Category Archives: Online Bass Guitar Lessons
I’m excited to announce the launch of my new book- Functional Harmonic Concepts. The book will be focused on both diatonic and non-diatonic functional harmony, along with applied exercises and ear training examples that will enable you to hear the concepts that you will run across in real tunes. The course will include an e-book comprised of applied harmonic concepts related to the bass guitar and how to play them (including tab). It’s going to be a complete brain dump of everything that I know about ‘Functional Harmony.’
I’m now a monthly contributor for highly regarded online bass guitar site No Treble. Click here to check out my page and bass video lessons.
The column is geared towards the intermediate-advanced player and I’ve already got two videos up there. Feel free to leave comments below and let me know some topics you’d like me to cover.
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The Rhythm Changes bridge, as originally written by George Gershwin is comprised of four dominant 7th chords moving through the cycle of 4ths. The roots start on the 3rd, 6th, 2nd and 5th of the key. Triad Pairs are an excellent way to navigate through these changes, giving you some new and more complex jazz vocabulary. Check out the video lesson above and be sure to download the transcribed lick here.
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Intervals are the missing link in modern music education today as it is often presented as a purely theoretical concept that has no application to what you are actually playing. In fact, the importance of intervals is abundant and having this knowledge expedites the learning process on the bass guitar exponentially. Understanding intervals goes way beyond just comprehending diatonic intervals, but extends to the chromatic intervals as well. This knowledge, along with understanding the major and minor key centers is crucial for fast tracking your capacity for grasping applied music theory.
To help us understand this better, let’s look at learning music as a language. At a beginner’s level you are still learning the meaning of individual words- how to spell them correctly; the shape of the letters and the sounds that they make. Eventually, you would have learned enough useful words to start playing with other like minded musicians. Metaphorically, this would be akin to talking, then debating and ultimately be able to argue specific points of view in a conversation with others. But if you are stuck by shouting out single words; sometimes unrelated words, you will become ineffective as a bass player despite having acquired a large vocabulary of single words.