Category Archives: Online Bass Guitar Lessons
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.
You can never take back time- once it’s gone, it’s gone forever!
Time mismanagement is the number one stumbling block that will hold you back from accomplishing your goals. Quality time is the single most common element that people lack when attempting to make their practice routine more consistent. You can never take back time- once it’s gone, it’s gone forever. Yet, over the years I have witnessed first-hand how people with good intentions in regard to improving their musicianship will allow these blood thirsty Time Vampires to suck the time and energy right out of their ongoing practice routines.
A common question I get is: “Do you have any tips for practicing with recorded music?”
Your evolution as a player directly reflects what you practice, what you listen to and who you play with. With that in mind, one of the best ways to improve as a bass player and understand a related style of music is to study, listen and play along with recorded music. A common problem exists if all you do is aimlessly jam along without pinpointing the specifics of the music that you are attempting to learn. So, with that in mind, the first tip is to always learn what you want to practice specifically with before you actually start practicing with recorded music.