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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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Intro to Slapping Technique

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

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Song - Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself (Again)

In this lesson, I will show you a simple slap and pop song by Sly and the Family Stone.

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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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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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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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Tone Bone: Flatwounds

In this lesson, I will show you a bass with flatwound strings and talk about how they affect your tone. Flatwounds are a great way to get a vintage sound from your electric bass. I'll also show you a string muffling technique using a piece of foam pipe insulation to get an even more old school tone.

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Building Bass Lines - Basic Funk

In this lesson, I will show you a simple funk bass line in E that can get you started exploring the rhythms of funk and how some bass lines can be formed.

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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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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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