How To Play A Chromatic Scale On The Bass Guitar

 

To start a chromatic scale is a musical scale containing twelve pitches all a semitone or half step apart.  Thus in theory there is only one chromatic scale.  The starting note(and ending note) are the only “variable”. 

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Buying Your First Double Bass

When people first contact me about starting double bass lesson the immediate question is where should I get an instrument?  Should I buy or rent?  For the person just starting out I always recommend renting a bass before you spend…

Box Shape For Bass Guitar Lesson

In this bass guitar lesson we are going to take a look at the “Box Shape”.  This is a left hand position that is very useful in when developing a bass line’s that have a “groove” or “hook” feel to…

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Tips for Practicing With A Metronome

In this music lesson we are gonna to look at a musicians favorite and most hated friend the Metronome.  There will more than likely be points when you will want to throw said metronome against the wall but remember rhythmic…

Scales on One String For the Double Bass Lesson

In this double bass lesson we are going to look at playing our major and harmonic minor scales on one string of the double bass. As bassist’s we spend a lot of time practicing our scales with a multitude of…

Getting The Most out of your Music Lessons and Practice Time

As both a teacher and student I have had both successful and disappointing lessons.  In this article we will look at ways to improve both your practice habits and time management.  By applying some if not all of these ideas…

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Three Parts of a Beat and Today’s Tempo

Two of the most important musical lessons I ever learned came from my college orchestra professor Marshall Haddock.  He is a fiery conductor whom all of his former students have fantastic stories to share.  This musical lesson can be applied…

How To Hold The Double Bass

The first lesson one must learn when playing the Double Bass is how to hold and stand with the instrument.  You will see people holding the bass in all sorts of crazy and wild ways. While we are all different…

Floating Thumb Technique For the Electric Bass

In this bass guitar lesson we will discuss the Floating Thumb, a technique that one must master to become a proficient player of the instrument. This technique serves two purposes. First it gives our right hand a neutral starting posture…

More Than One Way To Pluck A Double Bass

Recently I have been in the recording studio laying down double bass tracks for a number of local area artist’s and have had the chance to fully utilize all the various ways to pluck or pizz. a bass.  Varying our…