Category Archives: Online Bass Guitar Lessons
Finger funk grooves became popular in the 70’s and have continued to be a major source of inspiration for pop, rock, smooth jazz and fusion music. The rhythmical feel suggested by the bass lines has a distinct sound where the 16 note is the main rhythmical subdivision against the pulse. Playing finger funk grooves requires a strong punchy right hand attack where the rhythmical phrases are played with a more staccato phrasing.
Rhythmic Displacement is a concept based on being able to hear and perform rhythmic patterns starting on different subdivisions of the beat. The new superimposed rhythm creates an interesting illusion with the lines you are playing, which in turn creates tension. This lesson is aimed at giving you usable ideas for improvising walking bass lines using the concept of Rhythmic Displacement. Learning to switch from one concept to another while improvising can be quite challenging!
Geographically, Brazilian bass grooves come from the South American country of Brazil. Like jazz, the rhythms of Brazilian musical styles are heavily influenced by African rhythms.
Brazilian music is vast in its complexity and history. To understand this music in an authentic manner can take years to master, so this lesson only serves an introductory launching pad and to enable you to understand the ‘essence’ of these grooves as applied to jazz and popular music.
Minor II V I progressions are a challenge to perfect compared to its sister progression in major tonalities. It is also the gateway to really getting inside of jazz standards because you need an equal ability to play over both major and minor chord sequences and the backbone of this vernacular is found within II V I progressions.
A very cool methodology to apply to your arsenal when tackling II V I progressions in minor, is to convert each chord to a different melodic minor scale; or you could think of it as superimposing Min(maj7) chords over the II-7(b5), the V7(b9) and of course the I minor triad is a Min(maj7) derivative already.
I’m super stoked to announce that we’ve finished mixing for the first single from my new CD called Alien Nation and we are nearly good to go!. I’ve been working on this project for the past few months with the formidable keyboardist George Whitty (Michael Brecker, Santana, Dave Sanborn, Brecker Bros.) and the legendary drummer Tom Brechtlein (Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Robin Ford, Al DiMeola) and I will be releasing it on Monday June 13th.