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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.

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Keep It Groovy: Blues Endings, Part 1
Keep It Groovy

Keep It Groovy: Blues Endings, Part 1

Ryan Madora kicks off a new two-part “Keep It Groovy” lesson series today, focusing on a handful of common blues endings to help you tie up the loose ends and land on the one with the rest of the band.

Keep It Groovy: How To Play The Bass Line To Lady Marmalade
Keep It Groovy

Keep It Groovy: How To Play The Bass Line To Lady Marmalade

Today we’re keeping it groovy by learning the classic funk bass line to LaBelle’s “Lady Marmalade.” Ryan Madora walks us through a simple part that perfectly outlines the harmony and creates a particularly memorable and easy-to-play bass line.

Kansas – “Leftoverture”: The Complete Basslines, Part 8
Leftoverture

Kansas – “Leftoverture”: The Complete Basslines, Part 8

Tim Fletcher and Troy Hughes’ epic project “Kansas: Leftoverture – The Complete Basslines” has, at last, reached its final chapter, featuring Dave Hope’s work on the eight minutes and twenty-five seconds album closer “Magnum Opus”.

Keep It Groovy: Learn How To Play An Albert Collins Funky Blues
Keep It Groovy

Keep It Groovy: Learn How To Play An Albert Collins Funky Blues

In this new “Keep It Groovy” lesson, Ryan Madora takes a look at a fast, funky blues with the Albert Collins tune, “Honey, Hush.” It’s a fun groove to add to your arsenal for any time you’re called upon to play a fast, funky blues.

The Brown’stone: Beautifully Rhythmic & Melodic Major Scale Patterns
The Brown’stone

The Brown’stone: Beautifully Rhythmic & Melodic Major Scale Patterns

This week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, Rich Brown has a great scale exercise to help you with melody and rhythmic phrasing. This exercise is based on a simple concept that can be applied to any scale.

Bass & Creativity: Chord Colors & Building Harmonic Movement
Bass & Creativity

Bass & Creativity: Chord Colors & Building Harmonic Movement

Olivier Babaz is back with another “Bass & Creativity” lesson. He covers how we can progressively build chord changes, starting from a static modal section and adding modulations and harmonic movement to it while keeping a consistent groove.

Keep It Groovy: Finding The One, Four, Five
Keep It Groovy

Keep It Groovy: Finding The One, Four, Five

One of the most common phrases spoken at a jam session is “it’s just a one, four, five!” Long story short, it’s a very helpful hint... if we know how to find our ones, fours, and fives.

The Brown’stone: How Well Do You Know Your Major Scales?
The Brown’stone

The Brown’stone: How Well Do You Know Your Major Scales?

This week in The Brown'stone on No Treble, Rich Brown takes an in-depth look at major scales and how to play them in ways you might not have considered before. This lesson could be a real eye-opener.

Keep It Groovy: Play The Blues Classic, “Got My Mojo Working”
Keep It Groovy

Keep It Groovy: Play The Blues Classic, “Got My Mojo Working”

Today we feature another blues bass lesson with the classic Muddy Waters tune, “Got My Mojo Working.” We’ll follow a classic 12-bar blues progression and use a quintessential descending line for the turnaround at the end of the progression. This is definitely a must-know tune if you want to get into the blues.

The Brown’stone: Playing The Blues Using Ghost Notes
The Brown’stone

The Brown’stone: Playing The Blues Using Ghost Notes

This week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, Rich Brown is taking the ghost notes concept he talked about in a previous lesson, applying it to The Blues.

Keep It Groovy: How to Play a B.B. King Shuffle
Keep It Groovy

Keep It Groovy: How to Play a B.B. King Shuffle

This “Keep It Groovy” lesson takes you through one of her favorite B.B. King shuffles, “Paying The Cost To Be The Boss.” This is known as a medium shuffle—not too fast and not too slow. It’s just right!