guitar scales and modes:
The Definitive Modal Approach. Part Two
The Paperwork. Learn facts and formulae that are necessary when preparing to go modal.

POSTED: 10/27/2016 - 01:46 pm

How to Play the Diminished Scale
The diminished scale across the entire neck.

POSTED: 10/26/2016 - 11:16 am

The 9th: A powerful Add-On to Your Power Chords
Use the 9th interval to spice up your power chords and add some suspense.

POSTED: 10/24/2016 - 10:10 am

The Blues Scale and the Dorian Mode
Introducing 2 scales that will take you to the next level of the playing blues guitar.

POSTED: 10/20/2016 - 10:23 am

The Definitive Modal Approach. Part One
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.

POSTED: 10/20/2016 - 09:17 am

Do You Really Know the Pentatonic Scale?
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.

POSTED: 09/17/2016 - 08:52 am

Modes Made Easy Using One Scale Pattern
In this lesson, we introduce the student using and hearing the modes using just one scale pattern across each of the modes.

POSTED: 09/14/2016 - 09:29 am

Why CAGED Doesn't Work Part 3: Why 5 Shapes and What Has the Tuning to Do With It?
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.

POSTED: 09/12/2016 - 12:15 pm

4 Mistakes Most Guitarists Make When Practicing Scales and How to Fix Them
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.

POSTED: 09/07/2016 - 09:18 am

Japanese Scale Picking Patterns
Get exotic with the Japanese pentatonic scale!

POSTED: 09/06/2016 - 12:20 pm

Afraid of Learning Guitar Scales? Three Reasons Why You Shouldn't Be
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.

POSTED: 09/06/2016 - 09:52 am

Diminished Scale Picking Patterns
Workout both fretting and picking hands with these diminished scale picking patterns. Lesson includes the two basic shapes and three custom ones.

POSTED: 06/24/2016 - 02:49 pm

Why CAGED for Guitar Doesn't Work Part 2: Scales/Arpeggios Mechanical Integration
A simple examination of the facts shows that the CAGED scale/arpeggio integration is just superficial.

POSTED: 06/16/2016 - 09:42 am

Mastering the Pentatonic Scale, Part 1: The Scale
In this series, you will learn about the pentatonic scale, where it comes from and its shapes and positions.

POSTED: 03/16/2016 - 12:16 pm

Learning to Play Bass
Taking you through some of the skills you will learn and hear as a beginner bass player.

POSTED: 01/09/2016 - 11:43 am

Spider Walk: Warming Up, Finger and Timing Exercise for Bass
This is a nice exercise sequence for beginners and intermediate bass players to warm up your fingers and sharpen your time feel.

POSTED: 09/02/2015 - 03:04 pm

Beginner Bass Concepts: Roots and Fifths for Building Basslines
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.

POSTED: 08/04/2015 - 03:27 pm

Slap Bass Triplet Exercises
10 different exercises using the slap bass triplet rhythm of slap, index, middle (S,I,M).

POSTED: 05/20/2015 - 02:15 pm

Know Your Arpeggios - Bass Lesson by Scott Whitley
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).

POSTED: 05/12/2015 - 03:02 pm

Create Fabulous Bass Fills by Thinking Rhythm 1st, Notes 2nd - Bass Lesson by Scott Whitley
Learn how to create fabulous bass fills be thinking rhythm first, notes second. Essentially you'll think more like a drummer or a percussionist!

POSTED: 04/27/2015 - 04:08 pm

Adding 5ths and Octaves to Licks and Lines - Bass Lesson by Scott Whitley
Take stuff you already know and turn it into something really cool by simply adding 5ths and octaves!

POSTED: 04/27/2015 - 01:31 pm

Use Maths to Create New Musical Ideas - Bass Lesson by Scott Whitley
Breath new life into your bass part creation by using grids and numbers to create interesting bass patterns and parts!

POSTED: 04/27/2015 - 01:21 pm

Slap Bassics by Scott Whitley - Lesson 2: Slap Pattern 1
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.

POSTED: 07/24/2014 - 01:14 pm

Slap Bassics by Scott Whitley - Lesson 1: Slap Bass Overview
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.

POSTED: 06/19/2014 - 12:56 pm

Harmonics for Bass by Scott Whitley - Lesson 1: False/Artificial Harmonics
In this lesson Scott demystifies the various bass harmonics techniques & concepts at a very slow, easy to follow pace.

POSTED: 05/28/2014 - 02:25 pm

Slap Bass - The Middle Finger
A bass lesson explaining how to incorporate your middle finger into the slap bass technique.

POSTED: 04/23/2014 - 02:31 pm

Slap Bass - The Basics
A bass lesson explaining the basic slapping and popping of the slap bass technique.

POSTED: 04/21/2014 - 02:07 pm

How to Play Reggae Bass
This lesson will help you on how to play reggae bass.

POSTED: 01/23/2014 - 12:51 pm

Bass Three Finger Right Hand Technique
Bass lesson about playing with three fingers similar to Steve Harris and Gary Willis.

POSTED: 08/27/2013 - 02:09 pm

The Rule of Fives
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.

POSTED: 08/14/2013 - 02:14 pm

Bass Guitar Practice and Warm Up at the Same Time
C major scale exercise for learning notes on the fretboard, modes of the scale and warm up fingers or speed improve

POSTED: 07/10/2013 - 01:19 pm

Bass Tapping Utilising 2 Tapping Fingers
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.

POSTED: 06/11/2013 - 01:08 pm

An Easier Bass Multiple Chord Technique
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.

POSTED: 12/20/2012 - 01:31 pm

Simultaneously Develop Your Fret Technique And Rhythm Pt 1
Showing Beginners and Intermediate players a simple but very effect exercise to develop their fretting technique and rhythm.

POSTED: 09/12/2012 - 12:22 pm

How To Read Bass Tablature: Extended
What you do when you see /, ~, \, h, on a tab for bass.

POSTED: 06/18/2012 - 01:44 pm

Tips For Writing Melodic Bass Lines. Part 2: Inversions Chromatic Tones
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.

POSTED: 04/30/2012 - 10:41 am

Tips For Writing Melodic Bass Lines. Part 1: The Basics
This lessons covers and explains in detail the role of chord tones & diatonic passing tones in a bass line.

POSTED: 01/16/2012 - 06:43 am

How To Create A Bass Line For A Song
Creating a bassline might sound hard. But as you read this lesson you will learn that it is quite easy.

POSTED: 08/22/2011 - 08:48 am

Slap And Pop For Beginners
An intro to the teqnique, and a few ways to improvise with slapping and popping.

POSTED: 11/08/2010 - 01:02 pm

Warm-Up Excercises To Learn The Fretboard
A few excercises I do to help learn neck, up and down.

POSTED: 01/11/2010 - 01:41 pm

Stretching And Warm-Up Excercises
Spending 10-15 minutes every day stretching, strengthning, and coordinating your hands and fingers will pay you long-term dividends for years to come.

POSTED: 01/04/2010 - 12:31 pm

Conveying Rhythms With Right Hand
A lesson on how to approach various rhythms using assorted fingers of your right hand.

POSTED: 10/21/2009 - 11:52 am

The Outside Sound
This lesson is just a general explanation of the scales people like Buckethead use for the odd sound that they have.

POSTED: 08/31/2009 - 11:09 am

The 8 Positions Of The Minor Scale
This lesson will basically cover the 8 positions of the minor scale and some interesting things about them.

POSTED: 07/16/2009 - 11:51 am

The Minor Pentatonic
The Minor Pentatonic and how to Use it on a 4 String Bass.

POSTED: 04/01/2009 - 02:40 pm

Bass Solo's
Tips on how to make a solo and how to totally shred it.

POSTED: 10/09/2008 - 12:09 pm

Plucking Using The Pinky
These are some exercises I have used to improve my plucking using my pinky.

POSTED: 09/23/2008 - 12:35 pm

How To Attack Jazz On Bass
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.

POSTED: 09/19/2008 - 01:08 pm

I've seen other attempts at lessons, so I will do my best to cover some things that others haven't.

POSTED: 09/12/2008 - 01:24 pm

Double Popping
This lesson explains how to utilize the double plucking technique on a Bass guitar.

POSTED: 09/12/2008 - 01:05 pm

Sweep Picking On 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.

POSTED: 08/13/2008 - 01:10 pm

Melodic Harmonic And Natural Minor Tetrachords
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.

POSTED: 05/16/2007 - 07:09 pm

Major Tetrachords
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.

POSTED: 09/05/2006 - 11:55 am

Two Handed Tapping On Bass Guitar
You've seen Sheehan doing it, now it's your turn to impress everyone.

POSTED: 07/01/2005 - 09:59 am

Harmonic Tuning For Bass Guitar
How to fine tune your bass guitar using harmonics.

POSTED: 04/12/2005 - 12:50 pm

Soloing On Bass Guitar
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.

POSTED: 01/19/2005 - 02:21 pm

Bass Guitar Tuning
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.

POSTED: 12/16/2004 - 12:35 pm

Shifting And Left Hand Mobility. Part 1 - Chords Progression
Playing arpeggiated chords in order to improve shifting skill and finger mobility.

POSTED: 09/23/2004 - 10:51 am

Tapping On Bass Guitar. Part 3 - Two Hands Technique
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.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 11:16 am

Tapping On Bass Guitar. Part 2 - Double Stopping
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.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 11:16 am

Tapping On Bass Guitar. Part 1 - Basics
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.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 11:16 am

Tapping On Bass Guitar. Part 6 - Right Hand Fifths
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!

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 11:16 am

Tapping On Bass Guitar. Part 5 - Chords
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.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 11:16 am

Tapping On Bass Guitar. Part 4 - Intervals
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.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 11:16 am

Slapping On Bass Guitar. Part 3 - Muting
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.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 11:16 am

Tapping On Bass Guitar. Part 7 - Ninth Right Hand Position
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.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 11:16 am

Bass Lesson. Part 5 - Major Scales, Keys, Chord Changes, And The Circle Of Fifths
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.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 11:16 am

Slapping On Bass Guitar. Part 1 - Basics
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.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 11:16 am

Slapping On Bass Guitar. Part 2 - Popping And Muting
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.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 11:16 am

Bass Lesson. Part 2 - The Role of the Bass Line
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.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 11:16 am

Bass Lesson. Part 3 - Beyond The Root Note
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.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 11:16 am

Bass Lesson. Part 4 - Chords And Bass Lines
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.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 11:16 am

Bass Lesson. Part 1 - Preliminaries
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.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 11:16 am