Dec
14

The Major Scale

Why should you know the different scales?  Because they are the foundation of the melodic and harmonic aspects of music.  Is it more complex than that?  Yes, but we have to start somewhere. In music […]

Nov
3

Steve Smith: The Art of Practice

I found this interesting video of drummer Steve Smith outlining his philosophy on practicing.  It is a great explanation on how to get the most from your practice time.  Check it out. Steve Smith on The Art of […]

Jul
29

Arpeggios

Today let’s look at arpeggios and how to use them. An arpeggio is a musical technique where notes in a chord are played in sequence, one after the other, rather than ringing out simultaneously.  We can […]

Apr
11

Arpeggios: Part 2

Today’s post is Part 2 in a series on learning how to play and use arpeggios on the bass.  Part 1 is here. An arpeggio is a musical technique where notes in a chord are […]

Mar
21

Technique: Billy Sheehan

Billy Sheehan is one of rock’s iconic bassists.  His style includes 3 finger right hand picking, double hand tapping, harmonics, and more.  Being self taught, he has created some unusual techniques that might inspire new ideas in […]

Mar
4

Right and Left Hand Positioning

The trap that many self-taught bassists fall into is bad hand positioning.  The left hand and right hand should be in a relaxed and natural position, not only for ease of playing, but also to avoid […]

Feb
18

Fingerstyle: Getting Different Sounds

Today I thought I’d write about how fingerstyle players get different sounds from their bass depending on their technique.   Let’s start with two great fingerstyle players who both use the Fender Jazz Bass. John Paul […]

Nov
12

Double Your Speed

One of the more challenging aspects of bass playing – both on upright and electric – is playing fast.  Today let’s look at a great tutorial on increasing your speed by Scott Devine of Scott’s Bass […]

Sep
23

Major Scales in Position

Today’s post is about playing major scales in different positions. A lot of players hear about scales and how important they are to playing well, but they’re not sure how to use them or why […]

Jul
24

Understanding Rhythm: Part 1

Here is part one in a series on rhythm by Norm Weinstein from Vic Firth.  This a great resource for learning to count, feel, and play different rhythms.  Part one is the introdution to rhythm.  Look for part 2 in […]

Jun
23

The Dorian Mode

Students often ask about the modes of the major scale.  They have heard or read about them and wonder what they are and how to use them.  I used to give the theoretical answer, (in nerdy […]

Jun
6

Slap Happy: Part 2

Let’s continue with our journey into the slap realm.  If you haven’t seen Part 1 of this series, you can find it here. Here is another video from Scott Devine of Scott’s Bass Lessons.  I […]