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Holding and Owning A Groove the art of Bass Zen Mastery

In this bass lesson I want to focus on something that is one of the fundamental roles of the bass player, holding and owning a groove or part.  What I mean by this is the ability to hold tight to the groove/bass line you have created no matter what sort of cacophony might be going on around you.  We often as bass players feel as though we need to do something more to our bass parts as the song progresses.  It needs a more notes or to vary the rhythm but more times then not the music is best served by sticking to the K.I.S.S. method.  Keep It Simple Stupid

 

Box Shape For Bass Guitar

In this bass guitar lesson we are going to take a look at the “Box Shape”.  This is a left hand position that is very useful in when developing a bass line’s that have a “groove” or “hook” feel to them.  Prime examples of this shape are the verse to The Temptations Get Ready, The Beatles Taxman and the blues classic Messin’ With The Kid.

 

 

Tips for Practicing With A Metronome

In this music lesson we are gonna to look at a musicians favorite and most hated friend the Metronome.  There will more than likely be points when you will want to throw said metronome against the wall but remember rhythmic timing is the black and white, right or wrong of music.

There are some music educators who are against the use of metronome and argue that we all have innate since of timing but unfortunately this is not true. When I was in college my African drumming instructor from Ghana Dr. Daniel Avorbedogr told me the following story.  In village is Gahanna everyone is giving the opportunity to be part of the tribal drumming circle from a very young age.  However it quickly becomes apparent which children can't keep time and are giving another craft to hone their skills on.

Now it’s not to say one can’t learn to keep a beat(steady rhythm) but for some this will be prove to be a monumental task.

 

Scales on One String For the Double Bass

In this double bass lesson we are going to look at playing our major and harmonic minor scales on one string of the double bass. As bassist’s we spend a lot of time practicing our scales with a multitude of fingerings across multiple strings.Skipping over the basic step of simply playing the G major scale up and down the G string. This is beneficial in several ways. It helps us physically see the distance of the intervals that make up the scale.  These etudes are also a great work out for our shifting and intonation.  Something all of us double bass players must constantly practice.

 

Getting The Most out of your Music Lessons and Practice Time

As both a teacher and student I have had both successful and disappointing lessons.  In this article we will look at ways to improve both your practice habits and time management.  By applying some if not all of these ideas you will not only achieve great strides in your own playing but will invigorate both your teacher and your self’s musical adventure.

 

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