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House of the Rising Sun - Animals

The bass part for House of the Rising Sun is as simple as it gets. But what's interesting is the improvisational possibilities that the harmony of the song provides. I'll show you how to use the harmonic minor scale along with the normal minor scale in A to improvise on this song.

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Volume 18

Basic Improv Tools flat 7th, 5th, and flat 3rd

In this lesson I am going to show you some basic improvisational tools that you can use to build your own bass lines when jamming with other musicians. These are like legos for bass lines. Don't be boring, start exploring... smile

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Volume 04

Creating Bass Lines - Basic Chord Tones

In this lesson, I will show you how to start creating bass lines using fundamental chords. Keep it simple using the first , third and fifth degrees of the major and minor scales.

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Volume 10

Extended Chord Forms - Tensions

This is the beginning of some advanced music theory lessons in the form of extended chord forms. I will talk about the '9', '11', and '13' chord tones or 'tensions'. This is an introduction to these concepts.

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Volume 13

Walking Bass: Intro

In this lesson, I will introduce the concept of walking bass and how you construct them out of chord tones, scale notes and chromatics.

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Volume 04

Reading Chord Symbols

In this lesson, we'll look at how chord symbols are created and what they mean so you can read them on paper. We will discuss what they mean musically and how to use them to play bass lines.

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Volume 11

One String Octave Riff

In this lesson, I will show you a technique to build rhythmic riffs using one string and the minor pentatonic scale.

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Volume 13

Walking Bass: 12 Bar Blues

In this lesson we will dive into walking bass for a 12 bar blues in the jazz style.

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Volume 04

Chord Progression - D and G (I and IV)

In this lesson, I will run through a simple chord progression and explore how to create a bass line using the chord tones plus some chromatic approaches. The attached chart has the example bass lines laid out in music and TAB.

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Volume 08

Creating Bass Lines - Leading Notes

In this lesson, I will show you some note choices that you can use to lead from one chord change to another. I will cover the 7th approach and the 5th approach. This will help you build more interesting bass lines.

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Volume 13

Blue Bossa - Standard

In this lesson we'll explore a latin style song that is a classic jazz standard. This is a great one for bass solos!

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Volume 08

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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Volume 09

Phrygian Mode - In Depth

In this lesson, I will take a deeper look into the phrygian mode and how it sounds, identifying the characteristic note and how it can be used in improvising.

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Volume 04

Chord Progression - E to D

In this lesson I will explore a very simple chord progression, I7 to bVII. I'll show you how to form strong bass lines using roots and 5ths plus some of the scale tones of the mixolydian mode.

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Volume 09

Lydian Mode - In Depth

In this lesson, we will take an in depth look at the lydian mode, its characteristic note and how this sound can be used in improvisation.

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Volume 09

Mixolydian Mode - In Depth

In this lesson, we'll take a closer look at the mixolydian mode, its characteristic note and how it sounds when making music. This mode is used quite a bit in blues and I'll show you a blue note to use. It can be considered the major version of dorian.

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Volume 08

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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Volume 09

Aeolian Mode - In Depth

In this lesson, I'll look closely at the aeolian mode which is also straight minor. We'll show how it can be use while improvising and how the characteristic note defines the sound of this 'sad' mode.

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Volume 11

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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Volume 04

Simple Chord Progression - I, IV, V,  IV

In this lesson, I'll show you the very common chord progression I, IV, V, IV and explore creating bass lines for it using chord tones.

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Volume 09

Locrian Mode - In Depth

In this lesson, we'll take a close look at the locrian mode and how its characteristic sound can be used in improvisation. Locrian is the odd member of the modes with its unstable sound.

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Volume 11

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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Volume 17

New Orleans Bass Line

In this lesson I will show you one style of bass common to New Orleans blues music. It involves a specific syncopated rhythm that quickly identifies this style.

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Volume 11

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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Volume 02

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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Volume 02

Song - Stir It Up (B. Marley)

In this lesson, I will teach you the Bob Marley classic 'Stir It Up' and explore the reggae style of bass playing. This song uses major triads as the foundation for the bass line.

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