​​​​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.

21 Modes In Under 2 Minutes!

21 Modes In Under 2 Minutes!

Modes are absolutely huge for your creativity as a bass player. So many people are confused by them, but you needn’t be. For an explanation and some tips on how to memorise them, be sure to thoroughly study these lessons: How to Use Modes: A Guide For Bass Players How To Memorise The Major Scale Modes In

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Create Bass Lines With Only FOUR Arpeggios

Create Bass Lines With Only FOUR Arpeggios

There are only four arpeggios that you really need to know and understand to start being able to make up your own music… They all come from one key, so once you understand how they’re related to each other then you start to gain magical superpowers. Well, many people believe musicians who can do anything are

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How To Play Bossa Nova Bass Chords

How To Play Bossa Nova Bass Chords

Bossa nova is a style of Brazilian music found a lot in jazz. In bass playing, it is characterised by root-fifth movement. In this video lesson, I show you how to make up some beautiful sounding chord progressions and play them with fingerstyle technique. Chords aren’t that common when you play bass in bands or

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3 Note Per String Scale Patterns For Bass Guitar

3 Note Per String Scale Patterns On Bass (Expand Your Creativity!)

There’s nothing wrong with the first major scale pattern that most people learn on bass guitar. It does the job great and you can make a lot of music using just that basic shape. Check out this lesson to see what I mean: Bass Guitar Lesson – Using Scales To Create Killer Grooves. However, what if you

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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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