Soloing Over Lemonade Blues

This is the first lesson in a new series on soloing over Blues chord progressions. I hope you’re as excited about it as I am. This series was created in response to numerous requests for info on how to solo

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Minor Pentatonic Scale for Bass Guitar

The minor pentatonic scale is one of the most important scales to learn if you want to play modern music. Everything from the Blues forward uses this one. No matter what music you hope to play, you’ll need to have this one down pat. Continue reading

Alternate Fingering for Minor Pentatonic Scale for Bass Guitar

Continuing our discussion about minor pentatonic scales, let’s look at an alternate fingering.

Previously, I demonstrated the basic “Rock Box” fingering I learned when I was a teenager. And while that fingering pattern is the basis for the bulk of my playing, this second fingering is important to know, so that you’ll have more than one way to approach this scale. In addition, knowing this pattern will make it easier to discuss the theory behind this scale in future lessons. Continue reading

Major Pentatonic Scale for Bass Guitar

The Major Pentatonic Scale is one of the most important scales in modern music. Many classic bass lines are crafted using this scale. Below you will find video clips for the following keys: E (high and low positions), A and

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The Three Up, Three Down Trick for Walking Bass

Walking bass lines are a ton of fun. I love playing them, building from a basic idea in the beginning to more and more entertaining and complex concepts. When played well, I find them to be a welcome break from

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Closed Boogie Woogie Riff

This is the fourth lesson in the Boogie Woogie series. As I’ve mentioned in the previous lessons, the Boogie Woogie pattern is one of the most pervasive bass lines in Blues and Rock and Roll. It’s the foundation for literally

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Shuffle Ping Pong

A few weeks ago I attended a local Blues jam for the first time. The house bassist, Paul, had great feel, and a very deep pocket. During the opening set, the band played an old shuffle with a new feel.

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Blues Rhumba Fingering Variation 2

This is the final lesson in the basic Blues Rhumba series. So far, you’ve learned two fingering patterns for the Rhumba. Today we’ll look at the the third and final pattern.

The video opens (as many of them do) with

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Blues Rhumba Fingering Variation 1

The video opens (as many of them do) with a demonstration of the riff over a 12-Bar Blues – this time in C Major. Next, I show you the notes, one at a time, then play the basic riff at

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Blues Rhumba Jam in C

I recently posted a lesson on the Blues Rhumba. As I mentioned, you won’t hear a rhumba as often as you hear a shuffle feel, but that’s one reason it’s so memorable. And it’s important to be able to play

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