Jan
14

Ozark Resonator Bass

I was looking around the Internet and I stumbled across this cool 4 string resonator bass.  It’s constructed of nickel plated steel with a lipstick pickup and a biscuit resonator.  After seeing the videos and hearing the tone of […]

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
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 […]

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 […]

May
22

Rhythm: Jojo Mayer

As a bass player it’s important to lock in with the drummer, so it’s helpful to watch drummers talk about how they approach rhythm and groove. Today let’s look at the great Swiss drummer Jojo Mayer.  His style is […]

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 […]

Mar
26

Superunknown by Soundgarden

Today’s Essential Record is Superunknown  by Soundgarden.  The 1990’s were a revival of guitar rock, and Soundgarden were at the forefront.  Heavy riffs, catchy melodies, odd meters, and unusual tunings make this record a classic. The album’s recording sessions […]

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
5

The Six Fingered Man: Part 2

Today is Part 2 of the Six Fingered Man.  Part 1 is here. Some players have worked up the speed and complexity of their solos to such a virtuosic level that I’ve nicknamed them “The […]

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
28

The Six Fingered Man

Since Jaco took over the bass world in 1976, we’ve seen countless bass players head down the road to the mystical land of “Lead Bass”.  (I’ve been down there myself – it’s a long and […]