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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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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 14

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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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 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 10

Minor Tensions - 9, 11 and 13

I'll show you how to form the minor tensions when creating more advanced chord structures in your bass lines.

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Volume 12

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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Volume 14

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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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 10

Major Tensions - 9, #11, 13

I'll go through the common tensions for a major 7th chords. Moving into jazz harmony, many things become more fluid and the 'rules' don't mean as much!

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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 14

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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Volume 15

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 10

Altered Tensions of Dominant 7th Chords

I'll show you the tricky business of tensions for dominant 7th chords, which get complex and more interesting sounding as we move forward. These sounds are used in jazz music but also can be found in rock and pop.

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Volume 14

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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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 17

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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Volume 14

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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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 17

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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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 14

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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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 14

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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Volume 16

More Than A Feeling Part 2

Part 2 of 3...

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Volume 16

More Than A Feeling Part 3

Part 3 of 3, done!

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Volume 17

Song Forms and Structure

In this lesson I will go over some of the more common structures of songs, their parts and how they are often referred to. This is just some helpful information for those who are not familiar with terms such as verse, chorus, and bridge. I will discuss a basic pop song form, AABA jazz standard and verse refrain types of arrangements.

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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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Volume 1

How To Read Tablature

In this lesson I will show you how to read tablature

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Volume 02

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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Volume 02

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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Volume 02

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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