Getting Your Groove On With Only Root And Fifth

2017-11-01T13:32:44+00:00September 26th, 2015|10 Comments

In this lesson I show how you can limit yourself to practicing with only the root and 5th of each chord while still coming up with an interesting bass line.

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  1. Harrison Picot September 27, 2015 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Super! Making a lot out of a little. Improvising was a a bit scary to me until a great guitar player, Emily Remler said (in a video) that 70-80 percent of improvising is patterns players work for themselves and use over and over. Well, make that 100% on my part and I can improvise. The root, 5th and the octave are great to work with. If I ever do improvise, it will be to add a third to start with. But that will be later, I have hours to practice to do before then. Thanks for another great track (simple = great to me 🙂

  2. art September 27, 2015 at 7:43 pm - Reply


    Just wanted to send a note of appreciation for your teaching style. I have gained the most “musical value” out of watching and learning from you. Keep it going please!

  3. CARLOS ESQUILIN September 27, 2015 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    Excellent lesson. Many balads or romantic music use the pattern .

  4. Geoff Hudleston September 28, 2015 at 5:03 am - Reply

    Excellent Lesson, Mark. As always, thanks a bunch. The world is full of your better Bassists (students) because of your gracious and expert help. I’m waiting for the Bass Reading Course to be released – I want it!

  5. Mac September 29, 2015 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Another great lesson, Mark! As a 68yr old beginner, i find these lessons so good, and so helpful. I have learnt so much from your lessons, and will continue to do so. Great job,Mark!!!

  6. Franklin Donkor September 30, 2015 at 1:44 am - Reply

    Thnk u for ths lessons im blsd

  7. Dave Manchester December 10, 2016 at 4:07 am - Reply

    I’ve got more out of the few lessons I’ve watched you teach than anywhere else. I like how you break everything down into manageable parts. You make music fun and easy to understand.

  8. german perez bottesi September 21, 2017 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Thanks again and again and again and again!!!

  9. tony dawes July 24, 2018 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    Thanks for your help it worked and I can now start the course.
    Tony Dawes

  10. Leland Coulter January 19, 2019 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    Excellent lesson, after watching them and comparing them to others that I’ve seen, I decided to subscribe. Your teaching style is simple and to the point. No wasted time talking about your kids or what sweatpants you’re wearing. Just straightforward information about the music without any distractions going on in the background.
    Great job Mark

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