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Be The Bass 'Backbone'

The bass in western music has had its importance in many circumstances over the last 100 years....
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Listening To The Experts - Soulful Bass Players

One of the best teachers you’ll ever find as a bass guitarist (or any musician for that matter)...
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Band in a Box

If you are looking for a tool to help with walking bass or improvising, I would most definitely...
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Musicianship - The Art of Listening

One thing I try to teach my students is the art of listening and awareness of what's going on...

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  • Be The Bass 'Backbone' Editor's Pick

    Joe Downard Bass Guitar Teacher (South East London) Picture The bass in western music has had its importance in many circumstances over the last 100 years. It has been part of a section in an orchestra, the sound of the tuba in a marching band, the thud from early Mississippi blues recordings, the long legato walking bass in jazz. These are all the...
  • Plucking Hand Technique on Electric Bass Guitar Editor's Pick

    Bass Guitar Teacher (Exeter) Picture Plucking hand technique on electric bass guitar is incredibly important, and often overlooked as people are starting to learn the bass. We rely on the right hand (99% of the time), to initiate every note we play. It controls the impulse that is used to excite the string, the dynamics, greatly...
  • Pushing the limits

    Bass Guitar Teacher (South East London) Picture The process of learning an instrument can sometime feel like an exhausting and unrewarding exercise. The frustration that comes with wanting to play a certain way, and not knowing exactly how to get there, can be demoralising. The bass guitar itself limits you to just four strings, and with even...

 

  • Bass guitarists and personality - an introduction Editor's Pick

    Bass Guitar Teacher (East London) Picture Bass guitarists are an interesting commodity - often considered as failed guitarists or as playing the 'easier' instrument, many people look down on what is actually, a hugely diverse and important instrument. But what should a bassist do? What is a bassist's role? Should they just provide a...
  • Favourite bassist

    Bass Guitar Teacher (East London) Picture I'd like to mention my favourite bassist. One of the most recorded bassist of all time, James Jamerson has the best tone, the most tasteful lines and all this with one finger!
  • Bass Guitar Tuition Book Recommendation

    Bass Guitar Teacher (Nottingham) Picture For those wishing to advance in the field of Jazz Bass Guitar I highly recommend the book 'Jaco Pastorius Bass Method' by Ray Peterson. Aside from having transcriptions of some of Jaco's most famous solos, and a play-along CD, it is full of handy exercises which test and refine your stretching...