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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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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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Josie - Steely Dan

In this lesson, I will show you how to play the Steely Dan song, Josie. The chart on this one is more complex with many chord changes. Its a great funk tune for the bass.

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Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry

In this lesson I will show you the classic bass line from Wild Cherry's big hit, Play That Funky Music.

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Dixie Chicken

In this lesson I will show you how to play Little Feat's Dixie Chicken, which incorporates the New Orleans-style bass part. The notes are fairly simple but the rhythm and groove are more sophisticated and subtle.

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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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Tone Bone: U Bass for Funk

In this Tone Bone lesson, I'll show you how the U Bass can be used for funk and soul music, emulating the sound of a Precision Bass with flatwound strings and the tone controls turned down.

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Muted Thumb Technique

In this lesson, I will show you a technique for using your thumb to pluck the strings while muting the strings with your palm to created a dark, thumpy tone good for funk or reggae and even old blues.

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4 Note Chromatic Approach

In this lesson, I will show you a 4 note chromatic approach that can be used in funk and many other styles. Its a very common approach used in bass playing.

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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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New Orleans Blues Beat

In this lesson, I will show you a blues bass line in just one example of the style of New Orleans Blues. It uses the major pentatonic scale and a swing beat.

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Song - Brick House Commodores

In this song lesson, I will show you the bass parts for the Commodores hit, Brick House, which features some simple slap/pop riffs.

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New Orleans Blues Riffs

In this lesson, I will show you a New Orleans style blues riffs that use the major pentatonic scale and some blue notes.

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2 Beat Pentatonic Riffs

In this lesson, I will show you several riffs that take 2 beats and land on the tonic on the downbeat. This can form the basis for some cool riffs you can use all the time. E minor.

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Low Rider by War

In this song lesson, I'll show you the bass line to War's "Low Rider" which is a great tune to jam on.

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