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Easy Music Theory: Major and Minor Triads In 3 Positions
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Easy Music Theory: Major and Minor Triads In 3 Positions

This is a serious bass lesson. We’re digging into triads… different positions, using our pinky, major and minor shapes, the whole shebang!

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Learn 3 Soul Bass Lines For The Price Of 1
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Learn 3 Soul Bass Lines For The Price Of 1

In this lesson, we’ll explore the world of Soul and R&B bass lines and how major triads are used to create memorable parts. Bass players, including Duck Dunn, David Hood and more have used this approach to write iconic bass lines for songs we know and love.

Learn How To Play The Bass Line To “How Sweet It Is”
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Learn How To Play The Bass Line To “How Sweet It Is”

Let’s dig into one of the truly great James Jamerson bass lines, the Motown classic “How Sweet It Is” by Marvin Gaye. This lesson will string together descending arpeggios, the blues box pattern, and root-fifth movement.

Bass Transcription: Jaco Pastorius’s Bass Solo on “The Days Of Wine And Roses”
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Bass Transcription: Jaco Pastorius’s Bass Solo on “The Days Of Wine And Roses”

Alex Lofoco dives into Jaco Pastorius’s solo on “The Days Of Wine And Roses,” including the bass transcription and the background for the solo.

Easy Scale Exercises For Bass: Scale In 4ths
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Easy Scale Exercises For Bass: Scale In 4ths

This bass lesson features a quick technique exercise that can seriously help your mobility on the bass. It’s about developing the adjacent string toggle, or the ability to quickly play the same fret on two strings that are next to one another.

Playing The 8 Bar Blues: “Key To The Highway”
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Playing The 8 Bar Blues: “Key To The Highway”

This lesson focuses on one of the most popular eight-bar blues tunes, “Key To The Highway.” It features a shuffle feel, much like the version from Derek & The Dominos.

How to Play Octave Slides On Bass: Essential Rock Technique
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How to Play Octave Slides On Bass: Essential Rock Technique

In this lesson, we take a look at octave slides and how they can intensify our rock and roll bass playing! We’ll practice playing a root note in the lower register of the bass and then slide up to play the octave on the adjacent string.

Stir It Up: Easy Reggae Bass Lesson
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Stir It Up: Easy Reggae Bass Lesson

In this “Keep It Groovy” lesson, Ryan Madora honors the great Aston “Family Man” Barrett and learn the bass line to Bob Marley’s classic, “Stir It Up.”

What Guitar Players Need To Know About Playing Bass
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What Guitar Players Need To Know About Playing Bass

If you're looking to make the leap from guitar to bass, this lesson is for you. Yes, the fretboard looks the same, but the technique is very different.

Learn The Bass Line To “Come As You Are” by Nirvana
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Learn The Bass Line To “Come As You Are” by Nirvana

In this new “Keep It Groovy” bass lesson, Ryan Madora digs into one of Nirvana’s biggest hits, “Come As You Are.” Learn some of the theory behind Krist Novoselic’s bass line, which is perfect for working on your pick technique.

Essential Tips for Playing Bass With A Pick
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Essential Tips for Playing Bass With A Pick

Ryan Madora’s newest “Keep It Groovy” bass lesson is all about getting acquainted with a pick. Let’s dig into the mechanics of it and establish some exercises for our pick-playing journey.

Easy Music Theory For Bass: Tenth Chords
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Easy Music Theory For Bass: Tenth Chords

Let’s bring in the new year with a touch of theory and chord building on the bass. This lesson is all about 10th chords... what they are, how to play them, and a quick exercise to help you practice major and minor chords.