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Rich Brown

Rich Brown

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Rich Brown is a Canadian electric bassist, composer, educator, producer, and online radio broadcaster. He has recorded three albums as a leader and is featured on over 70 recordings covering a wide range of musical genres. Rich has played, toured, and recorded with some of the most distinguished musicians on the planet including James Blood Ulmer, Vernon Reid, Steve Coleman, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Angelique Kidjo, David Clayton Thomas (Blood, Sweat, & Tears), Jane Siberry, Kim Mitchell, Vijay Iyer, and Kurt Elling to name just a few. He also leads his own groups — rinsethealgorithm, and The Abeng — and was nominated for a Juno Award in the category of “Jazz Album of the Year: Solo” for his 2016 album Abeng. Rich is also the host of his own weekly online radio show “New Origins” on JazzCast.ca, and has started a YouTube channel called The Brown’stone dedicated to bass/music education. Check out his music on Bandcamp.

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The Brown’stone: Beautifully Rhythmic & Melodic Major Scale Patterns
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The Brown’stone: Beautifully Rhythmic & Melodic Major Scale Patterns

This week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, Rich Brown has a great scale exercise to help you with melody and rhythmic phrasing. This exercise is based on a simple concept that can be applied to any scale.

The Brown’stone: How Well Do You Know Your Major Scales?
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The Brown’stone: How Well Do You Know Your Major Scales?

This week in The Brown'stone on No Treble, Rich Brown takes an in-depth look at major scales and how to play them in ways you might not have considered before. This lesson could be a real eye-opener.

The Brown’stone: Playing The Blues Using Ghost Notes
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The Brown’stone: Playing The Blues Using Ghost Notes

This week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, Rich Brown is taking the ghost notes concept he talked about in a previous lesson, applying it to The Blues.

The Brown’stone: Tips to Improve Your Bass Tone
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The Brown’stone: Tips to Improve Your Bass Tone

One of the most frequently asked questions Rich Brown gets has to do with his tone. So this week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, he shows us how he gets his tone. To prove the point, he grabbed his cheap Squier bass to demonstrate.

The Brown’stone: An Introduction to Ghost Notes
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The Brown’stone: An Introduction to Ghost Notes

This week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, Rich Brown is talking about a subject he’s asked about frequently. Today, we’re talking about ghost notes - and how to improve your groove.

The Brown’stone: Modes, Triads, & the 2-5-1 (Part 2)
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The Brown’stone: Modes, Triads, & the 2-5-1 (Part 2)

This week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, Rich Brown shares a fantastic exercise that will help you play almost any progression anywhere on the fretboard.

The Brown’stone: Playing Changes Using The Modes (Part 1)
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The Brown’stone: Playing Changes Using The Modes (Part 1)

This week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, Rich Brown shows us a great way to play through changes in one position on the fretboard. This lesson will definitely help with soloing, walking basslines, or coming up with your own original basslines.

The Brown’stone: Developing A Great Practice Routine
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The Brown’stone: Developing A Great Practice Routine

This week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, Rich Brown answers one of the most common questions he gets asked on a very regular basis. This week he’s talking about developing an effective and productive practice routine.

The Brown’stone: The Modes Made Simple on Bass
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The Brown’stone: The Modes Made Simple on Bass

This week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, Rich Brown talks about one of his favorite subjects. It’s the one thing he gets asked a lot: THE MODES. This lesson breaks them down in a way that will eliminate all confusion.

The Brown’stone: The Funkiest Note in the World!
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The Brown’stone: The Funkiest Note in the World!

To start off this new Brown’stone lesson, Rich Brown says "We're not messing around today." Why? Because he's showing us the funkiest note in the world (and how to use it in your lines).

The Brown’stone: Odd Time Signatures on Bass Made Easy
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The Brown’stone: Odd Time Signatures on Bass Made Easy

This week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, Rich Brown is talking about a subject he gets asked about quite a bit. He’s taking us through his approach to playing so-called “odd-time” signatures.

The Brown’stone: The ocaJ Exercise & Bass Lesson
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The Brown’stone: The ocaJ Exercise & Bass Lesson

This week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, Rich Brown takes us through his favorite Jaco Pastorius exercise. But not only that, he shows us his version of the exercise, played in reverse.