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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nov
5

“YYZ” by Rush

Today’s Classic Bass Line is from “YYZ” by Rush.  This is the holy grail of bass lines, so expect a long and painful journey if you attempt it.  It’s worth it.  Trust me. YYZ is an instrumental […]

Apr
24

“Rain” by the Beatles

Today’s Classic Bass Line is “Rain” by The Beatles.  Paul McCartney is one of the pioneers of melodic bass lines.  “Rain” is a early example of his use of the upper range of the bass […]