Talking Technique: The Magic Behind “Steal My Kisses”

You probably already know “Steal My Kisses” by Ben Harper, and the excellent bass line by Juan Nelson. In today’s lesson, we’re going to break this down, with a focus on “Tenths” over I vi IV V pattern.

Tenths are a very stylistic device you can use to spice up your grooves.

Follow along with the video and the transcription.

Austrian-gone-Californian Ariane Cap is a bassist, educator, blogger and author. In her book Music Theory for the Bass Player and corresponding 20-week online course, she teaches music theory, bass technique, bass line creation and fretboard fitness in a systematic, practical and experiential way. She just released a brand new course on ear training for the bass player: Ear Confidence - 6 Paths to Fearless Ears. Contact her via her blog or website.

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  1. Kevin Gonyo

    Great lesson Ari! I love the way you build the groove systematically (and thoughtfully). You show this is a very understandable way and show so many ideas (and why they work too). I love your teaching and the way you present it as well.

  2. Lenny Mo

    Another great lesson on technique. Thanks Ari.