tone. To play this riff correctly and in time right out of the box is what it’s all about. How to approach learning something like... »

  • Talking Technique: The Pinky Workout

    Talking Technique: The Pinky Workout

    Is the pinky your weak link? If it is, you are not alone. The pinky and ring finger share a tendon. Either of those fingers prefers moving in tandem, rather than on their own, so it is a good idea to isolate them. As for the pinky, it is also the weakest of the bunch.... »

  • Talking Technique: Bach for Two (In Three)

    Talking Technique: Bach for Two (In Three)

    In episode 43, we looked at an easy piano piece that was arranged for two basses. This is a great exercise because it works on your reading and your technique. Bach’s bass lines are typically challenging and push us as bassists to hone our chops. This time we’re checking out the Minuet in B♭ (though... »