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Kickass Major Scale Exercise For Bass

In this week’s lesson I’ve got a kickass major scale exercise for you that will help developing both your technique and your muscle memory when playing sequential scalar lines. […]

Ripping The Sh*t Out Of A Bass Riff

Hi everyone! In this lesson I’m going to show you how to analyse a bass riff by breaking down the chord tones and non chord tones. To do this it’s handy to know the chord progression of a tune but you can also often just see the chords being implied by the bass line. This [...]

String Bending

In this lesson we’re going to look at the bending of strings on bass guitar. String bends can be pretty tough on bass because of the increased string gauges but they are possible and lots of players like Billy Sheehan, Geezer Butler and Cliff Burton have used them to good effect in both solos and [...]

Finger Permutations

This lesson we look at how finger permutations can be used to create a meditative exercise to help with finger co-ordination and independence. […]