​​​​Bass Gear & Tone Tips

Tone does come from the hands but it also has a lot to do with your gear. These lessons contain bass guitar gear reviews, tips, and advice on how to find the tone you love.

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Learn How To Play Groove Is In The Heart Bass Line (Deee-lite)

Learn How To Play Groove Is In The Heart Bass Line (Deee-lite)

In this bass tutorial I’ll show you how to play the incredibly cool bass line from Groove Is In The Heart by Deee-Lite. I’ll also show you:How to transpose it into the original key (it’s a sample taken from Bring Down The Birds – see below).How to play fills around the line.How to nail the EXACT

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What Bass Do You Need For Funk/Rock/Pop/ Blues/Jazz?

What Bass Do You Need For Funk/Rock/Pop/ Blues/Jazz?

In this video lesson I’ll show you a few of my basses and talk about the different kinds of pickups, woods, and strings available. Knowing this stuff is important as your instrument dictates how you sound and what you play. If you want to play soul and RnB then perhaps a P bass with flats is

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EQ For Bass Players Everything You Need To Know

EQ For Bass Players: Everything You Need To Know

EQ stands for equalisation and is used to cut or boost frequencies in the sound spectrum. Sound is made up of waves of frequencies which are measure in hertz (Hz) of kilohertz (kHz). EQ is not as glamorous as, say, an octave effect or phaser but it’s the most common way to alter your bass tone.

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How To Recreate The Tony Levin SLEDGEHAMMER Bass Tone

How To Recreate The Tony Levin SLEDGEHAMMER Bass Tone

The bass line from Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel is one of the best of all time. It was played by one of my favourite bassists, the great Tony Levin. If you’re a fan of his, check out this lesson: How To Play Don’t Give Up, TONY LEVIN (Breakdown & Lesson) In this bass tutorial, I show you how

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How To Get A Great Rock Bass Tone

How To Get A Great Rock Bass Tone

Strings, technique, plectrums, amps, pedals. They all play a huge part in tone and that’s especially true of rock bass. When I researched my soul bass book, it was evident that most of that bass tone was down to the dark textures created by flatwounds plus a Fender Precision bass. Rock bass players tend to go the

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What Can Soul/RnB/Motown Bass Playing Teach You?

What Can Soul/RnB/Motown Bass Playing Teach You?

Whilst writing my book RnB, Soul & Motown Style Basslines, I noticed three areas that really help in ALL bass playing situations. I’ll show you them in this lesson.The three areas are:How to get a great bass tone that sits in a band setting brilliantlyPlaying with feel, groove, and making people nod their heads!Simple patterns

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