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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Slap Happy: Exploring the Slap Style

I’ll admit it.  I’m not a great slap bass player.  The technique never felt comfortable to me.  Can I slap if the song calls for it?  Sure, I can get through the gig.  But with a little patience […]