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07-23-2015, 03:22 PM
Hello Bass Players! Already having a guitar staff pick of the day thread, we wanted to start this thread specifically focusing on bass lessons. As a staff, we hope to bring lessons to the forefront that may have escaped your attention :). Check back often for updates!
Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
Evan Brewer - The Notes on the Fretboard
Of course, every bass player needs to know the notes on their instrument, sometimes even more so than guitar players! Evan breaks it down in this lesson and helps you realize it's not as daunting as it first may seem.
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07-24-2015, 01:52 PM
Here's a fun one for anyone who's a fan of the Beatles/McCartney (there's got a be at least a few):
Larry Cook - With a Little Help from My Quarter Notes
Larry takes a look at some technique and musical ideas that McCartney used in the Beatles more "pop" tunes.
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08-05-2015, 06:19 PM
Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
Danny Mo - Leaving Space
Sometimes it's more about what you don't play when it comes to getting into the right groove. In this lesson, Danny "explores the space"!
08-10-2015, 06:33 PM
August 10th, 2015
Braun Khan - The Cycle of 5ths
Knowing your way in and out of keys and roots is an essential skill for a bassist. In this lesson Braun discusses the cycle of 5ths and how it's used.
08-11-2015, 04:15 PM
Bryan Beller - All My Loving by The Beatles:
It's a real treat going through this lesson with Mr. Beller. He is a knowledgable and authentic Beatles fan and, and having played in various Beatles cover bands, he is dead on with his attention to detail and level of instruction. Soak it in from one of the best!
08-17-2015, 06:33 PM
Larry Cook - Finding Notes on the Fretboard
As a bassist you find yourself playing roots and fifths a lot, but that kind of playing only gives you a limited area of the fretboard that you are utilizing. Certainly you may want to play different pitches from time to time, or heck just different octaves of your roots and fifths. In this lesson, Larry walks you through how to find any note on the fretboard using common shapes you probably already use.
08-20-2015, 10:15 AM
Thursday, August 20th, 2015
Evan Brewer - Double Thumb Recap
Evan shows a really cool technique where you end up using your thumb almost like a pick. It's a great "hybrid" technique that falls between finger style, flat pick and slap, and it's easy to switch in and out of. Super efficient and effective! If you like this, check out subsequent lessons to get much deeper into the technique.
08-24-2015, 06:50 PM
August 24th, 2015
Kansas - Carry On Wayward Son
Today's pick is a great progressive rock tune from legendary band Kansas. If this one doesn't help with your timing chops, I'm not sure what will!
08-26-2015, 04:27 PM
August 26th, 2015
Dave LaRue - Basic Theory and Harmony
My pick today is from Dave LaRue and his Modes Made Easy series. Here, Dave discusses some theory and harmony concepts that will help you to analyze a tune, hence helping learn what to play in the tune.
08-31-2015, 06:34 PM
August 31st, 2015
Joe Burcaw - Left Hand Independence Exercise
Having trouble with your left hand on the bass? Give this exercise a shot to help gain some independence from your right hand!
09-02-2015, 06:49 PM
September 2, 2015
Larry Cook - Common Blues Scales
If you're looking to get into blues playing, this is a great introduction to some scales that you will see everywhere!
09-08-2015, 06:51 PM
September 8th, 2015
Larry Cook - String Skipping
Check this lesson out to aid in crossing and skipping across strings to broaden your playing range!
09-09-2015, 06:42 PM
September 9, 2015
JD Deservio - Advanced Finger Groove #1
JD focuses on locking in with your drummer (or drum machine) in this lesson. This is a great lesson emphasizing the "rhythm" in rhythm section!
09-14-2015, 06:30 PM
Septmber 14th, 2015
Robbie Merrill - 5 Note Patterns
In this one, Robbie talks about creating five note patterns in a 4/4 space to create some push - pull.
09-21-2015, 06:42 PM
September 21st, 2015
Joe Burcaw - Playing in the Pocket
Although this is part of Joe's Celtic series, this one has some good pointers for any aspiring bassist.
09-23-2015, 04:45 PM
September 23, 2015
Freebo - Right Hand Technique
Having good right hand or plucking hand technique is crucial to a good start on bass (and guitar for that matter). Who better to learn from than the legendary Freebo!
Have fun with this one...
09-28-2015, 05:48 PM
September 28th, 2015
Joe Santerre - Putting Rests In Your Groove
Silence is an immensely powerful part of music. In this lesson, Joe discusses how to use the impact of silence in your bass lines.
09-30-2015, 06:19 PM
September 30, 2015
Braun Khan - Common Jazz Song Forms
Learning a few common song forms can advance your playing down the road quite a bit! Check it out!
10-05-2015, 06:18 PM
October 5th, 2015
Danny Morris - Diatonic Harmony
In his creating unique basslines series, Danny offers up this insightful lesson on how diatonic harmony works. Use it to create bass lines that really flow with the rest of the band!
10-07-2015, 05:37 PM
October 7th, 2015
Dave LaRue - Practicing Concepts
This is a great lesson for those of you who may be struggling with how and what to practice. Dave shows you how he practices a piece or section of music, detailing how he breaks it down.
10-12-2015, 07:08 PM
October 12th, 2015
Bryan Beller - Satch Boogie
It's time to dust off the bass and try out this legendary tune by Joe Satriani!
10-14-2015, 02:47 PM
October 14th, 2015
Evan Brewer - Intro to Tapping
If you've ever wanted to explore tapping on the bass, this is a great lesson to get you started!
10-19-2015, 05:56 PM
October 19th, 2015
Even Brewer - Identifying Chords
As a bassist, you provide the backbone for the rhythm section. Often times that means playing on the fly and being able to identify which chords the band as a whole is playing. In this one, Even goes over how to do this.
10-21-2015, 05:08 PM
October 21, 2015
Danny Morris - Applying Pentatonic Scales
Pentatonic scales are such a foundation, but how do we apply them to a song or track? Luckily Danny Mo has just the lesson for that!
10-26-2015, 06:07 PM
October 26th, 2015
Alex Scott - Pushing the Pocket
This lesson from Alex is all about understanding what the pocket is and how to lay in to it. As a bassist, knowing how to play in the pocket is a vastly important skill.
10-28-2015, 06:58 PM
October 28, 2015
Evan Brewer - G Major on One String
Learning scales horizontally on one string can be an interesting tool, especially when it comes to developing melodic lines. Evan shows you how to do this with the G major scale.
11-02-2015, 05:48 PM
November 2nd, 2015
Tom Appleman - Bb Rhythm Changes
This is an adaptation of the famous jazz standard "I've Got Rhythm". Learn it on bass in the key of Bb.
11-04-2015, 11:24 AM
November 4, 2015
Larry Cook - The Basic Shuffle
The shuffle rhythm is a super essential rhythm to learn in Blues. Larry breaks it down to some easy to follow steps to get you going on this. Have fun!
11-09-2015, 06:04 PM
November 9th, 2015
Evan Brewer - Using a Pick Part 2: Alternate and Downstrokes
Not every bassist plays with their fingers. If you're after a heavy chunky sound you may be contemplating the use of a pick! Check out this lesson to get a handle on those alternate and down strokes!
11-12-2015, 10:37 AM
November 12, 2015
Dave LaRue - Melodic Sequencing, Part 1
This is from Dave's "Modes Made Easy" series. Melodic sequencing is a great way to put the modes into practice. Dave explains this concept, and gets you going on the right track! If you like this, be sure to check out parts 2, 3 and 4.
11-16-2015, 05:35 PM
November 16th, 2015
The Beatles - Drive My Car
Take a look at this famous Beatles tune taught by JamPlay bass instructor Braun Khan!
11-23-2015, 06:29 PM
November 23rd, 2015
Larry Cook - Basic of Blues Soloing
Solos aren't just for guitarists! In this one, Larry talks about soloing for bass in the context of a blues jam.
11-30-2015, 06:25 PM
November 30th, 2015
Larry Cook - The I IV V Progression
One of the most popular progressions in all sorts of music, as a bassist you better know it!
12-02-2015, 06:22 PM
December 2, 2015
Evan Brewer - Scales in Intervals
A great way to mix up your scale practicing is to practice them in intervals. This lesson from Evan Brewer shows you a few different intervals you can use to get your major scale down pat!
12-07-2015, 06:07 PM
December 7th, 2015
Joe Burcaw - The New Years Song (Waltz)
Here's a quick celtic inspired tune for the bass that helps get the 3/4 time of a waltz in to your playing!
12-14-2015, 06:17 PM
December 14th, 2015
Freebo - The Dorian Mode
This one from Freebo is all about the dorian mode and how it can be used in your bass playing.
12-17-2015, 11:35 AM
December 17, 2015
Michael Mennell - Using Chromatic Tones
Are you unsure of how to incorporate chromatic approaches into your walking bass lines? This is a great lesson from Mike Mennell to get you started on the right foot!
12-23-2015, 05:31 PM
December 23, 2015
Brent Anthony Johnson - Bass Basics #1
Just getting started on the bass? Here's a nice introduction that goes over some basics like different types of basses, how to get good tone, purchasing a bass, and some other topics.
12-30-2015, 06:56 PM
December 30, 2015
Joe Santerre - Root and Octave Playing Within a Song
Playing octaves as a bass player is a fundamental concept you need to master. This is a great exercise in playing your roots and octaves with some rhythm and feel.
01-07-2016, 10:10 AM
January 7, 2016
Braun Khan - Dear Prudence
This is one of THE quintessential Paul McCartney bass lines. Braun does a very faithful reproduction of the original part. Not only will this help you advance on your instrument technically, it will also give you great insight and ideas on how to create melodic bass lines.
01-11-2016, 06:08 PM
January 11th, 2016
Braun khan - Common Jazz Song Forms
If you're interested in Jazz bass, it's a good idea to have the common forms committed to memory. This lesson is all about doing that!
01-13-2016, 06:53 PM
January 13, 2016
Dave LaRue - Major 7th Arpeggios
Arpeggios are super important to know for bass players. Dave takes you through the different versions of the major 7th arpeggios in this lesson.
01-18-2016, 04:43 PM
January 13th, 2016
David Ellefson - Megadeth: Symphony of Destruction
This is a great one for all the hard rock and metal fans! Follow along as Megadeth bassist David Ellefson teaches this popular tune of theirs.
01-25-2016, 06:33 PM
January 25th, 2016
Evan Brewer: Combining Techniques
On this one, Evan discusses how to combine fingered plucks and slaps into a technique that sounds reminiscent of Fingerstyle for guitar.
02-01-2016, 06:32 PM
February 1st, 2016
Larry Cook - Common Blues Intros
Spice up your Blues playing vocabulary with a look at some of the most common blues intros for bassists!
02-08-2016, 06:37 PM
February 8th, 2016
Alex Scott: Potent Progressions Part 1
Add some progression vocabulary to your playing with this lesson about progressing over an R&B track in the style of Otis Redding
02-22-2016, 06:47 PM
February 22nd, 2016
Alex Scott: Radical Rhythms
Need help with syncopated rhythms in your playing? Look no further than this bass lesson from Alex Scott!
02-29-2016, 06:17 PM
February 29th, 2016
David Ellefson: 5 String Basics
Thinking about upgrading your string count? Let Devid Ellefson help you out by discussing the basics of 5 string bass.
03-14-2016, 06:10 PM
March 14th, 2016
Rex Brown - Pantera: Cowboys From Hell
How about learning a new song this week? Rex Brown, bassist for Pantera shows you how to play Cowboys From Hell!
03-21-2016, 04:56 PM
March 21st, 2016
50's Classic Bass badge.
Did you guys know that we've started adding badges for bass players? Check out this one and test your skill for JamPoints!
03-28-2016, 06:28 PM
March 28th, 2016
Billy Sheehan - Weaving Cool Techniques Into Bass Lines
This one is all about adding nuance and embellishment in and around your bass lines. Perfect for those bass solos!
04-04-2016, 06:24 PM
April 4th, 2016
Joe Santerre - The Triad Challenge
Bassists aren't always known for playing chords, but sometimes they do and knowing how chords and triads are used and formed will help your playing even if you don't use them.
04-06-2016, 05:34 PM
April 6, 2016
David Kief - R&B Groove Fills
Here's a super practical lesson from David Kief that helps you use your pentatonic scale to create fills at the end of phrases. You'll be using these on gigs in no time!
04-18-2016, 06:11 PM
April 18th, 2016
Bryan Beller - Advanced Meter
Want to get a little funky on something that isn't a straight 4/4 time signature? Learn how to create bass lines in odd time signatures from this lesson!
05-02-2016, 06:29 PM
May 2nd, 2016
Freebo - The 5 String Fretless Bass
Thinking about trying somethig other than a standard 4 string bass? Freebo discusses the use of a 5 string fretless model.
05-16-2016, 06:39 PM
Danny Morris - i-vi-ii-V Progression
Danny Morris has new lessons starting to filter in to a new bass series. This one is all about learning to site read for the bass.
05-23-2016, 07:03 PM
May 23rd, 2016
Alex Scott - An American Tradition
In this lesson, Alex talks about the importance of the bass in american history.
06-06-2016, 06:32 PM
June 6th, 2016
Rex Brown - Slurs and Fingertape
Want to get deep into that low sludgy lowend sound? Look no further than Rex Brown to explain it to you.
06-13-2016, 06:23 PM
June 13th, 2016
Robbie Merrill - Chromatic Jam
This lesson from Robbie discusses jamming using a chromatic scale.
06-20-2016, 06:30 PM
June 20th, 2016
Joe Burcaw - Spider Technique Drill
Joe offers up one of his most favorite exercises to help with facility around the fretboard.
06-27-2016, 06:13 PM
June 27th, 2016
Joe Santerre: Playing With Space
Joe provides a lesson on letting some space into your playing. He calls these kick grooves and it's a fundamental skill when playing along with other musicians.
07-11-2016, 05:45 PM
July 11th, 2016
Alex Scott - Lets Get Scaler
Did you know that JamPlay is now doing live courses for Bass? Check out the week 4 archive from Bass 101 with Alex and learn all about playing scales on the bass.
07-25-2016, 06:34 PM
Alex Scott - Dancin Hands: Fretting
This beginner lesson from Alex is all about getting your fingers moving between strings.
08-01-2016, 05:58 PM
Brent Anthony Johnson - Intro to Chording
Bassists don't always play single note lines. In this lesson Brent gets you started on playing chords on your Bass.
08-22-2016, 06:52 PM
Braun Kahn - Long Way Down (Goo Goo Dolls)
This week, why not learn a great 90's song! Braun teaches you the bass parts to the Goo Goo Dolls song Long Way Down.
08-29-2016, 06:51 PM
David Keif - F Major Pentatonic
Add the F Major pentatonic scale to your playing repertoire in this lesson from David Keif!
09-12-2016, 06:13 PM
There's a new weekly live course from Alex Scott on Funk Bass. Check out the first week archive below!
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