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Tapping Technique: Rhythmic Displacement of Melodies
Tapping Technique

Tapping Technique: Rhythmic Displacement of Melodies

Two-hand tapping on an electric bass can be used in a multitude of ways. In his new “Tapping Technique” lesson, Josh Cohen covers the creation of improvisations in the upper register with the right hand while playing a bass line in the left hand.

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Bass & Creativity: Chord Alterations In Depth
Bass & Creativity

Bass & Creativity: Chord Alterations In Depth

In this “Bass & Creativity” lesson, Olivier Babaz takes a deep dive into some alterations of the dominant chord. With the help of piano and on bass, he covers how to get used to the colors and options of b13 and #11 within a II V I progression.

Tapping Technique: Rhythmic Displacement
Tapping Technique

Tapping Technique: Rhythmic Displacement

Josh Cohen is back with his second installment in his “Tapping Technique” bass lesson series. In this episode, he shares tips on “Rhythmic Displacement” in an effort to improve playing two or more independent parts at the same time.

Tapping Technique: Developing Rhythmic Independence
Tapping Technique

Tapping Technique: Developing Rhythmic Independence

Josh Cohen kicks off a new bass lesson series on No Treble focusing on Tapping Technique. This first lesson focuses on developing rhythmic independence.

Kansas – “Leftoverture”: The Complete Basslines, Part 2
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Kansas – “Leftoverture”: The Complete Basslines, Part 2

Part 2 of Tim Fletcher’s and Troy Hughes’ project, “Kansas: Leftoverture – The Complete Basslines”, features Dave Hope’s excellent bassline for “The Wall.” This includes a full transcription (with tab), analysis, playing hints, and playthrough video.

Bass & Creativity: Modulation and Chord Progressions
Bass & Creativity

Bass & Creativity: Modulation and Chord Progressions

In this “Bass & Creativity” lesson, Olivier Babaz dives into the mechanics of modulation within chord changes. You’ll learn how to navigate between tonalities, building harmonic sequences borrowing chords in two different, yet related tonalities.

Bass & Creativity: The ii-V-I and Voice Leading
Bass & Creativity

Bass & Creativity: The ii-V-I and Voice Leading

The ii-V-I is one of the most common chord progressions in music. As bassists, we have a horizontal view of the harmonic movement. Today we’ll see how other instruments view the progression and implement voice leading to build interesting lines.

Kansas – “Leftoverture”: The Complete Basslines, Part 1
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Kansas – “Leftoverture”: The Complete Basslines, Part 1

Tim Fletcher is back with a new and exciting project. After the enormous popularity of his bass transcription for Kansas’ “Carry on Wayward Son,” he teamed up with Troy Hughes to create a complete set for the Kansas album “Leftoverture.” Here’s Part 1.

Talking Technique: Wicked Riff
Talking Technique

Talking Technique: Wicked Riff

In this lesson, Ariane Cap focuses on an angular riff that presents quite the string crossing challenge. It will not only shed your technique, but it will also give you creative ideas.

Bass Transcription: Rutger Gunnarsson’s Bass Line on “Dancing Queen” by ABBA
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Bass Transcription: Rutger Gunnarsson’s Bass Line on “Dancing Queen” by ABBA

“Dancing Queen” was the first single from ABBA’s 1976 Arrival album, topping the charts in 15 countries and remaining one of ABBA’s best-known songs. Check out this transcription and analysis by our newest contributor, Tom Kenrick!

Bass & Creativity: Dorian Mode
Bass & Creativity

Bass & Creativity: Dorian Mode

Olivier Babaz is back with his second entry in his “Bass & Creativity” lesson series. In this video lesson, he’s focusing on exploring the sounds, colors, and options through improvisation within the Dorian mode.

Bass & Creativity: Harmonic Sequences
Bass & Creativity

Bass & Creativity: Harmonic Sequences

In this video lesson, we'll practice and explore the harmonic possibilities of combining bass playing with one or two top notes. Follow along with the video and topic outline.