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Bass & Creativity: Rhythmic Phrasing Ideas
Bass & Creativity

Bass & Creativity: Rhythmic Phrasing Ideas

In this new “Bass & Creativity” lesson by Olivier Babaz, we explore two rhythmic directions for building new ideas in our solo phrasing. First up is managing the “one.” The second is examining our length of melodic fragments.

Keep It Groovy: Build Your Bass Groove – Using Octaves And Palm Muting
Keep It Groovy

Keep It Groovy: Build Your Bass Groove – Using Octaves And Palm Muting

In this “Keep It Groovy” bass lesson, and this time around, Ryan Madora is focusing on building your bass groove through the use of octaves and palm muting.

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

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.

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

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!

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

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.

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

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.

Tapping Technique: Rhythmic Displacement of Melodies
Tapping Technique

Tapping Technique: Rhythmic Displacement of Melodies

Two-hand tapping on an electric bass can be used in a multitude of ways. In his new “Tapping Technique” lesson, Josh Cohen covers the creation of improvisations in the upper register with the right hand while playing a bass line in the left hand.

Tapping Technique: Rhythmic Displacement
Tapping Technique

Tapping Technique: Rhythmic Displacement

Josh Cohen is back with his second installment in his “Tapping Technique” bass lesson series. In this episode, he shares tips on “Rhythmic Displacement” in an effort to improve playing two or more independent parts at the same time.

Reading Rhythms
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Reading Rhythms

There’s an art to figuring out rhythms. Ultimately, it comes down to feeling smaller subdivisions. For today’s “Ask Damian” column, we have a video to help us walk through different rhythms and how to decipher them on the fly.

Moving Between Triplets and 16ths
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Moving Between Triplets and 16ths

This week, Damian got a question about moving between triplets and 16th notes within a single line. He decided to reply with a video on how he feels and practices the divisions.

Keeping Your Place with Timing Issues?
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Keeping Your Place with Timing Issues?

This week’s “Ask” column focuses on a question from a reader who is struggling with keeping time and staying with the music over multiple bars. Damian offers advice with a range of tactics for helping solve this problem.

Subdivision Exercises
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Subdivision Exercises

For this week’s column, a reader asked about practicing rhythms. Instead of writing out a response, I decided to make this video to show you how I practice subdivision exercises.