Modes and scales can be confusing to the bass player. I know they befuddled me for years! In this lesson, I'm going to teach you to make music with a mode of the the harmonic minor scale: Dorian #4. Don't ...

​Read More

Being a one man operation can sometimes be tough so I called in ChatGPT for some help in this latest bass lesson. I asked:What chord progressions should bass players know?The five answers were actually pretty good!So here are some of ...

​Read More

When you break it down clearly and logically, music theory is incredibly important when it comes to making music.In this bass tutorial I will show you a few elements that will transform your bass lines including:How to know what notes ...

​Read More

After one year of solid writing (and thirty years of thinking about and studying and using this stuff!), my course Music Theory For Bass Players is now out. In this lesson, I'm going to show you a few ways in ...

​Read More

Bass patterns can really help you to visualise the fretboard. Once you make some sense of that vast expanse of frets and wood, you'll find that you can express yourself more freely as you fly effortlessly around the neck.These two-note-per-string ...

​Read More

There's so much you can do on bass guitar when you understand some basic music theory. A whole world of music opens up to you and you can create bass lines, fills, and solos with ease. Jamming with fellow musicians ...

​Read More

Music theory confuses a lot of people and nothing more so than modes.However, once you get past the initial brain fry, they can be extremely useful for bass players.All the information in this lesson relates to the video lesson below ...

​Read More

Arpeggios are sometimes called 'chord tones' and they consist of the first, third, fifth, and seventh (and/or octave) notes of a scale or mode. There are only a few you need to know and these notes turn up all the ...

​Read More

It's true, you don't normally play chords on bass guitar. BUT, you can compose, jam, improvise, learn harmony, and just have so much fun with them. One cool thing to do is to play a chord progression into a looper ...

​Read More

I love modes but remember being extremely confused by them! The moment I started to understand them was when I started to hear them in bass lines. Everything changed from that point and I use them all the time now. ...

​Read More