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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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Displacing Walking Bass Lines

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!

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