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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: Expression, Articulation, & Speed!

This week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, we’re talking about expression, articulation, and speed. Rich Brown gives us a couple of exercises that involve using hammer-ons and pull-offs.

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The Brown’stone: Pentatonic Scale Patterns That Will Open Up Your Fretboard

Rich Brown’s students call this bass lesson a game-changer. This week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, Rich takes a look at some Pentatonic sequential patterns that not only sound great but will also open up your fretboard in a colossal way.

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The Brown’stone: The 2-5-1 Chord Progression Using Triads & Inversions

This week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, Rich Brown wants to take another look at triads and inversions. In this lesson, he shows how you can use these three notes to play the II-V-I chord progression in a variety of different ways.

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The Brown’stone: Unlock Your Fretboard Using Pentatonics

In this lesson, Rich Brown takes an in-depth look at the Pentatonic scale. We’ll get familiar with the different Pentatonic shapes created on the fretboard and how you can open up the entire fretboard using these simple shapes.

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The Beauty in the BASSics: Triads – Part 3

This week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, Rich Brown’s study of triads continues, taking the lessons learned in our last one to create beautiful chords on bass (and use those same shapes to play bass lines).

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The Beauty in the BASSics: Triads – Part 2

In Part 2 of this series, Rich Brown continues the study of triads and inversions. You’ll be sure to gain a deeper understanding of the beautiful melodicism found within these three little notes.

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The Beauty in the BASSics: Triads – Part 1

Rich Brown is kicking off a new series in his “Brown’stone” lessons, focusing on triads. In this one, Rich shares the different ways to approach the major and minor triads with some straightforward but beautiful exercises.

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The Brown’stone: The Fundamentals of Time & The Metronome – Part 4

Rich Brown is very excited about this lesson - the last one in his “Fundamentals of Time & The Metronome” series. In this one, Rich builds on the past lessons to show you how you can develop your own cool, grooving bass lines.

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The Brown’stone: The Fundamentals of Time & The Metronome – Part 3

In this third installment of his Metronome Study Series, Rich Brown covers three-note rhythmic phrases through the 16th note subdivision. This lesson is a fun one!

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The Brown’stone: The Fundamentals of Time & The Metronome – Part 2

Rich Brown is back with the second installment in his “Brown’stone” lesson series. In this lesson, Rich expands on the Metronome Study Series, taking two-note phrases through the 16th note subdivision in a very simple (but very hip) way.

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The Brown’stone: The Fundamentals of Time & The Metronome

In my very first lesson, I’ll be taking you through some fundamental exercises dealing with time and groove. We’ll start with the basics of playing with a metronome, and we’ll get into more challenging exercises based on the 16th note subdivision.