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The Brown’stone: Zen & The Art of Playing Bass
The Brown’stone

The Brown’stone: Zen & The Art of Playing Bass

This week in The Brown’stone, Rich Brown wants to ensure you’re playing as relaxed as possible. So in this lesson, he gives us a few tips to stay relaxed and ready to play at our best.

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Keep It Groovy: Create A Funky Groove Using Just Two Notes
Keep It Groovy

Keep It Groovy: Create A Funky Groove Using Just Two Notes

In this “Keep It Groovy” lesson, Ryan Madora discuss how to improvise a simple groove with just two notes. By playing a note multiple times, adding in dead notes, or creating a “note sandwich,” we can start simple and slowly add in the funk.

The Brown’stone: New Pentatonic Shape – “The Ramp”
The Brown’stone

The Brown’stone: New Pentatonic Shape – “The Ramp”

This week in The Brown’stone, Rich Brown has a great shape for you to use that perfectly compliments the minor pentatonic scale. It’s a shape that he calls “The Ramp.” It’s so simple, you’ll be adding this to your vocabulary in no time.

Keep It Groovy: Building A Groove With Minor Triads
Keep It Groovy

Keep It Groovy: Building A Groove With Minor Triads

In this Keep It Groovy lesson, Ryan Madora covers how to create a simple bass line using minor triads. Taking inspiration from the drum groove, we can find a rhythm that works, apply the arpeggio, and create a simple yet effective groove!

The Brown’stone: Getting That Swung Sixteenth-Note Groove
The Brown’stone

The Brown’stone: Getting That Swung Sixteenth-Note Groove

This week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, we’re talking about the swung 16th-note subdivision. Rich Brown breaks this subdivision down and shows you an exercise that is sure to get you deeper into the groove.

Keep It Groovy: All About That Bass
Keep It Groovy

Keep It Groovy: All About That Bass

We’re all about that bass, and Ryan Madora’s latest “Keep It Groovy” breaks down the song in this lesson. Not only is this a fun tune to play, but it outlines a classic chord progression, the “ii-V-I.”

The Brown’stone: Gettin’ Down on the Upbeats
The Brown’stone

The Brown’stone: Gettin’ Down on the Upbeats

This week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, Rich Brown talks about upbeats. If you can master the upbeats, you can master the groove. So grab your bass, and let’s get started!

Keep It Groovy: Fast, Box Shuffle a la “I’m Tore Down”
Keep It Groovy

Keep It Groovy: Fast, Box Shuffle a la “I’m Tore Down”

In this bass lesson, Ryan Madora keeps it groovy with a fast-paced shuffle pattern that takes advantage of the “blues box.”

Keep It Groovy: “The Joker” by Steve Miller Band
Keep It Groovy

Keep It Groovy: “The Joker” by Steve Miller Band

In this new “Keep It Groovy” bass lesson, Ryan Madora covers a quick and easy bass line to add to your repertoire – Steve Miller Band’s classic tune, “The Joker.” This line perfectly outlines a 1-4-5 chord progression in the context of a rock song.

The Brown’stone: Improve Your Intonation On Fretless Bass
The Brown’stone

The Brown’stone: Improve Your Intonation On Fretless Bass

This week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, Rich Brown talks a bit about fretless bass and tuning. Here’s a great exercise to help you if you’re struggling with tuning and intonation.

Keep It Groovy: Blues Endings, Part 2
Keep It Groovy

Keep It Groovy: Blues Endings, Part 2

Here’s Part 2 of Ryan Madora’s “Blues Endings” bass lesson series. Here are a few more options that you can use when listening to, learning, or jamming a blues.

The Brown’stone: Making The Pentatonic Scale Sing
The Brown’stone

The Brown’stone: Making The Pentatonic Scale Sing

The Brown’stone is back, friends and neighbors! And this week, Rich Brown shares a great lesson all about making the most of your pentatonic scales.