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
20

“Schism” by Tool

Today’s Classic Bass Line is “Schism” by Tool.  Emerging in the 1990’s, Tool bridged the gap between classic heavy metal and progressive rock, mixing grinding guitars, dark thundering rhythms, and challenging lyrics. The Age aptly described […]

Nov
1

“Limelight” by Rush

Today’s Classic Bass Line is from “Limelight” by Rush.  Bassist Geddy Lee is one of the legends of the electric bass, and his playing on this track is a perfect primer for learning his style and technique. Since […]

Sep
25

“London Calling” by The Clash

Today’s Classic Bass Line is from “London Calling” by The Clash. The Sex Pistols may have been the first British punk rock band, but the Clash were the definitive British punk rockers.  Where the Pistols […]

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 […]

Jul
15

“No Reply at All” by Genesis

A student of mine wanted to learn a Genesis tune on bass.  Which one?  “No Reply at All” of course.  This is one of the trickiest bass lines you will come across in a pop tune (along the […]

Jun
17

“What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye

Today let’s look at a Classic Bass Line by the undisputed Godfather of the Electric Bass – James Jamerson.  This track has all the Jamerson elements – fluid lines, driving syncopation with chromatic passing tones,  trademark huge P-bass tone […]

May
26

“Sledgehammer” by Peter Gabriel

From the Vault.  Today’s Classic Bass Line is from “Sledgehammer” by Peter Gabriel.  This tune is from his highly successful album So.  Peter Gabriel’s website is here.  The highly talented and prolific bassist Tony Levin […]

Apr
17

“Havona” by Jaco Pastorius

Today’s Classic Bass Line is from the song “Havona” written by Jaco Pastorius and performed by Weather Report.  Jaco was the pioneer of the fretless electric bass, and has influenced bassists of all genres.  Jaco’s style […]

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
24

“Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin

Today’s Classic Bass Line is from “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin.  A pure classic, and a must know line by one of the great rock bassists – John Paul Jones. “Black Dog” is a blues riff […]

Jan
5

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” by The Beatles

Today we have another Classic Bass Line from Paul McCartney. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is from The Beatles White Album and was written by George Harrison.  This line has everything – double stops, slides, wide ranging scales and arpeggios […]