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Talking Technique: That Riff in “Spain”
Talking Technique

Talking Technique: That Riff in “Spain”

That riff from Chick Corea’s “Spain,” played between the solos and as part of the head, is as catchy as it is tricky. Ari gets frequent requests for help on that section, so she breaks it down, step by step, in this new episode of “Talking Technique”

Bass Transcription: Karl Alvarez’s Bass Line on “I’m The One” by The Descendents
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Bass Transcription: Karl Alvarez’s Bass Line on “I’m The One” by The Descendents

Tim Fletcher’s fifth entry of the “Unsung U.S. Bassists” series is here. Check out Tim’s transcription and analysis of Karl Alvarez’s Bass Line on “I’m The One” by The Descendents.

Talking Technique: Applied Permutations – Chromatic Groove
Talking Technique

Talking Technique: Applied Permutations – Chromatic Groove

Episode 61 of Talking Technique is all about using chromatic approaches to liven up a bass line. Ari also covers how to use different fingerings to come up with these sorts of situations in your playing.

Bass Transcription: Jean Millington’s Bass Line on “Ain’t That Peculiar” by Fanny
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Bass Transcription: Jean Millington’s Bass Line on “Ain’t That Peculiar” by Fanny

Tim Fletcher’s fourth entry of the “Unsung US Bassists” bass transcription series focuses on Jean Millington's Bass Line on “Ain’t That Peculiar” by Fanny.

Talking Technique: Geddy Lee and the Fifth Rule of Power
Talking Technique

Talking Technique: Geddy Lee and the Fifth Rule of Power

In episode #60 of Talking Technique, Ariane Cap breaks down how Geddy Lee uses power chords in Rush’s “Dreamline,” with a quick harmonic run down, tips for fingering, technical execution, and practice.

Bass Transcription: Phil Upchurch’s Bass Line on “Misty” by Donny Hathaway
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Bass Transcription: Phil Upchurch’s Bass Line on “Misty” by Donny Hathaway

Phil Upchurch has played on over two hundred albums, and is highly regarded for his guitar work. He is less well-known as a bass player, but he’s contributed some excellent work as well. Check out Tim Fletcher’s transcription and analysis of Upchurch’s line on Donny Hathaway’s “Misty”

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Vertical Soloing: Using Minor Pentatonic on Five Chord Types
Vertical Soloing

Vertical Soloing: Using Minor Pentatonic on Five Chord Types

In this lesson, Lorin Cohen illustrates how to use one minor pentatonic scale over five chord types. In this case, using the B minor pentatonic scale to play over a progression. This illustrates what Lorin calls a “vertical” approach to soloing, where we create lines that move swiftly up and across the fingerboard.

Bass Transcription: Dave Hope’s Bass Line on “Carry on Wayward Son” by Kansas
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Bass Transcription: Dave Hope’s Bass Line on “Carry on Wayward Son” by Kansas

This is the second entry of the Tim Fletcher's “Unsung US Bassists” series, with his transcription and analysis for Dave Hope’s bass line on “Carry on Wayward Son” by Kansas.

Bass Transcription: Doug Haywood’s Bass Line on “Late for the Sky” by Jackson Browne
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Bass Transcription: Doug Haywood’s Bass Line on “Late for the Sky” by Jackson Browne

We’re thrilled to welcome back Tim Fletcher, who is starting a new bass transcription series on the “Unsung US Bassists.” Tim is kicking things off with his transcription and analysis of Doug Haywood’s bass line on “Late for the Sky” by Jackson Browne.

Bass Lick Series: A7 Bass Line with Harmonics (and More)
Bass Lick Series

Bass Lick Series: A7 Bass Line with Harmonics (and More)

In this new bass lick lesson, we’re going to combine harmonics and double stops with a Mixolydian scale fill. First, I’ll play it at full tempo, then around the 1-minute mark, I cover it slowly for you to follow along. Be sure to grab the backing drum track for playing along at full speed.

Bass Transcription: Noel Redding’s Bass Line on “Come On (Part One)” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
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Bass Transcription: Noel Redding’s Bass Line on “Come On (Part One)” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience

With producer and mentor Chas Chandler in control, and holed up in Olympic Studios in London, the early sessions for the album had been relatively straightforward, and the band had recorded basic versions of “Crosstown Traffic” and “All Along the Watchtower” before setting off on their early ’68 North American tour. On a break from their schedule, a short recording...

Creative Bass Lines: Using the Melodic Minor Scale To Navigate on a Minor ii-V-i Chord Progression
Creative Bass Lines

Creative Bass Lines: Using the Melodic Minor Scale To Navigate on a Minor ii-V-i Chord Progression

Welcome back to another column, and today we’re diving further into jazz-related harmony with a look at starting to get inside two of the most useful modes from the melodic minor scale. The full line is demonstrated right after the opening title credits, with a little backing groove, and then during the video, I dissect and explain it for you....