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Give It Away Now - RHCP

In this song lesson, I will show you the bass line from the Red Hot Chili Peppers song Give It Away Now, which uses a very distinctive articulation by Flea.

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Get Lucky - Daft Punk

In this song lesson, I will show you how to play "Get Lucky" on a 4-string bass. The original recording was made using a 5-string bass with a low B-string. So this lesson is an adaptation for players using a 4-string.

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Paint It Black - Rolling Stones

In this song lesson, I will show you the song "Paint It Black" by the Rolling Stones. This bass part features the root-fifth relationship.

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Seven Nation Army - White Stripes

In this song lesson, I will show you the parts for the Whites Stripes' indie hit "Seven Nation Army."

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Major and Minor Scale Review

In this lesson we will review the Major and Minor scales and learn a new exercise to incorporate into your practice routine. The exercise involves an alternating note method by playing in thirds.

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Knowing Your Bass

In this lesson we will introduce you to the parts of the electric bass and how they function together to create the notes and tone of the instrument. This is the first lesson of the program and is intended for beginners.

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Happy - Pharrell Williams

In this lesson, I will teach you how to play this popular song. Study this chart and then.... be happy!

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Time Signatures in 4

In this lessons we will begin a series on reading rhythms in music. This lesson describes basic time signatures with quarter notes beats; 4/4, 3/4 and 2/4 time.

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The Modes

In this lesson we will study the seven modes of the major scale and how they all relate.

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How to Hold Your Bass

In this lesson I will show you how to hold your bass and place your hands in the optimal positions for finger playing.

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Wagon Wheel - Old Crow Medicine Show

In this lesson, you'll learn the bluegrass version of Wagon Wheel. This is a great entry song into playing the bluegrass style and is always popular at gigs.

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Hey Ho - Lumineres

In this lesson, I'll show you the simple bass part to the Luminere's Hey Ho on the U Bass.

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All About That Bass - Postmodern Jukebox

In this lesson, I will show you the Postmodern Jukebox version of 'All About That Bass', featuring both 2-beat and walking bass styles.

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Basic Note Lengths

In this lesson I will show you how the basic note lengths are written in music. This is part of a series of lessons on how to read music.

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Modes Part 2

In this lesson we will continue our look at the seven modes by playing them all starting in C. You will be able to hear the melodic differences between modes and learn about the characteristic note of each mode.

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How to Pluck the Strings

In this lesson I'll teach you the finger playing technique most common to electric bass.

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Song - Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself (Again)

In this lesson, I will show you a simple slap and pop song by Sly and the Family Stone.

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Counting Time

In this lesson I will show you how to count out loud, the time within a bar using quarter, eighth and sixteenth notes. This helps identify each division of a bar.

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Pentatonic Minor Scale

In this lesson we will take an in depth look at the Pentatonic Minor scale. This is a fun scale to improvise with and forms the basis for much of rock, pop and soul music. I'll show you the easy to remember "box pattern" that is useful for playing fast licks.

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How to Use a Pick

In this lesson, I will show you the technique of pick playing; how to hold the pick and pluck the strings.

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Rests as Written in Music

In this lesson, I will show you how rests are written on the page. They have lengths just like notes. Each note length also has a corresponding rest length.

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Angel by Jack Johnson

This is a very simple song by Jack Johnson.

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Tequila Sunrise - Eagles

In this lesson you will learn a simple bass part for the Eagles song "Tequila Sunrise." Even though this part is simple, fundamentals of note length are important.

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Pentatonic Major Scale

In this lesson we will take an in depth look at the Pentatonic Major scale. This 'happy' scale is easy to jam on using the box pattern in the provided chart.

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Building Bass Lines - Rock Style

In this lesson, I will build a rock bass line for a simple progression and explore the style using driving 1/8 notes and some leading note approaches. Plus, we'll add some pentatonic riffs that you can jam with.

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Dotted Notes

In this lesson, I will show you how to read dotted notes in music. Dotted notes are worth 1.5x the value of the same note without a dot.

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Peaceful Easy Feeling - Eagles

In this lesson you will learn the bass part for "Peaceful Easy Feeling", a classic Eagles song in memory of Glen Frey's recent passing.

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Learning String Names

In this lesson I will teach you the names of the notes of the open strings.

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How to Tune Your Bass

In this lesson, I will show you how to use a tuner device to get the bass in proper tune to play.

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Introducing the Blue Notes

In this lesson we will study the concept of adding the "blue notes" to the Pentatonic scale. This is an integral part of getting a Blues sound.

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Tone Bone: Distortion

In this lesson, I will show you how distortion can affect your bass tone. Distortion pedals often imitate the sound of tube bass amps. I use a SansAmp Bass DI driver pedal in my rig and I will show you how it sounds with various settings.

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Time Signatures in 8

In this lesson, I will show you the less often used time signatures in 8. These are more often used in classical music.

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Controls Part I - Precision Bass

In this lesson, I will explain the controls found on a Fender Precision bass and how to operate them. These are the two most basic controls; volume and tone.

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Tone Bone: Flatwounds

In this lesson, I will show you a bass with flatwound strings and talk about how they affect your tone. Flatwounds are a great way to get a vintage sound from your electric bass. I'll also show you a string muffling technique using a piece of foam pipe insulation to get an even more old school tone.

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Highway to Hell-ACDC

In this lesson, I will teach you how to play Highway to Hell by ACDC. Classic rock at its finest....

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Atlantic City

In this lesson you will learn a simple bass line from the song Atlantic City, written by Bruce Springsteen as played by the Band and Levon Helms. The idea of note length is important to this recording.

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How To Use An Amp

In this lesson I will discuss how to use your bass amp and cover the basic function of the controls.

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The Number System

In this lesson we introduce the and learn about the Number System when discussing scales and chords. The number system is based on intervals (2nd, 3rd, 4th etc.)

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How to Fret a Note

In this lesson I will show you how to fret a note on the neck of the bass.

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Building Bass Lines - Basic Funk

In this lesson, I will show you a simple funk bass line in E that can get you started exploring the rhythms of funk and how some bass lines can be formed.

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Lying Eyes - Eagles

I will show you the classic country flavored rock tune by the Eagles

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Song - Dreams (Fleetwood Mac)

In this lesson I'll teach you the simple bass line for the classic song Dreams by Fleetwood Mac. The rhythm of the bass line is a fundamental pattern that is used in many musical styles.

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Basic Chords - Triads and 7th Chords

In this lesson we discuss basic chords and arpeggios. Chords discussed include the 4 basic triads (major, minor, diminished, and augmented) as well as the three fundamental 7th chords. These consist of Major 7, Minor 7, and Dominant 7.

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How to Mute a Note - Left Hand (Neck Hand)

In this lesson, I will show you how to mute a note using your left hand or the hand that is on the neck of the bass. Muting notes is just as important as plucking notes, making for cleaner bass playing.

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Muting Notes with the Right Hand (Plucking Hand)

In this lesson, I will show you techniques for muting the strings with the right hand or plucking hand. These muting techniques are important for playing punchy and tight bass lines.

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No Woman No Cry - Marley

A simple reggae tune to play that is also a classic from Bob Marley. This version might be a bit out of tune with popular recordings as they are tuned non-standard.

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Muting Techniques - Review

In this lesson I will review muting techniques for both hands and talk about controlling the length of notes you play using these same methods.

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Major Scale Exercise - Cycle of 5ths

In this lesson I will show you a Major scale exercise playing one octave major scales in the cycle of fifths.

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Esoteric Seventh Chords

In this lesson we will learn the chords Min7b5, Diminished 7th, and Augmented 7th. These are not as common in pop music and mostly found in jazz styles. C-7b5, Cdim7 and C+7

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Muting with Both Hands Together

In this lesson, I will combine the techniques of muting strings with both hands together. This is the complete muting technique that will ensure you don't have any ringing strings that aren't part of your bass line.

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Rude - Magic

I'll teach you how to play the reggae flavored pop tune by Magic. This is a fun and deep bass line.

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The Joker - Steve Miller

In this lesson, I'll show you the bass part to the Steve Miller Band's old standard, The Joker. It uses the basic I, IV, V progression.

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Modes and 7th Chords

In this lesson we learn how the 7th chords relate to the modes and apply it to an exercise that covers the entire neck of the bass. Each mode has a corresponding 7th chord associated with it. The exercise is built by playing the arpeggio for each mode ascending up the neck.

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Notes in the scale

In this lesson we will discuss the notes and letters used to describe notes in music: A, B C, D, E, F and G

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Basic 12 Bar Blues

In this lesson I will teach you a basic 12 bar blues chord progression. This is a standard progression used in blues, country, and rock.

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Flats and Sharps

In this lesson we will discuss the flat and sharp notes are on the bass.

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12 Bar Quick Change Blues

In this lesson I will teach you a variation of the 12 Bar Blues often referred to as Quick Change blues.

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Using a Metronome

In this lesson I will show you how to use a metronome to keep time when practicing.

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Minor Blues

In this lesson I will teach another variation of the 12 bar blues that uses minor chords as opposed to major chords.

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How To Read Tablature

In this lesson I will show you how to read tablature

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Wild Thing

In this lesson we will apply the skills we have learned in volume 1 to a simple song, Wild Thing.

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Chord Progression (I, bVII, IV)

In this lesson I will teach you a I, bVII, IV chord progression that is used in many rock and pop tunes. I'll show you several patterns to start improvising with.

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Minor and Modal Scales in Cycle of 5ths

In this lesson I will show you an exercise to practice all the modes and scales you have learned thus far using the cycle of fifths.

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The Notes of the Neck - Frets 1 to 5

In this lesson, I will begin to show you the names of each note on the neck. To begin, I will show you the notes for the first five frets of the bass.

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Arpeggios in the Cycle of 5ths

In this lesson I will show you an exercise using the cycle of fifths to play arpeggios.

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Exploring Intervals : Octaves

In this lesson, I will show you how to form octaves from any note on the neck of the bass. An octave is a fundamental interval used all the time in creating bass lines.

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The Notes of the Neck - Frets 5 - 12

In this lesson we will continue learning the notes of the bass neck starting at the fifth fret and going all the way to the 12th fret which is the octave. At this point, all the notes start repeating their pattern from the first fret.

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Music Notation

In this lesson we will be studying basic music notation and gain a fundamental understanding of how to read the notes in the bass clef.

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Major Scale in Thirds

In this lesson I will show you an exercise playing the Major scale in 3rds that can be used with the cycle of 5ths to build an exercise.

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Exploring Intervals : 4th’s and 5th’s

In this lesson we will be introducing the concept of intervals, with a focus on the 4th and 5th intervals. These are common intervals used in constructing bass lines, especially in bluegrass and country styles.

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One Octave Scale in Thirds with all Modes

In this lesson I will the ways you can create exercises playing each mode in 3rds across the cycle of fifths. By completing all of the modes this way, you will increase your dexterity and ability over the entire fretboard up to the 12th fret.

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Exploring Intervals : 3rd’s and 6th’s

In this lesson we will learn about the 3rd and 6th intervals. These intervals are either major or minor and are inversions of each other.

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Major Scale in Sixths

In this lesson I will teach you an exercise playing the Major scale in sixths.

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The Major Scale

In this lesson we will introduce the Major scale, the fundamental building block to all other scales and music in general.

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Connecting Modes

In this lesson I will teach you an exercise connecting all the modes together in an exercise that goes all the way up the neck.

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The Minor Scale

In this lesson we will learn the Minor scale, the counterpart to the Major Scale. While the major scale tends to sound 'happy', the minor scale can sound 'sad'.

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2 Octave Major Scales

In this lesson I will show you an exercise using 2 octave major scales. These scales require moving your hand position and can be more challenging.

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Bass Line Builder : Major and Minor Triads

In this lesson we will learn about the most basic chord: the triad. Triads are made from three notes as opposed to intervals which only have two notes. This lesson will show you the patterns for both major and minor triads and then discuss how they can be used to build bass lines.

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Diminished and Augmented Triads

In this lesson we will introduce the distinctive Diminished and Augmented triads.

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