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John Patitucci Releases Melodic Arpeggios and Triad Combining for Bass, Episode 1
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John Patitucci Releases Melodic Arpeggios and Triad Combining for Bass, Episode 1

John Patitucci has teamed up with David Gage String Instruments to release Episode 1 of the bassist’s new Kindle book, Melodic Arpeggios and Triad Combining for Bass. The book, which is made of exercises that Patitucci developed over 10 years, is the first of a six part series designed to take the tedium out of practicing valuable skills. “It is...

Playing Through Changes with Arpeggios: Exercises for Bassists
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Playing Through Changes with Arpeggios: Exercises for Bassists

Many of my past columns have focused on answer readers’ questions related to playing through changes. So for this week’s column, I decided to put together the video below to cover a few approaches to getting comfortable with changes, through the use of arpeggios. (Side note: I’m frequently asked about the software I’m using in these videos. The software I’m...

Diatonic Arpeggios: A Guide to Better Improvisation
The Lowdown with Dr. D

Diatonic Arpeggios: A Guide to Better Improvisation

One way to quickly become fluent in a key is to familiarize yourself with that key’s diatonic arpeggios, i.e. the arpeggios beginning on each note of the scale. Facility in diatonic arpeggios is also necessary for true improvisational freedom and fluency. I don’t suggest attempting this until you are comfortable with the originating scale. In today’s examples, that is C...

Arpeggio Work for Bass Players: A Daily Practice Routine
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Arpeggio Work for Bass Players: A Daily Practice Routine

I have mentioned previously that our daily scale practice should include arpeggio work. There are numerous ways to approach this, and most scale books devote some time to various approaches to arpeggios. I find the patterns below to be good solid foundational patterns for any bassist’s daily routine. The patterns below are presented in C major, but should be applied...

Funk Bass Line Lesson – James Brown’s “The Payback”
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Funk Bass Line Lesson – James Brown’s “The Payback”

Today’s featured video is as instructional as it is cool. Bassist/instructor Anthony Pell breaks down how to construct a funk line, using James Brown’s “The Payback” – a tune from Godfather of Soul’s 1973 album of the same name. Fred Thomas was the bassist on that album, by the way. Pell breaks down three approaches to note selection for the...

Bass Lesson: Getting to Know the Fretboard
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Bass Lesson: Getting to Know the Fretboard

This is a lesson mostly for beginners, but it should serve as a great refresher for the rest of us. Unfamiliarity with the fretboard has a lot of downsides. It’ll slow your playing, because your mind has to figure out where your fingers should go, rather than just instinctively knowing where you need to be. Your technique will suffer as...

Bass Aerobics
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Bass Aerobics

Hal Leonard has released Bass Aerobics, a new book in their Bass Builders series, offering a 52-week, one excercise per week workout program for bassists. Authored by bassist Jon Liebman, Bass Aerobics focuses on developing, improving and maintaining technique on the bass guitar, for beginner through advanced players. The 112 page book is designed to increase speed and improve dexterity,...

Bruno Tauzin Releases Fretboard Mastery Series
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Bruno Tauzin Releases Fretboard Mastery Series

Bruno Tauzin has authored three new bass method ebooks, Fretboard Mastery. Each book is designed for common bass configurations, from 4- to 6-string instruments. Fretboard Mastery: 4 String Arpeggios Fretboard Mastery: 4 String Arpeggios starts out with a section on theory, and includes chord and scale construction, different triads and seventh chords, all designed for 4-string players. The 46 page...