Volume 18

Basic Improv Tools flat 7th, 5th, and flat 3rd

In this lesson I am going to show you some basic improvisational tools that you can use to build your own bass lines when jamming with other musicians. These are like legos for bass lines. Don't be boring, start exploring... smile

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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 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 13

Walking Bass: Intro

In this lesson, I will introduce the concept of walking bass and how you construct them out of chord tones, scale notes and chromatics.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 01

Learning String Names

In this lesson I will teach you the names of the notes of the open strings.

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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 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 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 03

The Number System

In this lesson we introduce the and learn about the Number System when discussing scales and chords. The number system is based on intervals (2nd, 3rd, 4th etc.)

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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 03

Basic Chords - Triads and 7th Chords

In this lesson we discuss basic chords and arpeggios. Chords discussed include the 4 basic triads (major, minor, diminished, and augmented) as well as the three fundamental 7th chords. These consist of Major 7, Minor 7, and Dominant 7.

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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 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 03

Esoteric Seventh Chords

In this lesson we will learn the chords Min7b5, Diminished 7th, and Augmented 7th. These are not as common in pop music and mostly found in jazz styles. C-7b5, Cdim7 and C+7

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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 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 01

Notes in the scale

In this lesson we will discuss the notes and letters used to describe notes in music: A, B C, D, E, F and G

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Volume 01

Flats and Sharps

In this lesson we will discuss the flat and sharp notes are on the bass.

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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 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

Exploring Intervals : 4th’s and 5th’s

In this lesson we will be introducing the concept of intervals, with a focus on the 4th and 5th intervals. These are common intervals used in constructing bass lines, especially in bluegrass and country styles.

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Volume 02

Exploring Intervals : 3rd’s and 6th’s

In this lesson we will learn about the 3rd and 6th intervals. These intervals are either major or minor and are inversions of each other.

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Volume 02

Bass Line Builder : Major and Minor Triads

In this lesson we will learn about the most basic chord: the triad. Triads are made from three notes as opposed to intervals which only have two notes. This lesson will show you the patterns for both major and minor triads and then discuss how they can be used to build bass lines.

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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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Volume 02

Diminished and Augmented Triads

In this lesson we will introduce the distinctive Diminished and Augmented triads.

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