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 […]

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 […]

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
27

“Ramble On” by Led Zeppelin

Today’s Classic Bass Line is from “Ramble On” by Led Zeppelin.  John Paul Jones works the full range of the bass, starting with a McCartney-esque counter melody on the verse followed by a walkup and a driving […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sep
23

Major Scales in Position

Today’s post is about playing major scales in different positions. A lot of players hear about scales and how important they are to playing well, but they’re not sure how to use them or why […]

Jun
6

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 […]

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 […]