Have a question?

Ill try to answer the questions you might have here..

MarloweDK said,

December 27, 2014 @ 6:33 pm

I usually use Dunlop Nickel Strings 45-105

bobohohobassman said,

December 26, 2014 @ 5:27 pm

Hi Thomas,

May I know what strings you use on your MusicMan Stingray?

I appreciate your reply!

starflyer said,

March 9, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

Hi Marlowe;)
I really enjoy your videos, they have helped me so much..thank you!!

I was wondering if you had a video on putting your bass lines and fills together in a 4 chord progression? While I find I can follow a single chord line & fill lesson I panic when trying to make things fit in a real song.

I tried a video today but then when playing F# D A B chords I didn’t keep up trying to use fills. Could you teach/show how fills and grooves work in a real song?

Thanks so much!!

MarloweDK said,

July 31, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

Its a common problem, its two different techniques. You can lower the pickups a bit or use a compressor to even things out a bit.

I have the opposite problem, i lose bottom end when slapping

markrbb75 said,

July 31, 2012 @ 6:10 pm

Hey Thomas, I am trying to learn how to slap, but whenever I switch from finger-playing to thumb-slapping, my volume goes way up. How can I regulate this or is it something that just comes with time and practice?

serpico said,

May 2, 2012 @ 10:49 am

Hi Marlowe,
you recently posted a lick of the day, a Louis Johnson style riff bouncing off the A string (ended with a slide down from E to D). Can no longer find it – and I have REALLY looked. Could you post it again (or send the link)? Thanks, and thanks for a great site and all the great instruction!

MarloweDK said,

April 25, 2012 @ 10:54 pm

Dont have much experience with buying these

leintzmaen said,

April 25, 2012 @ 11:04 am

Howdy Marlowe,

do have any advice for an acceptable acoustic bass round 400 Euro? Thx

mylesonbass said,

January 6, 2012 @ 3:33 pm

just wondering if the video on the complete lessons on slap was ready for sale :)

masivedeath said,

December 24, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

Hi Marlow! My question to you is how did you get such a nice tone out of your Marcus Miller Jazz and does the tone blend in well in the Mix? Thanks!

alaing said,

December 11, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

Hi Marlowe,

It seems that some links are no more working .(exemple L239, L207, L 230, L119 of the 50 selected “Bass lick of the day”).

Is it normal ?

By and thanks a lot for your website

MarloweDK said,

November 27, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

Well, i have many basses and dont they all get as much “airplay” as they maybe should:-)

Cascais bassist said,

November 27, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

Can you please do more videos with your Peavey T-40? It’s the coolest bass you have but you only have 1 video, i think?


Dolfinrocker777 said,

October 1, 2011 @ 10:52 pm

Hey I have been a member of this site for a while and it is great. Thank you so much! I plan to donate sometime in the near future. Any way I know you used to have a build a track feature on this site. Where has it gone?

MarloweDK said,

October 1, 2011 @ 10:57 am

Nope, never tried a Carvin

markrbb75 said,

September 26, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

Hey Thomas, have you ever played a Carvin bass and, if so, what’s your opinion of Carvin?

markrbb75 said,

September 26, 2011 @ 12:30 am

never mind, Thomas. I found the link for “no treble”, but have to say that you really are the best brother…

markrbb75 said,

September 26, 2011 @ 12:20 am

i saw an ad for “no treble” t-shirts and now I can’t find the link.

MarloweDK said,

September 13, 2011 @ 7:18 am

Hi Gregor I only boost bass and treble, and have compression at 10 oclock, I never touch centre shift settings

GregorH said,

September 12, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

Hello Marlowe,
first, awesome site, excellent videos!

I have a question: I bought a RH450 two weeks ago and played with it some hours already – LOVE THE SOUND! I mostly play a EBMusicMan 4String 2-EQ and would love to know your EQ and EQ center shift settings you have set for your funky slap sound.
Still searching the perfect tone 😉

Thanks a lot!!

MarloweDK said,

March 13, 2011 @ 2:01 pm

I dont know the names in english of the chords and splitters (after all I AM danish, ha ha), look at the pictures on the recording tutorial page.
Otherwise yuo might just go to Korgs homepage and look at the technical specifications.
talkbass.com has some discussions on the subject too I think

BassDownLow said,

March 13, 2011 @ 6:43 am

Hi marlowedk,

I was thinking about purchasing one of the pandoras you recomended in your youtube recording page. However I want to know what cords additionally i need to record in my computer and if i need and special things for my mac or pc. COuld you give me the names of the spliteers or whatever cords i need so i can pick them up at radio shack. You should fix it up on the recording tutorial page. thank you

MarloweDK said,

March 12, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

Supreme? We never get to be that. Im constantly doubting my own playing , but when you feel stuck its actually because you are getting better as strange as it sounds. Just play all the time, write in “bass” in youtube and yuo will get inspired right away – I know I do;-)

Anthony1993 said,

March 12, 2011 @ 9:51 am

Hello MarloweDK,
Youre an excellent bass player and a superb teacher and I have always been inspired by you.

I am getting to a point after playing for 4 years, where i feel like i am not progressing. To give you an idea of where I am at, I can play Marcus Millers run for cover, Power and Scoop. ‘Glide’ by pleasure, err…some of your faster fingerstly stuff, and a a fair bit ofdouble thumbing work you do.

I am just confused? How can I get technically better? how long does it take to be SUPREME?

thanks marlowe, even if you dont reply :)

MarloweDK said,

March 9, 2011 @ 10:43 pm

Well, yuo just need to warm them up be playing nice and slow when yuo start practicing, I can have cold and stiff fingers too at first before i start practicing, especially if Ive been at the computer for some time – as we modern humans do;-)

vlado said,

March 9, 2011 @ 9:39 pm

Hello Marlow, this site is great, it helped me quite a lot. Anyway, I started playing bass some 8 months ago and it’s been loads of fun but I always have the same problem: my hands, my fingers are frozen! I know I could be much faster and much more precise if I could keep them warm all the time but that’s just not possible. Sometimes I just use a pick, because fingers on my right hand are completely numb (and I started to like that ‘treble’ sound) So do you have any advice for freezingly cold hands? Thanx in advance.

MarloweDK said,

February 18, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

Precision? What has that to do with the jazz basses?;-) Anyway, I dDont know the difference between standard and highway, thats something you have to ask a musicstore. The Sandberg is great , has a Fender feel to it but is its own.
Again TRY them!

Mircea said,

February 18, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

Hi! It’s me again (and I hope that I’m not boring you with my silly questions) Thank you so much for the answer! I will certainly try the RoadWorn bass, but… you know…I’m a bit more into Precision Basses (it’s only a “body shape” matter of taste) and I noticed that the oder Fenders I mentioned are a little more “featured” (graphite reinforced neck, badass bridge, etc.) So I realy would like to know between these three what you’d prefer. (please don’t be angry with me cause I insist :-) ) Thank YOU !

MarloweDK said,

February 17, 2011 @ 6:26 pm

You should try the “Roadworn” Fender jazz, its really good. But it comes down to trying every one of them, dont buy anything on recommandation alone

Mircea said,

February 17, 2011 @ 4:01 pm

Hi, MarloweDK !Probably you heard that kind of question allot, but for me an answer at the moment means allot! I am going to buy a new bass guitar, and I have a budget of about 1000-1200 euros. What should I choose between an American Standard bass, a HighwayOne bass or the Sandberg California? I know that both are TOP Companies, but being only my second high-end instrument, (I posses a Tobias Growler) I prefer not to be sorry about after 😉 Thank you in advance for the answer and wish you all the best! See ya!

MarloweDK said,

February 5, 2011 @ 12:12 am

Hi Luanne, no I never tried SWR gear. I must admit that Im not that gear obsessed, if it works and can play loud – fine.
Im more into good basses:-)

pedulla said,

February 4, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

Hi Thomas, I am thinking of buyin the Tc RH450. You sound great playing through it but you would have that sound playing through just about anything. I own an SWR Baby Blue, SWR RedHead, SWR SM400. Have you ever played though any of these, if so how do they compare to the TC Electronics RebelHead 450 ?? I also picked up an older GK 400 RB head and I think it sounds pretty good. Your thoughts are appreciated.
Thanks for the music, Luanne

rickyamc said,

January 26, 2011 @ 6:01 pm

I’m Ricardo, from Colombia.
I’m a percussionist who really want to learn bass because it will help me to understand the music easily; besides of it, I really like the sound of the bass because it can be agressive or soft and it gives strenght to all type of music. Despite of it, I have a very big problem:I’m a rookie, so I don’t know how to start!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don´t know what i should learn first. I need help!!!
I was wondering if you could tell me what to learn first and what bass should I buy, A precision or a jazz, I’m very disoriented but i have all the wills to learn the bass and be a bass player. Please help me, please please please please please please.

I appreciate all you help and support, thank you very much 😀 😀

joobass said,

January 12, 2011 @ 7:38 am

Hi MarloweDK! I’ve been learning alot from here,u’ve done a real great job!Am wondering whether you can help analyze the percussive part at minute 2:02 of this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lffh968FDJw please?
Thanks alot!

MarloweDK said,

December 3, 2010 @ 10:05 am

i prefer the 2×10 for defined sound, but yes the 2×12 have more bottom . But you need to try them out in a muic store anyway

Carbonfiberbass said,

December 2, 2010 @ 11:46 pm

Hello marlowedk!!!
I was given the opportunity to finally sell my old swr goliath 4×10 cabinet and i did for just under a fifth of the original prize. Now i am left with my newly purchased rebelhead and i wonder if i should go for a 2×12 or a 2×10 tc cab. I have to basses and they both sound a little less bass heavy than for ex a fender bass or such. They are 4 and 5 strings modulus quantums. Would the 2×12 cab provide significantly more bottom freq over the 2x10s

MarloweDK said,

November 23, 2010 @ 2:27 am

You should look again – I’ve also listed my method using an external camera on the the “how to page”

milankovic said,

November 22, 2010 @ 9:33 pm

Hi Marlowe,
I’m thinkig about making some videos for youtube, but don’t realy know how to do that.
I’ve ha a look at your ‘how to make a video’ pageo this site, but I couldn’t find the way how to make a video with a low quality external webcam (so no HD). I guess you use the internal webcam in you notebook? Do you know how to make a video with an external one?
Thanks for your help

MarloweDK said,

October 25, 2010 @ 8:34 pm

You can find almost everything as mp3 these days. I did transfer some with a Terratec box, but better options probably exist today

BassKase said,

October 25, 2010 @ 8:00 pm

Hello Thomas. I have a large collection of LPs that I would like to be able to use for practice. Do you have any expirience with tranfering your old vinyl to digital? I know you have all of the old funk albums and figured you had messed around with it. I want to jam to my self titled Brick album!! ;^)

BassKase said,

October 25, 2010 @ 5:11 pm

I just figured it out. The m4v is compatible with Zune.

BassKase said,

October 25, 2010 @ 4:40 pm

Hi Marlowe. I have a Zune instead of an Ipod. Do you know if your vids are Zune friendly? I would like to put some of my favorites on there for practice/reference.

MarloweDK said,

September 9, 2010 @ 8:20 am

Hi, I sent the transcripts sep 6, but either it went in your spam folder or the email bounced, Ill try now from another mail account. If that doesnt work, then please provide an alternative email adress.

sylguil said,

September 8, 2010 @ 11:04 pm

Hi! Three days ago i donate $20….I don’t receive anything yet….(50 transcripts & Tab)

Thank you….

MarloweDK said,

July 31, 2010 @ 11:56 am

Dont understand your question , Im afraid

jungleboogie15 said,

July 31, 2010 @ 9:59 am

hey i realy want to download sum of my play alongs but it turns out laggie or dark. wat do u think d cause of dis?

MarloweDK said,

July 28, 2010 @ 7:25 am

Marcus didnt doublethumb yet when he did Rio Funk. But its a hard piece anyway and it does throw you off easily. I have several double thumb exercises scattered around here, just search for “double”

MikeyMagoo said,

July 28, 2010 @ 4:56 am


Been watching a lot of your vids lately and loving every one of them. My question is about double thumping. I am currently learning Marcus Miller’s “Riofunk” bass solo. I am capable of playing all of it but when I do the muted double thump/pop parts they tend to throw off my rhythm and slow down the groove. Is there any exercises that will get me used to double thumping with popping? I think I need to make my thumb more independent but need your help!

Thank you!

MarloweDK said,

May 21, 2010 @ 8:59 am

Of course you can also follow my lessons;-), start with this

MarloweDK said,

May 20, 2010 @ 10:42 pm

Dont remember any particular book, ive been studying for 30 years, lots of sources. Play music with people first of all, take a theory course, go to the library, listen to music and try to learn it…

cvelet said,

May 20, 2010 @ 6:20 pm

Dear marlowe, again me)
Would you suggest me any book or website for learning of the chords and scales. What did you use by learning that?
Best regards!!!!

MarloweDK said,

May 20, 2010 @ 6:14 pm

Both, but chords are top prority – the foundation of harmony

cvelet said,

May 20, 2010 @ 5:11 pm

I really like your website!
My question is: what to learn first, scales or chords?
What would you recommend?
All the best !

MarloweDK said,

May 18, 2010 @ 11:38 pm

thx, check your mail now;-)

graziano02 said,

May 18, 2010 @ 10:20 pm

grat site !
just donated 40$ .

I have an Ibanez musician fretless that used to play many years ago…. than quitted… and now after 15 years back again to play bass !!!
looking for a cheaper 5 string with fret… what about BaCH BJB-05S NA ?

Bass addicted said,

April 20, 2010 @ 1:17 am

Hi , I’m new to this site , Marlowe Dk i’ve been practicing bass for a good time and sometime i’m blocked with the same riffs and notes…. What would you recommand ?

Have I have 5 string bass with some string touching the neck ( the low B string obsiously)
and its very difficult to slap the 4th string ( E open string )
What should I do ?


MarloweDK said,

April 19, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

Yes, its like a good Fender Jazz with a buzzfree straight neck:-) I strongly recommend it

carvin_cat said,

April 19, 2010 @ 12:45 pm

Marlow, hi!

Thank you for all you’re doing for us, bass players )))))

My question is about Sandberg JJ Basses – how do you find quality and sound of these basses? Could you think it’s good Fender-analogue for funk & soul players?

(sorry, if you’ve already answered such question)

Best wishes!
Dmitry, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

MarloweDK said,

April 11, 2010 @ 10:43 pm

Sorry if you havent got them, I always send the same day i recieve donations, but sometimes my mails gets blocked by sensitive mailservers, ill resend via another email, check you mail now please

gfenton123 said,

April 11, 2010 @ 8:56 pm

My name is Greg Fenton. I donated $40 a week ago. When will I receive the 300 licks. I live in Canada, Windsor, Ont.

MarloweDK said,

April 6, 2010 @ 10:12 pm

in the mail, enjoy:-)

hank said,

April 6, 2010 @ 9:14 pm

Thanks for the quick response! Just donated to yoru site….looking forward to the lessons! Thanks a lot.


MarloweDK said,

April 6, 2010 @ 8:37 pm

Yes, no problem, its just pdf files for the transcriptions and quicktime, itunes compatible video files. You need PDF reader and Quicktime player

hank said,

April 6, 2010 @ 2:55 pm

Thanks for the tremendous amount of time you spend helping us get better. I want to donate $40 to get all 300 licks plus tab/notation. My question is, once I download the videos/tabs can I put them on a thumbdrive or my hard drive to use them. I will be away from a internet connection for about a month, so I want to access the files even though I dont have a internet connection. Is that possible? Thanks for any help! Keep up the great work.


MarloweDK said,

April 4, 2010 @ 6:14 pm

Its true, and i dont have the original, but you can download from the link below

Gronning said,

April 4, 2010 @ 5:01 pm

The link to “Busy shuffle blues bassline in A” don’t work

MarloweDK said,

March 29, 2010 @ 2:18 pm

Sorry, dont do tab requests

gilear said,

March 29, 2010 @ 1:51 pm

Dear Mr Marlowe,

could you please get the bass tab for me for Hair musical Hair song ?
I would like to learn this great song, but it is too fast for me to get the exact chords.
Thank you for your help in advance !


kouva said,

March 22, 2010 @ 5:11 pm

my only question because iam a new one at this site is about the tabs of songs.where i can find them???

MarloweDK said,

March 7, 2010 @ 8:14 pm

I have searched for that kind of player myself, holler if you find one:-) Some video lesson sites has players like that, but i think that they are custom made

bhubb3rd said,

March 7, 2010 @ 7:38 pm

Marlowe – do you know of a way to slow down and also loop selected areas of your videos? Thanks for all the great lessons!

JFunk said,

March 1, 2010 @ 8:44 pm

I am having a problem with the new videos (lessons 290 – 299) freezing up and playing out of sych with the music. The music is fine. All other videos including guest teachers work perfectly. I also added and extra gig of RAM to my netbook thinking this was the problem, but the results are the same. I only use this netbook for your website. Is there something else I could try? Could something be disabled in my computer? Thanks

MarloweDK said,

February 15, 2010 @ 11:03 am

The best exercise is to play with the band – a lot.
But if you are to ahead of the beat, try and force yourself to think “sloooow”

D-rox said,

February 14, 2010 @ 11:41 pm

hi marlow I have a question on how to play in the pocket more with a band. I mostly play gospel music at church and I struggle sometimes when im trying to follow the piano player and i want to you if u can give me some excersies or some helpful advice.

MarloweDK said,

February 6, 2010 @ 2:01 am

Choosing a bass is very personal, go with your gut feeling. No i dont know that amp

raff said,

February 6, 2010 @ 1:25 am

Hi Marlow, ….I’m not able to decide: Marcus Miller JB or Stingray? can you give some hints?
I love the neck of MM JB …but I love the sound of the Stigray as well…:-O ??
Have you never played on the Gallien-Krueger MicroBass Combo Amp MB150E-112 (150W).

magnum said,

January 23, 2010 @ 12:57 am

Hi everybody,
I’ve been a guitar player all my life but I’ve been obsessed with the bass lately. It all started when I went to see Allan Holdsworth play at my college campus and was captivated by Jimmy Haslip’s playing. Lately, I’ve been really intrigued by Louis Johnson and 70’s bass playing (Brother’s Johnson, Tavares, Heatwave etc.) I would like to know if I can purchase a Music Man Stingray bass regardless of what recent year it was made and count on it sounding like the ’76 era (Leo Fender made) bass or if I should go for a Fender Jazz or P bass. Also, what is the amp I should use to get those funk sounds like Johnson. I’ve had other musicians recommend Ampeg, but to me they are not loud enough and weigh a ton.
Thanks for the help.

Joeglow said,

December 12, 2009 @ 10:29 pm

Hey Thomas, I recently got my TC Rh450 with a 4 x 10 cabinet and have to say that this thing is wonderful. What an amp. The features are are just incredible and I’m still trying to dial all of my basses in on it. Working with the EQ and compressor is fun and gives you alot to work with tone wise. I think this is one of the best solid state amps I’ve played through. The tubetone dial is dead on to my ’65 Fender Bassman grit and true sounding with no low end loss. Now don’t have to lug that beast around anymore. I would recommend this amp to everyone looking for a versatile amp with alot of room for any bass style and playing. I asked you once before if you would do a small video on the amp as well, I may try to add my 2 cents in it if you’d like. Just wanted to share my experience with you and the memers of your site, which I love.
I totally agree, but maybe YOU should do the video?

JFunk said,

December 10, 2009 @ 5:21 pm

Great great website! can’t thank you enough for the inspiration and lessons. I have two questions: 1- In your Marcus bass, are the pickups stock fender vintage and is the preamp the same one fender ships with the bass? 2- Do you recommend the TC 2×10 & 2×12 bass enclosures? are they both durable and loud enough to play in a large club? I would be pairing the cabs up with a genz benz shuttle 6.0
You are most welcome:-)
1) Pickups are stock, but i replaced the preamp with a Sadowsky vintage tone, to get a tonecontrol – not on the stock. But to be honest, it doesnt make that big a difference, apart from the ability to go “Jaco” (favoring the bridge pickup and turning down the tone control). I only bought the Marcus Miller model because it was a fairly cheap way of getting a quality Fender 70’s reissue model, and it played really well. I generally prefer to play passive basses (except for the Stingray)
2) A large club? Well, i would never settle for only 2 speakers in any large venue, but in a small club i think so yes. I use the 2×10 on top of a 2×12

matthewslager said,

November 2, 2009 @ 4:25 am

I have been searching for decent videos about getting that expensive sound (Phat, punchy and clear) using Logic Express 8. I am using a terrible 2nd hand bass.

Any ideas?????
A not so terrible bass perhaps?

MikeyMagoo said,

October 29, 2009 @ 10:48 pm

Hey I love this site just like everyone else, and i am interested in making some of my own bass playalong/lesson videos and was wondering how do you record both the audio and video in sync with eachother at such high quality? What steps should i take/ what gadgets should i look into? I use a macbook pro and really want to learn how to do videos on a regular basis! Thanks!
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Joeglow said,

October 15, 2009 @ 3:17 pm

I am and have been totally interested in buying the TC Electronics Rebel RH450 for almost a year now and see that you own one from the test pilot program. I see now you have the Staccato 51 head as well, lucky dog! I am wondering if you would do a gear review on the 2 of them. I am toern onnce again on which one I’d like to own. Is it possible to maybe show the differences between the 2 of them and the similairities as well. Is there a major tone difference? I am still unsure of the difference between them and I’ve watched the video at TC 100 times and still am missing it. I am finally able to afford the RH450 and then this screwball was thrown at me. I value and respect your abilities and opinion so it would be an invaluable review from you on both heads. TC will owe you big time, or do they? LOL!
It think you should go for the rh450, its the same amp as the staccato (the tone in that amp is “designed” by Rocco Prestia), but is cheaper. Ill maybe do a AB test while i have the staccato (gotta give it back)

sicoles1 said,

October 14, 2009 @ 6:08 pm

First things first – this is by far the best bass site I have found – so thank you so much marlowe!

My question – since discovering your site I have been trying to copy your right hand technique as it made me realise that mine was awful! Something I am still having trouble with though is when playing the E string I dont know how you manage to keep your fingers so controlled so that you can quickly move onto the A string.

In other words, when playing the G D or A strings my fingers are stopped by the string above them but there is nothing to stop them when playing the E string and I find that my fingers fly into my palm. Of course if i think about it and play carefully then i can make them only move back a small distance, but I really struggle to keep this smooth, consistant and controlled. Have you got any tips to help with this?

Thanks so much your site has been invaluable to me so far!
You might want to look at this video

Trix67 said,

October 12, 2009 @ 5:05 am

Hey Love what your doin here great site ….
Im in a bit of a funk ( not the good kind either) Im 22 I picked up bass in highschool to be in a band with my buddies, only learning from tabs and guitar playing friends…. Now my problem is that I have no formal education in music at all… but have decent chops for no more that what ive played… I want to become a real bass player some one who can sit down with a drummer and just paly for hours ya know … your lessons are great but a little hard for someone with no understanding of music theroy or lingo to get their head around. I just feel like im more advanced for the beginer lessons but dont have the vocab or know how for the next ones up. Any one out there with some good dvds or books on theroy that are just not playing open strings or c major scale …. Taking short cuts have been my downfall but have made me fall in love with this instrument any or all advice will be greatly appercieated j_sword67@yahoo.com
Try studybass.com for basics

Smaz said,

October 10, 2009 @ 9:59 am

Is that a new bass you’ve been using for the new Tower of Power playalongs? :)
Yes, its a friends Fender Pbass from the 70’s, in return he has my 6string Yamaha, we are both happy so i think ill have it around for some time. Ive strung it with flatwounds to get the oldschool vibe

Al said,

October 2, 2009 @ 10:07 pm

Hi Marlowe, any chance you might put up Running Away by Roy Ayers on the play-along site? Or even better, a quick lesson on it? It’s not a complicated song – the bass riff pretty much stays the same throughout – but it’s very funky, and not easy to pick out acurately by ear…at least not to me it isn’t!

axtens said,

October 2, 2009 @ 9:01 am

How practical is it to tune a bass to the ukulele GCEA configuration (albeit a couple of octaves lower)? One would need a different string for the G as its actually pitched higher than the C. I’d like to be able to pick things out but revert to ukulele-style chords when appropriate.

octavian said,

September 25, 2009 @ 5:49 pm

OK, my recording question: Do you have a preference for recording software? I’m trying to figure all of this out so I can add some play-alongs to your sister site. I have a PC laptop, a USB cable that plugs directly into my bass and the cable apparently includes a built-inc sound card, and a choice of Cubase or Acid Pro 7…and may be leaning toward Cubase.

Any suggestions?

Bonedaddy4 said,

September 22, 2009 @ 2:44 am

Wondering if your playing fender signature custom bass’s???? The white bass and the sunburst with what looks like scuffs that are giving the bass a vintage look? Thanks!
Vintage look!! They ARE vintage!! Sunburst is from 63:-) I do have a Marcus Miller signature, but that hasnt got scuffs on it

RobR said,

September 15, 2009 @ 5:04 pm


Please, any chance of Jaco’s Portrait of Tracy as a lesson, I have got past the first four/five bars, but get stuck on the bar leading into the bridges

Thanks – love the come on come over on “you play along”.

Dont think so, im afraid, but you never know…

amos said,

September 10, 2009 @ 6:53 am

Hey Thomas and thanx for your reply. I`ve noticed you using the arm as mute. Would be cool if you could post some tips on exactly how you do it. Seems like how high the bass is hanging is important as I´m sure some other stuff. I´m working on it, but if you get the time please post tips 😉 I`ll check the STC-site. Give my best to Bjarne (Barney hehe) if you run into him. Have a good one. Anders
Yes, it doesnt work if the bas is hanging “rock style” low and i dont think that im always doiin it, on lyfor some patters thumbing on the higher strings
Ill say hello to Bjarne if i meet him:-)

wolldav said,

September 8, 2009 @ 11:26 am

Well, it could have been done in “G” and i could have tranposed it into other keys. Slow to medium tempo, (praise and worship type setting, major and minor.. I’ll look at your fills

Start to learn what scales goes with what chords, at least learn the major and minor pentatonic scale

wolldav said,

September 8, 2009 @ 10:57 am

Hi Marlowe, can you do me a lesson? unless you can do it on here… I’m looking for 2 bar Gospel Runs, fills, and slides (2 bars)… i wanna fill in some space… I know you have loads of one bar runs,fills, slides, etc but i’m looking for 2 bar, acending & decending & visa versa….. I tried emailing you but no response as yet.. thanks

You ask for… “2 bar gospel runs” – but which chords?, which keys?, major or minor?, which tempo?….
I have a lot of licks that can be played both over 1 and 2 bars, just search for “fills”.

amos said,

September 2, 2009 @ 6:43 am

Hej Thomas and greetings from a fellow player/ teacher from Sweden living in Norway :-).

Thanks a lot for sharing your talent and work here. Me and my students have had great help from your videos and special kudos for all the work you`ve put into the Larry Graham stuff. Pure gold IMHO. I have a Q. How do you mute the lower strings when thumping on the upper strings like in Release Yourself? Could you post a vid on muting which I personally find a very important part of good technique. Bless. Anders Mossberg
PS. I worked a lot in Sun Studio with Bjarne Hansen in the 80-s and early 90-s. Do you know Bjarne? DS.
Hi Anders and you are welcome
I mute with my right underarm when thumbing on the upper strings.
Yes I know Bjarne, recordeda couple of records in the 80’s in Sun with him as engineer
Speaking of SUN, im doing STC’s (as the old studio is called now) new homepage:)

Smaz said,

August 28, 2009 @ 7:10 pm

Funkyjack – are you thinking of a Trill?

A trill is where you normally hammer on & pull off between two frets quickly/repeatedly. I’m guessing it’s given the same name for sliding between two frets repeatedly, but I’m not sure :)

Funkyjack said,

August 27, 2009 @ 8:59 pm


I hope you can find it! I’m really interested in this.

Funkyjack said,

August 27, 2009 @ 10:28 am


How is this technique called, when you’re sliding very fast between two notes? And how can i develop that, any tips secrets?:P

And have you got a really good tip to be funky as hell? Do i have to pratice a lot of rythmic stuff?

Well, keep on playing!:)
Yeah as Smaz said it a trilll, and yuo can find the tutorial in lick of the day L245

Virgin said,

August 26, 2009 @ 3:26 pm

Hi Thomas
I was wondering if you could posebly ad another menu item for beginners? Just advice and general guidelines, as you alresdy supply the inspiration and positive energy.

Nice to se you are using WP 😉

Well, at some point some beginner video lessons will emerge, if not by me then by somebody else.
I must admit that my licks are mostly tips and tricks i work on myself, and as such not for beginners, but my general advice sections is for all levels.
And yes, i love WP and use itfor all my webdesign gigs these days

theilliterate said,

August 26, 2009 @ 9:43 am

Up until recently, I had just the one “competant” pro bass-playing friend, with whom I swap ideas and technique knowledge, . . . after his recommendation to look you up, I now have another source of inspiration – being of the same vintage, I rather thought after some 35 years of playing, I would be swapping ideas with so many more players as I reach my 50s!! Although, that simply isn’t going to change. I’ve also recommended your site to a few beginners (although, one did come back with “Honestly, what’s the point?”) – it really is a great tuition tool for players at all levels – all that is needed is a bit of determination and the knowledge that being shit-hot always takes time and practice!

Your PlayAlong clips are some 25 years late ;0) . . . took me a whole weekend to work out “Glide” when it first came out, hearing AND “seeing” it would have made it much easier back then. It is such a funky B-line, without any double-thumbing too.

Love to listen to your “jams” . . keep those coming. By the way, if you haven’t heard it yet, check out “Down the Wire” – Sypro Gyra, . . . there is still a part of it I have yet to work out . . . and we all know, there just isn’t enough double-thumb stuff out there!
Thx for the (double)thumbs up:-)

Keep it up – a selfish request I know, but one I feel at least a few others might agree with.

Finally, who or what are the “bots” who appear as visitors to your site?

Many thanks,

slowhand said,

August 26, 2009 @ 2:50 am

Hi Marlowe . Love this site ! I was wondering if I donate $10.00 $20.00 or $30.00 , can I get these licks on a DVD copy ? Thanks Mark.

Mr. F Clef said,

August 12, 2009 @ 4:05 pm

Hi Marlowe.
The site was down yesterday when I came on to get my “lick of the day” fix. I was redirected to some obscure web hosting service. Just thought I’d let you know.

F. Clef
Tell me about it, theres been sooo many server / host problems lately, so this can happen again im afraid, hope to get all fixed, but unfortunately it means upgrading to a bigger, better and… more expensive server:(

olskool said,

August 12, 2009 @ 3:23 am

I see that when I put the pointer over the link it says blocked
Then its yourmail program playing tricks, just click the link or copy the link into your browser

olskool said,

August 12, 2009 @ 3:13 am

I was happy to donate to your cause,but I haven’t been able to get the link to your downloads to respone. can you help?

myjazzbass said,

August 7, 2009 @ 3:11 am

Hello Marlow,

Great bass playing. I’m glad I found your site. I am currently playing in a band and need to brush up on some areas. I currently using your video “A major pentatonic ideas for bass solos”. I was wondering if you had a transcription for the this video. I have no problems paying $20 for all three videos but would really like to have the transcription for the A Major Pentatonic as well. Is this available or is it doable?


No , i dont have a transcription of the improvising part, only of the rudimentary scale used
3 videos? You mean the 3 transcription packs?

vinnie3 said,

August 2, 2009 @ 7:14 pm

Hey Marlowe,
I´m great fan of you playing…
I´d like to know if U ever played on a Fender, Victor Bailey Model, and what do you think about these basses? and, btw, do you know Victor Baile´s , solo works? I think hes fantastic Fender man…
Keep groovin…
Vinnie, from Brazil
Never tried his model, but i like victor bailey a lot, i used to know how to play one of his solo tracks “Kid logic”, need to get hold of that again

giosoftware said,

July 27, 2009 @ 1:41 pm

Hi MarloweDK
Where can I buy this special cable that you use with your korg pandora. Is hard to found!
Is a jack male 6.3 mm to male 3.5 mm female 3.5 mm, right?
Dont know what its called in english, its more of a adapter plug that splits 1 stereo output into 2, look at the picture, think you can get that at a Radioshack type store
NB I used to have a special cable, but an adapter does the trick

tonebrulee said,

July 25, 2009 @ 6:08 pm

Hi Thomas,

I’m thinking of getting the Korg PX4D. I haven’t used a digital outboard box like this before and was wondering if there is any latency from the effects processing, or if it feels instantaneous like an analog stomp box?

Also wondering if you think the newer PX5D is worth the extra money over the PX4D ($230 vs. $150 US). I see it has a little more of everything the 4D has, but also adds the USB interface. Not sure if that gives you more though, since the 4D’s output can go straight into a computer line-in. Thoughts?

Also wondering if you think the 5D’s interface seems like a significant improvement over the 4D.


– Chip
Feels fast enough
I havent tried the px5d but intend to buy it soon – mainly for the usb and possibilty to attach pedals
BUT its a practice amp – its noisy, so i wouldnt recommend it for live or serious studio use (the px4d, dont know about the px5d).
But remember to try before you buy anything

Wholelottalovin said,

July 20, 2009 @ 7:23 am

Hello Marlowe! I’ve been a big fan of yours ever since I stumbled upon your videos on You Tube. I saw that you got an SX bass, and linked to a video but the video is no longer up… could you please re-upload it or direct me to where the video is? I couldn’t find it. Thanks so much!!
Have some many links, you have to be specific:-)
By the way , i use the SX on many lick of the day videos from my vacation to Brazil, its from L184 (search) and 10 – 14 videos forward

David McNary said,

July 19, 2009 @ 7:51 pm

I’ve been playing bass for sometime now, but I feel like there is something holding me back from improving. I usually rely on ear to learn music and I know some scales. I guess what I’m basically getting at is would I benefit a lot from learning to read music?
Learning to read music is just a tool, you should rather learn some basic music theory first and continue to learn what you can from recordings. A good teacher could also get you jumpstarted.
And of course you should play your instrument almost all the time – i do

It just feels like I would be going back in time and starting all over again after years of doing my own way. I just want to break the barrier not being able to learn material by Wooten, Pastorius, ect unless I just so happen to figure it out on my own somehow or have to really on tabs, and I don’t those…

gus7 said,

July 13, 2009 @ 12:56 am

I am impressed by the high quality of your performance MarloweDK. I am a professional guitarist from several decades of experience, but now I’m learning to play bass, and I see that it is a world to explore. There are so many techniques and possibilities that before dreamed I know not. What I need to practice a little more seriously is a software rhythms and chords, which are installed on the computer. Could you advise me one? Thank you in advance for any response. May God bless you for what you’re doing.
Thx for the thumbs up man, and try out “Band in a Box” for automatic chords and rhythm

jubsz said,

July 12, 2009 @ 3:31 pm

hey man, just wanna say thanks for all your help, you’ve greatly improve my playin!!!!

and i was just wondering were do you get all your beats?? do you use a drum machine?? i have a pandora px5d but all the beats are to complicated.

Most beats are from the pandora, just use the basic 8 and 16 beat patterns

dtopping said,

July 12, 2009 @ 3:32 am

Does it matter what kind of bass I am playing when I double thumb? Is it a matter of practice or are some models better than others? It seems that I am having trouble with the upstroke…Any thoughts would be appreciated, bassmaster.
Bass? Well you would have trouble playing it on a double bass I guess;-)
But low string action would help

74jbass said,

July 2, 2009 @ 6:44 am

do you prefer new strings with a bright crisp sound or older strings for slapping

bibyen said,

June 25, 2009 @ 6:30 pm


I don’t know a lot of brands especially the independent ones.. I only know lakland for independent.. could you name some so I could check them out?
Now you mention it – Lakland would be an excelent choice – ive tried the Daryl Jones signature 4 string, its great and you can get a 5 string version of that – alternatively the Fender jazzbass marcus Miller signature bass also comes as a 5’er

bibyen said,

June 25, 2009 @ 8:58 am

hi Marlowe!

I have a 4-string fender jazz bass and I want to buy a 5-string bass.

I want an all-around bass but I also want a funky/groovy sounding bass. What bass/es do you recommend?

Thanks! :)
A groovy sounding bass?? Im afraid youhave to put in the groove yourself;-)
Dont have a 5 myself, but go with your favorite brand and try the 5 strings versions out

Rascool said,

June 25, 2009 @ 1:52 am

Hey there again

My question is for left and right hand techniques for fingerstyle: are there any that you would consider essential to master if you want to become a versatile player able to play most styles of music.

I’m currently doing J C Superstar and finding that there are a few techniques on both hands I could do to learn. If I only knew what they were!!!

Thanks again.

P.S.: I have been learning slap using the DVD you recommended. It’s a really good resource!
Most important is standard right hand 2 finger alternation, followed by standard slap and pop og then if you are a rocker too – good solid pickstyle.
Left hand – be able to have your thumb anchored to the back of the neck as a pivot – search on google or look in bassbooks

Also – in the lower positions – use 3 fingers, ie first position use 1st finger on 1st fret, 2nd finger on 2nd and 3rd and 4th finger together on 3rd fret

CJbassman said,

June 21, 2009 @ 11:53 pm

also, what strings would you recommend for a jazz bass?

CJbassman said,

June 20, 2009 @ 5:32 pm

First off, the compression tip for portrait of tracy really helped. That last chord still gets me, but its getting better.
anyway, I’ve been looking to get an american standard jazz bass, now that I have the $ for one. problem is, I can’t decide between maple or rosewood fret board. what’s your take on them?
thanks in advance.
Rosewood = darker warmer sound good for fingerstyle
Maple = Brighter sound good for slap
Its all a matter of preference, ive never given it much thought when getting a new bass – but then again, i have a couple to choose from;-)

Lukanian-7 said,

June 18, 2009 @ 9:15 pm

Is your jazz beat up looking like that from natural causes or did you buy it like that?

If it’s real, would you ever consider signing with Fender to make a custom jazz or something; branded with MarloweDK =D

Its an 1963 jazz bass, and it was pretty much like that when i bought it some 10 years ago

Joeglow said,

June 11, 2009 @ 8:19 pm

Hey Marlowe, love the site and video jams, they are quite inspiring. I want to thank you for taking the time to do what you do and also thank you for actually answering questions that are posed to you, it means alot to everybody around the globe. I know you’ve said you use round wound strings but have you ever used flatwounds? If so, what do you think of them in general? I’ve been playing seriously for around 22 years and have never used them before and am about to give them a try out of sheer curiousity. Thanks again.
Im a roundwound kind a guy, ive tried flatwounds on my pbass to get the Jamerson old school sound, and nylon strings too by the way, and if i had some more basses i would surely have one strung with flats. But its not my sound

wstn03 said,

June 8, 2009 @ 6:03 am

I am tranced by smooth jazz and all things funk. I value your opinion and would like to know what you would choose for pickups for these sorts of music (maybe different pickups for each genre?)? Would you ever use passive pickups? Thank you for your time.
Dont have a clue, i use stock pickups on all my instruments. And be careful that small technical details dont get in the way of playing;-)

ent8876 said,

June 7, 2009 @ 12:19 pm


I want to buy a new bass lately

How could I choose one?

Is there a easier way to choose a good one?

Good one? Thats a subjective matter. Go to a music store and try a lot of different models. I like Fender type basses, but those t i know and are comfortable with

rmessick2 said,

June 4, 2009 @ 7:17 pm

first off,thank you sir for your professionalism.let me say your very smooth.i just wanted to verify that you use round wound strings? and do you ever play flatts.and what you think of both types. thanks for your time! bob.

SLAPIN said,

May 19, 2009 @ 10:21 pm

Hello,MarloweDk ,

Can you tell me please what kind of adapter for power supply for the Korg Pandora PX4D you are using?
Cause I must buy one,where I can buy an power adapter same as yours
Thanks a lot :)
The power supply is a “Korg KA199 power adapter”

74jbass said,

May 18, 2009 @ 6:22 am

anxiously waiting for more playalongs- thanx to you I now own a 79 stingray in addition to my 74jbass- next purchase may be a divorce lawyer! keep up the funk mdk

Mr. F Clef said,

May 14, 2009 @ 5:22 pm

Hi Marlowe
I really enjoy spending quality time with the “lick of the day”. Would it be possible to include the KORG rhythm pattern name (“Blues 1” etc……….) with the lick of the day? I can’t seem to find some of them on my PX5D. Perhaps there are differences between the PX4D and PX5D but at least I wouldn’t waste a bunch of time looking for something that isn’t there.
F. Clef
To my knowledge the px5d has a lot more drum patterns, but you know what – i almost always use the 8 note rock patterns. Be aware that i have used real drum loops for backing instead sometimes, since the korg drum patters are at best a little “cheasy” – but do keep time;-)

bobbyewing said,

May 14, 2009 @ 12:11 pm

re hello marlowe i wanted to speak of the videos like for example : up the creek, tell everybody, walk baby walk etc.. i do not find it? thanks
Thats not backing tracks, thats the original songs i play on top
But speaking of playalongs you will soon be able to find all my original playalongs on a special site. stay tuned;-)

fesee1 said,

May 13, 2009 @ 10:22 pm

Thank you Thomas for your contribution to music and for all that you give us students out here in cyberspace.
your friend Julius
You are welcome, and im glad you finally got the transcriptions:)

bobbyewing said,

May 13, 2009 @ 9:19 pm

hello marlowe and thanks for the good good job, i would like to know if your old youtube backing tracks zre in downlaod?? excuse my english
Theres a couple under Downloads, i dont know which other backing tracks you are thinking of

The Bucket said,

May 13, 2009 @ 4:09 pm

Hi there,

I’m interested to know what you think about the Floating Thumb technique?

You seem to play with a fairly bent right wrist, ever had any issues with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? It worries me a little.

Any advice?
I think the floating thumb is a good idea, if you have trouble with unwanted string noise, i kinda use it myself on the E and A strings, on a 6 str it is almost a must. Alternatively you can use your pinky and 3rd finger in the same way – resting on lower trings muting them.

When i sit and play relaxed at home , i sometimes tend to rest my forearm on the body of the bass, other times i keep it more straight, i dont lock my arm in any position but vary frequently.
i never had trouble with my wrists

bucketbass said,

May 10, 2009 @ 9:34 pm

hello marlowe i have a pandora px4d and a stingray (3band eq)and have set the px4d up as you suggest on your site but I still dont seem to have that full warm sound you have on the vids- any suggestions?
Beef up the bass, other than that its kinda hard to give advice on “full warm sound”. And remember too that a lot of your sound lies in the way you play – right hand position, attack etc.

CJbassman said,

May 2, 2009 @ 6:40 pm

hey man, good to see u got another youtube channel.
btw, i’ve been trying to learn Portrait of Tracy. any tips for bringing out the harmonics? some of them sound good but others don’t come out so well. I’ve set my gain on max, play over the bridge pickup, and I turn of the neck pickup. thanks in advance!
Well some of them are not as clear as others, but you could use a bit of compression to even out the differences in volume

basstioner said,

April 27, 2009 @ 8:44 am

hi marlow
i’m a beginner bass player. i really enjoy your licks and tutorials. do you think you can arrange the videos by their level ? (beginner, intermediate, advanced )it would be very helpful and convenient.
you probably dont have a lot of free time to do it, but if you could, it would make the site even more user friendly


Well, most of my lick of the day videos are’nt really for beginners as such, some are easier than others of course, i started doin what you propose (look in the “Lick of the day keywords” at the bottom right side of the frontpage), but found out that the majority can only be categorized as intermedate / advanced, and then we are no further. I will however soon make a beginner section, and all your suggestions are welcome

Mr. F Clef said,

April 23, 2009 @ 2:09 pm

Hi Marlowe

I really love the sound you get through your KORG PX4D. I have a KORG PX5D but it doesn’t have a “Stufing” (the starting point for your PX4D)in the preset programs. KORG has not been helpful. Can you recommend an equivalent preset program on the PX5D?

Thanks in advance,

F Clef

I havent tried the PX5D, but just make your own program with the settings i mention on the page “making videos…”; ie Dyna:Comp, Amp:LA stud, Cab:MTL 4×10 etc…

thumper said,

April 19, 2009 @ 5:27 pm

will the second 100 licks be available any time soon? i’ll take them as soon as they are.
rob r

Well, dont see why not, just have to collect ’em:)

Pat McNabb said,

April 16, 2009 @ 6:35 pm

Where are all the great YouTube videos that were on YouTube? Like 257 of them? Those are the best source for learning new songs. My horn section hates me for learning “Sir Duke”. Now they have to learn to play it. Thank you for your help.
Read the news section on why they are gone, but dont dispair, soon you will be able to see most of them again on a new site, stay tuned;-)

Bobby Nock said,

April 8, 2009 @ 2:02 am

Hi Marlow,
My question to you is more about sound. And thank you by the way for doing what you do! You’ve inspired me to be more generous. I seem to be caught in an “in between” situation with compression. It’s difficult for me to find a happy spot in compression where I feel fast and yet still have the punch i am looking for as well. It’s always one or the other. I know a lot of it is technique. Outside of that, what do you feel works for you?
Welcome to the club;-)
Never had much succes with compressors in a live setting until i got the rh450 amp, the built in comp is great – keeps the Oomph! and just glues the sound together
When recording videos i just use the Korg px4d or the RH540

Mr. F Clef said,

April 6, 2009 @ 4:52 pm

“L194 Shuffle major pentatonic bluesy line” is a really fun lick (even at a slower tempo ;)) Can it be made downloadable?

Note: In anticipation of the the question, no, I don’t want to download it because of the beautiful woman in the background. 😉
You can find it and download at blip.tv, search for L194.
And you can at least admit it to me;-)

intodalite said,

April 5, 2009 @ 4:39 am

Hi MarlowDK,
Wonderful site. When my new teacher comes for a lesson I always manage to bring up a “Lick of the Day” (on the computer)in the middle of the lesson. This really gets the teachers attention and he knows that he has to really work hard for me. Those guys that say that they found your site and they quit their teacher really have it backwards. Your site will make the teacher really give you (us) your moneys worth.
I’v been listening to an old soca tune by Arrow,
“Hot Hot Hot”. Have you ever tried to put the lines down for the lick of the day?
Thanks for all your work, and the 100 downloads order is coming soon.
Fran, “Intodalite”
Thx Fran, nothing better than keeping the teachers on their toes:) Reg Hot Hot Hot, i dont do “3rd party” stuff.

beaglegod said,

April 3, 2009 @ 7:38 am

Its me again, trying to pick your brain, I wish I lived on the other side of the pond so I could take a few real life lessons from you.

Again Im taking your advice by shifting the focus of practice on learning songs by ear, Ive even surprised myself by learning a few parts to one Slave song that at first seemed impossible to me but I kept listening and listening and things started to make sense in my head firstly and than from there it was just a matter of making my hands do what my mind already knew.

However my question is how does learning in this fassion lead to me being able to play my own music one day? By that I mean, does this type of practice eventually lead to some type of mastery of the fretboard, so that I can become free with my instrument and play what I feel and hear in my mind?

As always I take your advice very seriously because you already have what I want to have. :)

Thanks for takin care of us new guys!

For “mastery” of fretboard you also need to do the scale, arpeggio, theory…stuff
I can play ok, but havent “mastered” the fretboard yet, still have blind spots;-)
The Jamey Aebersold playalong cds or the software Band in a box is good for practicing stuff in all keys

bassfishin said,

April 3, 2009 @ 4:49 am

Hey Marlowe,
Long time fan. Do your playalongs still exist anywhere where we can see them? All that great old school funky stuff, ala “car wash”, etc. Thanks so much for your inspiration. Peace!
Yes, as a matter of fact im launching a “playalong” site soon with old and new playalongs by me and others, stay tuned – you will recieve notice:)

normalized said,

April 2, 2009 @ 11:54 pm

I left a donation here a while ago and was interested in the transcriptions, however there’s been no information on how to obtain them.

Was I supposed to receive an email to confirm my donation?

Anyways, am still interested in those transcriptions.

Transcripts are always sent to the email adress you use with paypal, and i just checked , I sent you transcriptions on march 21, same day i recieved the donation. Do you use another email for paymail, then check that adress, or send me a mail

kutitomi said,

April 1, 2009 @ 9:18 pm

your marcusmiller JB is full original (parts)?


Ive changed the preamp for a Sadowski preamp with vintage tone control – not the biggest difference IMO.
Did it mostly for a tonecontrol

jkbeckwith4 said,

March 30, 2009 @ 8:48 pm

Mr. Marlow, you are da man! How long have you been playing bass? What dexterity excercises do you use. Do you have any beginner slap lines that sound funky?
30 + years (remember that time in it self doesnt mean anything , its time playing and praticing that matters)
I dont practice dexterity as such.
I dont have dedicated beginner slap lines but they all sound funky dont you think?;-)

Parris said,

March 29, 2009 @ 8:53 pm

Hi Marlow am new to your site is really opened my eyes to you can do with the bass, sorry if this sound like a repeat question, but is there a film clip where you show up coming bassit how to slap the bass?
from watching aot of your clips it sounds like at times the sounds you get are different and very close to each other almost like you make the bass sound like it has hidden strings that one can not only hear,

I will love to donate just out of work been like that over 20yrs now even though been job hunting for so long with only 2 interviews to show for it,

anyway fantastic stuff this is my third night on your site


stephane said,

March 25, 2009 @ 3:42 pm

salut marlow est il possible de ce voir sur skype ?
Try again dude;-)

RAMALHO733 said,

March 24, 2009 @ 1:15 am

Do you have any suggestion about any drum machine (free) I could find through the Internet.

BombTheBass said,

March 23, 2009 @ 7:18 pm

I really miss the Ian Dury ‘hit me with your rhythym stick’ video.Can you re-post it please?
Im not doin any copyrighted stuff on this site, but soon ill launch a dedicated playalong site for musicians and living room rock gods;-)

beaglegod said,

March 18, 2009 @ 9:36 am

Well Marlowe as of late Ive been taking your advice and have been devoting the major portion of my time immersing myself into the music, not the mechanics so much as playing. In just a 2 weeks Ive learned three complete songs 1.Life can be Happy, by SLAVE. 2. I Refuse to Loose, by James Brown and an old more obscure song 3. Gettin up Town to Get Down. Trouble is I cant stop,all I ever want to do is come home and practice learning or refining songs. Its really hard to spend a chunk of time running modes and arpeggios when playing is so much fun. So I was wondering if youve ever thought of making a list of progressively difficult songs to learn from?
Any way thanks for the advice and as always the videos/licks of the day!
Go with it while you got the urge! Keep the other stuff to say 10 – 15 minutes a day.
Progressive difficult – well thats a subjective matter and there is no “one truth”
I would say – its should be fun – hence you actually practice more:-)

jase_newzealand said,

March 17, 2009 @ 9:20 am

Kia Ora (Hi) Thomas from New Zealand.

Dude you are an inspiration! and your funk jams are truly incredible.

Kia Kaha (stay strong) and keep on rockin’ bro. You are an amazing player and are a source of inspiration to players all over the globe, thats got to be a great feeling :-)

All the best,


Ricobassplayer said,

March 15, 2009 @ 11:42 pm

Hello Thomas,

Well i say one for all and all for one.

Keep up the good spirit, you’re a big inspiration!

many greetings

bassalo said,

March 14, 2009 @ 1:22 pm

The YouTube debacle sucks. I checked out all the vids on blip and I love the format. Great for downloading and organizing. But please tell me those two (both in the top 5 most viewed) approximately 2 minute (slightly less) P-bass slap/videos videos are coming back. I think they were filmed right when you got the ’76 P-bass (one was in E7). Total improv, but I used those almost daily as motivation, wishing I were at that point in my bass education!


Yes they will be back shortly, have a lot of moving to do right now:-)
And they will appear in “My Youtube jams”

moe said,

March 12, 2009 @ 9:03 pm


I noticed your youtube account has been terminated, I myself own a dedicated server in Paris France and would be more than willing to host any (all?) your videos.

The connection is 100Mbit dedicated and unmetered and the machine has 200GB of free space which I can make available to you.

If that sounds at all like it could help drop me an email: philippe.lazzaro@gmail.com

freddy9999 said,

March 12, 2009 @ 1:16 pm

Hi Marlow!

I’d like to ask a favor. Could you upload more backing tracks? Please :)
I do not have any drum machines and I’ve searched the internet for loops, but the 99% of them are useless.

P.s.: Don’t be sad, because of YouTube. The real fans know where to find you.
If i make some i will:-) But it should be possible to find on Google , and read my practice tips too.
Thx, Ill just have to work harder with this site:)

lenny said,

March 11, 2009 @ 1:19 pm

youtube sucks.

you are really the best bass teacher on earth!!really!!!!

i got a question thomas,which webcam do you use?

jugganaut said,

March 11, 2009 @ 8:51 am

Man wussp with Youtube bro!!!

You’re the best bass teacher I’ve ever had and now I can’t even see you play anymore. If anyone had there head screwed on down there, they’d have your vid’s back on ASAP!!!

Bless ya low-frequency-meista

The Jugganaut

H2oDog said,

March 11, 2009 @ 1:30 am


I just found out about Youtube issue. All i can say is you brought allot of value to that site and they are screwing themselves as i will not be going there as much since i can’t view your videos. I’ll pass the word out to all my friends and on TB to let them know you are here. Hope you find another venue to post your amazing skills.

simonj said,

March 10, 2009 @ 11:33 pm


Haven’t checked in for a while and was astounded to see your youtube gone ! I had become a great fan of youtube as a resource (and of course checking you out !), but the recent Warner Bros. boycott, and now talk in the UK of all original music videos being withdrawn because of artist license issues, suggests thats its appeal will be greatly diminished.
Your web presence, is now well established Marlowe, so I,m sure you will continue to educate and entertain an ever increasing audience.
All the best.
Yes, lets hope so, i intend to be the best damn bassteacher on the net!:-)

beaglegod said,

March 10, 2009 @ 5:42 am

As far as playing funky music, some r&b stuff/disco,maybe even a little fusion,what would you say a bassist needs to practice and learn besides the following:

modes of the major and minor melodic scales,major and minor pentatonic scales all over a two octave span .

maj,min,augmented and diminished triads, as well as eleven 7th chord arppegios again each over two octaves and their inversions.

Some chord/scale theory and practicing sight reading.

If I am practicing these things as well as trying to play my favourite music by ear, do I still need to learn more things such as chord tensions, more scales etc? Or will this serve as a foundation that is good enough to lay down the funk?
Ive adressed a similar question before, scroll down to February 21

colinmt said,

March 10, 2009 @ 1:12 am

Sorry to hear about the YouTube A-holes. You’re getting a lot of support on the “TalkBass” forum and I doubt will lose any fans, if anything you’ll gain a few more. Keep the lessons coming!
I will, thank you:)

tommietommie said,

March 9, 2009 @ 9:58 pm

hey thomas,

Can you help me finding the tabs of nathan watts Do I Do(stevie wonder), perhaps you have them on tablature. Of course I will pay for it.

thanks, Tom
No, i havent transcribed anything but my own stuff

PhilG said,

March 6, 2009 @ 12:35 am

doah! . .I see you addressed it earlier . .Dr hi-beams and D’addario XL Bright soft top/med bottom .

PhilG said,

March 6, 2009 @ 12:31 am

Hello – I was just curious what strings you would recommend for a fender jazz bass to play material like the Stevie Wonder tunes and slap / popping material. Great Site!

Any roundwound string, DR hi-beams are good

colinmt said,

March 5, 2009 @ 8:34 pm

Hi Marlowe, Its been said many times but thanks for all your efforts. Just wondering, I have your youtube posts tagged as RSS alerts so that I know when you post new stuff. However, I haven’t been able to figure out how you name the same licks on your web site (i.e. your YouTube posts are labelled L123 with a Lick title). Am I missing something simple? Its just that it I’ll see a post on YouTube and want to learn the lick but then can’t find it on your “Lick of the Day” section on your web site. One last thing, do you ever get to gig in the States? It would be great to catch you live. Thanks!
Im moving all videos from playbassnow.com to youtube, after problems with other video hosts and youtube is here to stay, plus the quality gets better and better.
Im also numbering the licks to make it easier to find in the future.
So the videos themselves will only exist on Youtube, and im not done moving

jk247 said,

March 4, 2009 @ 6:33 am

umm how do u watch or get tabs from the protected content??
There are transcriptions on some licks, its pdf files, but you have to login first of course

drummonkey said,

February 27, 2009 @ 9:03 pm

Hi! Just joined the site…..I was wondering do you have a tab out version of that superstition version you do on you tube? That thing is great!
Sorry, i only do transcriptions of my own stuff

FABIAN said,

February 27, 2009 @ 2:24 pm

Hi Marlow I have just signed up to your website after seeing you on youtube and I have to say I am really taken back how informative and generally helpful it is, you’ve made my week.

So my question to you is I have been working/developing my three finger technique (1st, 2nd + 3rd fingers) for sometime now and I would just like to know if you have any recomendations as to how I could improve it in the way of exercises for building consistencey between finger to finger volume (most likely due to less strength in the 3rd finger)?
Dunno, maybe play 16ths notes on 1 string and make sure the all notes get equal volume and timbre – its a “play while watching tv exercise” . Depending of your preffered finger order it would be something like this:
1232 1232 1232 1232 (easier for some, but doubles the work load on 2nd finger )
3213 2132 1321 2132 (You can go faster with this, but its hard to keep the triplets from the straight 16ths)

12AX7 said,

February 27, 2009 @ 2:44 am

Hello, got a quick question on tuning for a 5-string bass…

I play in a band with two guitarists whose standard 6-string guitars are tuned to Drop C. I have a 5-string bass that, because of commitments to another band, I previously had tuned to B standard. Thus, I would transpose all of my bass lines. I no longer have commitments to the other band, so I am wondering what the best tuning for a 5-string bass is when it is being played with guitars in Drop C; for example, should I tune my lowest string a semi-tone up to C, or would this put too much tension on the neck? Any advice on what the best, easiest config would be? Thanks, great site!!
If you play a lot of fast complicated unison lines with the guitarists i would tune the whole bass up, otherwise just play the parts in standard tuning.
Reg tension, i dont think its a major issue, but ask a luthier to be on the safe side

deephy said,

February 25, 2009 @ 7:41 pm

Hello my friend, hey Marlow can you post a lesson on Bill Withers Funky ole school bass line lovly day?

Iceman said,

February 25, 2009 @ 10:39 am

Hi Marlow,
What strings do u use?And tonewise which are the most versatile strings roundwound or flat wound?
I have d’addario soft strings on now.They r extremely bright so was looking for some deep sound.
I always use roundwounds – i would say they are the most versatile
I use Dr hi-beams and D’addario XL Bright soft top/med bottom right now
But im also on a quest for the perfect strings, and have yet to find them

CJbassman said,

February 25, 2009 @ 2:51 am

Hey man, greetings from the US!
First, I love the site, u are a great musician and with ur vids I have improved my playing significantly.
I am applying to an arts high school program, and I have to prepare an audition piece. I was thinking of doing a jazz song, and I was wondering if you had any recommendations. The only jazz I have been getting into lately is Jaco Pastorius and Weather report, But I can’t get any of that stuff down yet.
Do something simple you can play well, style is irrelevant.
BTW: Weather Report is more what is called Fusion (jazz mixed with more rhythmic elements like funk and rock)

The Bucket said,

February 24, 2009 @ 8:05 pm

I’ve been practicing your technique exercise’s and it’s coming along nicely, although one thing is bugging me.

When descending the fretboard G-E, is it best to stick to the strict 1-2 alternation? Or as you change from the G to D for example, should the finger that last played the G follow through and hit the D as well?

Do you see what I mean? What is best technique wise?

Thanks a lot!
I always land on first finger when goin from a higher string to the lower string no matter what finger (1 or 2) played on the previous.
G str 121
D str 1
G str 1212
D str 1

beaglegod said,

February 21, 2009 @ 5:30 am

Hmmm, ok this is kind of a tough question for me to articulate but Ill try and do it in as little space as possible. Basically as a begginer Ive learned quite a bit over the past 3 months, modes of the major and melodic minor scale,major/min pentatonic, blues scale, 6 out of 11 7th chords Im working on and all their inversions, as well as sight reading. Now none of this comes second nature obviously Ive got to really concentrate and take it slowly to work my way through things. At what point though does all this work translate into laying down funky bass lines? Some times I look at everything Im working on and Im like, wow it must take like a bazzillion years for all this stuff to come together into producing the music I love.(which by the way could be summed up in Herbie Hancocks stuff from the 70s, I want to play that stuff sooo bad).
Divide your practice time into – the things you allready do – and listening to and transcribing (funky) music – its a question of knowing the genre – only then can you begin to make up “authentic” stuff yourself
The theory you are learning makes it easier for you to recognize the patterns and progressions common to all bass players from Marcus Miller to Louis Johnson to Jack Bruce, but dont overdo it, maintain the fun.
Actually you should only use 25 % of your time to the theory – devote 75% to learn licks, songs, basslines , feel , timing….
Read my little article on playing by ear too

lovejoy said,

February 21, 2009 @ 5:25 am

Cool man, ULTRA cool ! Can you offer any opinion/advice on left-handed players who still have the bass strung right-handed ? i.e. the low E is furthest away. I have been playing this way for countless years, but of course, need an operation to reverse my fingers to do slap effectively. ANY comments much appreciated. you have a God-given talent, man.
best wishes from the Caribbean.
Jimmy Haslip from the Yellow Jackets

AoD said,

February 21, 2009 @ 5:15 am

I have an odd question of sorts. I currently have an older Squier P-Bass Special with a tweaked neck. The bass has been just awesome sounding and has an incredible amount of tone. While the bass isn’t worth replacing the neck (as a replacement neck will cost almost $300). I’m now in the market for a new bass.

I usually play with the precision pickup totally off and love that nice Jazz ring. I love my squier now, and wish it had a good neck. I don’t live close enough to any guitar shops to go “test” a new bass. I am having a tough time deciding on what to get. I’m liking the Fender Jazz Std. 4-string bass, but there’s one that has really caught my eye. The 5-string Squier Active Jazz Bass. It’s cheaper and “supposedly” holds the hype. I just don’t know if that ebynol fingerboard would be worth the hassle. Which would have a better tone and last through my learning? I’m not the greatest at all, but I LOVE to play. I need a bass that will last the time as I learn. Please help me decide, I don’t want to make a bad decision that I’ll regret for years.

On a side note, love the site man, great stuff! And your playing is one of a kind, great works of bassing art!
Dunno, buy the one your gut feeling tells you to. Just beware the a 5 string requires some adjustement playingwise. Never got the hang of it myself, but thats just me.
And incidentally – who says you cant have more than 1 bass?;-)

MADMAX said,

February 18, 2009 @ 11:24 pm

Hi Tomas,
this is Massimo from Italy. I don’t want to steal your time writing complimets for the site… but at least I feel obliged to say a BIG THANK YOU.
I am an absolute beginner and most of the contents of your site seems a little “far” from my actual “bass player status”.
Btw I would like to ask if is possible to download your playalong videos in MP3 format or Podcast. My purpose is to be able to listen your playalongs with my Ipod. I know that is very important/intersting to watch what your hands are doing, but I would like to capitalize the time that I spend to go to work…
Maybe other users could be instersted on this.
I would be happy to donate or pay something for the downloading.

Thanks in advance
Ill put all my Lick of the day videos on an DVD shortly, you can buy for a small amount
And all of the Lick of day videos will be on Youtube within shortly, search on Google for software that can download youtubevideos.
And iPod can show Youtube videos by the way

deephy said,

February 18, 2009 @ 9:47 pm

hey Marlow what settings do put on your korg bass PD4 on to get that sound i have on just like yours as a matter of fact i saw yours and bougth one.
Look under “recording videos with Korg px4d”

justmusic88 said,

February 15, 2009 @ 4:46 pm

uhhhmmmm i really wonder how you mix your bass amplifier to make it sound cool…. can you please giv a tip on how you mix a bass amplifier?? thanx a lot sir… i learned a lot from your site…. i watch your videos on youtube for about 3 weeks, getting an idea and improving my self. i have visited your site just now..
Look at the answer above

golfblacky82 said,

February 13, 2009 @ 1:43 pm

hello marlow! I am italian, you are excellent teach , but i was an ex guitarplayer and 2 year ago i begin to play a bass, sacrificing my self for my band. My question is where begin to play the bass on your site? sorry for my english, but i think you understand ; – )
My site doesnt have a progressive method, i would rather say is a collection of tips and tricks.
At some point i might do like a beginners method, but right now there is more here for intermediate / advanced players.
But since youplay guitar alrready it shouldnt be a big problem

beaglegod said,

February 10, 2009 @ 4:54 am

This is yet another question I have in regards to practice, sorta part 2 of my previous question.

Basically Im taking the hour to hour and a half of practice time I have each day and breaking it into 10-15 min segments. 15 min on modes 15 on 7th chord arppeggios etc. The problem Im running into is that I have to think everything through which is taking up time.

As an example lets say Im practicing Dorian over two octaves, if Im in any key other than C, I find myself having to think my way through the exercise note by note, otherwise Id just be going on muscle memory and the pattern of Dorian. This can take up most of the time Ive alloted for modes, and the same holds true for 7th chords. Is it proper practice than to just leave off wherever I am in the exercise and move on to the next area of practice? Or should I complete my exercises in the key Im working in even if it means leaving little time for other practice? The enormity of some of these subjects makes it difficult for a me to visualize mastering all of these elements without spending MANY hours a day practicing.

Once again MarloweDK your suggestions are much appreciated as your one of the guys I watch/listen to to get motivation.
Dont use too much time on it – the “play all scales in all keys” schedual is quite tiresome and not very inspirational. I suggest learning songs or solos that uses a specific scale and analyzing the artist use of scales, arpeggios etc, more fun and more rewarding IMO.
And if youmust practice ie your Dorian minor scale in all keys, then use the number system/ scale intervals to memorize – instead of transposing ie C dorian first 5 steps C D Eb F G , you transpose 1 2 b3 4 5 – nothing wrong with muscle memory and patterns.
Then again i dont aspire to be a Jazz musician who can play all songs and standards in all keys – heck ill settle for less and have more fun playing the music i like and not what “Im supposed to be able to play” – the “bad practice consience” will only be a hinder for your developemant.
I can recommend a very good book on the philosophy of practicing and the “bad practice consience” by Kenner Werner called “Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within

matizzle32 said,

February 10, 2009 @ 2:18 am

Before I ask the question I gotta mention that your online lessons on YouTube have enabled me to excel my bass playing ability beyond what I expected. I have just over two years of solid dedication, but with your help the sky’s the limit for me.
Anyway, I’m still using my first bass. I love this thing and won’t let go of it, but I need to take it up a notch because a new bass will further motivate me to get even better. I’ve been scoping out the Yamaha TRB-1004. It’s a beautiful bass and it has great sound from what I heard when I tried it out several times. It’s gotten great reviews, but I just want to get your opinion of it if you’re familiar with it.
I have a TRB 6 string, good sound , but its an older model. But Yamaha usually makes ok instruments

beaglegod said,

February 6, 2009 @ 11:02 am

As a begginer Im learning some really BIG subjects like modes of the major and melodic minor scale, 7th chord arpeggios,sight reading etc. I typically try and devote an hour to an hour and a half each day to practice.

I was just wondering if you help me with any suggestions as to how I might best fit all these various subjects into each practice session. Would devoting 15 minutes to each subjecton on a daily basis be beneficial? Or is there a better way to practice? When starting out it seems that everything is vital to learn and it can all get a little overwhelming at times. Thanks for any suggestions you may want to share and for sharing so much already on youtube. :)
Yes, its a good idea to divide the subjects into smaller 10 – 15 minute chunks, it will – if done daily – make you absorb better and wont be a drag to do;-) Write your practice schedual down in a week calendar beforehand and try to stick with it

sidenator said,

February 4, 2009 @ 4:22 pm


I don’t have a question, just a comment. I played bass professionally for about 15 years, then just plain burned out. For the past ten years i have sold almost all my gear except for my beloved Spector 4 string. I stumbled across you on you tube and after listening, i fell in love with the bass all over again. It reminded me of the first time i heard James Jamerson on this old heart of mine back in 1983. I have recently purchased a new amp and am getting back into it. Thank you for inspiring me again! Your Bass mate in Gig Harbor Washington, USA.
“Brings tears to the old teacher’s eyes”… Great man, welcome back:)

musicman1989 said,

February 3, 2009 @ 9:43 pm

Ive been playing bass on and off fro about 5 years, and I finally have time to practice. I want to get a new bass because some of the styles I want to play on my Squier P bass doesn’t sound right. So what bass would you recommend for more funk and jazz, but also sounds great with rock music as well.
A jazz bass type

Eiki said,

February 1, 2009 @ 1:30 pm

Hi Marlowe!
I´m playing the guitar for 3 years now and its kinda boring now. So, I´m going to buy a bass next month =)
Well, here´s the question:
What do the bassists mean, to play the bass “passive” or “active” and why do the most people prefer “passive”?
Paul C.

kartas said,

January 31, 2009 @ 8:01 pm

man great job!You are a natural talent. please mate make all you videos to be capable to played with flash player because many users face problems with quick time. hope you ll manage to do it . thanx a lot mate and keep going with your great work .

Bassdog said,

January 31, 2009 @ 4:08 pm

Hi MarloweDK. Seeing your minor pentatonic exercise on YouTube got me to your web site. That is a very helpful exercise and thanks for the great site! You get very nice tone from those basses. I am wondering what strings you have on those Fenders. Peace, Bob

Anonymous said,

January 30, 2009 @ 8:25 pm

Hi Marlowe.

This page is great. I’ve found a lot of usefull tips and tricks and learned new things by watching your youtube-lessons.

I’m learning the doublethumbing technique right now and watched your lesson on it, but there is one thing you don’t talk about: When doublethumbing on higher strings ie the g string, how do you mute the lower ones? Do you mute them with your right hand, somehow with your right arm or do you use your left hand to mute them?
As i play a 5-string bass this is even more important, but i haven’t found a way to do it efficiently, and it gets even worse when i play standing [excuse my bad english ;)].

Thanks alot, basserwisser

I mute with both hands, watch the muting tutorial

nkunalinda said,

January 30, 2009 @ 9:56 am

Good day, i’m a drummer at church and i’ve trained other guys to play drums, however we’ve just lost a bassist, so i’m taking over, but the problem is that i know nothing about the bass guitar, no-one available can play as well. and to top it we have a music function in three weeks can you please please please help me get into gear for this functon please.
See section “private lessons”

Iceman said,

January 30, 2009 @ 6:48 am

Hello again,

Do u program drums in ur vids or use which r on ur processor??
do u know any software that easy to use to program drums??

I never program drums, sometimes i use the built in rhythmbox of Korg px4d, other times some loops from a Logic plugin and other times again some drumloops from samplecds

Al_Reid said,

January 30, 2009 @ 12:26 am

Hi Thomas
Im looking to buy a Fender Jazz and don’t know which would be my best buy. I had made my mind up to go for an American Deluxe J-Bass Ash with a maple neck. Whats with the 64 Jazz Relic,Time Machine versions or the Custom Clasic or the Vintage versions. I don’t mind spending the money, but I don’t want to waste it on somthing that useless. Or put it this way, if you had the money to invest on any new Fender, what would you choose?
I use a Yamaha TRB6, TRB5, TRB5 2F and a 4 string Crafter acoustic. I just want the best 4 string Fender my money can buy to play keep for many years. Thanks for the videos… They keep me on my toes.
P.S. I would love to see you have a go at playing Duran Duran’s Rio.
Dunno, as i dont work in a music store;-)
Try a Lakland Darryl Jones model, a great jazz bass type with a twist or goin for something more expensive maybe a Sadowski Metro

Smaz said,

January 25, 2009 @ 7:25 pm

Fishingdartmouth, as Marlowes sites link to american providers, try going to:


for a UK site with both px4d & px5d. I’m seriously considering one for myself at some point… :)

fishingdartmouth said,

January 25, 2009 @ 7:09 am

Hello Thomas

Me again. I’m clearly half asleep.

I’ve just found the Korg PX4D and PX5D on your web site. This is a brilliant way to play Bass at home. I shall be buying one very soon. Thanks for your videos. Much appreciated.

rbmora said,

January 25, 2009 @ 5:47 am

Hi Marlowe

let me say thanks again for the work you put in here…
I asked you about bass girl and help with a short little finger.
I went back and took another look at bass girl this time around she seem to have big ol man hands,looks like she(I guess)can hold a basketball in one hand.
Funny how your memory works….I guess I was too focus on her legs.
My Wife was quick to say it was a guy.But you know how that goes.(your wife talking about a girl your looking at)”did you see that dress and those shoe and look at her boobs one points north and the other south I don’t know why you’d look at something like that”
As for my little finger…..I saw the red sx you have and had to have one. I got one that looks like my Marcus Miller Fender.I love that little sx .
My question is more in the vein of the style an upright bass player uses…i.e they don’t use there ring finger or they use there little finger and ring finger together..something like that. That would mean covering only three frets.
Can you tell me any thing about this?

Thanks again…..Rich
I use that combined 3/4 finger technique myself in the lower positions. I only use 1 finger per fret in the higher positions, not practical nor comfortable in the lower positions. But always include your pinky in the lower area for beeing able to reach more notes

fishingdartmouth said,

January 25, 2009 @ 5:11 am

Hello Thomas,

What is the excellent practise pre-amp with effects that you use for home practise with your bass on headphones? Please can you tell me where I can buy one? The sound is excellent and it would please my family and neighbours. I live in the UK but am happy to shop on-line.

nobassnofun said,

January 24, 2009 @ 5:16 pm

hey Thomas, i was wondering if you new how to play “cant hold no groove” i think its Victor’s. I cant find any tutorials on youtube…Thankyou
Not my thing

rbmora said,

January 24, 2009 @ 7:23 am

hi marlowe just wanted to thank you for the time and effort you put into this site.
The question I have for you is a little left of center….there is this person on utube that calls themself bass girl they have great technique.(I have a short little finger about 1 1/2 inches shorter then my ring finger)I get in inspire waching bass girl managing very well with little hands.(is there anything that you know that can help me with my short comings? i.e. my short little finger?) and can you tell me(do you know) is bass girl a girl? or a guy with great knees? they never show there face…..I hope to hear from you soon……Rich
Well, it could be a transvestite in a japanese girl school uniform for what i know:-D
You could always try a shortscale bass – Fender Mustang for instance? Or buy a cheap SX bass first, they have a lot of shortscale basses and they dont cost more than 100 – 120 $.

gavin.page123 said,

January 23, 2009 @ 4:33 pm

I am white – yes. So I guess then it’s quite appropriate, and after the wedding I may not be in the correct frame of mind to play anything more complicated!

Thanks for the tip – and congrats on the playing, you certainly have the funk. What do you think about TM Stevens? He is surely the funkiest of all?

gavin.page123 said,

January 22, 2009 @ 10:36 pm

Hi Marlow – this may at first seem off topic…. I am getting married July of this year, and have hired a live band. I’ve been playing bass for 12 years or so ‘casually’ but did study at Basstech in London and got my degree (ended up working in a bank!!) anyways… I want to play a song with the band, which they are happy to do. Do you have any suggestions?? I like the idea of a funky dance tune such as Play that Funky Music… have seem your jam on YouTube, do you have any other ideas for songs or licks to impress the Wedding guests? (I play a Warwick 5 String streamer) Thanks v much in advance! G
“Play that funky music white boy” – I gather that you are …in fact white? In that case appropiate:-D
Good choice not too complicated, go with that

jonasfriis said,

January 16, 2009 @ 3:18 pm

Hej Marlow

håber det er ok jeg skirver på dansk, ellers må jeg lave spørgsmålet om..

Jeg har en Fenderjubilæumsbass 1996, hvor trussrod er så stram at jeg ikke kan spænde den mere, og da jeg har brugt det stykke værktøj der har fulgt med fenderen, har den fået slidt selve gevindet, i trussrod. som hra tilgang nede ved kroppen.
Ved du om man kan skifte selve skruen på trossrod, uden at ødelæggge halsen,og kan de evt.købes nogen steder ?

Hilsen og tak for god inspiration
Det er et guitarbygger spørgsmål, ring til Aake Westfeldt på 33121251, han er god.
Og for en anden gangs skyld – skriv på engelsk

Smaz said,

January 13, 2009 @ 6:02 pm

Anyone with a question about gear that marlowe doesn’t own (or newer versions of it etc.) should check out http://www.talkbass.com/ – just hit the search button, if you can’t find a topic on it already just make a new one. Great site, I’d recommend it anyway :)

johnboy said,

January 13, 2009 @ 3:24 pm

Point taken, Sorry about that
No problem, just a reminder to all:)

johnboy said,

January 13, 2009 @ 10:23 am

Thanks for the info but i have a Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine will the Korg Pandora px4d replace it or ?
Dunno John.
A reminder to all of you; Please DONT ask me questions about basses or gear that i dont own – info on my tools can be found in the playbassnow userforum / marloweDK FAQ.
In depth info on specific features of an effect, amp etc. is only a Google search away.
Ask me about playing, techique, etc.. but i dont work in a music store;-)

johnboy said,

January 12, 2009 @ 1:44 pm

Just started playing again after a few years off and wondered what kind of rhythm box or synthesiser you use to practise with,
P.S. very nice work and inspirational
A Korg Pandora px4d, read the menuitem “recording videos…”

ozmiohellbassist said,

January 11, 2009 @ 9:14 am

sorry for the poor english

this is another question :p…

if i ask in espanish you will answer me in spanish? i don’t got very well the english yet, so i will be gratefull if you can :)
Unfortunately i do not speak spanish, this site is in english only, but google can translate into any language

ozmiohellbassist said,

January 11, 2009 @ 8:56 am

Yo tmb Hablo español, Mexico Sinaloa-:).
this is the question:
i dont have money, and neither any device to practice with help of some drums track, where can i get some tracks to practice? on the net? or some musician that plays something than can help me. thanks.
Search on Google for “free software drummachine” and read the menuitem “Practice tips and thoughts”

mike58 said,

January 10, 2009 @ 9:46 am

Hi love ur bass playing saw ur video on youtube playing stomp,and just loved it. Can you play sly and the family stone’s thank u for lettin me be mice self. has some great bass lines in it. as u can tell I’m an old school funky guy

mas11 said,

January 9, 2009 @ 9:58 pm

Si Manu, yo se Español. Vivo en Alicante, Sureste de España. Saludos a todos!!! Buena web.

manuel said,

January 9, 2009 @ 9:44 pm

alguien sabe español?

platt63 said,

January 2, 2009 @ 9:36 pm

Hi Marlowe,

My compliments for your site. So much to learn here.
My question: do you have more examples of funky slap-triplets? Love to learn that.

gr. Philip

jgschum said,

December 31, 2008 @ 10:36 am

At 66 I would like to start playing bass guitar and start a band with some friends who mostly play 60’s and 70′ pop – so I guess that would be the music. I used to play contrabass in a mainstream jazz band until I was 19, and haven’t played anything since then. Think it would be nice for my 2nd start to try a 5 string bass guitar (stiff shoulder and wrist and needn’t have to move left hand so much?). I see you have mostly 4 string and some 6 string in your lessons. Comments to 5 string?
Id like a 5 string myself, the 6 string is too complicated for me to learn properly as the one i have is diffucult to slap. For me its not about position changes but having the low notes available.

Mangoseed said,

December 29, 2008 @ 9:03 pm

Let’s say you were going to do a muted double-thumb groove in G minor. Where would you begin building the riff and then develop it so that it actually grooves and is funky?
There is no general answer to that, depends on tempo, drumbeat played to, technical ability, sense of time /groove. But emphasizing “the one” as Bootsy says is not a bad idea;-)

Rodriguez said,

December 27, 2008 @ 1:39 pm

Hi Thomas how much your private lessons???
Look under “private lessons”

DJDrZoidBerg said,

December 27, 2008 @ 10:15 am

hi marlowe, i was thinking of buying a fender jazz standard for chirstmas but i really dont know between the amercian standard or the mexican made, is there a HUGE difference i mean the price diffenitly is but like hardware wise and sound wise =S thanks
Cannot give advice on specific newer instruments other than the ones i own

jim andrews said,

December 26, 2008 @ 5:34 pm

Thank you for your time and your talent. I’m a retired band just starting out learning to play bass I listen to it for years and now I wish to play. I am happy I found your style. I have recently made a donation for the base link of the day 1 and 2 I am having a problem downloading the sounds what program are you using? I have no problem downloading the tabs. I’d be happy to make a very good donation for the tabs for shuffle blues-bass, bluesy slide/ pull-offs, minor blues scale ideas for bass, bossa nova rhythms on bass. Thank you for your time and energy I hope to be hearing from you soon. jimandrews00@yahoo.com
Sounds? There is only videos on this site and they are in the Quicktime or Flash format (the older ones are Quicktime only)

smexybeef said,

December 25, 2008 @ 9:51 pm

Hey well I have been playing bass for 2 years now and I LOVE it its just like jamming with friends now I want to be more free with my playing and always know where to go with regards to soloing and fills just to keep them creative and catchy any tips? I watched your fill lesson but I find it diffiuclt to decifer which notes you are hitting and so if you could help it would be much appreciated =) love the videos keep em coming!
Study with a teacher, learn the fundamentals, listen to a lot of music and learn it from it

jim andrews said,

December 25, 2008 @ 8:26 pm

your playing is just what I needed. Like to make a good donation for some tabs on shuffle blues bass, all you have made on bassa nova rhythm bass, bluesy bass slides/pull-offs. thanks jimandrews00@yahoo.com
Learn to play be ear… and donate anyway if you are so grateful;-)

CreAtiVe said,

December 25, 2008 @ 12:16 am

Can you give more info about the logic choice over garageband that comes with mac and if the drum plug on comes with logic or is other brand?

tnx and love the labour u do for all the players!
I use logic with some drumloop sample plugin from spectrasonics, dont remember which right now

gthscuba said,

December 24, 2008 @ 11:05 pm

Can you give advice on playing stacatto sixteenth notes. Lifting off the string the finger on the left hand is difficult for each note when it is a fast song. Is there a trick using the right hand? Thanks.
depends on what “fast” is, with tempos over 120 i dont lift any fingers

ticbass said,

December 24, 2008 @ 6:00 pm

Hi All,
More of a comment than a question…A while back someone questioned if you had a 5 string and you posted your reply. I set up one of my 5’s E to C (high 5)and love it. It pronounces chords much cleaner and is actually easier to get used to compared to the low B. Tom

ticbass said,

December 24, 2008 @ 5:46 pm

Would you be interested in giving a short demo of the Pandora? The link to GC only gives a guitar demo but not bass. Korgs website shamefully does not offer muck either. Also, maybe a minute or two on different setups for bass. Tom

Smaz said,

December 24, 2008 @ 2:37 am

David Phillips: I’ve just dropped you an email :)

Joshua said,

December 23, 2008 @ 5:32 am

Hi, Really like your site. I have learned more in the last day and a half than I have in a long time. How can I learn more about getting a good slap tone out of my equipment. I play through an Ibanez soundgear and Lakland w/ Hartke kickback 15 and a boss me50b pedal. Would you recomend something different.
Practice? I mean – gear is not the important thing, i use have fairly low action and round wound strings on my bass though

davidphillips said,

December 23, 2008 @ 3:45 am

Can anyone email me at davidleephillips@gmail.com and let me know what I’m doing wrong. I cannot download any of the videos. It gets about half way and just stops and never finishes. thanks, David
Ask Smaz at the user forum

Funky Miky said,

December 17, 2008 @ 3:54 pm

Dear marlowe,
Thanks for your answer. But what compressor pedal should I get? A friend told me a MXR super comp or Dyna comp, but I’ve no idea about that… What do you think?
Have no special model in mind, i used a opcode demeter pedal but im not thrilled about it.
My new rig has a great built in compressor, more of this in january when its released officially on Namm

bassman-1966 said,

December 17, 2008 @ 2:19 pm

hi im new to your site and i love your sound. I have a Pevey Milestone2 P-bass w/pevey bandit 112 amp. My question is what size strings do you use and fx ,if any so i can get that funky sound ?
Go to the playbassnow userforum and read the MarloweDK FAQ

mexicanbass said,

December 16, 2008 @ 10:31 pm

I’ve learned many techniques on the bass but musically it somewhat hits a dud. I don’t know where to turn to increase my musical knowledge and to touch up more on my basics. I’ve been learning by myself from tabs and ear for 2 years and I mean, it’s easy to get the technincal parts of it like slap pop and other things. But rhythmicly and musically is kinda hard for me. So I just wonderin whats best way you could increase your musical/rhythm knowledge.
Do the same for 10 years or more;-)

guillaume said,

December 16, 2008 @ 2:05 pm

HI, Marlowe –
You’ve a great sound on all the videos … Do you record them all with the Korg Pandora ?? and sec ond question do you use it on stage with a big systeme as a preamp for example or only when your record, as some kind of a direct box ?? Thanks for your incredible work
Yes i do and No, I dont use it for live – it is a headphone practice amp with ok amp sims but no more

oldscarrow said,

December 16, 2008 @ 4:26 am

G’day Marlowe (Tom)
I am an older bass boy (53) been in love with the Rickenbacker since I was a 14 year old, (but unfortunately my budget doesn’t there yet)and just starting to learn bass. Bought Cort GB34A as entry level instrument, and Roland 100 Bass Cube for starters. Could you please recommend a good book for a novice like me to follow. Thanks and what a great website.
Studybass.com is a good place to get the basics, i dont know any good beginner books as such

Oliver_ said,

December 15, 2008 @ 10:23 am

Dear Marlowe,
i’m looking forward to buy a p-bass. What do you recommend for good old funk sounds? (Kool & The Gang, Maceo, Commodores, The Ohio Players, Parliament…)
ATM i’m with a Sandberg Basic PM4 bass with Thomastik Infeld flatwoundvstrings and a Roland DB-500 combo, but that sounds way to modern.
Just anykind of Fender P-Bass an maybe a tube amp will help? What’s your opinion?

A fender P or a Fender Jazz are the obvious choices

Funky Miky said,

December 14, 2008 @ 4:43 pm

Hi marlowe,
I love your work and it’s very helpful. But i was thinking about the doublethumbing technique: can it sound good on a passive bass? My bass is not an active one and i hardly can hear the sound of the doublethumbing technique… Sorry for my english, i’m french…
You dont need active basses for that , but maybe a compessor wil help

mkirk said,

December 14, 2008 @ 3:31 am

I recently decided to learn bass and found an 05 American jazz bass at a music store in perfect condition for the price of a Squire. Any opinions on the that production date. Do you use the S-1 option very often.
I have been taking lessons from a Guitar teacher for @ 3 months now. People have been telling me to hook up with someone who’s focus is bass education. Do you agree?
You videos are truly wonderful!!!
Have no opinion on that bass.
Yes, get a bassist that teach, though a guitar teacher (or a pianist… or a trumpetplayer…) can be just as good for the general chord/ scale theory

pendralin said,

December 13, 2008 @ 3:11 pm

hi just joined your site. love your work. been studying bass for some time.. but not got to where i want to be.. so going back to practice practice. Just a query, have you ever tried playing different time signatures on seperate fingers(e.g. 3/4 one finger and 4/4 on another and so resoluting to the first note of the bars 4,8,12 …etc), like when a drummer modulates his limbs. if you can make it sound good as i have never heard anyone make it sound appealing..maybe make a blog. not a serious thing more of a fun challenging thing bass players can develope to understand about time sigs.
No i havent, and the exercise you suggest seems a bit odd to me:-D, but if YOU think its interesting – then by all means…

basskid101 said,

December 12, 2008 @ 11:56 pm

hey im a beginner and i have had my bass for a year now and i usually play just some licks from different songs do u have advise to what i should play to get better?
Learn some songs, play with a band and get a good teacher

soulfunkbass said,

December 12, 2008 @ 10:24 pm

Hey bro.. Love your work man very helpful!!

Im a lefty searching everywhere for a decent bass upgrade, my current is a 5 string warwick corvette standard thats now had the shit kicked out of it 6 nights a week for some years now & is falling apart. I play on the Asian hotel circuit in a very popular band covering mainly soul/funk/RnB..

My choices are sadly limited and mainly from online stores cause no stores stock for lefties out here!!

Im looking at a 5 string musicman stingray witch i believe is this years model & looks freakn sexy, the other is a Micheal tobias designed MTD kingston Z6 (6 string), the other is a 6 string warwick stage2 streamer..

Do you have any thaughts on these types of basses? Can a stingray cut it on all styles from jazz to hip hop?

Thanx mate
I dont know about any other basses than the ones i own, but i would say that style wise a jazz bass is the most versatile

pedroims said,

December 11, 2008 @ 5:49 pm


I did my donation but how I can get the Lick of the day transcriptions ?
Its not a full-automatic process, it works like this:
I get a notification from paypal and i send immediately by email, but i have to be home to do, so sometimes it takes 10 minutes and other times up to 24 hours, but normally within 1 – 8 hours

Gashaponcito said,

December 11, 2008 @ 2:27 pm

Hi, I want to buy a good Fender Jazz bass but I’ve seen you play only with vintage one’s (except the Marcus Miller) would you recommend me a new or a vintage one? thanks a lot
New ones can be just as good – but you have to try them out in the store, not every one is alike.
And if you can buy used you get a better deal and you get an instrument thats “played in”.

bluemonkey said,

December 9, 2008 @ 7:48 pm

I found a fender jazz bass in a pawn shop for 280 dollars, but it’s made in Mexico, is it a real fender jazz bass? Do you think I should buy it?
Its one of the cheaper lines of fender maed in Mexico, but you need to compare with the price of a new one

manuel said,

December 9, 2008 @ 3:51 pm

hola, soy de españa , no se hablar ingles, y ni tan siquiera se si este es el sitio idoneo para escribir esto pero no obstante, quiero darle la enhorabuena a quien hizo esta pàgina y sobre todo a marlowedk, que toca maravillosamente. es una pena que no sepa ingles y poder recabar información de esta pagina, un saludo a todos y gracias

wilrog said,

December 7, 2008 @ 3:16 pm

Hi , i’ve been playing bass along the last year , self-learning/ internet helped learning , became a bit frustrated because i got a small hand and a short right thumb so because of that became more confortable slaping with the thumb upsidedown ( like the right hand of flea – RHCP ). the thing is that i cannot find a way to try a double thumb without change completely my hand stile . Do you think double thumb tecnique is indispensable ?
Oh and thanks for the youtube videos , help me a lot !
ps: sorry for some gramatical mistakes .
Different techniques are fun but not essential – you can get by fine without

once908 said,

December 4, 2008 @ 4:47 am

hi ive been playing for 7 years (since 5th grade) and am in the market for a new bass, but ive been using the same crappy ibanez for forever… so ive been eyeing a MIM fender deluxe active jazz, but my price cant go much higher than 700 any other suggestions or opinions on what im looking at?


Buy used – i always do, and yuo might go to the user forum for advice on buying new basses, i just deal in oooold gear:)

Marks_Hurricane said,

December 3, 2008 @ 10:20 pm

Hi Marlow hope your well, If You Still Have the bass tab for Somebody else’s guy – Jocelyn Brown that you done any chance sending me the bass tab for it as i cant find it anywhere on the net I would be so greatful! As your the best GrooveRider Out there! All The Best!
I dont have transcriptions of anything but my own stuff

deephy said,

December 3, 2008 @ 4:31 pm

Hey Marlow,how do u like Warwick basses or have u ever played one?
No, i have never tried one

once908 said,

December 3, 2008 @ 4:34 am

Hi ive been playing bass for 7 years and have used the same ibanez beginner bass for all 7 years and just tried to keep it sounding good with ernie ball slinks for slapping

now because of a buddy of mine, the bridge on my ibanez is bent and the pickups are cracked so i figured its time for a new one

ive been eyeing this one

but would like a second opinion or other suggestions (my budget can’t really go much higher)


once908 said,

December 3, 2008 @ 2:22 am

hey, i’ve been playing bass since i was about in 5th grade so its been like… 7 years now… anyway, ive been using the same ibanez all those seven years (just kept putting on new sets of strings to keep the sound at least semi good)
well… thanks to one of my buddies, the pickups are cracked and the bridge is bent out of shape, so i figured its time for a new bass

id say i play mainly funk/jazz (lil rock mixed in)
and ive been looking at a MIM fender deluxe active jazz bass


and well im just needing an opinion on whether this is a good fit for the price and good price for the quality (my budget cant go much higher)


xxjuanxx said,

December 1, 2008 @ 1:39 pm

Hi, Marlowe. I’m writing to you from Argentina and I enjoy your work on the bass, it’s so great. I’m play a Fender jazz bass american standard passive (USA). My question: how I can improve its sound?. I have some money to spend (Not too match, U$S 500)for pickups, strings, active preamp,…… What you can suggest to me?. I’m looking forward for your answer.

Keep in touch.

Try some new strings, that can make all the difference, as fo rother options -im not much of a “modder”

Somchai said,

December 1, 2008 @ 7:39 am

I am wondering what is the role of a bassist in a band that play rock music

Somchai said,

December 1, 2008 @ 7:29 am

Is it advisable to make a song when i only started playing about 2 years?

mainman said,

November 26, 2008 @ 1:47 pm

Hi Marlowe,

From time to time is visit your site to get new inspiration and to keep myself practicing on my bass.

A week or two ago i saw an original (’77?) Musicman Stingray bass standing under the dust by a neighbour of mine. It exactly looks like your bass and thats why i post this question to you.
Do you know what kind of differences there are between the musicman stingray and a fender precision deluxe (p+jazz element)?

In other words, is a stingray not sounding too specific too play different (other than rock or metal) music styles?

Of course i will try myself, but do you have any tips to look and pay attention at?

Thanx a lot for your expertise!
Get it from him pronto!
A Stingray sounds like a Stingray, and can be used for all styles of music like the jazzbass can
Check out for instance Tony Levin, Louis Johnson, Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie’s bassplayer)

belgian spice said,

November 26, 2008 @ 4:25 am

Hey Marlowe…Everyone appreciates your patience and generosity man you really help a lot of people out…I just have quick question regarding theory because I’m starting to get more into it…when you’re analyzing a song, do you look at the progressions first and then memorize them? or do you like at the individual chords in the key compared to what the guitar is playing? I’m not sure what I’m supposed to be doing when I’m done playin a song and start analyzing it…thank you
My approach is fairly simple, because i play “simple” music harmonywise – rock, pop and funk (funk can have more “jazz chords though”). I look at the progression (if there is one) – figure out the key center, is it major or minor, figure out if the chords are standard (most pop/rock are largely songs built on the major or minor scale ) and use ie the major pentatonic or major scale to improvise or make a bass line a the major progression. Info on all this can be found on studybass.com, but at some point ill make a video explaining in full.

deephy said,

November 25, 2008 @ 4:50 pm

hey Marlow can u put some of those scale runs on tabs? i’m still learnig how to fill and improvise and stuff but those runs u do make 4 great excersise

Gbox said,

November 19, 2008 @ 8:45 pm

Hi Marlowe,
After 20 years absence from some rudimentary bass playing, I’ve got the bug again after watching my son develop his own bass playing style. Your site is a real jewel on the web and is certainly helping and inspiring me! I also subscribe to GuitarMasterClass.net, which is really aimed more at (6 string) guitar players. However, it struck me that the site would benefit greatly with more bass tutors. Your pedagogic, humble and friendly manner together with your undoubted virtuosity would go down a storm. If you haven’t checked it out, it’s at http://www.guitarmasterclass.net .

Wanna thank you again for being a real inspiration. Keep funkin’ ! /Gbox

Thx for thinkin of me, but i think i will do my own thing

mehdi said,

November 19, 2008 @ 12:21 am

Hi , thanks for your great work , my question about making good sound for wrigth hand , I am guitarist and 3 weeks ago started to play bass, left hand is ok , but problem wrigth hand , can you advise me what I have to do? thanks
See “The speed and dexterity” category

coentjuh said,

November 17, 2008 @ 2:09 pm

Hey Marlow.
I’ve been playing bass for 4 years now and i have learned alot from your website.
since 1 month ago i have been trying to learn a song but i just can find any tab’s or sheets for the music. its a song of Dave Grusin
It is called Thankful ‘N Thoughtful, i was wondering that maybe you could help me on the fill that the bass player uses to step up to the refrain. ive been having a real hard time on this part of the song so please help me,

Thankful N´Thoughtfull by Dave Grusin
if needed i can send you a Mp3 of it

I dont do requests unless i am planning on doin the tunes anyway, so you have to work it out yourself or hire me for a lesson;-)

dreball said,

November 16, 2008 @ 1:31 am


I am new to funk and bass playing. I have had my bass for years but have been so busy with other things. I now have time to begin. Where do you suggest I begin. Perhaps, with your practice logs? Let me know. My ultimate goal is to be able to speak freely with my bass. Thanks in advance!

Ricardo Carvalho said,

November 15, 2008 @ 8:24 pm

Hi ! Ive played bass since 2003 and i really apreciatte your site. How long have you played ? How much basses do you have and what equiments do you recomend for record line basses with drum machine ?

dyacus said,

November 15, 2008 @ 3:08 pm

Banal, non-musical question:

how do you deal with travelling by airplane with your bass?

belgian spice said,

November 12, 2008 @ 9:50 pm

Hey man you are UNBELIEVABLE …
So I’ve been playing for a few months and I’ve been basically learning how to read bass clef and i have that down pat even though I still have some trouble regarding the different rhythms; sometimes they get tricky if I don’t hear the song. Anyway, now I’m getting into theory and understanding music so that eventually I can make my own music and sit down without my bass and write a piece of music. My question is this: I understand the major chords and minor chords and I can pick them out in songs and I know the intervals for certain songs like when I play a blue song I recognize the interval patterns and can point out C maj. E min. B dim. whatever…but how does this relate to being able to play my own music in the future? How do I take what I know and convert it to useful information towards my own individual playing. I guess I just don’t understand yet how chords and everything are relevant and how they’ll improve my playing in the future. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated … thank you
Hmmmm, big subject…
You are on the right path if you’ve learned so much in that short time span…
Music – yours,mine, everybody’s – consists of notes , rhythm, melody, chords….the more knowledge we have – the easier we learn tunes, riffs, basslines, solos and the more tools we have for composing and improvising great music. Its like having a box full of tools, and maybe you dont know to use a certain tool today , but tomorrow when your bandleader ask you to play a bassline to a ie the chord Cmaj7 (which you now know) you suddenly understand the bigger picture and can use your “tool” – you can play the right notes for that chord. Its a process that takes time though , but stay on the path

crowie68 said,

November 12, 2008 @ 4:59 am

Hey there,
I have just started playing bass and need an amplifer. I have a limited budget and play in a beginner band in small venues. Do you recommend getting a combo type or a head and speaker box. If combo what amount of wattage is required to beard over a drummer etc – we don’t play heavy metal stuff.
Thanks and I appreciate your efforts.
Hmmmm, combos are fine, but id rather have the possibility to change eather the head or the speaker.
And I have a small combo for theater gigs etc, but even for small clubs you need some wattage to compeat with the drummer; 300 – 400 watts i would recommend.
Ashdown makes some ok cheap combos, amps & cabs

xristy007 said,

November 8, 2008 @ 11:35 pm

Hi Dude,

Great site my friend, and you are just an amazing player! If I could ever be 25% as good as you Id be very happy!
Ive just donated so am looking forward to playing(or at least trying to!) the lick of the day transcriptions!
I have a couple of questions and Id be grateful if you could answer them!
I havent been playing slap for very long, but I play with my thumb facing downwards. Is it a good idea to change to the way you do it, or is it a case of ‘do whatevers comfortable?’
and, are there any tab versions of your licks on here and if so how do I access them?
Thanks Marlowe for your time, and for inspring me!
Do whatever is comfortable, but if you want to add doublethumbing you might want to change.
Worth to mention is that, many players play with the thumb down because of the length of their straps – how low their basses hang. FLea and TM Stevens for instance have their basses hanging “rock style” low, and play with their thumbs pointing down – (its impossible to play thumb up unles yuo have arms of an orangutang). And they get by fine, its just their style.
The transcriptions are both standard notation and tablature

rpm750 said,

November 7, 2008 @ 4:57 am

Fantastic resource, I never really listen to funk or Motown type stuff but you have turned me on to it.

Now my question….
What product or products do you use in your set up. What we hear you playing with and through. What drum machine do you use? Do you program your own tracks to help develop your style. Do you use a mixer so you can mix both the drum machine(or computer) and your bass and then listen with headphones? I’m looking for a devise that is easy to program and still will provide a good sound to practice with, then run that through a small mixing board to a good set of in-ear or phones. This will help my wife from going crazy when I play your videos over and over and over and over! Also I play at my church and they hand out a CD with material we will perform so I need this in my practice as well.

Thank you so much for sharing your talent with the world!!
You are welcome:)
The question is easily answered – click on “recording videos with Korg px4d”.
BTW You can buy it through this website by clicking the link of either the px4d or the new px5d

Iceman said,

November 4, 2008 @ 6:30 pm

Plz help on improvisation on faster speeds.
All ur vids have tempo around 100.
How to improvise with metronome on like 120-130?

Play them faster then;-)
But seriously – i like it slower – grooves better

Tom7 said,

November 3, 2008 @ 10:56 pm

I’ve been an avid YouTube fan of yours for awhile now; I don’t know why it took me so long to finally come check out your website. I LOVE it!

As a request, have you ever considered doing a video(s) on setting up a bass?

That is something every bass player could use, and with your collection of basses, you are in a position to share insights and quirks on the different models.

Not expert-like on that particular subject other than turning an allen wrench and raising/lowering some bridge screws

dommern said,

November 3, 2008 @ 3:44 pm

Hi Marlow,
I´m new to this fantastic site and i´m really enjoying your skillfull teaching. However, I also have problems loading some of the vids. The video in section “downloads” is ok. The same with the six vids in section “Bass lessons”. The other vids refuse to load no matter what alternative I use. I have a Macbook running Safari and have checked out both Opera and Firefox. But the problem appears on those browsers as well. Any suggestions?
No – works fine on my systems: Mac – safari and firefox, PC – IE and firefox – its Quicktime videos, so you have to check your Quicktime settings

bugkung said,

November 3, 2008 @ 12:07 pm

Hello Marlow~
I study your vids everyday and I’m a big fan of yours 😛

Do i have a chance to hear your songs with your band?

I dont have any “songs” as such, but ive participated in writing 5 tracks on the Al Campos album “Old School Lovin'”

Humata said,

October 31, 2008 @ 9:30 pm

Hi Marlowe, and thanks for the great site!

I have an Ernie Ball Musicman Stingray, and I think it’s great, but I have a problem with the strings I currently use.
I use Ernie Ball bass strings, because they’d obviously sound great with a bass of the same kind.

The problem is that I get way to much buzz when the strings hit the frets. Should I try to raise or lower the stringheight, and do you recommend some strings specifically?
Buzz is too low action or neck needs adjusting – has nothing to do with string type, try rasing the action or get a luthier checkup

oakvernon said,

October 31, 2008 @ 4:26 pm

could you tell me how to do the right double pluck. I want the detail please, thanks

isaydudelikemad said,

October 31, 2008 @ 4:04 am

Actually it wont even let me download it wont load the page. Im not sure what do try next.

isaydudelikemad said,

October 31, 2008 @ 4:01 am

Internet explorer on Windows Vista Home Premium. I googled the error and it said there may be a bad connection or not enough bandwidth, but i seem to be the only one haveing a problem. Ill try and download the files to see if i can play them outside internet explorer.
Try and download another browser – I always use Mozilla Firefox

kleinzeitnz said,

October 31, 2008 @ 12:14 am

Any thoughts on the accuracy of the commercially available transcriptions of Jaco’s version of ‘Donna Lee’ (Sean Malone and Matt Scharfglass, both available from Hal Leonard)? To my ear, there are a number of discrepancies in each, and some vital errors. Have you tackled this tune and do you often find a variance between the recorded versions and transcriptions you have checked out?
Havent done that specific tune, but ive yet to encounter the “perfect” transcription – but it is natural with music that is transcribed from audio – can be hard to judge whether ie a ghosted note is a bass note or maybe a drum beat..

Iceman said,

October 30, 2008 @ 4:42 pm

Hi Marlowe,

Just recently found out this amazing site.You are awesome teacher.

I am playing bass for almost an year now but finding it hard to improvise while playing.That is the notes dont flow well and so it doesnt sound groovy,Also the improvisation is very repetitive on that scale.I can play basslines easily but get stuck at on-the-spot playing.Generally I try to improvise on Major scale progressions.


isaydudelikemad said,

October 30, 2008 @ 4:00 pm

Hey man i have a question. I was able to watch videos for the first few days of my membership but for about the last week I havent been able to. My quicktime works fine but i noticed that your webpage always comes up with the little error on page sign in the left hand corner. Do you have any idea why this is happening becuase i cant watch any videos anymore, they just dont load.
No, not really – what platform and browser are you using?

DenisFC said,

October 25, 2008 @ 5:10 pm

Hi, i have a bass since 2004, and the last year i take a break (Bah, i take my bass sometime, but never seriously), just let the dust going on. Now, im back on the right way, but i want to take some lessons whit a teacher. How much time i give by week ? One hour by week ? One hour by two week ? One half hour by week ? I dont know :( I think, for the first weeks its good to take one hour a week, for breaking some bad positions, and after, maybe let take more time for working one what my teacher give me ? What you think of that Marlowe ? PS: That a hard question to ask to you, because you are a teacher he, “Why dont just go whit me ?”…
Depends of the material tought, and whatever works for you , but i think you should have time to digest and practice – its the practice bit that makes you better;-)

blunt said,

October 22, 2008 @ 1:40 pm

Have been a 5 string player for years and have dabbled in slap but always found it a struggle to slap with that low B and the closer string spacing. (I know lain Caaron and that Batista dude can do it but I just find it so more comfortable on the 4 string.) Now you have inspired me to dig out my 65 fender jazz and really get into some serious double thumping on the 4 string. however I find
that the tone with the standard pickups just does not seem to cut it for a contemporary slap sound. have you experimented with different pickups or do you just need to keep brand spanking new strings on all the time.
Well i think that for example Marcus Miller has a “contemporary slap sound” and thats stock pickups as far as i know.
No , i use stock pickups, but i of course change strings regularly

cassady said,

October 18, 2008 @ 10:29 pm

Hi Marlowe,

I’ve just joined a funk band, haven’t played regularly with others for a number of years, and the hard work of fast fingerstyle playing is fairly new to me – my hands and wrists are getting sore – especially the left wrist (fretting hand). I usually sit while practicing on my own, and stand when with the band. It may just be the way I’m holding the instrument. Do you have an stretches or exercises you do before playing, to loosen up your arms and hands – or any other suggestions?

By the way, this is the very best site for any bass player, thorough, inspiring and fun – there’s always something great here. I stumbled on it looking for “Hit Me with your Rhythm Stick” – really dug your vid. Hopefully I’ll have the $$$ to donate soon. Thanks a bundle!

Cassady (from Melbourne, Australia)
No exercises other than bass exercises;-) To build indurance play the same bassline for 10 minutes nonstop, try some James Brown. One is often tense when playing live for the first couple of times, more parameters, stress, sound not the same etc

Zazou said,

October 17, 2008 @ 8:05 am

Bonjour Marlowe!!
Félicitation pour tout ce que tu fais.
J’ai 40 ans et je n’ai jamais pris de cours de basse… et je joue depuis 20 ans!!!
En fait je tourne un peu en rond et tu m’apporte plein de nouveautés.
Je joue sur jazz bass V active.
Peu tu me donner des conseil pour le reglage de mon ampli (crate BT 350) pour un son pour le slap??
Encore bravo et bonne continuation.
Jeg forstår ikke hvad du siger!;-)

bass47 said,

October 16, 2008 @ 8:34 pm

Is there sheet music or tabs for most of the music on your site.
Nope, but im preparing a new “10 pack”

bbBassYo said,

October 15, 2008 @ 9:47 am

Hey Marlowe,

I would really love to give a donation, its the least i could do.

the only problem is i just turned 18 and i dont have a credit card.

so if there are any other ways to do a donation please let me know.

and thanks for all the great work!
Thx man:) Yan pay with e-checks, direct bank tranfers etc. too, but you have to signup for a paypal acount – you need one for ebay anyway;-)
You dont need to signup when paying with creditscards though

rebelsean said,

October 14, 2008 @ 8:43 pm

Marlowe, Soory yes the tube would be great, cheers Sean

rebelsean said,

October 14, 2008 @ 5:05 pm

Hi marlowe i hope you are well, thanks for all your hard work on this site and on the Forum, can i ask you, would you at some point play us some Chic (Bernard Edwards) ??? ho yes dont forget Smaz Birthday, Cheers Sean
You’re welcome:)
Isnt that a request for yutube?;-) Only my own stuff here

lainbc said,

October 14, 2008 @ 2:07 am

Hi Marlowe,

After watching your videos on Youtube for months you have provided hours of entertainment for me and and learned some things also. So i made a donation, thank you for providing such great videos.

You’re welcome and thx a lot!:)

lainbc said,

October 13, 2008 @ 8:52 pm

Hi Marlowe,

Just curious, what made you decide on the Marcus Miller bass as your main bass?
Cheap, sounds good and easy to play

Derfunkmeister said,

October 13, 2008 @ 6:08 am

Hi There
Saw you play Glide by Pleasure and that was great! I love the bassist that played with Pleasure and have most of their stuff on vinyl. His name is Nathaniel Philips and he also plays on many other albums and one of my favourite Billy Cobham’s lp BC, not on cd unfortunatly but check it out. I don’t play bass anymore and sold my last 5 basses 5 years ago but I would like to get started again and really regret having sold my ’76 musicman stingray in mint cond.-’83 musicman cutlas and 73 Fender Jazz bass. Oh dawg. Used to live in Cph. but now Berlin but hope to get a chance to come and see U play live sometime. Keep up the good work. Out………

budawg said,

October 11, 2008 @ 11:39 am

Hey man,

Just wondering what sort of effects you may be going though when you recording these videos? Compressor? What kind? In other words, I just want to know what gear you use besides your basses.

Thanks! (Sweet site by the way…very educational!)
All the info on this site;-)

jakethesnake said,

October 10, 2008 @ 10:00 pm

Undskyld ulejligheden.

Har fundet svaret længere nede.
Hav en super weekend.
No problem, but remember to ask in english, so everybody can understand

jakethesnake said,

October 10, 2008 @ 4:40 pm

Hej Marlowe jeg er vild med dit site.

Hvilken forstærker bruger du når du spiller live?

Somchai said,

October 10, 2008 @ 9:46 am

hey great vids.
erm i saw ur vid on slapping under bass lesson and well i seems to get how u do it bt i cnt.. when i try playing it , it sounds weird and it sounds like when u hit the string and it hits the fretboard.. i been playing bass for only a year and i wanted to learn this for a long time..

davidphillips said,

October 10, 2008 @ 3:46 am

How much donation to get all your tabs to match your Daily lick video instruction? I know it’s a lot but would love to have them? David
Am working on 10 new, stay tuned

wstn03 said,

October 10, 2008 @ 12:30 am

I started playing the bass about a couple of months ago and really like your website (verrrrry helpful!).
What kind of bass do you play with in your play-along video “The Real Thing – Narada Michael Walden”? It looks like a Fender Marcus Miller Jazz Bass, but I cannot tell because your does not have a cover over the pickups… I ask because I really like the sound of that bass!
Thanks for the help!
It is just that

Smaz said,

October 9, 2008 @ 3:51 pm

Shave?!?! Noooo! When are the sideburns & chops coming back? 😀

Gloster said,

October 9, 2008 @ 9:52 am

Sorry to cause resentment with a stupid attempt to joke. Do you accept apologies?
Of course i do:)

Gloster said,

October 8, 2008 @ 4:04 pm

Hi Thomas,
Love ur site, but please .. do shave.
Saw ur comments on the Chinese basses; have any experience with the ALBA Basses that are sold thru German eBay, like a P-Bass for € 60,00 (+10 shipping)?
I resent that kind of personal comments, im not promoting a beauty parlor or running for president.

bumbo said,

October 6, 2008 @ 1:04 pm

Hello Thomas ,
First, thanks for everything. I’d like to know if there’s a mode specialy adapted for funk solo. Thanks
Not “Specially adapted”, and it depends on the songs vibe, BUT dorian an and mixolydian are very popular for slap and funk in general;-)

bugkung said,

October 4, 2008 @ 2:14 pm

hi Mallow,
I’m come from thailand, i love your video very much and i have some little problems with doing double thumb technique when i play the “up stroke”, it’s like my thumb(nail) doesn’t have enough power to hook up the string. How can I fix this problem? I tried many ways but they won’t work. Thank you very much :)
Dont you know? If you are from Thailand you cannot use your thumb properly!……………………………………………
Well, either string action is too high or you use to much strenght – you should only “stroke”the string on the upstroke – woth a light touch


rambosquirrel said,

October 3, 2008 @ 6:55 am

i was wondering if you had any of the tabs for your videos because im having alot of trouble figuring them out
Frontpage, top right corner;-)

hamrhedd said,

October 3, 2008 @ 12:26 am

Hey,thanks for the great site!I’m another”40 something” trying to learn the bass.I’ve been playing along with the radio for a couple of years now and it’s great to have someone like you come along to show me how to do it right. Here’s my question. I’m trying to learn slap now but it seems that I’m hearing more of a buzz on the fret board than the actual note.I’m playing on a Fender Precision that also has jazz pickups (or so I was told). I only have a small practice amp and I’m wondering if its not sensitive enough or if I’m hitting to hard or what the story is. What do you think? Thanks again
Possibilities – fingering issues in the fretting hand or to low action (use an Allen wrench to raise the action by the bridge – the metal thingie where the strings are attached)

tboz said,

September 28, 2008 @ 8:12 pm

What is the little lick you through in on back in black. It looks like a penta in a walk i’m not sure
Just playing with the guitar part -pentatonic/bluesscale lick

parapab61 said,

September 26, 2008 @ 5:52 pm

i ment did you take it off or was it already removed when you got the bass lol
No i removed it:-D
I feel it limits my tonal possibilities (now , wasnt that well put, ha ha )

parapab61 said,

September 25, 2008 @ 8:51 pm

hi marlowe on your marcus miller bass did you remove the pickup cover? I think i may have to it seem to be in the way lol. and how do i change my password on this site pls i know that not about bass playing sorry parapab61 aka paul

Hmm, did I remove the pickupcover? Hmm, let me think – I cant remember – I better watch one of my many videos to see if there’s any of them where i DO have the pickupcover!!!

Password? Log in , to the right you see a link “Profile” – click that and it will take your user profile, here you can change your password and other stuff

Anonymous said,

September 24, 2008 @ 4:58 am

Any Suggestion training better on Rhythm and timing??
Nooo, thats the the thing you shouldnt train at all!;-)
Its kind of selfevident isnt it?, if you ie..:suck timing wise – train that!
See my advice on “how to practice”

markbett said,

September 22, 2008 @ 9:27 pm

Great site!!! I’ve been looking for something like this for over a year.

I can’t tell by watching the video’s but it appears that your bass’s action is set very low and it looks like you’re barely tapping the string to get the “sound”. What would your recommendation be to set the height of the string off the fret board? It makes a big difference when you can tap something lightly vs. having to hit the string harder to make fret contact.

You may have addressed this already, maybe I just need to poke around on the site a little more. This my first time on the site, but it’s a question I have had for some time.
I have my strings as low as possible – i do have some fretbuzz, but thats a sacrifice i have to live with – ill rather have playability – who wants to struggle more than necessary?

Anonymous said,

September 22, 2008 @ 5:32 pm

Hi Marlowe, Love your Videos, tips, Technis!!!

Firstly i thanks for that here =D

So, I have been playing bass for just passed 1 year. Very happy about it, i got a Bass teacher.
I asked him how is my Fundamental, and he said “Not Strong”. I Been working very hard for that but just dont get it right sometimes….

My Timing is a Major problem~ I cant keep it smooth.

And my right hand finger walking…
He said my Left hand stronger then my Right Hand…

ANd recent Lesson i learn BLUES penthetonic…

HE asked me to do a solo or a groove on it, but i cant== very sad…

Look at my 2 Blues scale lessons here (almost bottom of “Bass lessons” page)

kleinzeitnz said,

September 22, 2008 @ 12:19 am

Hi MarloweDK, I really like your rendition of the line and solo from Ian Hunter’s ‘All-American Alien Boy’ but when I went to download the song from New Zealand’s iTunes Store, I found I’d bought a version without Jaco’s original bass solo. Perhaps it’s the single version. I just wondered: how long is the version you have with the solo on it?
Its the album version, dont have it here right now, but its on itunes

Finally, a question/request: Have you ever considered doing a bass-only arrangement of Danny Elfman’s theme from ‘The Simpsons’, and do you happen to know whether there’s a good bass tab for the melody out there someplace?
No, i almost never do bass-only arrangements, i like to play with people;-)

Michael Brown said,

September 20, 2008 @ 2:33 pm

Hi I would justr like to say thank you for the vids man. Youve really given me some new ideas on my finger style that I really couldnt see for myself. Thanks again Michael
You’re most welcome, theres almost nothing better than being an inspiration (apart of course from hard cash and beautiful women)

robmarano said,

September 18, 2008 @ 3:31 pm

hi marlow!
i am italian and i already logged into your website!
i’ve been watching your videos on youtube for long, and i know that you have got a fender marcus miller IV…
can i ask you something about this bass?
i was thinking,just in theese days, of buying i V strings marcus miller jazz bass since i think that it could satisfy my requirements,but i still couldn’t play one. in the wile..would you give me your personal impressions about this instrument??everything you want to say..i will appreciate!!!
thanks a lot!
ps.sorry for my english!
Dont know about the 5 string version
I have the japanese 4 string version, good quality build, easy to play and my main working bass.
Ive replaced the preamp though, with a Sadowski preamp with “vintage tone control”, because it the MM lacked a standard tonecontrol. For further questions visit the Sadowski website

Mango7 said,

September 17, 2008 @ 5:20 am

I’m a complete pre-beginner and I know nothing about the bass really, but I want to learn. I’ve been trying to play disco stuff and I’m totally lost on which fingers hit which string and how you place your fingers. I hate it and makes me want to forget about learning. I don’t want to take a lesson because I feel sorry for the person who has to teach a 40 yr old “dummy” how to play a bass for the first time! Any suggestions on options? Sorry to be so negative, but I’m frustrated. Thanks

Its never to late to learn, but of course it can be frustrating to know how its supposed to sound and not beeing able to replicate it with your fingers.
BUT everything takes time and effort, so start with less complicated stuff, play along to pop/rocks songs with simple basslines first. Disco bass basslines involves a lot of string skipping (playing octaves fi ) and can be hard for beginners.
Im planning on doin a series of right hand exercise videos

accatone said,

September 15, 2008 @ 10:44 am

Hi Marlowe, a friend of mine stays in Copenhagen for a year and he wants to hear you. I haven’t found any gig-dates on your pages. When do you play with Henrik Hall or any other cool band? Thanks for the information and the great site! Greetings from Austria.
For funk with Al Campos
At Nørrebro bryghus, Cph – nov 22 and dec 6
For electro rock with Henrik Hall: nov 7 in Pumpehuset, Cph

Rascool said,

September 13, 2008 @ 2:46 pm

Hey Marlowe

As always, thanks for all your work. Greatly greatly appreciated. Thanks again from all of us.

Well, I’m an intermediate player (I’m 34 to all you start-later-in-life people out there! :-) and I’m currently studying theory under a tutor (have finally accepted the fact that I must now practice chords regularly and scales regularly if I’m to get any better. Darn… :-), and I’m also now in the process of ordering all the books you’ve recommended on here (yes all of them). And oh yeah, I’m also working on playing in less bands so that I have time to practice all this stuff. I now believe that you CAN be in too many of them! :-)

Anyway, back to the point…

My question is do you have any thoughts on the best way to develop speed. I’ve noticed that if you want to play anything decent, you sooner or later will need to be able to play FAST (and accurately, and theoretically correct as well, of course :-).

Any thoughts?
Play along to songs that go on for a long time, James Brown songs is a god choice , just playing 16’ths.
To get speed you also need stamina (playing without pause for 5 minutes and more)

edd said,

September 12, 2008 @ 7:48 pm

Hi, I am wondering if you have transcribed Dukes Reach For It. Is that Available?
no, afraid not

Maximus said,

September 11, 2008 @ 10:23 pm

Dear Marlowe

i’m curious about other techniques and sounds of playing bass, can you use a fiddle on the strings if they were flatwound? like Cello?
You tell me:)

nv043 said,

September 10, 2008 @ 7:36 pm

How often do you change strings?
every 2 -3 months

Funkyjack said,

September 10, 2008 @ 3:35 pm

Smaz :

Aaah thanks:) i read it and i will practice it:)

Marlowe :

Haha yeah only a few bassplayers like bootsy and larry knows how to sing when they play a funky bassline

Smaz said,

September 10, 2008 @ 2:38 pm

Funkyjack: Try browsing through this thread:


It’s a guide written about singing & playing – it’s a bit long, but tips for playing & singing are in the last part if you just want to read that :)


Funkyjack said,

September 9, 2008 @ 11:04 pm

Haha sorry another question i forgot..

I want to sing (background) while i’m playing but i think it is veerry hard. Do you have any experience with bass+background vocals? Yes, can you give tips? When i try it, i go out of tune with my voice or ryth. Or i can’t even play the bassline any more because i focus on the singing.

Lol thank you again!

I can only sing backing when playing “simple” pop/ rock (8’th notes etc)
Funk and soul? forget it! the bass is always on the syncopated beats where the singing isnt!
But if youre serious about it, you have to practice it a lot, dissecting the rhythm, kinda of like playing piano where left and right hands have to sync.
If you can do it, youll double your working chances

Funkyjack said,

September 9, 2008 @ 10:38 pm

Ok thanks:)

But i know how to play with root,3rd etc. But i really go blank when i really need too. I don’t have any stage-fear or something. Think I have to play more with my guitarist and at jamsessions:)
Thanks anyway, I registered today so i have a lot to read and do!
Would you like, if you have time, to put more fingered groovy jam vids at youtube or this website? Because I prefer fingerstyle.
Aaand (sorry for the many questions;)) could criticise and give some tips to my 3 bassvids?
They are in my youtube favos. I played them because it was an exam at my school.


Thank you very much, I appreciate it a lot, maybe someday i’m going to launch a website like you, because i love it to teach people how they “have to” play bass.

Funkyjack said,

September 9, 2008 @ 6:48 pm

Hi! :)

I love your funkyness!
I’ve quite a problem i think.
When I want to compose a groovy bassline for my band or just a jam/solo i’ve got a blockade! I just can’t compose a cool thing. Is it because i’m insecure/not enough theory? When i composed something cool, the next day or hour i think it is bad and not good enough and i get a little depressed because i can’t make cool lines. I know i’ve got enough creativity but when people “expect” things from me I can’t compose and can’t hear music anymore in my head. Do you know how to avoid/make it dissappear because it’s not making me happy and it let me think i’m not a good bassist because i can’t play things i want to. But i know i’am pretty “good” because i can play by ear and don’t have much troubles with playing songs.
Please help me!
Thank you very much!
I recognise the problem and its partly lack of confidence – back home you can play everything and when playing “for real” you go “blank”.
But preparation is the trick, one cannot always count on divine intervention/inspiration, so have some licks and patterns rehearsed / in your “memory bank”. If necessary play the same solo everytime, if it works everybody is happy.
And practice making basslines using different chords and rhythms, steal from the masters, most disco, funk , rockbasslines arent rocket science, most is constructed using root, third, fifth, sevenths and octaves. Make simple basslines that groove, so the rest of the band can add their thing on top

mattchuk93 said,

September 9, 2008 @ 3:29 am

do i have to install the plug in?
where do i get it?
and i was right on it and it was all very simple
like no detail or anything
You dont have to anything, the site should now be viewable by mobile units (but probably only text with no graphics)

mattchuk93 said,

September 8, 2008 @ 5:28 am

hey Marlowe
Is there any way you could make the website more iphone friendly?
Just installed a pda, iphone plugin, but you tell me if it works, dont have these devices myself

Mango7 said,

September 1, 2008 @ 6:51 pm

Smaz- Thank you. I have a Japanese Fender Jazz Bass Special. Should I get a P-bass too? Any recommendations? Thanks again :)

Smaz said,

September 1, 2008 @ 3:17 am

@ Mango/Kurt: You can’t get much better than a fender jazz for funk bass :)

@ Joaquin: Try posting on the forums asking for advice, or try somewhere like http://www.talkbass.com to ask questions like that – there are more peopel over there likely to be able to help with that kind of thing :)

@ Elarocque: Problems tuning? Again, post on the forums – what kind of problems? What bass, and what are you trying? :)

For general questions etc., try posting in the forums – that way more people can respond & offer advice :)

Keep up the good work marlowe! :)

Elarocque said,

August 30, 2008 @ 9:51 pm

Heyy man!
I’m Having Troubles Tuning my bass,
Can you help me?!

Joaquin said,

August 28, 2008 @ 10:45 pm


I am a blues bass player and need some help on how to do some better turnarounds and also how to walk through a turn around instead of just going I-IV-I-V……just want to kick things up and sound better when I play the blues….



Mango7 said,

August 28, 2008 @ 12:40 am

Thank you Thomas. Can you recommend what would be the best bass for playing disco lines in terms of sound quality(tone)? Sorry if this is a vague question.


Mango7 said,

August 27, 2008 @ 6:39 am

Hi Thomas- You’re the most refined bass player I’ve yet to see on YouTube. I originally (and subconciously) began to love disco/funk basslines when I was a 15 yr old kid. Now I want to learn how to play. I’ve bought an ’85 MIJ Jazz Bass Special and another MIJ ’85 JBS fretless. Are these good enough to learn from for Disco/Funk? I have a little Peavey Minx II and a Boss CS-3, as well as an octaver. Would you recommend anything else for me to get started? Thanks in advance,

Well , you are good to go, what you need now is to practice the disco/funk basslines;-)

DavIDBP said,

August 23, 2008 @ 11:38 am

Hey Marlowe-i have just joined your site after watching some of your amazing jams on youtube. Im just trying to find the tabs on your site that were advitised on youtube-but cant find them, where are they?
No transcriptions other than some of bass lick of the day ones.

jdrahush said,

August 22, 2008 @ 5:51 pm

Hello Marlowe I hate to bother you with another one of ‘these’ questions, but I trust your opinion more than most. I am looking to buy a compressor and you said you used a Demeter, but I looked into it and cannot afford 1000+ for a rack compressor, is there anything a little cheaper? Are pedal compressors an option or just a waste of time? Thanks.
Its a Demeter pedal compressor ive got;-) But not that great for my purpose (slap)

troberts said,

August 22, 2008 @ 4:08 am

Man you get around on your bass really nice!
I am a retired flute player (Jazz and Classical). My question is, do you like Percy Jones of Brand X? The reason is he has that same percussive sound that you seem to like on electric.

Do you play upright? Check out Bob Hurst? He played with both Wynton and Branford Marsalis. Check him out on Wynton’s “Live At Blues Alley” He’s a very good player – I think you’ll like him!
Dont know, never really checked Percy Jones out, great player though
No i dont play upright

N10 said,

August 21, 2008 @ 3:29 pm

Thank you again and maybe see you on a gig(I hope you’ll have one in Slovenia):D 😉

N10 said,

August 21, 2008 @ 1:45 pm

Thank you very much Marl0owe!
Hey, do you have in plan any gig in Slovenia?I’d love to come and listen to you. Won’t you mind if I ask you how long have you been playing bass?
Go to the user forum for info on me;-)
Ive played for more than 30 years

N10 said,

August 20, 2008 @ 10:15 pm

Hello, Marlowe!
I’d like first to thank you for all the effort you’re putting in teaching young bass players that admire and respect you. I think you’re doing a noble job to share with us your knowledge and show us how to become good musicians. I’m very impressed and happy of your work. Thanks again:P

While I was checking out this site i found out, that you give a lot of similar advice as Andrew Pouska on his site for studying bass http://www.studybass.com, so I wanted to ask you if you ever checked out that site. So, have you?

It helped me at the beginnig, and now, when i finished all the exercises I decided to study from your website and I think it’s very effective and well done. Keep on man, you’ve become a new idol for lots of bassplayers:D

Well, Nik, it seems that you havent checked my links section;-) (or studybass for that matter we link to each other)
And i guess that similar advice must mean the right advice then, since theres more of us giving it..
I think studybass is one of the best sites around explaining the basics

lowfreq65 said,

August 20, 2008 @ 1:49 am

Marlow, Thanks for taking the time to answer my question regarding the set up on your basses, Keep it Funky!,

lowfreq65 said,

August 19, 2008 @ 3:41 am

Hi Marlow, I have a question about the action on your basses, that is…. do you favor low action, Med action, or is high action better?, Thanks,
I use as low action as possible without sucking out the tone too much – the higher action the better tone, but more difficult to play – especially for slap

Ron said,

August 16, 2008 @ 9:42 pm

Congratulation’s for outstanding music ed as well as fine playing. I’ve been wanting to learn Bass for years. I have a degree in music and performed and taught for twenty years. Ear good theory good.
Could you make a vidio or at least talk about hand position. I’ve noticed how clean and efferent yours looks
Thanks Ron

mattchuk93 said,

August 15, 2008 @ 2:54 am

how did u get the name MarloweDK??
Read all Raymond Chandler’s books when i was a teenager – you know his main character the private eye Philip Marlowe
In my first band we had aliases and mine was marlowe.
Later for online gaming (battlefield 1942) I added the DK and i used it for my Youtube channel too.
Little did i know that it would be so relatively “well known”, and now its almost too late to go back to my “real” name – Who the f*** is Thomas Risell???;-)

rebelsean said,

August 14, 2008 @ 12:22 pm

What has happend to the comments box on the left hand side of the main page ??? Smaz whats happen? its only been two weeks, Sean
The shoutbox is on hold for now, was slowing the site down – giving 20 to 30 sec waits per page.
Im still testing different options for a chat system, so please be patient

johnmagic said,

August 11, 2008 @ 2:22 pm

I love the solo on “Reach For It” by Byron Miller. It is a true classic in the funk arena. Do you know any other albums that showcase his bass work?

Most George Duke albums from the 70’s

Pollo said,

August 6, 2008 @ 8:59 pm

Hi Marlowe, I’m back with another question… Is there any lesson on harmonics on your site? And if not, are you planning on uploading one soon?

Ive never used harmonics that much myself, is there anything special you’re interested in?

hottentot said,

August 6, 2008 @ 11:50 am

Hi MarloweDK,

Do you ever use Garageband to record any of your stuff? If so, what is your set up? I’m new to Macs and would appreciate any guidance.

No i dont and look under “recording videos with Korg px4d”

Franks said,

August 6, 2008 @ 1:17 am

Hello Marlow,

I must start by saying that I love your videos and you have become one of my favorite bassists. I noticed that you have many basses, including a Musicman Stingray bass, witch I really like. I wanted to know if you would recommend it and if its worth the price. Thanks alot.

I have an old 1977 Stingray and it sounds and plays great, but i dont know how the newer models measure up

mainman said,

August 5, 2008 @ 5:08 pm

Hello Thomas,

You inspired me too study more and more on my bass! I just can’t stop with studying since i found your site… :)

In some licks-of-the-day you bend the string away for some vibration. I have difficulties with doing this too. I quess it will be easier with thinner strings on the bass, but will there be other effects when using another thickness of snares?

Like a thinner sound, of a different bending of the bass-neck for example?

So, do you know why someone should change a thickness of a snare, an what the beneficts of this are?

Thanks again for sharing your experience with us…
Bending/vibrato takes some time to learn, no reason to use thin strings (not snares), unless yuo want to bend like a guitarist

funk101 said,

August 5, 2008 @ 9:40 am

This is a great site and you are so funky. I had to send that donation to support your labor of love. More$$$$$$$tocome. Thanks for everything. funk101
Thx, ill look forward to that:)

XMasamuroX said,

July 31, 2008 @ 3:08 pm

Hey Marlowe, I can’t thank you enough for making this site, Its helped me improve so much. On a further note, I have a set of questions: 1. I’ve been playing bass for about a year, and I’m at about an Advanced level, I’m looking for a good bass within a price of $300-600 that gives a jazz/ Funk sound. What would you recommend? And also, (this is kind of a silly question) What is the name of the program you use for the instrumentals that you use to brainstorm bass-lines? you state a name in your blues scale video, but I didn’t exactly catch it.

Buy a used fender jazz or a Lakeland darryl jones signature model (jazz bass type).
Are you refering to the software i use to slow down tracks so i can pick out the basslines easier?
If thats the case then its “Transcribe”, find the link in the links section.
I dont use a special program when composing basslines, just a rhythm device (pandora, hammerhead and drum loops)

Andemad said,

July 31, 2008 @ 9:31 am

Hi Marlow! You’re the greatest :)

(I’m danish, but let’s do the writing in english for the rest of the many fans of this great site)

I realize, you’ve had this question like a million times…Anyway; for the million-and-one time for me: Do you do “real” private lessons? I mean: In real life?

I’m an intermediate, steady bassplayer with a lot of live-experience, but I want to be better (you can ALWAYS improve) and especially regarding the slapstyle playing.

I have been searching for a teacher, but didn’t seem find any suitable in Copenhagen..?

Hilsner og halløj,

Sure Anders, just call me +45 31 15 88 60

Bassti said,

July 29, 2008 @ 12:13 am

Hi Thomas,
i used to call myself a bassplayer until i found your site…
May i use one of your Lick-of-the-day (inspiration, not 1:1 copy) for a solo-bass song?
Yes you may:-)

Pollo said,

July 28, 2008 @ 3:52 am

Hello Marlowe, first I must say I’ve been watching your videos and I think you’re an amazing player… I have a small and maybe stupid question. I used to play a 4 string Violin-like bass and I just bought a Fender Jazz Bass V yesterday. When I got home I realized the first string is a little closer to the bass body than the other strings. Is it meant to be that way? Is it okay? Should I fix it? How?

Thanks a lot and thank you for all the lessons and stuff in the site =)
You can adjust the height of the strings on the bridge (the metal thing that attach your strings to the bass’ body) Theres a good article on setting up your bass here

yannick24 said,

July 27, 2008 @ 2:35 pm

Hi! Do you know any cheap 6 string basses for beginners? I’ve been playing 4 string bass for about 6 months and im hoping to get a place in the local music school. Greetings from Norway and thanks for the help : )
Ive only played the Yamaha 6 str bass, good quality for the price and you can always find nice used ones even cheaper

dilbertdesk said,

July 26, 2008 @ 4:08 pm

yeah marlowe that’s right.that’s what i meant. i have trouble to train my ear, i haven’t good feeling. what is the best solution to tide over my trouble….

sorry marlowe, your guess was right. i’m not good in english.i’m from asia

Start with simple lines and tap your foot to the beat always (1234), it takes long time to learn to play good unless you are really musically talented, most of us are not initially, but 10 % talent and 90 % hard work/practice can get you far. Play all the time , play with good drummers, listen to all kinds of music….
All people wants to be good right away, but there is not a pill to take;-)

Toritz said,

July 24, 2008 @ 11:38 pm

Hi Marlow, other than the favorite settings described in the page under KORG PX4D, any other Pandora settings you can suggest for a good SLAP effect? Thanks.
No, thats the one i use

ladyg said,

July 23, 2008 @ 5:13 pm

marlow, Is there anyway I can buy some more licks of the day in tablature form by pdf files. I already donated and love the tabs. I would definitely pay 50.00 or more for a continued supply. I’m a lefty and tabs really helps. I’ve been using a mirror to look at the videos to get the fingering right. keep up the great work. thanks
Ill provide them when/if i make them, takes some time with the more complicated ones, but ill bear your wish in mind

msolano said,

July 23, 2008 @ 3:07 pm

Hey Marlow…I think I need to re-phrase my ?..what r your thoughts on round wound vs. flat…I can’t really tell by the vids. what you prefer. And is there a reason you prefer one over the other….thanks man.
Im just a round wound kinda a guy

dilbertdesk said,

July 23, 2008 @ 1:12 pm

i mean when i try to figure out bass tabulature
at some music i got trouble.
ex. i try to play rhcp music…i got trouble to find notation of the bass.
how to train our feelings on it..

thanks..i hope you understand my question

Well , you’re apparantly not from a english speakin country – “feelings” – you must mean something else;-)
Dont learn by tab, try and learn by ear only, start simple, you”ll get better with time i promise you, music is ALL about hearing

msolano said,

July 22, 2008 @ 10:08 pm

Marlow….(Regarding the Pandora purchase) I am sorry if I missed that on the site…unfortunatly I ordered mine from ZZounds…sorry man, hate that that happened. Just got it and looks like it’s gonna be a lot of fun….on a different note..I did want to get your opinion on flat wound vs. round. I use flat b/c I like the “old school” sound; however I play mostly live and not in studio…..any thoughts?
Have more basses;-)

Jakob Kiilerich said,

July 22, 2008 @ 5:47 pm

Hi Marlowe.
I was wondering if you would post a video with Daft Punk’s “Voyager”?
It’s so funky, and I’d really like to learn it.

Jakob, Århus
Dont know it
Another thing to everybody: Dont post requests here, its for questions / answers, and i hardly ever comply to them anyway – have my own todo list and it’s loooong

mikelidian said,

July 22, 2008 @ 5:26 am

hi marlow masta, i wonder if you have the ” do i do” music sheet (partitura) ??,, i know that probably it would be easier to figure it out by ear, but i want it to be like a fun way to practice my reading =p… ty
No, i havent made any transcriptions of any songs from my youtube channel, but ill have in mind that people are interested in reading exercises
By the way im millionare, how much the personal classes… without transportation, food, and that stuff?? lol =P
Well, i teach in my home for around 60 us $, 100 if i have to come to people (+ expenses)
But millionaires – add a zero (or spoil me with luxury;-)

msolano said,

July 21, 2008 @ 10:42 pm

Hey Marlow….I just ordered my Pandora PX4D….I prefer the Funk/R&B sound. Is there a particular Amp/Setting/tone on the Pandora that you like…..by the way…great site and your playing is inspirational.
My settings are listed under “Recording with the px4D”. BTW , did you order through this site (i get a small percentage if so)

dilbertdesk said,

July 21, 2008 @ 11:17 am

hai marlow, i just begin to play bass guitar.
but there’s many questions in my mind
1.for beginner like me,what bass & what type that appropriate for my lesson.because i very confuse,at your videos you use many kind of bass guitar.
A jazz bass type perhaps, Squier makes some good cheap jazz bass copies. Any amp will do
2.did your bass had been upgraded.because when i checking off your bass with the original fender bass at web, i found many different (jazz bass in the pick up & the controls)&(precision bass in the pick up)
Havent upgraded p-ups on my basses, all stock models and they are old
3.what is the different between p-bass&j-bass.
P bass: wider neck, deeper fuller sound , 1 pickup, favored for old soul/funk and rock but not as versatile as Jazz bass that has aslimmer faster neck, more sound options, 2 pickups, fits more styles.
But in the end its a matter of taste, you (or a bass playing friend) have to try them out yourself in a music shop and go with your feelings

thank you..i hope you answer my questions before i play & buy some bass guitar..

keep work…work of funk

hottentot said,

July 17, 2008 @ 7:15 am

Hi Marlowe,

I’m just another one of your growing legion of fans. I was wondering, what’s your motivation for doing this? I mean maintaining this site. I suppose it’s for the love of music but would like to hear it from you.
To become a billionaire of course;-)
Secondly, a fingering question. I’m a beginning and am wondering (as silly as this sounds) how I should be pressing the strings. Should i be using my fingertips or more of the meat on my fingers?
Fingertips including meat

bassalo said,

July 17, 2008 @ 5:05 am

Hey Marlowe. Many thanks for putting up this site and all the vids on YouTube. I’m a beginning bassist after many years of drumming, and I’ve struggled a bit on building the speed of my fret hand/fingers. I’ve read a few ‘suggested’ methods on the internet, and I’ve taken to the drummer’s approach of repeated triplet notes or sixteenth notes, up and down the strings with a metronome. I’ve put a lot of time into it, my plucking hand seems to have benefited greatly, but I’ve hit a ceiling. Any suggestions for enhancing fretted hand speed would be greatly appreciated!
I dont know any magic exercises, and speed for speed sake’s is rather uninteresting, just play the same bassline (james brown comes to mind) for long stretches of time 5 -15 minutes, you’ll gain stamina and eventually speeeeeed

rexthegorman said,

July 15, 2008 @ 6:06 pm

hey marlow
I was just wondering what your EQ looks like and if you prefer active or passive basses.

toronto_bass said,

July 14, 2008 @ 12:56 am

Hey MarloweDK!
I just wanted to know what strings you use on your basses, and your live rig
I mainly use DR Hi Beams strings
I have two heads , An Ashdown solid state Mag 400, and a Hartke 300 w for backup
I also have a small EBS combo for reherseals and very small gigs
Cabinets are Peavey 4×12 plus a 1×15 for larger venues.
Ive had the cabs and the Hartke for more than 12 – 14 years

bucketbass said,

July 13, 2008 @ 9:29 pm

Hello MarloweDK, is the px5d worth almost twice the cost of px4d? I’m after a practice amp substitute pluis effects to give me a funky vibe that I can record istraightinto a desk with. Also are they any good to use live with a standard combo amp? keep up the good work/low end
Well, I dont have the new one, but its also a sound card, got footswitch connections, more soundsand rhytm patterns. I want one myself. Live i dont know, havent tried it

mattchuk93 said,

July 13, 2008 @ 6:26 am

good stuff
i know, i know me again!
but i have been watching your videos and i noticed that on (at least on) your p-bass the saddles on the bridge are all messed up, is their any specific reason for that? different tone? better for certain genres?
thanks a lot
and sorry for all the questions
(but expect more 😉 )
Nothing is messed up? Saddles are adjusted for intonation, that can be different on any bass

bderivan said,

July 13, 2008 @ 5:35 am

Hi, I really like all your videos and information but is there any chance you have a tab or sheet music for Get The Funk Out Ma Face? I have been looking for something for awhile and have to find any.
No, Im afraid

bucketbass said,

July 12, 2008 @ 12:20 am

hi marlowe. i have lowered the action on my p bass-its nice and low but without any excessive fret buzz when playing hard. All of the new p basses i have seen in shops have the pickups set at angles to each other (higher in the middle two strings) but older p basses i have seen have the pickups set so all pole pieces are set level. how do you recommend your set up and does it make a great tonal diference? set flat gives a better thumbrest 😉
Dunno, not something ive been giving any thought and Im really not that nerdy about pickups, rosewood/maple necks, bridges, etc.

mattchuk93 said,

July 11, 2008 @ 6:26 am

me again
why dont you ever use your acoustic bass that i see in some of your early videos? could you tell me a little about it?
I have so many basses, and that bass has some wiring problems right now
Its a Maison bass, bought it some 15 years ago, it a medium quality/priced bass

scorsa said,

July 11, 2008 @ 2:56 am

hey marlowe we love what you are doing. i have a question about the sx and douglas basses. you said that they were great experimental basses. i’ve been looking for a practice 6 stringer to tap on…would it be worth the cash or should i save for something a little more high-end?
Well, its not quality per se, but good for the price (especially for USA residents) and for experiments with “niche” instruments. But if youre serious about a 6 string , you should probably aim higher

Thanks, keep groovin’

lainbc said,

July 9, 2008 @ 7:12 pm

Hi Marlowe,

Is there a way to download your jamtrack CGFF so i can play it on my ipod and practice with it? When i hit the download link it opens the player and starts playing.
Right click the link and “Save destination as”


Defe said,

July 8, 2008 @ 11:28 pm


I’ve a silly question : could you tell us which headphones you’re using to play along / monitor / etc ? Silly silly question, it’s just there too much choice out there for a lazy bugger like me !

Thanks !
I buy some some cheap (15 – 20 $) computer headphones (media-tech), they usually dont last that long before i step on them, or some other accident happen, and i like the bass in them

leso204 said,

July 8, 2008 @ 10:22 am

YES im allright with the bassline untill i up the tempo then it gets out of step,yes im using two fingers but injured my middle finger knucle many years ago it’s not been a problem but i think it has some thing to do with this, tendon maybe ?
Well, i dont think i can give other guidance, than – concerning time issues, it doesnt have anything to do with muscles, you just play it too fast, it takes a lot of practice to get good speed, tendons or no tendons

simonj said,

June 30, 2008 @ 11:26 pm

does that mean little or no relief in the neck? thxs.

simonj said,

June 30, 2008 @ 11:08 pm

Evening Marlowe. Do you keep the action as low as possible on your Fender MM, as your favored funk and slap bass?
Yes of course;-)

mattchuk93 said,

June 30, 2008 @ 9:45 pm

hey marlowe
thanks for all the help
i have a question
you have a picture with a black on white fender jazz and the under the pic it says “from a fan”
do u still have this bass?
and y dont u use it?
Its strung with black nylons for a muddy old school sound, just not appropiate for “lick of the day”.
I promise, it wil get it’s chance (or else IT will get the hose!…)

Defe said,

June 30, 2008 @ 6:36 pm

Hi Marlowe

As all, I’m impressed by the quality of your website – I’ve only just registered, but I’ve already a question !
I’m returning to the bass after a 7-year gap, and I’m lookin for a good solution for home practice – I’ve noticed you’re using a Pandora; since I’m really looking in all-in-one device (eg no MP3 to plug in), and have little interest at this point in recording (although I see the point to monitor one’s progress) or the quality of effects, I’m also considering the Tascam Bass Trainer (the MP3 version, MPBT1) – do you have an opinion on the latter ?
No, but i can recommmend the Korg, its very inspiring
Thanks for any answer,


rflemm001 said,

June 28, 2008 @ 5:33 pm

I like that you recommended the Rondo fretless; it’s so inexpensive! Also, I loved that you chose to play Continuum on the YouTube video; I’d like to hear more using that bass. I was thinking of purchasing one to play around on but before I do – I would like to know why you gave it the stamp of approval – does it sound good or cheap?

Pros: As cheap as eating out for 2, ok sound from pickups
Cons: Lots of dead spots, crappy tuners wiring and hardware, body light as a cardbox

Its sounds good for a cheap ass bass, Wouldt call it “A quality bass” but rather “Good quality for the money spent”.

tobie said,

June 25, 2008 @ 12:36 pm

Hi Marlowe on that pick with all your bassguitars there stands a red fender jazz bass
what is the full name of that bass?
Just an old 71 jazz bass i painted red myself
I think of buying a new bassguitar, mine is really crap at the moment, and my favourite in my pricerange is a mexican fender deluxe active jazz bass, what do you think of that bass
Dont know anything about the new models

Thanks an kind regards,

Smaz said,

June 24, 2008 @ 1:43 am

Hey marlowe, which album is Up the Creek without a paddle by The Temptations on? I’ve been looking for it on iTunes, wikipedia, can’t find it… Cheers :)
Dont know if its even on cd, but it was on the “Wings of love” album

Rascool said,

June 23, 2008 @ 11:52 pm

Thanks Marlowe. That’s a help. Might get that Tony Oppenheim book. I’ve found from learning other stuff over the years that I do like methodical, especially at the start, so yeah, Slap It is getting ordered!!! :-)

Thanks again. No doubt I’ll be back!!!

nv043 said,

June 23, 2008 @ 1:01 am

What kind of shoulder straps do you use?
I dont know actually, but i need to replace with a more comfy (padded) strap soon

Rascool said,

June 22, 2008 @ 3:53 am

Hey Marlowe

Like everyone else has said, thanks for all your work. You’ve helped a lot of bass players aye, this really is a great resource you’ve created. You are the man!

My question is, how did you personally practice slap when you were learning it? Do you just slap your way through the scale patterns? That seems the most obvious thing to do, but as slap is very rhythmical as well I had thought there may be other components you need to look at when practicing too.
Just learnt the classic lines from the great slap masters by listening to records, slowing them down.
Scale patterns? In funk there is of course the typical patterns – built on ascending/descenting chromatic octave runs (think disco basslines) and lines built mostly on the minor pentatonic scale.
You have to practice hammer-ons, slides, trills and pull-offs to make it sound funkayyyy;-)
All these things are universal, used by all bassplayers
If you need to be methodical, theres some good exercise books, one i used was “Slap it” by Tony Oppenheim, i think it was the first “slap method”. But allways remember to learn the real funk music , and not “exercises”

bassmanberthil said,

June 15, 2008 @ 9:23 pm

Hi marlow…first of all a wonderful and very
good website. I can learn a lot of your lessons.
What kind of exercise do you use for stretching up the fingers, elbow etc…
Sometimes after slapping a lot i feel it in my left elbow. Or is it that i play in a wrong sitting position?
I dont do stretching exercises unless im goin for a run;-), but if something hurts, stop!strong>

Agentkro said,

June 15, 2008 @ 5:13 am

Hey Thomas, I recently purchased a used fender jazz bass( couldn’t resist, it sounded good and I got it for about 200$ along with a 5 string bass). I have noticed it has some minor fret buzzing, not too much but enough to make it somewhat of an annoyance and tick me off. What can I do to fix this?
All my basses have more or less fretbuzz, because i like the low action, and these old basses necks are not straigh as many modern “boutique” basses, but the solution is to either adjust the neck or raise the strings

urishima said,

June 14, 2008 @ 11:30 pm

Hey Marlowe, it seems like some of your Videos in the “Bass Lessons” Sections are no longer available on youtube. Could you please fix that? I was just going to watch them to learn a few tricks.

So long…
Just checked , no problems here

JR said,

June 12, 2008 @ 8:58 pm

Thomas this site rocks! Thank you very much for all your hard work and effort. The lick of the day downloads in m4v format are my favorite! Do you also have the mp3 format handy? I’m using a MicroBR (mainly because I couldn’t find any Pandora PX4Ds) and am just recording the audio output. Works fine, but would be slicker if I could get the mp3s right off the bat.
You’re welcome.
Well, This is not a gift shop!;-) I know there’s several conversion programs out there, than can convert quicktime to mp3


Smaz said,

June 12, 2008 @ 7:48 pm

Your picture with Marcus… Tell us more? :)
He was doing a clinic at my old “school” the rhytmic music conservatory in Copenhagen prior to his concert the same evening. Very inspiring to hear this humble and fantastic musician tell studio tales, give great advice and play the bass so wonderfully. I had to have my picture taken with one of my heroes:)

simonj said,

June 10, 2008 @ 3:46 pm


I was refering to Apple iTunes, not Youtube. Do you use iTunes at all ?

My bad, sorry, was so into my “Checking songs video”:)
Yes i use Transcribe
for learning the exact parts for youtube playalongs instead of itunes – you can loop sections and slow it down (time stretch). BTW, I was in fact just using Youtube to play songs in the live webcam show, as it was the only place i could find them

thommoo9 said,

June 10, 2008 @ 9:10 am

why u do not use tab for us slower guy video r great but the tab helps out great to see how it is done your fingers r pretty fast there.
I will at some point sell written examples in standard notation + TAB, but its timeconsuming to do
I do feel that most video examples should be slow enough to grasp, but not everything is for beginners

simonj said,

June 9, 2008 @ 11:06 pm

Hi Marlowe. How did the gigs go ?
well not something to be remembered:-D
Do you learn songs from i tunes. (looked like it on your live web TV), or is there a way of moving songs from itunes to a trainer device which allows them to be slowed down ? I get fed up keep hitting the pause button.

Yeah, youtube is good for finding tunes quick – i frequently get gigs with singers who has a repertoire they know well and the musicans have to learn those tunes. Female singers often sings other songs than male singers for obvious reasons.
I dont use “slowdown” devices for learning songs for gigs. i usually learn it in chunks of 4 -8 -16 -32 bars, and frequently starting from the top. Its important to do it again within the next 24 hours to commit to memory, and the next 24…

Can we send itunes songs too you ? If so how ?
I’ve just imported a great early 70’s Eddie Kendricks number (Girl you need a change of mind) and I need the Funkmeister to show me how its done !

Send youtube songs? You heard of links havent you?;-)

I know you record through your Pandora with emulated amp and speakers, but is that all you use on the line in? Its just that you get such an awesome sound on your funk pieces, particularly using the Marcus Miller.

Its “just” the pandora:)

Stay cool Marlowe.

DamonUK said,

June 5, 2008 @ 9:42 pm

A non-bass question. What camera do you use? The built in iMac? Also, do like Mark King/Level 42 stuff?
Keep up the great work.
Cheers, Damon
Yup, the built in macbook
Sure, I listened to Mark King too in the 80’s;-)

fabibass said,

June 4, 2008 @ 1:04 am

Hi Marlow

you mentioned sowmewhere that you changed the preamp of your Fender MM JB to a Sadowsky preamp. Why that ? and what is the difference?
It lacked the tone control, so i got the S preamp with “vintage tone control”

And thank you very much for this site !

simonj said,

June 3, 2008 @ 10:30 pm

Evening Marlowe.

Whilst wading through my Bass scale finder (all 1300 of them) I was wondering which you view as the essential scales and modes to learn ?
For pop/rock/funk… major and minor pentatonic, major, mixolydian, dorian and natural minor scales – well if you practice the major scale you know the others too;-)
For fusion/jazzy stuff.. all the modes of the major scale – major, dorian, frygian, lydian, mixolydian, aolian (natural), locrian – whick are just the major scale started on different degrees.
You would also use the all the modes of the harmonic minor scale…
But i tend to stick with the first mentioned.
Then theres all the licks one makes up or learns from other great players which combines arpeggios, scales and chromatic notes and thats really what i use the most

As for musical requests, “Always there” was suggested earlier, although for me the Ronnie Laws version does it.

Do you no any Tania Maria ? Her classic “Come with me” has some nice early slap bass.

Thanks as always.

PS. my wife is more than happy with my late night slapping as she gets the TV controls at last.

Oldbassist said,

June 3, 2008 @ 9:49 am

Marlowe, what an excellent site you have here, you have opened up some new ideas to an old player, thanks. I am interested to know what types/makes of strings you prefer/use.
Just about any roundwound strings gauge 45 – 105, ive been using DR hi beams for some time now

urishima said,

June 3, 2008 @ 4:47 am

Hey Marlowe.

It’s not a question about music but I was wondering if you had a higher resolution version of the first picture ein your gallery (MarloweDK’s pics->Performing with Henrik Hall). It would make an awesome wallpaper but it’s just too small.

Keep on groovin, mate 😉

You flatter me 😉 No, i dont have that (unfortunately)

brainardman said,

June 2, 2008 @ 8:34 am

Hey Marlowe

I’ve had a bass for a few years but decided to get serious about playing a few months ago. I have been taking lessons since January, but my teacher has only been teaching me how to play songs. Now, I’m trying to go back and teach myself all the basics, but I’m confused about what to start with and what to learn. Any advice? Also, I’m struggling with slap style and am not quite sure how to exactly do it. Please help.
Studybass.com for basics, get a proper teacher with some theory knowledge. Struggling with slapstyle?, get the book “Slap it” or something similar

simonj said,

June 1, 2008 @ 3:07 pm

Hi Marlowe

Would be interested in any exercises or licks on right hand finger muting, (not palm muting). You use your third finger I believe, is this across all strings and does it just shadow your second finger ? The Jermaine Jackson “serious” on U tube just sounded so good, I had to order myself a Marcus Miller. The Lakland is quite a bit more expensive over here btw.
Yes, you’re almost right, but i use my third and 4’th (pinky) to choke the strings, they can only cover 2 strings at a time ie 3rd on E str & 4th on A str. If i then wants to play a note on the D string, my 2 “choking” fingers moves to the A & D string.

Thanks again

portraitofpastorius said,

June 1, 2008 @ 7:16 am

Hey Marlowe!

1) I love your play-alongs! I read that you use the program “Transcribe” and was wondering if you use the program to cut out the original bass line when you make your videos.
The original bassline isnt cut, i playalong to the track as it is
2) This isn’t a question i guess but i think i speak for most people when I say we want to see a video with Marlowe singing too!
Now that is not something you would want to hear! 😀

nv043 said,

June 1, 2008 @ 1:45 am

Hey Marlowe,

I was wondering what, if any, warmup exercises you do before practicing/playing.
Sometimes i just start out real slow, but i dont do warmup exercises as such – apart from a few drinks on gigs;-)

Derzek said,

May 31, 2008 @ 5:33 pm

Hey Marlowe, first of, I know that there are thousands of people thankful for what your doing, teaching how to play bass in a very “personal” manner, I know that Im not the only one who is grateful for what you do, hoping that this way of teaching lasts forever.Kudos!!

Just one quick question here: Is there any way to make sound a bass as any other? Is just that Im feeleing frustrated with the bass that I purchased and Im trying to make it sound as “metallic” as the one that you used on the lick od the day 09.05.08, but I dont know if its a matter of the brand or equalization? can you help me with this? thank you.


New roundwound or nickel strings

acidtripvitality said,

May 31, 2008 @ 5:21 am

Hey my Fender mexi 60s jazz bass has a slight warp in the neck if you look down from the bridge it curves left (concave pointing towards strings) slightly and i tried turning my truss rod RIGHT a few quarter turns and it helped slightly but jsut bent back after a week or two…

how do i correct this because i can go to guitar center but if i can just fix this permanently myself i will.
having the experience and knowledge of truss rods and how they work would help.
You can never get a total straight neck with a Fender, a slight bow is tolerable, my basses needs a turn of the trussrood once a while, depending on season, weather , humidity – its wood after all

Gareth said,

May 29, 2008 @ 12:15 am

Hey Marlowe, thanks for all your work :)

Was jus wondering – you have some great looking basses (the jazz for the page header makes me want to play my bass untill it looks like that :D) – any chance you could snap up some high resolution pics, and turn them into wallpaper sized images? Would also be a good way to promote the site :)

Thanks, Gareth.
Great idea, might just do that:-)

simonj said,

May 28, 2008 @ 11:05 pm

Hi Marlowe. Thanks for the tip on Lakland Darryl Jones, seems like they’re highly rated on the user forums too. How do like your Marcus Miller ?
You’re welcome. I like the Marcus Miller so much, im doin most my soul / funk gigs on that bass, the playability is great

MrPigeon said,

May 28, 2008 @ 6:43 pm

Hey Marlowe,

Just curious: what’s your live rig
Ive had the same gear for 15 years – would like to change it soon..
Ashdown MAG 400 top 2 Peavy cabinets, 4×12 (& a 1×15 for larger gigs)
Rat distortion, MXR envelope follower, Boss octaver, Opto Demeter compressor, Akai UniBass octaver up

Simon said,

May 27, 2008 @ 11:26 pm

Do we call you Marlowe or Thomas?
Call me Marlowe, my “artist” name:-D
You are an inspiration to a 50 yr old part time bass player !
I’ve only ever played fingerstyle over the years and thanks to you, now want to get my slap technique sorted. I find it hard to get any clarity on a 5 string (Warwick Thumb) as string spacing seems too close, so I am thinking of getting an additional cheap 4 string Fender Mexican Jazz. Am I wasting my money, should I stick to the five, or do you have any other recommendations?
Try a Lakeland Darryl Jones signature jazz bass type
Keep those grooves coming Marlowe and thanks

Simon Johnson (UK)

Topi said,

May 27, 2008 @ 10:46 pm

Hi, Thomas!

First of all, you’re one awesome bassplayer! :)

My question is: When you transcribe/learn a new song, do you slower it down somehow, or do you just listen to it as many times as it takes to get it down?
Yes i sometimes slow it down when its hard to “decode”, i use the program “transcribe”

I’d also like to know whether you have an external drum machine or a software-drummer in your Mac?
I sometimes use Logic Pro with a drumloop plugin

Sean said,

May 27, 2008 @ 6:59 pm

Hi Marlow hope your well, just thinking now you have a fretless bass any chance of doing Gary Numan Music For Chameleons ? Cheers Sean, p.s. thank you for answering my other questions and quires thanks
Not familiar with that artist, Ill listen to it if i find the song at some point

Derrick said,

May 27, 2008 @ 2:52 am

I was wondering if you had any 5 string basses? It seems that Ive only seen 4 string and one 6 string bass. I personally own a 4 string bass and love it a lot but I thought about buying a 5 string just to get that lower sound from my bass. Whats your feelings on a 5 string? I mean, do you like the higher sounds of a 4 string bass? Do you ever use the B string on your six string bass a lot? Just wondering how you felt about 5 strings. I know the neck is a little more crowded on a 5 string
No I dont have one, but wouldnt mind if i did, more usable than a 6 string .I have a hard time getting used to that extra high Cstring, much easier to get used to the low B string (One can always use it as a thumb-rest at first:-D)

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