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In order to learn a piece of music fast, we need to be aware of the following 3 steps:
First– analyse the piece of music and make sure that you understand all of the elements (melody, rhythm, harmony, counterpoint and form) along with the technical considerations that are instrument specific.
Secondly– play at a tempo that gives you complete control over everything; develop the ability to look ahead- anticipating each note and the resulting hand movements to play them accurately. Remember that control comes from constant listening and evaluation.
Check out this free video where I’m teaching my “Two Chord” Drill. Practicing over two successive chords is a great way to start learning how to play interesting bass lines over a complete set of chord changes. Looking at chords in groups of two, instead of trying to negotiate the entire harmonic progression of a tune, is a very effective practice method to become comfortable while building bass lines over songs spontaneously.
Be sure to download the PDF worksheet and MP3 backing track below:
All the Bass!
I’m proud to announce the opening of my new bass video instructional website: http://www.joehubbardbassvideos.com This website is a ‘one of a kind’ bass guitar instructional website that has been carefully designed to guarantee efficient practice with rewarding results. You will learn the same program that I have taught to iconic bass players such as, Pino Palladino, Paul Turner (Jamiroquai), Mike Mondesir (Billy Cobham) and countless others, all with equal success!