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.
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.
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.
In this lesson, I will show you how chord symbols relate to Roman Numeral symbols. The chord number system is popular in Nashville recording scenes as it makes it easy to change keys for the singer in the band.
In this lesson I will show you how to play the riffs in Sabotage. This is an odd recording where its hard to tell if parts are being played by bass or a de-tuned guitar. The key of the recording is in Ab.
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.
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.
In this lesson, I will teach you the chord changes from I Got Rhythm by Gershwin. These chord changes have become standard in the jazz world and are a great starting point to playing walking bass lines in this style.
In this lesson will start learning the Boston hit from the 80's, "More Than a Feeling". I've done an exhaustive note-by-note chart for this song as so many have been interested in a real transcription of the classic bass part. Here's part 1 of 3.
In this lesson we will look at one of the most popular songs of last year (2015), Shut Up and Dance with Me by Walk the Moon. I've worked with these guys in the studio and share Kevin's love of P basses! Enjoy.
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.
Triplet slap and hammer on to a pop.... I'll show you another more flashy slapping technique that shows off a bit more speed. The technique can be added as a flourish or as a basic component of a slap bass line.
In this lesson, I will show you the parts for the Paul Simon song that features a unique bass slapping sound. These parts are overdubbed on the record so its not possible to play them all together but we will go over each of them, including the solo break.
In this lesson, I will teach you the bass part to the song NIB, by Black Sabbath. This was requested often on the site and I understand why. Rockin' distorted bass is awesome! I will show you the scale used in the bass solo intro so you can learn to jam on it the same way as Geezer Butler did on the one take for that part.
In part one of Van Morrison's Moondance, I'll show you a transcription of how John Klingberg plays the bass on the recording along with a somewhat detailed analysis of why certain notes are used with the harmony. This is a great lesson to help expand your walking bass line playing on such a well known tune.
In this lesson I will teach you a jazz variation of the 12 Bar Blues. This variation is based off of the Quick Change blues and uses a more complicated chord structure in the "turn around" section at the end.