Big, Badass, Blues Rock Bass Lesson

2017-11-01T14:32:59+00:00October 31st, 2015|Categories: Blues Bass Lines|21 Comments

This lesson expands on the 12 bar blues topic by moving into a blues rock style and looking at how we can create some fills using chord tones, scales and chromatic notes.

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  1. Mark Burnett October 31, 2015 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    Another outstanding lesson! Packed with loads of great stuff and all the reasons why… There may be other people on YouTube providing lesson material, but there are none better than you Mark at when it comes to depth of knowledge, quality of teaching, downloadable lesson material, and ease of understanding!

  2. Dan May November 1, 2015 at 4:42 am - Reply

    I am always impressed with Mark’s lessons. I recommend them every chance I get. A real pro from every perspective. Thanks Mark! As a side note…whenever you come back from a video cut you always say “OK”…..the smallest things make me smile sometimes… I find myself waiting for the start of the next video element with anticipation…..don’t be upset…it’s endearing…Thanks again Mark!

  3. Stevie Nelson November 1, 2015 at 6:44 am - Reply

    where can i find the previous lesson on 12 bar shuffle

  4. Tony Vermorgen November 1, 2015 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    Thank you Mark for great lesson……….i like it alot…….

  5. Getou November 2, 2015 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    thank you so much Mark, you bring a lot of light to my music study.

  6. Frederic B. November 2, 2015 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    Again a monumental lesson 🙂 thks Mark.

  7. John Klusiatis November 3, 2015 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    This is a superb lesson, we are all so lucky to have such a great and dedicated teacher! Many thanks Mark – keep up the good work!

  8. By The Way November 4, 2015 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    Great instructor, with great material, with backing track to practice on = AWESOME. I like the practice room Mark. Keep up the good work. Thank you and appreciate for this free lesson.
    P.S. Can’t stop moving my head/stomping my feet while doing the bass line/riffs with the backing track. Haha! Enjoying this.

  9. Edward Àndrews November 5, 2015 at 9:22 am - Reply

    Thanks for the lessons Mark. Really cool!

  10. Joe Daugherty November 5, 2015 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    Absolutely awesome lesson Mark. So much information and you make it so easy to understand. Thank you!!!

  11. martin fennemore November 12, 2015 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    Wonderful lessons Mark.Could we have a lesson on how to play along instantly,any tune with other musicians?I often get asked to play popular tunes,sometimes I have not heard them before. I watch other musicians do it with ease,or are you just born with a natural talent.
    Many many thanks for your easy to understand lessons.

  12. Gabriel Price November 14, 2015 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    Mark, you are so awesome man. Thank you for everything that you do.

  13. ted bogan November 30, 2015 at 9:12 am - Reply

    being honest,i dont know whether im a beginner/intermediate/advanced bassist because im self taught and realize i have alot of technical flaws because of that,had i been studying under a bassist like you Mark i would be one of the greatest bassist! I know all my notes,alot of chords,open string technics,hammering,pulloffs,ican thump with my thumb,i know how to count notes and rests,i can read music fairly well,the problem is i have weak ears that cant distinguish between notes(i dont have toneful hearing)this hinders my ability to play by ear! my other issue revolves around my picking fingers,my first finger delivers the string tone perfectly,but my other fingers creates an uneven tone(they sound metalic and treblish),and i cant duplicate that super quick 1/16th burst of notes that most bassist use as a frill of their improvision! Youre the best online teacher ive come accross so how can i solve these three issues?

  14. Errol Forster April 16, 2016 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    Hi. What is the name of the music track in Big, Badass, Blues Rock Bass Lesson.


    • MarkJSmith April 17, 2016 at 11:32 am - Reply

      It’s just a general blues track I made. It’s available in the Blues track pack.

  15. alex des May 7, 2016 at 5:04 am - Reply

    How can we experiment beyond the video ? I mean how did you figure it out the rythmic that comes right with the back and track ? Did you know the kind of group that look like the video ?

    Mark your video are as good as (or better) many online bass membership that I spend 200 $. this one is just so applicable and it is work so keep your great works !

  16. Ralf Spitaler November 15, 2016 at 4:16 pm - Reply


  17. Wolfgang Markus Gstrein October 1, 2017 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    Hello there and many greetings from austria! Mark is the best on the net. THANKS!

  18. Susan DiMarino October 25, 2018 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    Great lesson again, Mark!! You’re the best! Thank you for all your hot tips and explanations!

  19. Robert Aucoin January 7, 2019 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    Mark you are a genius.. You explained walking bass lines to me in a way I can understand…The video is fantastic because of the depth and breath of coverage. Nicely done. It give me stuff to work on for the next few days.
    Robert A

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