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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: The Essential Key to Unlocking the 2-5-1 Chord Progression
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The Brown’stone: The Essential Key to Unlocking the 2-5-1 Chord Progression

This week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, Rich Brown takes a look at a great way to practice when playing over the II-V-I chord progression. These tips and exercises open up the mind (and the fretboard).

The Brown’stone: The Most Beautiful Sequential Exercise
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The Brown’stone: The Most Beautiful Sequential Exercise

This week in The Brown’stone, Rich Brown takes us through one of his favorite sequential patterns to play on major and minor scales. He loves this exercise because it’s so beautifully melodic and can easily be applied to any musical situation.

The Brown’stone: Play Great Fills and Solos Using Pentatonics
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The Brown’stone: Play Great Fills and Solos Using Pentatonics

This week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, Rich Brown is staying with the Pentatonic Scale. This lesson will get you grooving and playing great fills using the three Pentatonic shapes he discussed in the previous lesson.

The Brown’stone: The Mother of All Pentatonic Exercises
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The Brown’stone: The Mother of All Pentatonic Exercises

This week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, Rich Brown shares the mother of all pentatonic exercises. This one is going to be a workout, but it’ll be well worth it.

The Brown’stone: Fonk! And the Power of “a”
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The Brown’stone: Fonk! And the Power of “a”

This week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, Rich Brown is talking about FONK! That’s right, people. This lesson is an exercise in groovin’ and adding some ‘stank’ to your funk game.

The Brown’stone: How To Learn Major & Minor Scale Sequences Using Numbers
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The Brown’stone: How To Learn Major & Minor Scale Sequences Using Numbers

This week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, Rich Brown shows us some of his favorite sequential patterns on major and minor scales. He also teaches us what has always been the best way to learn and internalize these patterns for himself.

The Brown’stone: Sequential Scale Patterns – Part 1: The Power of Three
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The Brown’stone: Sequential Scale Patterns – Part 1: The Power of Three

This week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, we’re talking about Sequential Scale Patterns. There are so many of these crazy patterns to keep us busy. Rich takes us through two of his favorites.

The Brown’stone: Strengthen Your Left Hand Technique
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The Brown’stone: Strengthen Your Left Hand Technique

This week in The Brown'stone on No Treble, Rich Brown is focusing specifically on left-hand technique. He walks you through a couple of great exercises that will help to strengthen the individual fingers of the left hand.

The Brown’stone: Expression, Articulation, & Speed!
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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.

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

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

The Brown’stone: Unlock Your Fretboard Using Pentatonics
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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.