​​​​Music Theory

Yes, it's true that music theory alone won't make you a good musician. But, there's SO much you can do if you know a little. It's crazy how much you can do with a good knowledge of music theory and how to use it. Let me show you how in these lessons.

Bass Guitar Lesson - Using Scales To Create Killer Grooves

Bass Guitar Lesson – Using Scales To Create Killer Grooves

This lesson was created exclusively for Making Music Magazine.  A question I get a lot is how to go about using the elements of music theory to create a great-sounding bass line. I usually like to emphasise the point that music theory is important for bass players but so are things like playing in time with

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The Major Pentatonic Scale For Bass Players-FILLS:SOLOS:BASSLINES!

The Major Pentatonic Scale For Bass Players: Play Great FILLS, SOLOS & BASS LINES!

If I had to pick only one scale to play for the rest of my life it would be the major pentatonic scale. Okay, that’s cheating a bit as, by learning that scale, I also get to play the minor pentatonic scale (which is related). SO much music is made from the five notes that

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EASY 7th Chord Shapes For Bass Players (jazz, pop, blues etc.)

EASY 7th Chord Shapes For Bass Players (jazz, pop, blues etc.)

Yes it’s true that on a gig or session you’ll never really be asked to play chords on the bass guitar. However, knowing how to play chord is great for your musicianship, improvising, composing, and jamming skills.  The relationship between a chord, arpeggio, and a scale is vitally important and once you crack this you’ll

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Music Theory For Bass Players

Music Theory For Bass Players

Knowing how to really use music theory ideas for creating basslines, solos, and fills really can change your life! Check this video out for an overview on how to use modes, scales, triads, arpeggios, and chords. Related Music Theory Bass Lessons​How To Learn And Use Triads On Bass Guitar ​Creating Basslines Over A Chord Progression (Bm/G/Em/C) ​Chord

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How to Use Modes: A Guide For Bass Players

Introduction To ModesWelcome to this guide to the major scale modes and how you can use them in your bass playing. First, I want you not to get too bogged down into how modes are formed and the theory behind them. You can check out these lessons if you want to dig a little deeper.Modes

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G Major Harmonised In Tenths

The Beginner Bass Player’s Guide To Chord Progressions

Chord ProgressionsBass players tend not to play chords but there’s no denying they’re fun; not to mention useful to know. This video lesson takes you through the key of G major and harmonises it to get a set of seven different chords (see below the video for the diagram). Pair this lesson with the one

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