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Tapping Technique and Composition: Tremolo Tapping on “The Gnome and The Skeleton”
Tapping Technique and Composition

Tapping Technique and Composition: Tremolo Tapping on “The Gnome and The Skeleton”

John Ferrara’s next bass lesson in his “Tapping Technique and Composition” series focuses on “Tremolo Tapping.” John demonstrates this technique using his song, “The Gnome and the Skeleton.”

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Keep It Groovy: Rhythm Section Jam – Tips For Playing A Funky 12 Bar Blues
Keep It Groovy

Keep It Groovy: Rhythm Section Jam – Tips For Playing A Funky 12 Bar Blues

In this new “Keep It Groovy” lesson, Ryan Madora is joined by Derrek Phillips to chat about improvising a funky 12-bar blues bass line with a drummer.

Tapping Technique and Composition: “Perhaps Everything, Perhaps Nothing” – Part 2
Tapping Technique and Composition

Tapping Technique and Composition: “Perhaps Everything, Perhaps Nothing” – Part 2

In this new “Tapping Technique and Composition” lesson, John Ferrara covers two main topics: Tapping in odd time signatures and a more in-depth explanation of extracting as much as you can out of a musical idea before moving on to something new.

Keep It Groovy: Learn How To Play “Taxman” by The Beatles
Keep It Groovy

Keep It Groovy: Learn How To Play “Taxman” by The Beatles

In this Keep It Groovy lesson, Ryan Madora discusses one of the coolest (and easiest) Paul McCartney bass lines: “Taxman.” This groove integrates a bit of theory and a touch of technique, and it’s a great technical workout.

Tapping Technique and Composition: “Perhaps Everything, Perhaps Nothing” – Part 1
Tapping Technique and Composition

Tapping Technique and Composition: “Perhaps Everything, Perhaps Nothing” – Part 1

John Ferrara has joined No Treble. In this first part of his Tapping Technique and Composition bass lesson series, he focuses on drone tapping.

Keep It Groovy: How To Jam In A Rhythm Section Jam: B Minor Blues
Keep It Groovy

Keep It Groovy: How To Jam In A Rhythm Section Jam: B Minor Blues

In this “Keep It Groovy” lesson, Ryan Madora references a popular minor blues groove similar to the B.B. King classic, “The Thrill Is Gone,” and uses it as inspiration for a new groove.

Talking Technique: Chromatic Groove in 7/8
Talking Technique

Talking Technique: Chromatic Groove in 7/8

Talking Technique is back! In this lesson, Ariane Cap goes into a variety of gems, from showing you a cool chromatic groove to how to count out a 7/8 as quarter notes.

The Brown’stone: The Groove Exercise You Need Right Now
The Brown’stone

The Brown’stone: The Groove Exercise You Need Right Now

This week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, Rich Brown is here to improve your groove with a great exercise that will challenge your ability to lock with the 16th-note subdivision. This exercise will also get you moving and grooving in no time.

Keep It Groovy: Learn The E Minor Pentatonic And Apply It To A Blues
Keep It Groovy

Keep It Groovy: Learn The E Minor Pentatonic And Apply It To A Blues

In this “Keep It Groovy” lesson, Ryan Madora shows how to play the E minor pentatonic scale across two octaves, both ascending and descending. Then, she adds a bit of rhythm to the scale to create a simple yet effective bass groove.

Kansas – “Leftoverture”: The Complete Basslines, “Deluxe” Version
Leftoverture

Kansas – “Leftoverture”: The Complete Basslines, “Deluxe” Version

Tim Fletcher and Troy Hughes’ epic project “Kansas: Leftoverture – The Complete Basslines” has been serialized on No Treble for the last eighteen months and is now available as a complete set.

Keep It Groovy: How To Control Dead Notes
Keep It Groovy

Keep It Groovy: How To Control Dead Notes

In this new “Keep It Groovy” lesson, Ryan Madora breaks down the use of dead notes and why they’re such an effective method for adding funk to your bass grooves.

Bass & Creativity: Melodic Phrasing & Swing Feel
Bass & Creativity

Bass & Creativity: Melodic Phrasing & Swing Feel

In this lesson, we’ll cover the topic of phrasing and using swing feel as an expressive tool. We’ll accomplish this by having a clear view of the rhythm feels and how to dial in more or less flexibility in the melodic phrasing.