how to play bass

Learn songs and let them guide you.... 

Learn songs and let them guide you.... 

I just finished a really awesome lesson with an older student of mine and we had a conversation that really reinforced some things that I believe strongly when it comes to practice and what we should be practicing. One area in particular. 

Now, I have gone through various phases of practice ideologies and schools of thought about practicing and I've wasted a *&^$ ton of time practicing things that didn't matter.  What follows in this post is what I have settled on that works best for me and, honestly most people. Particularly people of a “certain age “who are not teenagers who have mountains of time to dedicate to practicing or learning how to practice. I

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How to Play "I'll Take You There" by the Staples Singers.

This iconic ostinato is, well, obstinate! It's all keeping time and being the glue that holds it together. Of course, that's a huge part of our role as bassists anyway but this groove has no room for fills or derivation. It is what it is.

There is, of course a little "bass solo" , if you will, to break it up a bit but concentrate on time and consistency. It's not as easy as it sounds.

I've done something a little different -at least for my videos - and added my entire isolated play along after the play along with the track so that you can see and hear more clearly what I'm doing.

I'd be interested in hearing if that makes a difference for you.


4 Ways to get the most out of your bass (or any instrument) lessons

4 Ways to get the most out of your bass (or any instrument) lessons

Somebody once told me that a "short pencil beats a long-term memory any day of the week." I like to say add that a good recording beats a short pencil any day of the week and that's why I've recorded 97% of the lessons that I've taken over the last 8 or so years either on my phone or some sort of portable recording device. Why wouldn't I? I'm paying for them, I should be able to take them home!

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