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Feelin Alright by Dave Mason

In this lesson we will learn the bass line to Feelin Alright by Dave Mason which features the I to IV progression.

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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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Paint It Black - Rolling Stones

In this song lesson, I will show you the song "Paint It Black" by the Rolling Stones. This bass part features the root-fifth relationship.

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Seven Nation Army - White Stripes

In this song lesson, I will show you the parts for the Whites Stripes' indie hit "Seven Nation Army."

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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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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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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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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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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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Space Oddity Harmonic Analysis

In this lesson I will take a close look at the bass line Herbie Flowers lays down in Space Oddity and how it relates to the chords of the song. Its a crazy bass line that actually makes sense!

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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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Rebel Rebel - Bowie

Here's another song in tribute to David Bowie's recent passing. A straight ahead tune...

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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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 08

Tone Bone: Distortion

In this lesson, I will show you how distortion can affect your bass tone. Distortion pedals often imitate the sound of tube bass amps. I use a SansAmp Bass DI driver pedal in my rig and I will show you how it sounds with various settings.

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Volume 15

Roundabout P1 of 5

This is part one of the lessons on 'Roundabout' by Yes. Chris Squire created a difficult but rewarding bass line for this classic prog rock tune.

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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 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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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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Roundabout P2 of 5

Part two of this epic lesson on 'Roudabout' by Yes.

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More Than A Feeling Part 2

Part 2 of 3...

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Atlantic City

In this lesson you will learn a simple bass line from the song Atlantic City, written by Bruce Springsteen as played by the Band and Levon Helms. The idea of note length is important to this recording.

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Lying Eyes - Eagles

I will show you the classic country flavored rock tune by the Eagles

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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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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

Song - Dreams (Fleetwood Mac)

In this lesson I'll teach you the simple bass line for the classic song Dreams by Fleetwood Mac. The rhythm of the bass line is a fundamental pattern that is used in many musical styles.

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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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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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Roundabout P4 of 5

Yet another part of this very long song lesson for Yes's Roudabout.

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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 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 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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The Joker - Steve Miller

In this lesson, I'll show you the bass part to the Steve Miller Band's old standard, The Joker. It uses the basic I, IV, V progression.

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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 15

Roundabout P5 of 5

The last part in a series of lessons on the juggernaut bass part for Yes's Roundabout.

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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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In The Midnight Hour by Wilson Pickett

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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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Wild Thing

In this lesson we will apply the skills we have learned in volume 1 to a simple song, Wild Thing.

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Chord Progression (I, bVII, IV)

In this lesson I will teach you a I, bVII, IV chord progression that is used in many rock and pop tunes. I'll show you several patterns to start improvising with.

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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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Roundabout P3 of 5

Part three of 'Roudabout' by Yes. Yup, this is a long one.

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Volume 7

Take A Walk on the Wild Side by Lou Reed

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Volume 7

Sunshine Of Your Love by Cream

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Volume 7

Money by Pink Floyd

OK, this is a long one! Pink Floyd is known for their long and interesting arrangements. I will go over all the parts you need to know to play this song but following along in chart will be necessary to make sure you don't miss a cue.

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Volume 7

Can’t You See

In this lesson we will learn how to play Can't You See by the Marshall Tucker Band. It uses the simple progression: I, bVII, IV and I.

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Volume 7

Day Tripper by the Beatles

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