How To Make Bass Lines With Strong Melodic Direction

 

The concept I am about to show you is sometimes called Guide Tones or Voice-Leading.

And it works really well over any chord progression, simple, complex, or random! And you can use this for your bass solos and walking bass lines!

Here's why this...

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Here Are The Best Tips On How To Avoid Wrist Angles On The Bass

technique Oct 01, 2018
 

Playing with wrist angles on the bass is common, even among professional bass players.

Where it becomes a problem is when you are playing with acute wrist angles for a prolonged period of time.

As a result, you can experience wrist pain and...

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How To Make Your Major ii V I Chord Progressions Sound Better With A Major 6th Diminished Scale

 

Did you know that you can create movement with the ii chord leading to the V chord?

By using a Major 6th Diminished Scale derived off the 3rd of the ii chord, you can create additional movement with your ii chords, making your ii V I chord...

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Add Spice To Your Chord Melodies With A Simple Diminished Concept

 

So, you've got a chord melody arrangement that you've been working on for an intro, outro, or an entire song. 

But, your chord arrangement is still missing something and lacking harmonic movement.

Here is a simple thing you can start...

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Robert "Bubby" Lewis Inspired Major 7 Chord Shape - 001

bass chords music theory Sep 10, 2018
 

Ok, so if you haven't heard of Robert "Bubby" Lewis, I highly recommend that you do! He is notorious for playing lush sounding chords that span many frets.

His fretting hand can sometimes look like an octopus!

This 4-note chord shape that I am...

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How To Keep Your Bass Guitar Balanced When Sitting - No More Neck Dive!

technique Sep 08, 2018
 

In this bass lesson, I share a super-simple way to keep your bass guitar balanced when your sitting.

What's awesome about this, is that you won't need to wear your bass on your shoulder, this works with any bass, and you do not need to physically...

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Bass Harmonics - How To Easily Play Natural Harmonics On The Bass

harmonics technique Sep 07, 2018
 

A lot of modern bass guitar players incorporate harmonics into their grooves, melodies, and solo-style approach.

Jaco Pastorious was notorious for sustaining harmonics on the high D and G strings, while maintaining a low bass note on the E and A...

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Oteil Burbridge Inspired Slap Bass Groove - 001

 

In this video, I share with you an Oteil Burbridge inspired slap bass groove and two takeaways that can strengthen your grooves!

Note-for-note transcription of this slap bass groove can be found later in this post!

This slap bass groove was...

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How To Introduce Contrary Motion Into Your Bass Lines

 

A simple way that you can make your bass lines sound more interesting is by introducing contrary motion.

Even a sparse amount of contrary motion is enough to make your listener's ears perk up!

Contrary motion can be added in the beginning, the...

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Make Your Ear Training Practice Less Boring With This Effective Exercise!

 

If you struggle with playing what you hear or have never enjoyed ear training, here is an effective exercise that can make your ear training practice less boring and really start connecting your fingers with what you're hearing!

Here are...

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