An awesome INTERMEDIATE bass lesson

Mark takes us through a few really cool concepts and exercises…

Skill level – Intermediate

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Ethan Farmer – FUNK BASS MASTER – interviewed by MarloweDK

You gotta see this if you are into some nasty funk bass playing!
One of the top players today, Chicago’s own Ethan Farmer! ( Lionel Richie, Christina Aguilera, Janet Jackson, Babyface, Patti LaBelle and many more)
MarloweDK caugth him in a session with tc electronic and later on stage with Lionel Richie.
We had a blast together, Ethan playing a lot great stuff,  while we talked about technique, practice, gigs, etc while Morten from tc electronic served wine:-)

You can read more about Ethans signature bass at http://www.bassmods.com and http://ethan-farmer.com/
This video was recorded with help from Morten Ehlers, head of the Bass department at http://www.tcelectronic.com

Easy Slap Bass Lick #08 (TAB/GuitarPro)

„Easy Slap Bass Lick“ with E minor Pentatonic and a simple 16th Deadnote Pattern.

TAB/GuitarPro Download: http://goo.gl/I2pw6s

More Bass Licks:

Easy Pentatonic Licks: http://goo.gl/7p5vAw
Easy Slap Bass Licks: http://goo.gl/C4GxTW
Slap Bass Licks: http://goo.gl/qB82vg
Dead Note Grooves: http://goo.gl/LUxg81
Classic Licks: http://goo.gl/xG0YQi

Easy Slap Bass Lick #07 (TAB/GuitarPro)

„Easy Slap Bass Lick“ with G minor chord.

TAB/GuitarPro Download: http://goo.gl/g3RscY

More Bass Licks:

Easy Petatonic Licks: http://goo.gl/7p5vAw
Easy Slap Bass Licks: http://goo.gl/C4GxTW
Slap Bass Licks: http://goo.gl/qB82vg
Dead Note Grooves: http://goo.gl/LUxg81
Classic Licks: http://goo.gl/xG0YQi

50 Great Bass lines!

Not a lesson per se, but hopefully an inspiring collection of bass lines!

Learn a “must know” JAZZ SECRET

Mark share’s a “must know jazz secret”…

Skill level – Intermediate

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Funky Fingerstyle Bass Lick #01 (with TAB/GuitarPro)

„Funky Fingerstyle Bass Lick“ in A minor (dorian). Works over Am7 and A7.

TAB/GuitarPro Download: http://goo.gl/uSgI59

More Bass Licks:

Easy Petatonic Licks: http://goo.gl/7p5vAw
Easy Slap Bass Licks: http://goo.gl/C4GxTW
Slap Bass Licks: http://goo.gl/qB82vg
Dead Note Grooves: http://goo.gl/LUxg81
Classic Licks: http://goo.gl/xG0YQi

L378 Funky fingerstyle bass groove with crazy fill

Again i use the open strings for sinister purposes;-)
A groovy bassline you can use over a E7, E9, E13 chord  using the Em dorian scale with the Major 3rd added (G#)
Omit the G# and use it over a minor Chord/key

Im playing my Sandberg California MarloweDK Signature 5-string bassstrung with Dunlop Nickel strings,
through a tc electronic BG250 combo , using the direct out, into Logic Pro

Im favoring the bridge pickup in this lick

You can easily play this on a 4 string bass, just substitute the E 5th fret on the B string with the open E on the E string

Download L378 Transcription/TAB in Pdf here

Download L378 Guitar Pro 5 and GPX format here

Lesson #20 // Miki Santamaria – Dangerous tapping part

Are you into something cool, fresh and musical which can even be referenced to classical music? Here is a lesson for Miki Santamaria’s Dangerous (which is a David Guetta song and Miki did an instrumental cover for it with Anna Sentina and Casey “COOP3RDRUMM3R” Cooper)

Miki Santamaria is a hell of a bass player –  I first saw a video of him playing that Silver Modulus bass and then i checked out all the other stuff from him – if you haven’t run into one of Miki’s great Youtube videos you might be from Mars – in that case, welcome on Earth, welcome on YouTube, there are some things you should watch very quickly (Slap bass secrets or a few of his covers and solos for example). Besides being a virtuoso, Miki is also very musical – that not only means that he composes solo bass stuff with taste but he also seems to fit in any band.Check out his work!

So, Dangerous! I never actually listened to the original David Guetta version fully but I dig the cover version so much I transcribed the tapping part! This part immediately caught my ears and i knew i wanted to learn it. Also, it sounded very familiar … After a quick search, it turned out that my suspicion was right- if you are interested in some musical references, just give a listen to the following excerpts :) Ludovico Einaudi’s Andare or Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor

Actually, the cool thing about this tapping part is that while it sound complicated it is not really. Sure, your fingers might feel some pain at the beginning but after the second day it won’t be a big deal :) Basically, there are 3 parts to know for this song: a one-bar lick that is played many-many times, an intro line which is only played at the beginning of the song, and the refrain part.

The intro part goes from 0.10-0.23 in the original video – in the lesson, i play this part 3 times slow – you’ll see the tabs under the video, but the first bar is basically that one-bar lick which is played everywhere else in the video – so you only have to repeat that most of the time.

The refrain part is first played from 0.55-1.05 in the original – in the lesson, i basically play two rounds, then make a 4 bar rest, then demonstrate two more rounds.- use your ears to spot the refrain part in the song elsewhere!

If you are new to tapping, don’t worry! Let’s check the first bar of the intro – put your left index finger on the 9th fret of G string and move the index or middle of your right above the 16th fret of the G string. As the 9th fret should be sounded first, the first note is actually picked with your right finger and after that 9th fret note is sounded you tap the 16th fret with your right, move your left pinkie to the 14th fret and then when you fret that 14th note, you release your right index. When that 14th note is sounded, you again tap with your right index, you move your left middle to the 12 th fret, release right index…etc. Once you figure this motion out, you’ll only have to move it around – if something is not clear, ask in the comments, or on email! Have fun with it!

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The video does not intend to violate any laws or copyrights, it is to be used for educational purposes (fair use). Check out the cover version of Miki, Anna and Casey!

Check out Miki’s Youtube channel and homepage and support him!

For registered DigthatBass members, there is the GuitarPro5 file here!

cheers,

“Just Bass” Song #01

A little composition in G minor / Bb major with three tracks of Jazz Bass playing Bassline, Chords and Melody.

Funk jam on Fender VI bass

The Fender VI bass… or guitar, what do you think?
Spur of the moment funk jam in C
Im playing to a backing track from a great iphone app called Burn
check it out here

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/burn/id705416651?mt=8&uo=6&at=11luqG

It makes me play both bass and guitar inspired stuff, the instrument its a fun hybrid, quite unique.

Its a “Pawn Shop” Fender VI bass, strung with flatwound strings, thicker than the stock roundwounds.

Played through a TC electronics RH450 amp (DI)
Ive added some modulation delay in Logic

How good are your ears?

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Skill level –Beginner

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Bass fretboard position shift lesson

Simple exercise for fast position shifts
Good for beginners, intermediate players and what the heck – all of us!

Im playing my Sandberg California MarloweDK signature bass, strung with Dunlop nickel strings gauge 45-105.

“PLAYING and PRACTICING INTERVALS on the BASS”

Do you know how to play and practice intervals? Learn how in this lesson!

L377 A7#9 chord bass groove with legato fill

A7#9 or better known as the “Jimi Hendrix” chord is useful chord to know, since you can play both the minor and Major pentatonic over it.
Here i use it in a groove with with a mostly minor pentatonic fill in the end ( played “legato” – meaning i use a lot of slides, hammerons and pullofs to get a fluid  motion)

Im playing a 1975 Fender Jazz Bass with Dunlop Nickel strings gauge 45-105

Transcription/TAB in Pdf and Guitar Pro format will be available later

MarloweDK in Argentina // Interview by Pablo Elorza.

A beautiful interview with MarloweDK we did last year during his tour of South America.

He told us his beginnings with music, equipment, and how he develops his website wwwplaybassnow.com and much more!

Interview by Pablo Elorza

Camera and Editing by Bruno Nesci.

More information at www.pabloelorza.com


 

Un hermosa entrevista junto a MarloweDK que realizamos el año pasado durante su gira por Sud America.

Nos contó sus comienzos con la música, su equipamiento, como realizo su sitio web wwwplaybassnow.com y muchas cosas mas!

Entrevista por Pablo Elorza.

Cámaras y Edición por Bruno Nesci.

Mas informacion en www.pabloelorza.com

 

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L376 Funky bass groove with open strings

 

A funky fingerstyle bass groove in the key of Dm or D7 ( on can play minor scales on dominant chords) , using mostly the D minor Dorian scale with chromatic connecting notes.And with heavy use of open strings for fast note doubling (D on open string to D on A string 5th fret)

Transcription/TAB in Pdf and Guitar Pro 5 format

L376 Pdf

L376 Guitar pro 5 and 6

 

LEARN how to RECOGNIZE the INTERVALS of the MAJOR SCALE

Mark share’s Episode #1 (“How to recognize the intervals of the major scale”) from his ULTIMATE INTERVAL TRAINER 12 part AUDIO series!

(*FREE TABS*) Learn to Play a SOLO BASS arrangement of GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD!

Mark performs his arrangement of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and then shows us how to play it!

(watch the performance here) –

(watch the tutorial here)

Testing the Neuser fretless bass bridge

Lesson #19 // Jaco Pastorius – Okonkole Y Trompa

Despite Jaco having left innumerable mind-blowing and beautiful pieces of music as a legacy – including Donna Lee, Continuum, Portrait of Tracy, Havona, Chromatic Fantasy, Birdland to name a few – my all time favorite Jaco tune remains Okonkole Y Trompa. It’s mesmerizing and airy atmosphere breathes and ambigious serenity into the listener. The bass provides the setting by a simple pattern which sounds like an endless spiral – the natural harmonics make this line special and outstanding, yet it just flows under the floating french horn melody like a calm river. The congas are more in an accompanying role – they are the ripples of that river which provides the foundation – it feels like there is no meter, it much more feels like a free meditation which also has a enigmatic and mysterious order.

The reason why I am comparing this to a meditation is because the the groove itself is ‘simple’ compared to other Jaco songs, yet, playing these simple notes focused with control and evenness for four minutes takes some mastery and a meditative sort of concentration.Even though the meter of the song could be possibly interpreted in several different ways I prefer to simply think about it as straight 4/4. As you will see in the notation, Jaco is playing groups of five – quintuplets – with the first of the quintuplets accented. Basically, this simple pattern of five is just repeated over and over again. I’ve notated this as sixteenth quintuplets – which equal the length of one quarter note (that equals 4 sixteenth notes): that means you are actually playing 5 sixteenth notes over the time of 4 sixteenths(=1 quarter) – I know that sounds complicated but it is actually not :) Very simply put, you just have to keep counting 1-2-3-4-5 quickly over what Jaco plays and you’ll get it!

The notes are natural harmonics which means your fretting hand fingers do not actually push down the notes, they just barely touch the string right above the frets. The ringing of these notes are controlled by your left hand curvature – when your fingers are less curved and more flattened, the ring is controlled, the notes are shorter, but if you curve your left hand fingers more, there will be space for notes to ring out. Towards the end of the tune, you can hear that the groove sounds more ‘open': some tones are left to ring out more – on the tab I marked these ones red. That ringing-out is achieved by this left hand curvature – as you curve your fingers, they will not come in contact with the G string while you play the next notes on the D and the A string and that way that note marked red on the G string will ring out while you are playing the other notes (see pictures in video!)

Well, that’s about it! I am planning to do two more Jaco snippets soon (erm, or at least, this semester :P) – one will be a short unison which I haven’t really seen transcribed in any Jaco books, and the other one is a classic but I will have it present with an extra 😉 stay tuned.

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The video does not intend to violate any laws or copyrights, it is to be used for educational purposes (fair use). The original song can be purchased at Amazon and iTunes!

I guess as a bass player, you alread knew Jaco, but keep supporting the Jaco legacy, listen to his, buy his records, check out Jacopastorius.com or check out his amazing son, Felix Pastorius!

After a free registration on digthatbass.com, there is a free GuitarPro5 file available!

cheers,

R

Slap Style Bass Lick #08 (with TAB/Transcription)

Slap Style Bass Lick with a lot of “hammer ons”

TAB/Transcription Download: http://goo.gl/kWvVU4

More Bass Licks:

Easy Pentatonic Licks: http://goo.gl/7p5vAw
Easy Slap Bass Licks: http://goo.gl/C4GxTW
Slap Bass Licks: http://goo.gl/qB82vg
Dead Note Grooves: http://goo.gl/LUxg81
Classic Licks: http://goo.gl/xG0YQi

Lesson #18 // John Patitucci – Got a Match theme & bass part

Wow. It took me some time to learn this – sometimes it is surprising even for myself how long it can take to master a piece, even with focused practising – okay, maybe around Christmas, and middle of January, practice time was not really effective nor focused but at least I gained some pounds instead of speed :)

So after one and a half month of practising this daily at least for 15 mins (but usually 30-60, sometimes 60-120), I would say i am currently pretty comfortable with this at around 280 bpm any time, can cut it at 304 if warmed up and relaxed, but would probably throw my bass at Chick if this tune was an opening track played slightly above the usual tempo at an outdoor gig in late September :) not quite my tempo, would i probably say. But really, this is a disclaimer, Got a Match is useful and fun stuff, but it is crazy sh*t as well, so be patient with it and with yourself.

For me, learning this theme in its original recorded tempo was the most profitable experience in a long time. I had to watch my every step and become conscious of every move in order to go beyond my barriers. When I was looking for bass players doing this tune, I have seen bass players suffer from this tune live – sometimes even John himself who played on this track for Chick on the record… John himself is a Master – as a teacher, as an artist, musically, theoretically…on many levels. What I really like about him that he is always about music wherever and whenever he plays. His dedication and humility always amazes me – it is always refreshing to see and hear someone continuously grow even though he has been at the top of his game for several decades. John is the one who will always play what he feels and you’ll hear new experiences coming from his music and solos every time you listen to him. I am excited to hear John’s new album which he currently records but until that you fortunately have a lot of albums to listen to going from Fusion to Free Jazz. You’ll definitely know John’s Bach arrangement but his latest album Remembrance is definitely a must-listen, you’ll hear beautiful space and gravity played with a trio featuring Brian Blade and Joe Lovano.

So, back to Got a Match – it is extremely hard stuff. I have recently acquired a 6 string Yamaha and I cannot even imagine how difficult it can be not to make strings make noise while hitting every note of this. Anyway, I basically found two crazy guys on Youtube who nailed this perfectly – only watch these guys if you grabbed your seat: Rob Gourlay and Mike Pope.

Well. Hats off gentlemen. But how can you approach Got a Match?

 Your survival kit for learning this one:

organized, focused and regular practise routine – you’ll have to do this daily. Taking 30- 60 mins a day is more than enough. But during this time, focus entirely on the piece. If you do too much, you can become tired and usually that causes you playing bad, then you become frustrated that you haven’t progressed, Small focused steps.

working out the runs and figuring out fingerings REAL slow, then practising difficult segments seperately – my method was to begin with half speed, play it for 2-4 mins, then increase tempo by 2-4 metronome clicks. Make sure that practise the segment correctly. At higher tempos, sometimes it is better to to increase the tempo only 2-3 times daily. In that way, you’ll feel the progress. You can make yourself weekly tempo goals. If it takes slower to progress, don’t hurt yourself. I have over-strained myself a bit at one time. Resting and recovering your injured hand will take more time. Believe me.

play light, watch your hand positions and do as little movements with fingers as possible Besides being slow and conscious of your every move, you’ll have to lighten your touch on both hands. As you will see on the video, I play VERY lightly with my right hand – i am resting my thumb on the E string, but when i play with my index and middle, the E string barely moves – when you play hared, it will touch the pickup. You’ll have to avoid that. You can also record yourself, and check the sound waves – where it is louder, you become stiff, you play louder – you’ll have to even that out for yourself. You’ll have to experiment with right hand positions and angles, curving. If you play closer to the bridge and above the pickup, you won’t dig in between the strings too much but there will be more string tension as well. If you move way in the direction of the neck, the strings will move that way you cannot be precise in your motion. Usually you can find a sweet spot for yourself, but sometimes different sections will need slightly different positions as well. Here, I photographed some positions I have experimented with and worked. First one is basically Jacoesque – playing above the pickup and with your very tips of your fingers allows you to play fast and precisely and not dig in too much in between the pickups – yet for some people it strains the hands. Second is modernish-rampish-Willisish hand position – again, while i don’t have a ramp, the goal is to lightly play the strings with the tips of your fingers – this is a more relaxed position, however, it is not convenient for some, since plucking comes not from the root of your fingers, but from the lower joints. The third is a bit inward turned position, you won’t see that much often, nevertheless it is very useful – people whose middle finger is much longer than the pointing finger, will find that with this position they can play more easily and fluidly due to the fingers length aligned with the strings with the angle change. Experiment with these and combine them to find your best position!

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 – immense drive and persistence. If you become discouraged at any point, let it rest a bit – this stuff is definitely challenging. Relaxing and coming back to it later can be refreshing – when you begin with again, you’ll have a fresh perspective and you might notice things that have kept you from progressing. Also, it is useful to practice other stuff as well in order to relax yourself. Or as a different kind of motivation, you can watch a video of a pro bassist suffering from this tune :)
–  patience – sometimes it is difficult to acknowledge that even though you are working hard, results are coming slowly. Don’t worry – due to the practice you have done, you have probably developed more speed and accuracy than before. You don’t have to hurry either since you don’t have a gig next week with Chick. (do you?)
So, all in all, have a safe journey fellow bass player and post videos of your Match 😉
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The video does not intend to violate any laws or copyrights, it is to be used for educational purposes (fair use). The original song can be purchased at Amazon and iTunes!

Visit John Patitucci’s homepage, Facebook page, Artistworks page and support him!

After a free registration digthatbass.com, there is a free GuitarPro5 file available!

cheers,

R

A great way to make MUSIC out of SCALES!

Mark takes us through an interesting concept and shows us a brilliant exercise. Be sure to be patient and watch this video till the end. It’s worth it.

60 CHORDS made EASY on the BASS!

Mark teaches us 5 chords in a unique pattern and shows us how to take them through all 12 keys…

A great CHORD TONE exercise

Mark takes us through a great CHORD TONE exercise.

Lesson #17 // Nino Bezerra – Youtube groove

So, after presenting Junior Braguinha I have decided to feature one more Latin American bassist who might not be known to you all – Nino Bezerra. The fun part is that they might be stars over there but i just don’t know about that, sorry for any of my bad ignorance…

I have discovered Nino when I was looking for pickup tests and there was a video showing Bartolini pickups and an amazing and unusual open E groove using natural harmonics and an arpeggio like fill…. Very tight, very musical and very creative. Again, I have to notice that the concept is very simple – triplet feel, open E, but still it is soooo tasty i have no words. I haven’t been 100% successful on imitating that triplet feel but here it is anyway, Have fun!

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The video does not intend to violate any laws or copyrights, it is to be used for educational purposes (fair use). The original groove is available on Youtube!

Visit Nino Bezerra’s YouTube channel and support him!

For Guitar Pro files, please visit Digthatbass.com!

cheers,

R

Lesson #16 // Junior Braguinha – Solo pattern / Odd meter groove

I’ve noticed recently that every Latin American (rooted) bassist I stumble upon on YouTube is a mind blowing badass… I don’t know what’s different over there, but really, just look up a few guys: Victor Colmenero, Nino Bezerra, Pipoquinha, Eduardo Barbosa and last but not least  Junior Braginhua …  all jaw-dropping. I’ve decided to feature them since they are more than worth it :)

Junior Braguinha is most probably known to you, he is a Ken Smith, MarkBass and a Rotosound endorser so his videos have probably reached you one way or another I just love how effortless and cool this guy does all those mind-melting licks. He is lighting fast but all he does is tasty. You can hear a lot of influences in his playing that are mixed together in this young chap. The three guys that are hear most in his playing are Linley Marthe, Jaco and Matthew Garrison.

The solo pattern I’ve transcribed is one of his signature licks – if you listen closely it comes out of his fingers in several in his solos – there is a song under tha codename (5) where you can hear it very clearly as an interlude fill – so I picked this excerpt and I looped it. The song is in 5/4 which can sound scary to some of you, but if you leave the coungting out and listen to the groove for a few rounds, it should be very straightforward – so that’s why i also transcribed the groove – you can hear that in the lesson as well.

The lick includes a good workout for your hammer-on/pull of skills (that’s the thing from Matthew Garrison) and it ascends on cromatic passing notes and stops on a slightly outside note, than it comes down with a recurring triad-base triplet pattern – simple, solid, effective with a little bit of speed :) Note that the first two bars are played actually an octave higher but i wanted to keep things Jazz Bass friendly for the majority out there :) Have fun!

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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 on Youtube!

Visit Junior Braguinha’s Facebook site and support him!

For the Guitar Pro file, go to Digthatbass.com!

cheers,

R

Easy Slap Bass Lick #06

(Not that easy) Easy Slap Bass Lick with G minor pentatonic and 3rd double stops.

GuitarPro and TAB/Notation Download: http://goo.gl/8Eb0ke

Easy Slap Bass Licks: http://goo.gl/C4GxTW

Slap Bass Licks: http://goo.gl/qB82vg

Dead Note Grooves: http://goo.gl/LUxg81

Classic Licks: http://goo.gl/xG0YQi

Classic Bass Lick – The Joker

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Classic Bass Lick “The Joker”.

Easy Slap Bass Licks: http://goo.gl/C4GxTW

Slap Bass Licks: http://goo.gl/qB82vg

Dead Note Grooves: http://goo.gl/LUxg81

Classic Licks: http://goo.gl/xG0YQi

Dead Note Bass Groove #05

Dead Note Bass Groove with A minor pentatonic.

GuitarPro and TAB/Notation Download: http://goo.gl/UHQlCN

Easy Slap Bass Licks: http://goo.gl/C4GxTW

Slap Bass Licks: http://goo.gl/qB82vg

Dead Note Grooves: http://goo.gl/LUxg81

Classic Licks: http://goo.gl/xG0YQi

3 LICKS for your BAG OF TRICKS!

Mark shows us 3 licks…

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/

For digthatbass.com members, GuitarPro5 file is freely available!

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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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/peace-beyond-passion/id358109200

Visit Meshell’s site and support her!

http://www.meshell.com

For a GuitarPro5 file, please visit http://www.digthatbass.com

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

Download TAB/transcription as Guitar Pro 5 and PDF:
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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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Download fretboard diagram (Pdf) here

 

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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