Feb
25

Jaco Pastorius: “Continuum” Live

I came across this video of Jaco performing “Continuum” live at the 1979 Berlin Jazz Festival.  He uses a wireless system and walks around the auditorium while playing this classic composition from his debut album. If you’re new to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Aug
22

Bright Size Life by Pat Metheny

Today’s Essential Record is Pat Metheny’s debut album Bright Size Life.  It was recorded in Germany over 3 days in December of 1975 and released in 1976.  Pat Metheny is on guitar, Jaco Pastorius on bass, […]