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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: Zen & The Art of Playing Bass
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The Brown’stone: Zen & The Art of Playing Bass

This week in The Brown’stone, Rich Brown wants to ensure you’re playing as relaxed as possible. So in this lesson, he gives us a few tips to stay relaxed and ready to play at our best.

The Brown’stone: New Pentatonic Shape – “The Ramp”
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The Brown’stone: New Pentatonic Shape – “The Ramp”

This week in The Brown’stone, Rich Brown has a great shape for you to use that perfectly compliments the minor pentatonic scale. It’s a shape that he calls “The Ramp.” It’s so simple, you’ll be adding this to your vocabulary in no time.

The Brown’stone: Getting That Swung Sixteenth-Note Groove
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The Brown’stone: Getting That Swung Sixteenth-Note Groove

This week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, we’re talking about the swung 16th-note subdivision. Rich Brown breaks this subdivision down and shows you an exercise that is sure to get you deeper into the groove.

The Brown’stone: Gettin’ Down on the Upbeats
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The Brown’stone: Gettin’ Down on the Upbeats

This week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, Rich Brown talks about upbeats. If you can master the upbeats, you can master the groove. So grab your bass, and let’s get started!

The Brown’stone: Improve Your Intonation On Fretless Bass
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The Brown’stone: Improve Your Intonation On Fretless Bass

This week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, Rich Brown talks a bit about fretless bass and tuning. Here’s a great exercise to help you if you’re struggling with tuning and intonation.

The Brown’stone: Making The Pentatonic Scale Sing
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The Brown’stone: Making The Pentatonic Scale Sing

The Brown’stone is back, friends and neighbors! And this week, Rich Brown shares a great lesson all about making the most of your pentatonic scales.

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.