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Superstition - Stevie Wonder

In this song lesson, I will teach you the bass part to Stevie Wonder's "Superstition". This part is fairly simple except for the chorus where the bass also plays the horn line.

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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 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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Intro to 5-String Bass

In this lesson, I will introduce you to the 5 string bass. I'll talk about the two different standard kinds of 5 strings and go over their features.

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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 11

Fire On the Mountian - Grateful Dead

In this lesson, I will show you the bass line for Fire On the Mountain. I show this song in the key of E for simplicity and position on the neck. The original key, however, in B instead of E.

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Volume 12

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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Volume 15

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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Volume 15

Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

In this lesson, we'll learn the mellow bass lines of Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here.

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Volume 16

Tying Notes Together

In this lesson we'll learn about tied notes and how they work in sheet music.

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Volume 17

Space Oddity - David Bowie

In this lesson we will explore Herbie Flowers bass line in David Bowie's first hit, Space Oddity. In memory of his recent passing, we can learn how to play this timeless song.

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Volume 18

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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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 08

Intro to Slapping Technique

In this lesson, I will introduce you to slapping and popping the bass.

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Volume 11

Don’t Let Me Down - Beatles

In this lesson, we will look at the Beatles song, Don't Let Me Down.

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Volume 16

Reading Repeats

In this lesson we'll learn all about repeat marks in sheet music and how to use them.

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Volume 18

Breaking Us In Two - Joe Jackson

By request, here is an old Joe Jackson song with some interesting harmony.

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Volume 04

Reading Roman Numeral Symbols (Nashville Style)

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.

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Volume 09

Sabotage - Beastie Boys

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.

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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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Reading Articulations #1

In this lesson, I will show you how to interpret articulation markings in sheet music. Articulations help you add expression to notes you play.

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Volume 18

Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin

This is one of the most requested songs that bands want to learn so I thought why not take a close look at John Paul Jones iconic bass part to the song. So much fun...

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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 09

Dorian Mode - In Depth

In this lesson, we will take a closer look at the dorian mode, examining the sound of the scale and how your ear can recognize this characteristic sound.

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Volume 11

Momma Told Me Not to Come - 3 Dog Night

In this lesson, I will show you the old school 3 Dog Night song that uses a classic funky bass line.

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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 15

Reading Dynamics #1

In this lesson we will look at how dynamics are noted in sheet music. Dynamics determine how loud each note is played.

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Volume 05

Song - Feelin’ Alright (Dave Mason)

In this song lesson, I'll teach you how to play the original version of Feelin' Alright by Dave Mason's band and his bass player. This song has a very simple chord progression, D7 to G7 (I7 to IV7).

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Volume 10

Slapping Tricks - #1

In this technique lesson, I will show you a fundamental slapping technique that can be used in just about any situation, involving a pop with hammer-on to a slap in octaves.

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Volume 12

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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Volume 13

Walking Bass: Rhythm Changes

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.

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Volume 15

Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd

In this lesson, I'll show you how to play that song that always gets requested at gigs; Sweet Home Alabama.

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Volume 16

Reading 1st and 2nd endings

In this lesson I will show you how to read and understand multiple endings for repeats in sheet music.

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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 10

Slapping Tricks - #2

Slap with a hammer on that goes to a pop. This is a simple and fundamental slapping technique that will form part of the foundation for many bass lines.

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Volume 12

Drop D Tuning

In this lesson, we'll explore an alternate tuning for the bass, drop D. In this tuning, the low E string is tuned down a whole step to D.

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Volume 16

More Than A Feeling Part 1

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.

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Volume 17

Shut Up and Dance with Me

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.

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Volume 04

Song - Longview (Green Day)

In this lesson I will teach you how to play Green Days' Longview with its trademark bass line using the simple chord progression I to bVII.

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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 10

Slapping Tricks - #3

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.

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Volume 11

You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon

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.

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Volume 12

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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Volume 16

More Than A Feeling Part 2

Part 2 of 3...

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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 12

I, IV, V Using Triads

In this lesson, I'll show you how the triads formed by the I, IV and V chords interact to give you bass line ideas and options for this standard chord progression.

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Volume 13

Autumn Leaves

In this lesson, I'll show you how to construct a walking bass line for the jazz standard Autumn Leaves.

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Volume 14

Wild Nights - Mellencamp Ndegeocello

In this lesson I will show you how to play the iconic bass line from John Mellencamp and Me'Shell Ndegeocello's hit "Wild Nights."

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Volume 16

More Than A Feeling Part 3

Part 3 of 3, done!

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Volume 16

Killing in the Name - Part 1

In this lesson you'll learn the aggressive bass lines from Rage Against the Machine's 'Killing in the Name'. This song features the drop-D tuning and some aggressive playing technique.

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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 08

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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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 13

Walking Bass: Chromatic Approaches

In this lesson, I'll talk more about using chromatic noes to approach chord tones, with the emphasis on landing on strong chord tones on the downbeat of each change.

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Volume 14

Hotel California Eagles

In this lesson, I will show you the bass line and chords for Hotel California. It has a reggae influenced rhythm and feel.

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Volume 16

Killing In The Name pt 2

This is part 2 of the song lesson for Rage Against the Machine's Killing in the Name.

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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 6

Bass Articulations

In this lesson we will be discussing string bends and vibrato. These are types of articulations that can add color to your playing.

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Volume 08

Song - NIB Black Sabbath

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.

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Volume 10

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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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 13

Butterfly - Crazy Town

In this song lesson, we'll learn the bass riff from Butterfly. The bass riff comes from a Red Hot Chili Peppers instrumental called Pretty Little Ditty. So we're really learning a Flea bass line.

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Volume 16

Ramble On - Led Zeppelin

In this lesson you will learn the iconic bass line from Led Zeppelin's Ramble On.

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Volume 17

Moondance Part 1 Van Morrison

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.

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Volume 04

Song - The Joker (Steve Miller)

In this lesson, I will teach you the classic bass line from The Joker by Steve Miller. This uses the simple progression I, IV, V, IV.

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Moondance Part 2 Van Morrison

This is the continuation of the lesson for Van Morrison's Moondance.

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Volume 4

Basic Jazz 12 Bar Blues

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.

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Volume 04

Music Theory : Cadences

In this lesson I will introduce you to the music theory concept of cadences. In western music, the two common cadences are V to I (Perfect Authentic) and IV to I (Plagal).

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Volume 01

Muting Technique with Pick

In this lesson, I will cover muting techniques used while playing with a pick. There are some differences between this and muting while playing with your fingers.

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Volume 6

Bass Articulations Part 2

In this lesson we will learn more bass articulations such as hammer ons, pull offs, slides, and the dead note.

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Volume 6

Learning Harmonics

In this lesson we are introduced to the technique of harmonics

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Volume 6

Artificial or Fingered Harmonics

In this lesson I will teach you how to play artificial harmonics with any note on the neck.

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Volume 6

Drop D Tuning

In this lesson I will teach you a popular alternate tuning called Drop D tuning.

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Volume 6

Dead Notes

In this lesson I will take a more in depth look at the use of dead notes. They add a great deal of rhythm to any bass part by mimicking drum parts.

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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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