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

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
The Brown’stone

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.

Bass & Creativity: Building a Story
Bass & Creativity

Bass & Creativity: Building a Story

The best way to engage listeners is to craft a story with your music. In this “Bass & Creativity” lesson, Olivier Babaz takes a look at ideas and methods to build a story through your improvised solos and compositions.

The Brown’stone: Unlock Your Fretboard Using Pentatonics
The Brown’stone

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.

The Beauty in the BASSics: Triads – Part 3
The Brown’stone

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).

The Beauty in the BASSics: Triads – Part 2
The Brown’stone

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.

Bass & Creativity: Spicing Up the Chords
Bass & Creativity

Bass & Creativity: Spicing Up the Chords

Today we will explore simple ways to discretely modify the harmony while maintaining the bass movement. Once again, experimenting with the piano will help underline those modifications, but we will also cover ways to express it on the bass.

The Beauty in the BASSics: Triads – Part 1
The Brown’stone

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.

Bass & Creativity: Alternate Lydian Modes
Bass & Creativity

Bass & Creativity: Alternate Lydian Modes

For this lesson, we'll be looking into some alternate Lydian colors. We will take a look at the colors and applications of the Augmented Lydian and Dominant Lydian, both as full modes and as temporary colors integrated within more usual chord sequences.

Bass & Creativity: Improvisation and Ear Training
Bass & Creativity

Bass & Creativity: Improvisation and Ear Training

In this lesson, we take a look at a way to build speed and effectiveness in recognizing intervals. We'll also learn to deduce chords and scales by ear through improvisation. Once again, the addition of piano with the right hand is a great way to expand our options from a bass perspective.

Bass & Creativity: Transposition Cycles
Bass & Creativity

Bass & Creativity: Transposition Cycles

This new lesson focuses on using transposition cycles applied to both chord colors and intervallic shapes to offer an alternative to diatonic harmonization.

Bass & Creativity: Chord Alterations in Depth, Part 2
Bass & Creativity

Bass & Creativity: Chord Alterations in Depth, Part 2

This Bass & Creativity lesson is the second part about alterations of dominant chords. Today Olivier Babaz takes a look at b9 and #9 added to a 7 chord within a II V I.