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Keep It Groovy: Minor Rumba Blues In A
Keep It Groovy

Keep It Groovy: Minor Rumba Blues In A

This “Keep It Groovy” lesson is all about diversifying your blues repertoire. Ryan Madora shows us a rumba rhythm played in a minor key to create a different kind of groove.

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Tapping Technique and Composition: Tapping Polyrhythms, Part 2 – Zeroes and Ones
Tapping Technique and Composition

Tapping Technique and Composition: Tapping Polyrhythms, Part 2 – Zeroes and Ones

In this new “Tapping Technique” bass lesson, John Ferrara shares part 2 of his “Tapping Polyrhythms” series. This lesson is based on one rhythm doing 3 and one doing 2. Check this out.

Keep It Groovy: “Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac
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Keep It Groovy: “Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac

In this “Keep It Groovy” lesson, Ryan Madora dissects the fantastic melodic bass line to “Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac. John McVie’s line perfectly outlines the chord progression and provides a nice contrast to the verses.

Tapping Technique and Composition: Tapping Polyrhythms, Part 1 – Zeroes and Ones
Tapping Technique and Composition

Tapping Technique and Composition: Tapping Polyrhythms, Part 1 – Zeroes and Ones

In this new “Tapping Technique and Composition” bass lesson, John Ferrara focuses on tapping polyrhythms. In part 1 of this series, he uses his song, “Zeroes and Ones,” to demonstrate.

Keep It Groovy: G Major Scale Across Two Octaves
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Keep It Groovy: G Major Scale Across Two Octaves

In today’s “Keep It Groovy” lesson, Ryan Madora goes over two popular major scale shapes and a great way to connect them to play over two octaves. Ryan focuses on what she calls the “4-fret span” and “5-fret span” shapes.

Tapping Technique and Composition: False Delay Tapping on “The Gnome and The Skeleton”
Tapping Technique and Composition

Tapping Technique and Composition: False Delay Tapping on “The Gnome and The Skeleton”

In this episode of “Tapping Technique and Composition,” John Ferrara focuses on the subject of “False Delay Tapping.” This technique includes tapping notes with the left hand and then mimicking them with staccato notes with the right.

Keep It Groovy: Beginner Improvisation – What Do I Play In The Key Of A?
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Keep It Groovy: Beginner Improvisation – What Do I Play In The Key Of A?

In this Keep It Groovy lesson, Ryan Madora explores tips and tricks for improvising a bass line. Working in the key of A, we’re settling on a particular chord progression and spending two bars on each chord.

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.”

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