Tired of same old boring guitar scale patterns? This cool video will help you come up with new interesting lines by combining narrow shapes with 3 notes per string.
The complex. Learn about pitch axis, shifting tonal centres and the final remarks for the series.
Confused about modes? Don't know where to start? This super easy to follow lesson will clarify everything!
The Progression. Learn to compose complex modal progressions based on a starting point and a standard shift around any tonal centre.
This video teaches guitar players five unconventional things you can do with the minor pentatonic scale. Let's go!
This is how you should see modes.
Lets take a look at our picking. Here are 3 licks that aren't just about burning through a scale for hours but rather something a little more to work on.
A brief rundown of familiar and not so familiar pentatonic shapes.
In this lesson we'll learn how to create new pentatonic-like shapes that will work over any mode.
Many guitar scales are used to play metal music. Some of them are exotic, some are common. In this lesson I share with you some mix I like of The Egyptian scale and the regular pentatonic old friend.
In this lesson you will be new ways of connecting your pentatonic boxes and break you out of the usual box style of playing the scale.
The Tonal Centre. Learn about suggestive modal play and how to use modes in riffs and solos.
Guitar players are willing to compromise on what they learn because their hands are too small... or are they?
Beginner lesson on all the positions of the Minor Pentatonic scale plus a bonus lick to "break out of the box."
The II V I is one of the most common and important progressions in jazz. So playing over a II V I is a necessary part of being able to play jazz. In this lesson I will give you 3 pentatonic scales to use over a II V I in C, talk a bit about how you use them and give you 3 lines using the pentatonic scales.
The Paperwork. Learn facts and formulae that are necessary when preparing to go modal.
The diminished scale across the entire neck.
Use the 9th interval to spice up your power chords and add some suspense.
Introducing 2 scales that will take you to the next level of the playing blues guitar.
The Backstory - 2009's Modal Approach articles have been revised, simplified and expanding. Part one covers the history of modes and what to think about before you go modal.
Most guitarists learn the pentatonic scale as one of the first things they ever learn on the guitar, and most of the time it is not a scale that we think too much about when we use it. It's just the pentatonic scale and it's something that is in our ears and fingers for years, even if we are already for the rest playing music with extended chords, altered dominants, etc.
In this lesson, we introduce the student using and hearing the modes using just one scale pattern across each of the modes.
Dividing the fretboard in 5 shapes is a commonly used strategy in the CAGED guitar system, but it is impractical, illogical, and there are better alternatives to it.
Learning scales is a must but is often overlooked or botched. Here are the most common mistakes many players do and some tips to avoid them and make the best out of your practicing time.
Get exotic with the Japanese pentatonic scale!
Everywhere you look, somebody has an opinion on why you should or shouldn't learn to play guitar scales. Watch this video to learn why you should, and how best to go about it.
Workout both fretting and picking hands with these diminished scale picking patterns. Lesson includes the two basic shapes and three custom ones.
A simple examination of the facts shows that the CAGED scale/arpeggio integration is just superficial.
In this series, you will learn about the pentatonic scale, where it comes from and its shapes and positions.
Taking you through some of the skills you will learn and hear as a beginner bass player.
This is a nice exercise sequence for beginners and intermediate bass players to warm up your fingers and sharpen your time feel.
When first learning how to play the bass, it can be hard coming up with bass lines to go along with your band's songs. Learning about the commonly used "roots and fifths" pattern just might be the thing to unlock your creativity.
10 different exercises using the slap bass triplet rhythm of slap, index, middle (S,I,M).
It's essential to know basic chord make-up as a bassist - this lesson shows you the hows and whys (and it ain't boring).
Learn how to create fabulous bass fills be thinking rhythm first, notes second. Essentially you'll think more like a drummer or a percussionist!
Take stuff you already know and turn it into something really cool by simply adding 5ths and octaves!
Breath new life into your bass part creation by using grids and numbers to create interesting bass patterns and parts!
In this lesson you will jump straight in and learn a genuinely funky bass part in its entirety as Scott takes you through slowly, step-by-step.
This first overview lesson should inspire and give you the confidence to finally get to grips with the elusive slap technique you've always wanted.
In this lesson Scott demystifies the various bass harmonics techniques & concepts at a very slow, easy to follow pace.
A bass lesson explaining how to incorporate your middle finger into the slap bass technique.
A bass lesson explaining the basic slapping and popping of the slap bass technique.
This lesson will help you on how to play reggae bass.
Bass lesson about playing with three fingers similar to Steve Harris and Gary Willis.
A lesson based around the concept of fives or fifths. How to use this idea to practice scales, understanding chord movements within the circle of fifths.
C major scale exercise for learning notes on the fretboard, modes of the scale and warm up fingers or speed improve
Bass tapping is cool, I know it and you know it. But I've found I have drifted away from the usual guitar based patterns, so I thought I'd share my ideas.
An easier and more convenient less error prone technique for playing a bass string than playing multiply a chord and then repeating this bas multiple chord sequence continuously.
Showing Beginners and Intermediate players a simple but very effect exercise to develop their fretting technique and rhythm.
What you do when you see /, ~, \, h, on a tab for bass.
This lesson goes in depth in explaining the role of chromatic passing tones in a bass line, as well as how one can utilise chord inversions in their writing.
This lessons covers and explains in detail the role of chord tones & diatonic passing tones in a bass line.
Creating a bassline might sound hard. But as you read this lesson you will learn that it is quite easy.
An intro to the teqnique, and a few ways to improvise with slapping and popping.
A few excercises I do to help learn neck, up and down.
Spending 10-15 minutes every day stretching, strengthning, and coordinating your hands and fingers will pay you long-term dividends for years to come.
A lesson on how to approach various rhythms using assorted fingers of your right hand.
This lesson is just a general explanation of the scales people like Buckethead use for the odd sound that they have.
This lesson will basically cover the 8 positions of the minor scale and some interesting things about them.
The Minor Pentatonic and how to Use it on a 4 String Bass.
Tips on how to make a solo and how to totally shred it.
These are some exercises I have used to improve my plucking using my pinky.
Jazz is probably one of the broadest genres possible. There are hundreds of different styles which classified under jazz, often having very little in common. This is just going to be a look at the role of bass in jazz and some ideas to use in playing.
I've seen other attempts at lessons, so I will do my best to cover some things that others haven't.
This lesson explains how to utilize the double plucking technique on a Bass guitar.
Lesson is designed to help bass players become familiar with a technique mainly thought of as only a guitar technique. Covers major and minor arpeggio shapes on two, three, and four strings. Also covers basics of bass sweeping and tapping.
This lesson teaches the use of tetra chord to make different types of minor scales. It will teach you how to use the minor, minor, gypsy, and phrygian tetrachords to make verius scales and therefore expland your knowledge of scales.
This lesson teaches how to use common fingerings to make scales. By using only half-scales (tetrachords) you can build up your own way of playing each major scale.
You've seen Sheehan doing it, now it's your turn to impress everyone.
How to fine tune your bass guitar using harmonics.
Bassists, like all musicians sometimes want to step into the spotlight and show their talents. Here is how to do it and make it good.
How to tune the bass guitar to standard and Drop D. Also other variations of tuning your bass guitar such as Low B and Full Step Down.
Playing arpeggiated chords in order to improve shifting skill and finger mobility.
In the previous lessons we've used double stopping to form chords. We have also considered moving the left and right hand parts further apart. We'll continue with this idea now by moving the two hands even more independently.
While that's all very pretty, we need to get a little more intense as the song progresses. This lesson looks at two variations of this riff. The technique we can apply to this riff is "Double Stopping" - playing more than one note at once.
This is the first in a series of lessons on tapping and related techniques for bass guitar. I hope to explain both the physical side of things, and some of the theory behind the notes.
Having covered the third pretty thoroughly last time, we're now going to consider the interval of a fifth - largely from a practical point of view, I'm sure some of you will be glad to hear!
Last time we just touched upon the all important technique of tapping major thirds. Physically it's pretty straight forward, and you should have mastered it with few problems. Now we'll consider how the interval is used within simple chords. To do this I'll need to run over some basic music theory.
Virtually all the notes that we've been playing so far have been related harmonically as either fifths or octaves. This is largely because at bass frequencies, smaller intervals do not give a sufficient gap (in terms of Hertz) to allow your ear to tell them apart.
First, let's talk some more about muting. (Did I mention that muting is about the most important thing in the slap and pop style? ) Last time, we did an octave slap and pop and let the notes ring. Let's clean up the sound now, by lifting the fretting finger after the slap or pop.
The interval of a fifth, which we considered last time, sounds weak when used extensively, so this week we'll examine how it can be combined with the fourth interval we've previously used to produce what is probably the most useful of all right hand tapping patterns.
In this lesson, we'll talk about scales, which determine which chords are used in a song and in what sequence, and we'll work through major scales and give some examples of common songs built on major scales and some common chord changes. We'll also introduce the Circle of Fifths, which is something most bass players have heard of and all of them should know perfectly.
This is the first in a series of lessons on slapping and popping on the bass guitar. We'll start with some real basics, and progress from there. The first thing to decide is how to hold the bass for slapping.
Now that you've started to get comfortable with slapping, let's add popping to our bag of tricks. To "pop" a string, place your first (index) finger of your slapping hand part way under the string (just enough to grab it), pull the string out lightly and then let it pop back against the fretboard.
The goal is to introduce players to the basic elements of music; to explain why the bass plays a particular note at a particular time and the effect that bass lines have on a piece of music. While most of the examples in the lessons will be drawn from rock music and blues (my particular genres), the basic principles being explained are applicable to any form of music featuring a bass line, whether played on an electric bass, acoustic bass, or other instrument.
In this lesson, we're going to talk about using non-root notes to provide a motion from one chord to the next, which gives a song a sense of direction, and about some ways to make the bass line a little more interesting than a sequence of roots.
In this lesson, we'll talk about playing notes from the chords other than the root notes, and about using them to construct bass figures that you can play over several different chords.
This is the first in a series of lessons whose focus is on constructing bass lines. The main series of lessons presumes a small but nonzero amount of musical knowledge on the part of the listener; mostly some things about notes and time. It also presumes you know how to read TAB. This pre-lesson is designed to teach that knowledge to anyone who doesn't already have it.