Easy Slap Bass Lick #05

Easy Slap Bass Lick with E Minor Pentatonic and 6th Patterns.

TAB & Transcription: http://bit.ly/1tYDyG6

Easy Slap Bass Lick #04

Easy Slap Bass Lick with E Minor Pentatonic, a few 16th Notes and Octaves.

TAB & Transcription: http://bit.ly/1GM4GyQ

Bass & Drums workout (intermediate)

here is a original groove I made listening to the drum part; I was inspired by Paul Jackson and Mike Clark, the legendary rhythm of herbie hancock. Hope you’ll like it!

You can find the transcription on my website : http://www.bassistik.com/bass–drums-workout.html

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Bassplayer Neil Jason – Interview by MarloweDK

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I was lucky enough to get a interview with one of my alltime favorite  bassplayers Neil Jason ( Brecker Brothers, Dave Sanborn, Roxy Music, Cindy Lauper, Dire Straits…) who visited Denmark in august 2014 performing with the Brecker Brothers Reunion Band.
Neil tells us about his approach to playing and practicing, shares his  music philosophy and also shows his bass and effects ( especially how he gets his signature chorus sound).

Lesson #15 // Victor Wooten – Sex in a Pan [full song tutorial]

Anybody who does not know Vic? Okay… So you have also read my report on Vic’s Workshop and now you’ll see a full tutorial on Sex in a Pan, one of my favorites from him. Instead of making more short videos, now I decided to make one longer vid and break down the major parts of the whole song – so here it is! Enjoy it!

This song reflects the natural playfulness and the joyful wisdom of Vic himself  while really making your ass move to it… it is THE flow :) To be honest, while the song is quite techincal in a way, I cannot really think (or talk) about it that way, it is more like a feeling : )When you first try to play it, it will feel like juggling – coordinating all the fingers together to make it flow and feel good takes some practice but the more you do it, the more you enjoy it, and the better you play.

Trust me, learning this piece is a real therapy experience :) The therapy includes little tapping, playing chords and double-stops, using dead, muted and accented notes, using that many fingers on your hands you never used before, intense left hand hammering, light slapping with double-thumbing.

The intro… besides the big stretch and the sliding right hand middle finger tap, there is one more thing to the intro part: the harmonics are hard to get when you release the right middle finger – your left hand has to fret two notes and just hover over some notes on the G string so lifting your right middle finger will produce the desired harmonic note… so it is kind of tricky, Vic magically brings them ringing everytime but well, if you can live without it just do so :)

The verse… the fun part. All of it is played sort of palm muted, for that, just place the side of your hand towards the bridge and play like that.When you play this groove, think of space and let the open strings breath and when your left hand has to hammer that 7th fret on the E string – be gentle and do not choke that open string too early. Otherwise – happy jugglin with all your fingers :) On the notation – P means the thumb, I means the index finger, M means the middle finger, T means right hand tap. On the left hand: 1 means left hand index, 4 means left hand pinky and when you can see those, usually you do not have to pick that note with your right hand!. Hope you can sort it out while watching it :)

The refrain… further finger coordination, and sliding double-stops. In the tab, you can see rest after the first slide, but note that there is a rhytmic right hand tap on the vide – I have seen Vic play that live sometimes.

The break in G… another fun part – I am still trying to figure out the descending pattern that Vic does recently but until then, here is how I think he played it on the record. Not as many right hand slap as you would think – that’s a good left hand finger-strengthener with the hammer-ons :)

So, if you reached that level, you are ready for the last part, the slap-style variation on the verse: if you watch Vic live, this part is played with a very light slapping-thumbing sort of playing – note that on the G and D string he uses double-thump style slapping while on the E and A string he only goes down with his thumb – it is barely slapping and it is a very natural motion – remember the economy of motion that all those pro players talk about!

So that’s it: if you have further questions, just shoot in the comments!

The video does not intend to violate any laws or copyrights, it is to be used for educational purposes (fair use). The original song is available for purchase and listening at:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/greatest-hits-20th-century/id358187446

Visit Vic’s site and support him!

http://www.victorwooten.com/

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cheers,

R

Lesson #14 // Meshell Ndegeocello – Make Me Wanna Holler (groove & fills)

Laid back, tasty, nasty ;) That’s what I can say about Meshell Ndegeocello and her music.

I am continously amazed by bass players whose voice and personality is so unique that you can recognize their music from basically one note… and Meshell is such a great person and artist. She is actually way more than a bassist – give a listen to any of her albums: she is THE soul, the feel – you can hear the depth, her whole path, every ounce of her pain, experience and love in every note she sings or plays. It is simply beautiful – somehow when I listen to her music, I always get the the feeling that Meshell amalgamates some sort of ancient feminine wisdom with the character and charisma of a masculine energies. (I guess adjectives could be exchanged in place of each other as well…)

But, she is also a hell of a bassplayer. It is always funny when I learn something new and realize that in a given piece of music, you not only learn some notes using some techniques – you always get a peek into a lifetime, into personal experience and thus, a little bit of the person herself as well.

So, this time, I can say that besides this SEEMS a simple laid back groove in G minor, it is way much more  ;) It is the last song from her album “Peace beyond Passion” called “Make Me Wanne Holler”. I have picked two fills I really liked, one is from 0:40 and the second can be heard around 5:40. The timing and the feel of the notes is sick, and the way it sounds is just amazing. I won’t come near imitating Meshell but she uses feather-light and smooth slides and / or hammer-on-pull-offs, experiment with it which way it works better for you. When i play it faster, i tend to use sliding, and then some notes are somewhat choked or a tiny-tiny bit delayed (as if you would hold your breath :) but in the slow version I mainly used quick hammer-on-pull-offs. I have to say it is more of a feel exercise, but rather a challenging one – and i still have to practise it till I reach her level of wisdom :)

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https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/peace-beyond-passion/id358109200

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http://www.meshell.com

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cheers,

R

Quintuplet Swing and Perpetuum Mobile

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Adam Neely here! After a long hiatus making video lessons, I’m here now bringing you a lesson/breakdown of a tune of mine, “Sequence Start.” There’s all sorts of nifty tricks and ideas in here including “Quintuplet Swing,” Perpetuum Mobile composition and chromatic side-slipping, so I hope you enjoy!

Adam

L375 Five string bass “gospel” style groove

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B minor groove, this key is nice on the 5 string bass;-)
Slurs and slides gospel style. B minor Aolian scale

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C Major triad entire fretboard bass exercise

Only three notes and a reggae groove;-)
Im playing my Sandberg California MarloweDK signature 5 string bass strung with Dunlop Super Bright bass strings ( nickel, gauge 45-125)

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The Perfect Slap Bass sound?

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Short demo of MXR Bass Preamp with the MXR bass compressor.
Direct output from the MXR preamp into soundcard.
No amp, other outboard gear or plugins were hurt in this video;-)

Im playing my Sandberg California MarloweDK signature 5 string bass strung with the new awesome Dunlop Super Bright bass strings ( nickel, gauge 45-125)

 

Vashon Johnson, bassplayer for Miley Cyrus, interview by MarloweDK

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Marlowedk interviews Vashon Johnson,  bass player for Miley Cyrus and a great guy too!, We caught him backstage before the Miley Cyrus concert, June 4, 20014  in Forum , Copenhagen, Denmark.
Vashon shows his rig, basses, bassynths and we also talk about practicing, his musical upbringing,  how to be a succesful bassplayer in the business today and other “hot topics”

It was a improvised interview, so please bear with the video quality in the low light situations

G minor Groove: Using Passing Notes (Beginner – Intermediate)

For beginners to lintermediates.  A lesson on using passing notes to create more interest and harmonic direction in your basslines.

Hope you enjoy. Tabs available at www.dannymstewart.com in the member area

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJadOwzLzes

Really Useful Riffs: Funky 10ths

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Quick Lick #2

Mark Gives us another Quick lick to learn…

G Minor Groove With Passing Notes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJadOwzLzes

COOL rhythmic exercise!!

Mark takes us through a cool rhythmic exercise and introduces us to a new way to count 5 and 7!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNweZtW78w4&list=UUmTlW7LgZOL1GekdT9kGUBA

Suck My Kiss Bass Tutorial

Mark shows us how to play the Chili Peppers CLASSIC – Suck My Kiss.

There  are TABS/Notation in the July issue of Bass Musician Magazine (a free online mag that is a must for any bass player). To access the TABS/Notation and accompanying video, simply click this link – http://bassmusicianmagazine.com/2014/07/red-hot-chili-peppers-suck-kiss-bass-transcription/

L374 Rock bass with MXR Bass Overdrive

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Example of playing more or less the same bassline with different note lengths – short for verses and long for choruses.

Its in the key of A.

Im playing my 1977 Fender Precision bass strung with Dunlop Nickel strings, gauge 45-105, through the MXR “Bass Overdrive” pedal and a TC Electronic “Hall of Fame” reverb pedal for a bit of ambience ( look at the picture for settings on pedals) into a TC Electronic RH450 amp and via the Direct output im going into Logic pro .

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#33 – Bass funk&rake groove

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Bass funk&rake groove.
I used my Fender Jazz bass 3TS recorded directly in LineIn.
If you need tabs write me an e-mail: mcrtchan@mail.ru

Классный фанковый грув с рейком на бас-гитаре.
Записано прямо в линию.
Если нужны табы – мыльте на mcrtchan@mail.ru с темой “Табы” – вышлю всем по мере готовности.

По возможности репост, ревтит и прочая фигня ))

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Lesson #13 // Wilbur ‘Bad’ Bascomb – Hare Krishna (excerpt 3)

This lesson is the last of three, if you missed it, here is the – first and second.

The refrain builds on simple harmony changes (D-C-G), but just watch (listen) what Wilbur does ;) The first two bars seem plain simple ‘just’ a few dead notes but listen to the original and check out how that locks in with the drummer. In the second two bars, instead of using just the roots,  the harmonies are once again spelled out – the beginning is a funky octave hit, and then basically a sort of a walking bass line outlining the chords follows, but of course spiced with a grooveish feel. Notice the usage of open strings which are even more important in the fitfth and sixth bar: basically a major chord is voiced (D-Fsharp) using the D open string and then a lighting fast triplet fill is played, the right hand just rakes the muted notes, and suddenly we should arrive at the other end of the fingerboard on a low G. That’s fretboard gymnastics for sure.

And if that is not sweaty enough, another musical style approaches us through the last part of this line : there are some very cool slides and a sixteenth note fill in the last two bars which remind me of Blues or Bluegrass guitarist or banjo players – a curious fact that Wilbur also played on an album entitled “Black Grass Music” – similar lines to be heard there as well.

Well, these are just another 8 bars from Hare Krishna, I hope with the other two lessons, you can pickup the ‘Wilburisms’ and transcribe the rest of the song – it is definitely fun to learn.

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Lesson #12 // Wilbur ‘Bad’ Bascomb – Hare Krishna (excerpt 2)

This lesson is the second part of this lesson. Third part should arrive in a day :)

In this instance, we go into the bridge (sort of) section – it begins with a pumping line of 4 bars with sixteenth notes, quite a task to get it done clean with all the dead and muted notes at the original fast tempo. After that, from one string the pumping line opens up and gives you a new challenge by having the same pulse on 3 strings instead of one using only simple fifths and octaves (F-C-F octave). For that part you can choose two fingerings – either to use your pinky to fret both the fifth and the octave, or to use your ring and pinky to fret the fifth and the octave – just experiment around with it and find out which is more comfortable for you.

Then comes the part which is most probably slapped on the record, still, I decided to use my fingers and powerful picking instead since I am (still) not that good at slappin’ and poppin’. Otherwise, I also noticed watching Marcus Miller that sometimes you cannot ‘hear’ a difference between light slapping and hard fingerstyle if the bass is active. I am also pretty sure Wilbur has an active circuit in his P-bass, so I cannot really decide how this part really was played – in the end, it’s your choice how you master this part :)

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https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/hair-original-soundtrack/id308912116

For a Guitar Pro file, please visit digthatbass.com and after a free registration you can download it!

cheers,

R

Quick Lick #1

Mark Marxon gives us a “Quick Lick” to learn…

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Lesson #11 // Wilbur ‘Bad’ Bascomb – Hare Krishna (excerpt 1)

Okay, so you probably know that i am quite a Wilbur fan, and you probably saw some Hair covers on my previous channel or saw my recent attempt on Hare Krishna here.

And now, here is the first lesson for it – there will be three lessons, I will pick three excerpts where he plays fun parts or some crazy fills for you!

This first excerpt goes into the very first verse where the bass comes in – there is no foreplay ladies and gents, Wilbur hits it immediately :)

By utilizing the open strings, and doing muted percussive notes the bass just grabs you from the first bar and then it pulls you with a slide up to higher registers where he pops in some open string notes as well (all chord notes!!) and another amazing flick before he goes back to low notes, and then, for the second time, we can hear a great variation on this heavenly line.

For the great relaxed slides, listen to the original recording as well, since the feel is pretty hard to get, erhmm, for me as well ;S The trick is to hold down both notes while sliding up (Eb and A) and when you arrive on the target fret, only the higher note should be voiced, the second, lower note is muted somewhere in between ;) it is quite a challenge to arrive on the correct time on the correct fret, i hear myself a bit shaky with the metronome, but i hope you get the idea.

As for the fingering – experiment with your own, since i found a rather uneconomical fingering to be working for me – the second bar’s first few notes could be rather played with my left pinky, instead of my index, but somehow, it stuck with me that way.

Well, have fun with these slides and pop-corn machine notes, in the next lesson we will focus on ‘bridge” section.

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L373 Funky fingerstyle bass groove on MarloweDK five string bass

Funky five string bass groove with fill (the fill can be played on 4 string as well)
The fill uses the open strings for doubling effect and is based the Em dorian minor scale (E F# G A B C# D)
Im playing my new Sandberg California MarloweDK Signature five string bass and im favoring the bridge pickup here.
Im playing through the direct out of a tc electronics RH450 amp into Logic Pro, the bass is strung with Dunlop Nickels 45-130

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How to play RATM – Bombtrack

Mark takes us through the Rage Against The Machine classic, BOMBTRACK!

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TABS will be available in the JUNE issue of Bass Musician Magazine

#32 – Bass slap-pluck groove

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Bass slap-pluck groove.
I used my Fender Jazz bass 3TS recorded directly in LineIn. If you need tabs write me an e-mail: mcrtchan@mail.ru

Слэп-плак грув на бас-гитаре. Записано прямо в линию. Если нужны табы – мыльте на mcrtchan@mail.ru с темой “Табы”, вышлю всем по мере готовности.

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Improving YOUR bass voice – Articulation Exercise #1

Here’s an easy exercise that can change the way you play the bass.

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Ghost Note Masters /// Deep Into Electric Bass Classics /// Pablo Elorza.

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Un análisis en detalle de como lograr Notas Muertas en el Bajo Eléctrico.
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A detailed analysis of how to achieve Ghost Notes on Electric Bass.
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Building a rock bass line from simple to complex

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Professional bassist John Falstrom discusses techniques from his textbook “EADG 4″ on how to build a bassline. John works with the key of D major to demonstrate various techniques.

 

3 NOTES

Mark takes us through 3 Triads and their inversions. Don’t forget to download a free copy of his book “3 NOTES” from Bass Musician Magazine!

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Lesson #10 // Jeff Berlin – Bach (part4)

Here is the final part of Jeff Berlin’s BachYou can find part 1, 2 and 3 herehere and here.

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Compound exercise – triads, 16ths, string skipping and the cylcle of fourths

Mark shows us a great exercise to play on the bass

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Greasey Groove with SLIDING natural harmonics

Mark teaches us a fun lick with a different technique

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Lesson #9 // Jeff Berlin – Bach (part3)

Another week, another Bach lesson. You can find part 1-2 here and here.

Are you getting there with the other Bach-lessons? I hope you have been practising diligently – one more to go and then we’ll move on to something more earthily :)

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L372 Cool minor bass lick in all keys

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Another exercise playing through all keys using the cycle of fifths, this time we on A minor, and work through the rest of the keys 4 bars each chord.
Am
Dm
Gm
Cm
Fm
Bbm
Ebm
Abm
Dbm
Gbm
Bm
Em
Fastforward to the slow version if you get bored, since im playing through the changes a couple of choruses;-)

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Lesson #8 // Jeff Berlin – Bach (part2)

Part 1 is here, or here.

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Well, here is the second part of Jeff Berlin’s Bach – you can find the first one with a longer desrciption here! Stay tuned once again, two more parts are following!

When I recorded the Bona-lesson, I decided to take my bass to a pro and set it up – that happened now, and all I can say – it makes a huge difference. Jeff talked about lightening your touch on the bass, and wow. Years of stupidity on my side. A well setup bass is so much more fun and confidence to play – the guy who set it up for me just did an amazing fretjob, adjusted the neck, tightened the neckpocket and now my little bass has incredibly low action with a nice growl. Remember, we are talking about a Squier standard JB here! I encourage you to spend a little money on that if you are still a beginner.

Bear this in mind while learning this piece: let the amp do the work, and light your touch on both hands. The lighter you pluck, the faster you get. But begin slow to become even, record yourself and listen to yourself so you can spot the weak points :) Have fun!

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BASIC CHORD MELODY /// Quick Bass Lessons Number 2 /// Pablo Elorza.

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Three steps to make a Bass Chord Melody

Tres pasos para hacer un Chord Melody en el Bajo.

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L371 Funky bass lick and fill with envelope filter

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This lick is in Em and the fill is a descending Em pentatonic scale motif almost only using the two top strings.
Im playing my Sandberg California MarloweDK signature bass strung with Dunlop nickel strings , gauge 45-105 through a MXR envelope filter into a tc electronic RH450 amp

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Beginner Lesson – counting and playing 16th notes

Mark gives us a few exercises for people learning about 16th notes

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Easy Bach on Bass Tutorial

Mark’s performance of the piece

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Mark’s lesson on how to play the piece

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Bach – Bouree 1 from suite 3 in C Major

CONTINUUM (Jaco Pastorius) /// Deep Into Electric Bass Classics /// Pablo Elorza.

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Un análisis en detalle del clásico de Jaco Pastorius incluido en su primer disco solista.
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A Step-By-Step breakdown of the Jaco Pastorius composition featured in His first solosit album.
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L370 Fat “Synthy” bass groove with legato fill

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A somewhat  “dirty” groove in Eb minor with a predominantly Eb minor pentatonic fill (with a 9th added)
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Im playing my Sandberg California MarloweDK signature bass, strung with Dunlop nickel strings – gauge 45-105, into a MXR bass octave deluxe, a MXR bass overdrive and a tc electronic Hall Of Fame reverb, through a tc electronic RH450 amp’s direct output into Logic pro

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HAVONA (Jaco Pastorius) /// Deep Into Electric Bass Classics /// Pablo Elorza.

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Un análisis en detalle del clásico de Jaco Pastorius incluido en el disco “Heavy Weather” de Weather Report.
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A Step-By-Step breakdown of the Jaco Pastorius composition featured in the 1977 Classic Weather Report Album “Heavy Weather”.
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L369 Cool bass groove with harmonics and doublestop chords

Im playing my 1977 Music Man Stingray, strung with Dunlop nickel strings , gauge 45-105, into a MXR Bass Chorus DeLuxe (M83) through the DI of a tc electronic RH450 amp into Logic Pro

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THE JACO SOUND /// Deep Into Electric Bass Classics /// Pablo Elorza.

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Un análisis en detalle de como lograr un sonido de Bajo Fretless en Estudio y en Vivo al estilo de Jaco Pastorius.
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A detailed analysis of how to achieve Fretless Bass sound in Studio and Live the style of Jaco Pastorius.
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How to play a advanced pentatonic bass run in all keys

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Play to the backing track here:
Download Rock in cycle of Fifths Playback minus bass mp3

Previous tutorials using the same backing track

How to learn your bass fretboard by Rocking out

Simple bass line practice in all 12 keys,

Im playing a 1977 Fender Precision strung with Dunlop nickel strings gauge 45-105 through a tc electronic RH450 amp (direct out) into Logic pro

 

L368 Funky Slap with cross string hammerons

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An exercise in rapid cross-string plucked hammerons.

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Advanced palm mute plucking technique.

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Timing Exercise: Sub divisions

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Slapping and grooving a chordal melody

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Mark teaches us a tasty lick and shows us how he wrote it. Then it’s your turn to write one!