Category Archives: Bass Guitar

Got Music Theory?

Within the community of bass players, there exists a certain controversy regarding the value of music theory.  Some are sceptical about this subject because of their belief that music theory will hold back natural musical creativity, along with the overall enjoyment of playing the bass guitar.  Ostensibly, other disbelievers regard theory and analysis as an impractical means to describe and analyse a spontaneous musical performance.  Nothing could be further from the truth, so let us get right to the heart of the matter with some practical explanations exemplifying the benefits of music theory.

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Rants & Raves Episode 1

This is the first installment of a new video series that I’m producing called Rants & Raves.  In this first episode, I discuss and reveal the biggest kept secret in music education.

This video series is based on all things music centric related to music education, the music industry, improvisational methodologies, practice principles, long standing myths, personal stories and the rest; breaking down (what is in my opinion) the worst and the best!

If you have any requests for subjects that you would like my views on or questions for me that I can include in future episodes, then please feel free to leave your comments below.

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New Book! Chord Tone Sudoku Workbook by Joe Hubbard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
16/02/2017

Joe Hubbard Releases Innovative New Workbook

Joe Hubbard has launched his sixth self-published book, The Chord Tone Sudoku Workbook.  Hubbard, a renowned bass guitar player, author, jazz recording artist and respected educator, reveals the concept of chord tone recognition in his latest book.

With an in-depth selection of musical examples and exercises, The Chord Tone Sudoku Workbook, is one of the most complete studies of chord tones available for bass guitarists of any level.  This book is more than just a method book, taking you deep inside the bass guitar fingerboard and into the world of chord tone recognition.

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Is Practice Your New Year’s Resolution?

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Well, it’s that time of year again when New Year’s resolutions start to surface and as a practicing musician, you’re probably just starting to think about new ways of how to improve the ‘quality’ your practice regime.  If you are 100% happy with your bass playing and musicianship skills, then don’t read any further.  But…if you are looking for new ways to improve the value of your practice habits, then read on!

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How to Warm Up!

There is a litany of finger exercises, but sadly, most of them just serve to wiggle your fingers and nothing more.  What you want is something to warm up with that engages all three of the senses and relates to something musically- right?

12-tone rows are a great musical source to sink your teeth into, that are melodic studies relating to the chromatic scale.  Music that is entirely based on the chromatic scale is called atonal, but what you might not know is that many of the more modern jazz players use atonal ideas over tonal music!

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