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 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 03

The Modes

In this lesson we will study the seven modes of the major scale and how they all relate.

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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 03

Modes Part 2

In this lesson we will continue our look at the seven modes by playing them all starting in C. You will be able to hear the melodic differences between modes and learn about the characteristic note of each mode.

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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 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 03

Pentatonic Minor Scale

In this lesson we will take an in depth look at the Pentatonic Minor scale. This is a fun scale to improvise with and forms the basis for much of rock, pop and soul music. I'll show you the easy to remember "box pattern" that is useful for playing fast licks.

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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 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 03

Pentatonic Major Scale

In this lesson we will take an in depth look at the Pentatonic Major scale. This 'happy' scale is easy to jam on using the box pattern in the provided chart.

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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 03

Introducing the Blue Notes

In this lesson we will study the concept of adding the "blue notes" to the Pentatonic scale. This is an integral part of getting a Blues sound.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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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

Exploring Intervals : Octaves

In this lesson, I will show you how to form octaves from any note on the neck of the bass. An octave is a fundamental interval used all the time in creating bass lines.

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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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Volume 02

The Major Scale

In this lesson we will introduce the Major scale, the fundamental building block to all other scales and music in general.

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Volume 02

The Minor Scale

In this lesson we will learn the Minor scale, the counterpart to the Major Scale. While the major scale tends to sound 'happy', the minor scale can sound 'sad'.

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