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Bass & Creativity: Building a Story
Bass & Creativity

Bass & Creativity: Building a Story

The best way to engage listeners is to craft a story with your music. In this “Bass & Creativity” lesson, Olivier Babaz takes a look at ideas and methods to build a story through your improvised solos and compositions.

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The Brown’stone: Unlock Your Fretboard Using Pentatonics
The Brown’stone

The Brown’stone: Unlock Your Fretboard Using Pentatonics

In this lesson, Rich Brown takes an in-depth look at the Pentatonic scale. We’ll get familiar with the different Pentatonic shapes created on the fretboard and how you can open up the entire fretboard using these simple shapes.

The Beauty in the BASSics: Triads – Part 3
The Brown’stone

The Beauty in the BASSics: Triads – Part 3

This week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, Rich Brown’s study of triads continues, taking the lessons learned in our last one to create beautiful chords on bass (and use those same shapes to play bass lines).

The Beauty in the BASSics: Triads – Part 2
The Brown’stone

The Beauty in the BASSics: Triads – Part 2

In Part 2 of this series, Rich Brown continues the study of triads and inversions. You’ll be sure to gain a deeper understanding of the beautiful melodicism found within these three little notes.

Bass & Creativity: Spicing Up the Chords
Bass & Creativity

Bass & Creativity: Spicing Up the Chords

Today we will explore simple ways to discretely modify the harmony while maintaining the bass movement. Once again, experimenting with the piano will help underline those modifications, but we will also cover ways to express it on the bass.

Bass Transcription: Jaco Pastorius’s Solo on “All American Alien Boy”
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Bass Transcription: Jaco Pastorius’s Solo on “All American Alien Boy”

Please help us welcome our newest contributor, Alex Lofoco! Alex’s first entry offers up a great analysis and transcription of Jaco Pastorius's bass solo on Ian Hunter’s “All American Alien Boy”.

The Beauty in the BASSics: Triads – Part 1
The Brown’stone

The Beauty in the BASSics: Triads – Part 1

Rich Brown is kicking off a new series in his “Brown’stone” lessons, focusing on triads. In this one, Rich shares the different ways to approach the major and minor triads with some straightforward but beautiful exercises.

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.

Bass & Creativity: From Improvisation to Composition
Bass & Creativity

Bass & Creativity: From Improvisation to Composition

In this lesson, Olivier Babaz discusses some key elements on how to structure an improvisation in order to transform it into a full-grown composition.

Talking Technique: The Most Important Technique Exercise of All
Talking Technique

Talking Technique: The Most Important Technique Exercise of All

It’s fun to talk technique using song samples, blistering licks, and double stops. This episode of Talking Technique is dedicated to a less flashy but incredibly important topic.

Kansas – “Leftoverture”: The Complete Basslines, Part 5
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Kansas – “Leftoverture”: The Complete Basslines, Part 5

Tim Fletcher and Troy Hughes’ epic project “Kansas: Leftoverture – The Complete Basslines” has reached its fifth chapter, featuring Dave Hope’s work on “Opus Insert”.

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!