Bass Soloing: Improvisation Lesson #2 – Introduction To Phrasing

Bass Soloing: Improvisation Lesson #2 – Introduction To Phrasing

2018-11-13T12:01:03+00:00August 30th, 2014|Categories: Bass Improvisation|15 Comments

This lesson is the second in the Bass Improvisation Series that aims to provide an introduction to improvising for those just getting started.

This lesson deals with small 2 note phrases as a means of moving between chord tones and a way of getting a feel for the various combinations of sounds over a particular chord.

The lesson also shows how to apply the concept to any seventh chord on any root.

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  1. William Gibson August 30, 2014 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    Very good, I like that you start with something simple, I can use it to increase my knowledge how to play bass. You are actually teaching how to play bass, others just show how good they are playing bass but not much of a lesson.

    I’ll be waiting for the next lesson.


  2. Bjorn August 30, 2014 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    Thanks, Mark. I can’t wait to watch future lessons. The practice track player is genius! So convenient. (Have you thought about including a tempo slider, and different style options? Perhaps by simply adding more individual tracks to choose from in a systematic way.)

  3. Chris August 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Hi Mark, you broaden my bass horizon so much and I love your videos. They’re constructive, easy to follow and so valuable. Thank you so much for making me a bassplayer and supporting me in what I love most…
    Chris from Frankfurt/Germany.

  4. Tak August 31, 2014 at 6:40 am - Reply

    It is amazing how you make things so simple. It makes me want to learn. Thanks for sharing you talent

  5. Steve August 31, 2014 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Hey Mark,

    Thanks for your latest video lesson, an awesome intro to phrasing/soloing. I still find it interesting, and even amusing how using the 7th can change the emotional feel so much – major and minor triads sound so happy and dark respectively, but add that 7th and they start to sound opposite! Cmaj7 ends up sounding quite sad! The new practice track player is a great addition, just so convenient.


  6. Vic September 2, 2014 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    I am thoroughly enjoying the bass lessons; there are a lot of bass guitar lessons out there on the internet however, your teaching style is unique.
    I was wondering whether you have a bass lesson on bass chords comping.

  7. Kirk September 9, 2014 at 3:10 am - Reply

    What a fantastic lesson,

  8. Dragan November 11, 2014 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    Mark, you rock! Even when you play jazz… 🙂
    I really love your lessons, they are great both contents-wise and presentation-wise.
    The entire website is excellent, certainly stands s one of my main go-to sources online.

    Best regards!

  9. Rainer Sponsel October 17, 2015 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    Great instruction ! Thank`s alot Mark !

  10. shawn slimm April 19, 2016 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    Love your lessons!

  11. Ray Sareth July 10, 2016 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    truly great for a beginner !

  12. suprabhat tripathi December 18, 2016 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    This man is not just a great bass player, He’s a unbelievably brilliant Instructor.
    some of the lessons include bits from philosophy to neuroscience and teach me so much more than just bass

  13. Brandon Phillips January 5, 2017 at 10:31 am - Reply

    Cheers Mark! Happy New Year 2017! I just finished your Bassic Fundamentals Course, and it was wonderful. I am thoroughly enjoying working through these improvisation lessons. Your approach to teaching is incredibly understandable and effective. I am having more fun with my instrument than I have had in years. I so wish I would have discovered you years ago when I was getting started.

  14. Chuck April 30, 2018 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    This lesson jolted my mind into coming up with all kinds of different chord tone progressions which all sound correct,as long as the rhythm is correct.No need to start on the root note or come back to it so often.I’m all over the place.

  15. Peter Ludlow January 30, 2019 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    This lesson has brought me back from the famous black hole bass players cave. Cheers Mark

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