Backing track – Major7 in all keys

Dreamy chill slow 70 bpm backingtrack for bass in the Major keys Major 7 chord, Ionian or Lydian mode, Major Pentatonic practice in all keys through the circle of fifths, 16 bars each A good 11 minute bass workout in the Major keys Click here for backing track in the minor keys

Backing track – Minor 7 in all keys

A dreamy chill slow 70 bpm backingtrack for bass. Minor 7 chord, dorian mode, pentatonic practice in all keys through the circle of fifths, 16 bars each A good 11 minute bass workout Click for backing track in all the Major keys

Funky Fm Dorian bass fill

L380 Bassline and a 3 part fill using the Fm dorian scale You can use each of the 3 parts / patterns / ideas of the fill for your own lines. I also talk a bit about how to play more staccato notes using left and right hand muting

Hip pentatonic patterns in depth

Get out of the rut of the same boring pentatonic patterns and get a hipper modern sound Using the E minor pentatonic scale ( E G A B D ) The first pattern is: play any note from the pentatonic scale on the G string ex E Play the next available descending scale note on the D string ex D Go back to the G string, skip the initial note and go to the next ascending scale note ex G Down again to the D string, skip the D and play the next descending scale note ex A Repeat the patter on the next pair of string sets ex DA, AE Experiment with leaving out repeated notes, change the rhythm, slap it , pick it, etc

3 Easy Pentatonic Bass Licks

5 SLAP Tricks *BASS Hacks Vol.1*

Mark takes us through 5 Slap Bass Techniques

Marcus Miller Sire M3 – Slap Sound Demo

Bass Lesson /// Let’s Work – Prince

In this quick bass lesson I will show you how I have come to play "Let's Work" by Prince. I am posting in a way that I believe will both honor his relationship with the web and still allow me to share a great bass lesson with you. I also encourage you to watch BrownMark (Prince and the Revolution bassist) version on youtube here as it is, obviously, THE most accurate: Intro A Groove 50% of Album Speed -  0:59 70% of Album Speed -  1:32 100% of Album Speed - 2:00 Tutorial - 2:34 B Groove 50% of Album Speed -  5:45 70% of Album Speed -  6:12 100% of Album Speed - 6:30 Tutorial - 6:48

Cool Bluesy bassline with fills in G with backing track

A bluesy bassline using a good fingering for the Major Pentatonic scale, especially for slides and hammerons. Fills are mostly pentatonic with added flat 3rd (Bb) and flat 7th (F) The Backing track is a onechord G7 vamp, but you can transpose it and use it in many blues type songs Im playing a 1976 Fender Precision bass with Dunlop nickel roundwound strings with the tone control 1/4 down Its a onechord G7 vamp, but you can transpose it and use it in many blues type songs Download Backing track here   Backing track generated with the great loop based backing track iOS app "Session Band", the Blues edition. Check it out here  

Lesson #23 // Jaco Pastorius – Kuru – groove & string section unison line

This is the long-promised second part of my little Jaco-lesson-trilogy, here is the first 🙂 Have you ever noticed in Kuru that Jaco goes unison with the string section around 1.57? Here's the lesson for you! I have been looking for this little excerpt for a long time, but it seems no official Jaco book has it, and I haven't even found anything about it on the Internet, so I thought I'd transcribe it! It's basically an Am7 pentatonic line with accented notes so harmonically it is not that complicated, but as far as stamina and feel goes, it's rather a challenge 🙂 The groove itself is a killer and this unison line manages to top that! Recently I have been experimenting with talking again in the videos, so this time, all advice is there.
Also, what is more, this lesson will be featured on Kris Rodgers AKA Dmanlamius' site, I am sure you all know this great guy who was among the first who published free bass lessons on Youtube and now he is retiring his channel which is kind of sad, but he still was kind enough to invite guest teacher to be featured on his channel. He is also on his last "low end warrior quest" and he is doing a video every day which means a tons of sacrifice and hard work. So I am kindly asking you to take the time and support Kris in any way you can, he has given a lot to the bass community during the years - let's try to keep free bass lessons alive with that gesture 🙂 BIG thanks for Kris for featuring this lesson! 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 and buy his records, check out or check out his amazing son, Felix Pastorius! For members, there a free GuitarPro5 file at! cheers, R

Lesson #22 // Paul Chambers – Trane’s Blues – walking bass transcription & analysis

So I am starting a 4-5 episode walking bass transcription & analysis series because I think that transcribing those lines is essential in order to become a good walking bassist - of course lines can be created by following some basic rules, but the mastery comes from listening to the guys who have laid these rules. When you transcribe these guys, you'll notice that sometimes these rules are bent to make the music more exciting - sometimes becasuse they wanted to play something new, sometimes because they were interacting with the other musicians - and that's what gives it the flavour. So by listening and analysing these notes, we can become better at our walking bass craft.

This lesson assumes that you are familiar with a few basic rules of walking bass, however, here is a very basic, short and brief 101 introduction.

- walking bass line names come from the quarter note beat that "walks" from one harmony to the other. That way the line outlines chord, provides harmonic and rhytmic foundation. You'll probably know this style from blues,jazz, swing types of music.

- walking bass quarter notes should be long, even and round notes without adding that constant 2 and 4 beat accent to the notes - that accent comes the hihat and the ride.

- when it comes to creating lines, we talk about chord tones and passing tones (~about target notes and approach notes), we talk about strong beats and weak beats

- Chord tones are notes that outline a harmony. Talking about walking bass, we can talk about a chord's root,  3rd,  5th and  7th. For example, the F7 chord's root is F, its 3rd A, 5th is C 7th is Eb, and accordingly a Bb7 chord would have Bb - D - F - Ab.

- 1 and 3 are considered the strong beats, 2 and 4 the weak ones. Target notes are usually the chord tones, and these are the ones which usually should be played on strong beats since these notes are important in relation to harmony and time. Passing notes/approach are usual played on weak beats, and they are used the approach target notes 🙂 These notes can make the line move smoothly by "walking" or moving from one harmony to another (I guess that strange terminology). These passing tones can either be diatonic (within the suggested scale of the given harmony), chromatic (half-step away from the preceding/following note) or non-harmonic (no apparent harmonic relation to the given harmony/chord).

- so if you are following these rules, two bars of walking bass would look like this:


So after just completing walking bass 101, here is what we have today 🙂

The tune I have chosen is Trane's Blues by the Miles Davis Quintet and I have transcribed 4 rounds (beginning right after the end of the theme, at around 0.21). In my earlier lessons, i did not really talk in the video, but this time i do again so you can go to the video for details! I basically mention a few things about why learning walking bass is beneficial and why it is a good place to start for transcribing. I also give a short analysis and a guide on how to practise this (about singing it first) but i have to stress that you should also practise with the record to get that swing feel and once you feel that you are good, you can also play it with only a metronome and record yourself to hear how your feel is. (You can set the metronome to single quarter notes without any accents, and then use the 2-4 swung feel to practise - that means that the clicks of the metronome represent beats 2 and 4 - and then you have to begin the walking line on the one - which the metronome does not play 🙂

The video does not intend to violate any laws or copyrights, it is to be used for educational purposes (fair use). Check out the original tune on Workin' by the Miles Davis Quintet! Support Paul Chambers' legacy by buying his records! For members, there is a free GuitarPro5 file on! cheers, R

Easily add Diminished Chords to Your Playing

Easily add Diminished Chords to Your Playing! Mark demonstrates an EASY exercise to get the diminished sound into your musical vocabulary.

Lesson #21 // Bobby Vega- Gosh groove excerpt

Okay, so here we are again after a broken nose and a marriage (both on my part, lucky me) 🙂 Although, lessons come usually without talk on the video, this time I felt it was necessary to do a bit of show'n' tell  and do some talking since I found so many little details to pay attention to that written advice alone could not suffice Bobby's piece. I do not enjoy wathcing myself talking but I hope you do 🙂 Bobby Vega's is one of the coolest cats around - he is the counter-argument for pick hater bassists. His pumping lines are super cool, musical and a joy to listen to no matter whether he plays slapping, fingerstyle, or with a pick. While he is best known for his bombastic pick-style playing, if you ever checked any of his solo records, you'll notice how creative and diverse his music is. Bobby is someone who knows flash but he also knows to serve a song while having tremendous amounts of fun. I have never played pick-bass before, so this was a whole new adventure for me as well - it was important for myself as well to re-live the number one rule of learning something new - SUPER-SLOW! I literary went eyeballing Bobby's video for hours and putting the line together note-by-note, detail by detail. I guess as usual, i did not reach the "bobbyvega-badass-level" in regards to the fluency and the relaxed explosiveness of the line but it should be enough to teach you some fun 🙂 In the video, I talk about four details to watch when you learn this excerpt:
  1. how to hold the pick with your fingers?
  2. how to hold your right hand?
  3. how to achieve that pulse that pumps your ears? 🙂
  4. what left hand does and how it works together with the right hand?
As I'll go into all of these in detail in the video, there is no written part for pieces of advice this time, we'll see how that works out. Usually the motions I show you slow in the video are exaggerated (like lifting the fretting finger after the note is played) and there are a few little mistakes here and there (for example while i show you the pattern of sixteenth notes and play down-up, i am telling up-down instead) but i hope with the corrections of Bobby in the background, you'll get the gist of it 🙂 If you have any questions, comment on the Youtube video and i'll answer! The video does not intend to violate any laws or copyrights, it is to be used for educational purposes (fair use). Check out the original video at! Check out Bobby's homepage and support him! After a free registration, for members there is a free GuitarPro5 file! cheers,

Bass Note Reharm (A Bassist’s Secret Weapon)

One of our most powerful tools as bass players is changing the harmony based upon what notes we choose to play. It can really shape the music in a powerful way, and it's one of our best kept secrets. It can also really annoy piano players, so that's helpful too. Check out this video on how! -Adam

Valuble Tips on Slap Bass

Skill Level - Intermediate Mark shares his tips on Slap Bass with us... Subscribe for more FREE lessons on Licks, Tunes, Concepts and Technique!! Follow me on FB here - Catch me @ Bass Musician Magazine here - Check out my 2nd Channel - "Bass Jam Diary" here -

Blues Crash Course – blues, jazz, soloing and more!

**For the FREE 15 page booklet click here - (available from July 1st 2015 in Bass Musician Magazine)** Skill level - from BEGINNER to ADVANCED It begins at a basic blues in E (using root notes), then moves into triads, chords, chromatics, shuffles, different keys (for horns and guitar), Jazz blues, a few chord subs and turnarounds. Then finishes on some tips for soloing. Follow me on FB here - Check out PlayBassNow.Com (With MarloweDK), where I am a guest teacher, here - Catch me @ Bass Musician Magazine here - Subscribe for more FREE lessons on Licks, Tunes, Concepts and Technique!! *apologies as the audio becomes out of sync

How to play “I want you back” by the Jackson 5

In this Bass Lesson you'll learn how to play the bass part to the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back". I will show you what I believe to be the most efficient fingerings and essential groove elements to play this song successfully in any live or practice scenario. Have you learned to play this song already? Was the lesson easy to follow? What would you like to see more of? *there is one part in this video that isn't totally accurate in the breakdown! The part that I played Bb should actually be Db.

How to play “Get On the Floor” by Michael Jackson

Got the news early on May 22 that Louis "Thunder Thumbs" Johnson had passed away.  Like many others Louis was a big influence on my playing and I thought it would be cool to do a quick tut on probably one of the most cold blooded bass grooves out from him and that's the groove from "Get on the Floor" from Micheal Jackson's 1979 "Off the Wall Album" . What I will so you here is pretty accurate with my own added variations. In addition to his work with his brother ,  George 'Lightnin' Licks'Johnson,  Louis play bass on SO many tracks produced by Quincy Jones and is also the cat who played the bass on "Billie Jean". The loss of BB King kicked everyone in the stomach last week. I can really only speak for myself but this one kicks too for sure but there seems to be a lingering effect for bass players. IF you don't know who Louis Johnson and the Brothers Johnson are you should really check them out. It'll change your life!

An awesome INTERMEDIATE bass lesson

Mark takes us through a few really cool concepts and exercises... Skill level - Intermediate Subscribe for more FREE lessons on Licks, Tunes, Concepts and Technique!! Follow me on FB here - Check out PlayBassNow.Com (With MarloweDK), where I am a guest teacher, here - - (this website) Catch me @ Bass Musician Magazine here -    

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 and This video was recorded with help from Morten Ehlers, head of the Bass department at

Easy Slap Bass Lick #08 (TAB/GuitarPro)

„Easy Slap Bass Lick“ with E minor Pentatonic and a simple 16th Deadnote Pattern. TAB/GuitarPro Download: More Bass Licks: Easy Pentatonic Licks: Easy Slap Bass Licks: Slap Bass Licks: Dead Note Grooves: Classic Licks:

Easy Slap Bass Lick #07 (TAB/GuitarPro)

„Easy Slap Bass Lick“ with G minor chord. TAB/GuitarPro Download: More Bass Licks: Easy Petatonic Licks: Easy Slap Bass Licks: Slap Bass Licks: Dead Note Grooves: Classic Licks:

50 Great Bass lines!

Not a lesson per se, but hopefully an inspiring collection of bass lines!   Cissy Strut – The Meters – George Porter Jr. Colibri – Incognito – Randy Hope Taylor 0:16 Cochise – Audioslave – Tim Commerford 0:25 Apache Rose Peacock – RHCP – Flea 0:31 Good Times Bad Times – Led Zeppelin – John Paul Jones 0:41 Billie Jean – Michael Jackson – Louis Johnson 0:50 Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes – Paul Simon – Bakithi Kumalo 0:54 Time is Running Out – Muse – Chris Wolstenholme 1:03 Alright Now – Free – Andy Fraser 1:12 The Chicken – Jaco Pastorius 1:20 Too Young to Die – Jamiroquai – Stuart Zender 1:28 Thank You – Sly and the Family Stone – Larry Graham 1:47 Hysteria – Muse – Chris Wolstenholme 1:56 The Time is Now – Moloko – Mark Brydon 2:06 Soul with a Capital S – Tower of Power – Rocco Prestia 2:19 Moby Dick – Led Zeppelin – John Paul Jones 2:27 Tears of a Clown – Smokey Robinson – James Jamerson 2:57 Wrathchild – Iron Maiden – Steve Harris 3:05 Limelight – Rush – Geddy Lee 3:14 Sad but True – Metallica – Jason Newstead 3:21 River People – Weather Report – Jaco Pastorius 3:32 I Wish – Stevie Wonder – Nathan Watts 3:41 I Can't Help Myself – The Four Tops – James Jamerson 3:50 Rock Your Body – Justin Timberlake – Nathan East 3:59 Who Needs Love – Incognito – Julian Crampton 4:08 School Days – Stanley Clarke 4:17 Green Day – Longview – Mike Dirnt 4:30 Waiting Room – Fugazi – Joe Lally 4:44 Hot Water – Level 42 – Mark King 4:55 Around the World – RHCP – Flea 5:04 Another one Bites the Dust – Queen – John Deacon 5:16 Good Times – Chic – Bernard Edwards 5:26 Around the World – Daft Punk – Thomas Bangalter 5:34 Bullet in the Head – Rage Against the Machine – Tim Commerford 5:51 Mellowship Slinky in B Major – RHCP – Flea 6:02 Opus Pocus – Jaco Pastorius 6:12 Josie – Steely Dan – Chuck Rainey 6:34 Superfreak – Rick James 6:42 Come Together – The Beatles – Paul McCartney 6:50 Give it Away – RHCP – Flea 7:02 In the Fade – QOTSA – Nick Oliveri 7:12 Power of Soul – Marcus Miller 7:23 Emergency on Planet Earth – Jamiroquai – Stuart Zender 7:35 Fight For Your Mind – Ben Harper – Juan Nelson 7:51 Boogie Wonderland – EW&F – Verdine White 8:11 Runaway – Jamiroquai – Paul Turner 8:26 Three Little Birds – Bob Marley – Aston Family Barrett 8:34 Talkin' Loud – Incognito – Randy Hope Taylor 8:45 Hit Me With your Rhythm Stick – Ian Dury – Norman Watt-Roy 9:03 Only So much Oil in the Ground – Tower of Power – Francis Rocco Prestia 9:18

Learn a “must know” JAZZ SECRET

Mark share's a "must know jazz secret"... Skill level – Intermediate Subscribe for more FREE lessons on Licks, Tunes, Concepts and Technique!! Follow me on FB here – Check out PlayBassNow.Com (With MarloweDK), where I am a guest teacher, here - – (this website) Catch me @ Bass Musician Magazine here -

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

„Funky Fingerstyle Bass Lick“ in A minor (dorian). Works over Am7 and A7. TAB/GuitarPro Download: More Bass Licks: Easy Petatonic Licks: Easy Slap Bass Licks: Slap Bass Licks: Dead Note Grooves: Classic Licks:

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!

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 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?

Do you have good ears? Take this test and leave your score out of 20 in the comment section below! Skill level –Beginner Subscribe for more FREE lessons on Licks, Tunes, Concepts and Technique!! Follow me on FB here – Check out PlayBassNow.Com (With MarloweDK), where I am a guest teacher, here - – (this website) Catch me @ Bass Musician Magazine here -

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.


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 and much more! Interview by Pablo Elorza Camera and Editing by Bruno Nesci. More information at
  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 y muchas cosas mas! Entrevista por Pablo Elorza. Cámaras y Edición por Bruno Nesci. Mas informacion en  

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  


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.

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 or check out his amazing son, Felix Pastorius!

After a free registration on, 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: More Bass Licks: Easy Pentatonic Licks: Easy Slap Bass Licks: Slap Bass Licks: Dead Note Grooves: Classic Licks:

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!

 - 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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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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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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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: Easy Slap Bass Licks: Slap Bass Licks: Dead Note Grooves: Classic Licks:

Classic Bass Lick – The Joker

Classic Bass Lick "The Joker". Easy Slap Bass Licks: Slap Bass Licks: Dead Note Grooves: Classic Licks:

Dead Note Bass Groove #05

Dead Note Bass Groove with A minor pentatonic. GuitarPro and TAB/Notation Download: Easy Slap Bass Licks: Slap Bass Licks: Dead Note Grooves: Classic Licks:


Mark shows us 3 licks...