Not Enough Time to Practice?

A common email that I often receive goes something like this:

“Hey Joe: I’ve been playing bass for many years and although I love music so much, I just can’t seem to find the time to practice.  What is your advice for how I can improve my skills even if I can’t find enough time to practice my bass?”

Not Enough Time to Practice

The answer to this question is that there are only two aspects that you have to acquire in order to successfully improve as a musician.  The first thing is having the burning desire to do it and the second factor is being able to develop an organised plan of study in order to transform that ‘burning desire’ into action.

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Functional Harmonic Concepts

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.’

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New Bass Video Column

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.

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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.

All the Bass!

Joe

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Warwick Bass Camp 2015

I’m really pleased to have been invited and take part in the Warwick Bass Camp 2015.  This fantastic event will host a “who’s who” of the bass guitar world including Alphonso Johnson, Abe Laboriel, Phil Chen, Bobby Vega, Doug Johns, Hadrien Feraud Adam Nitti, Steve Bailey, Jonas Helborg, Stu Hamm and the list goes on and on.  Check out the complete list of awesomeness below!

Warwick Bass Camp 2015

 

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Triad Pair Lick

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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All the Bass!

Joe

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