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The ‘Mr Pink’ Slap Bass Riff (Mark King)

In this lesson we’re going to have a look at the main riff from the original studio recording of Mr Pink by Level 42. The original bass riff has both a slap bass line and a fingerstyle bass line so learning only one part can sound a little empty. So… to help with this problem, [...]

The ‘Mr Pink’ Slap Bass Riff (Mark King) 2017-10-21T14:13:06+00:00

Top 3 Les Claypool Bass Riffs

I’ve been asked so many times to run through some Les Claypool bass riffs so, finally, here we are with my Top 3 Les Claypool Bass Riffs! Be warned, any bass riffs by Les Claypool are not for the faint of heart and if you’ve never slapped, tapped or played bass chords before, you’re likely [...]

Top 3 Les Claypool Bass Riffs 2017-09-29T13:30:17+00:00

AWESOME Geddy Lee Solo Breakdown – La Villa Strangiato

Today we’ll be looking at Geddy Lee’s awesome bass solo in the song La Villa Strangiato by Rush. This solo caused me all kinds of problems when I first started out so I’ve got a few tips and tricks for getting through it! […]

AWESOME Geddy Lee Solo Breakdown – La Villa Strangiato 2017-09-22T11:28:40+00:00

Let’s Get It Started Bass Breakdown

In this lesson we’ll be looking at the main bass riff from the song Let’s Get It Started by The Black Eyed Peas. We look at the riff and then break it down so you can try applying chord tones in your own bass lines. […]

Let’s Get It Started Bass Breakdown 2017-09-15T15:52:11+00:00

Killer Funky Bass Riff (and how to build your own!)

In this lesson we’re going to look at a killer funky bass riff and then break it down to see what it’s made of and how we can apply those building blocks in our own basslines. The main concepts we’ll be covering are chord tones and chromatic approach […]

Killer Funky Bass Riff (and how to build your own!) 2017-08-31T13:29:40+00:00

Why EVERY Bass Player Should Learn About Chord Tones

In this lesson I’m going to talk about why I think every bass player should work on an understanding and knowledge of chord tones and chord construction. Every piece we play contains a harmonic background of some kind. This is the ‘chord progression’. When we create a bass line for a tune it’s our functional [...]

Why EVERY Bass Player Should Learn About Chord Tones 2017-08-25T14:36:54+00:00

3 Arpeggio Patterns To Transform Your Playing

In this preview clip from the upcoming Chord Tone Essentials course, we take a look at the 3 fingering patterns we can use for any single arpeggio. This allows us to break out of that common 1 octave box shape we can fall into and also sets the scene for more expansion over the whole [...]

3 Arpeggio Patterns To Transform Your Playing 2017-08-12T11:16:39+00:00

Modes For Bass Explained (In Record Time!)

A few years ago I released 2 in-depth videos on the modes for bass guitar. They were both 45 minutes long (which is LONG for a Youtube bass lesson). So here we have a quick outline of what the modes are with a brief tip on how you can apply them. […]

Modes For Bass Explained (In Record Time!) 2017-08-12T10:43:24+00:00

Top 3 Slap Bass Problems & How To Fix Them!

This week I’m looking at the 3 biggest problems I see in players getting started with slap bass technique. Slapping can be really tough for beginner bass players that want to imitate their heroes like Flea, Marcus Miller or Mark King but some of the issues are easily fixed with some simple tips. […]

Top 3 Slap Bass Problems & How To Fix Them! 2017-07-08T09:45:56+00:00