Category Archives: Online Bass Guitar Lessons

No Treble Bass Lesson: How to Play Across the Bar Line

Here’s my latest No Treble bass lesson on how to play across the bar line.  Understanding these concepts begins to create an elasticity in your groove and feel.   This will enable you to phrase your lines with greater freedom and ease.  Many bass players are completely in the dark when it comes to rhythmic variation and much of it is left up to chance.

Don’t be a ‘chancer’- instead start learrning what is common vocabulary for any drummer.  There’s a myth going around that drummers are the only musicians that are responsible for laying down and keeping the time.  This is a false narrative!  Everybody is responsible for keeping the time.  You must be able to understand how the rhythmic subdivisions that you are playing are felt against the pulse- period!

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Rants & Raves Episode 3

The Truth About Reading Music!

In this video, I’m talking about why everybody needs to read music.  Although many teachers leave the decision up to their students, without the skills to read music – at least a little bit – is the very same thing as being musically handicapped!

To find out more, watch the video!

All the Bass

Joe

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Rants & Raves Episode 2

The Power of Intention- The ‘X’ Factor to YOU Becoming a Better Bass Player!

In this video, I’m talking about a super important attribute that is a neccessity if you want to take your skills one step beyond and it’s called intention.  Intention is all about your determination to succeed at becoming a better bass player no matter what obstacles are in front of you.  We’ve all had moments of wanting to achieve something, where you have laid out some goals and then try to achieve them.  But intention is a whole different animal, where no matter what, nothing will get in the way of your success!

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Creative Chordal Connections

Playing chords on the bass guitar can create a double edge sword because the time that you would spend applying this to a performance scenario is extremely limiting, unless you are planning on becoming a solo bass performer.  So, what possible advantages could we be gaining from spending our precious practice time on learning creative chordal connections?

Learning how to play chords on the bass guitar is most beneficial from the standpoint of training our ears to hear chords being played simultaneously, while developing the skills to identify different chord qualities with greater clarity and speed.

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Technique- The Great Equalizer!

So, you want to be a musician?  That’s great news, but how are you going do that?  Well, one way to get started is learning something about Western music, which is comprised of tonal and atonal music.  Ninety-nine percent of all the music you’ll end up playing will probably lean on the side of tonal music, so that’s a good starting point.  The building blocks of Western music that you will need to know from the get-go consist of melody, rhythm and harmony.

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