Tuesday, December 06, 2011

C Major Scale Slapping Groove


Recently I was playing around with my bass and came out with this simple exercise which sounded quite impressive when I slowly increased the tempo.

The notes from the above exercise are all in the C major scale.

Please note that the ghost note(x) is crucial for this exercise.
Make sure that you do not skip it.

(h) is hammered on. This technique will help you play fast when you slap.

Do practice this exercise using finger plucking as well.

Have fun!

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Minor ii V i


This is part 2 of using Chords to play ii V I

Instead of playing Dm7 G7 Cmaj7 which is ii V I,

for the minor ii V i, try Dm7(b5) G7 Cm7.

This is how a Dm7(b5) looks like on a 4 string bass.


I love the sound, hope you like it too.


Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Tapping a Minor 9th Chord


Bass player can play like a pianist on the fretboard by using the tapping technique.

This exercise will show you the arpeggio of a Gmin9 chord.

The notes are G on the 15th fret (E string), D on the 17th fret (A string), A on the 19th fret (D string) and Bb on the 15th fret (G string).

Use your left hand to tap the G note, followed by your right hand on the D and A note and the Bb with your right hand.

Beautiful sound!


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Using Chords to play ii V I


A simple way of playing the ii V I progressions using chords on bass.

You will notice that the 5th is not used and you still get the jazz sound.

Have fun.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Chromatic Approach - Walking bass


Chromatic approach note is where you play a note above or below the targeted note.

Here is an example of how we can play a common jazz progression with the chromatic approach.

The note inside the bracket is the chromatic note.

Hope this helps.

Have fun.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Double Tap


Here is a simple double tap exercise to make the bass more interesting.

Use your right hand (index and middle) fingers to simultaneously press on the 12th fret D and G string. Play around with rhythmic patterns.

Hope this exercise will help you explore more ways to create music with bass.


Friday, June 03, 2011

3 Positions for G Major 7


The exercise below will help us to understand the fretboard and explore more ways to play the Gmaj 7 arpeggio.

The proposed fingering can be changed to your preference.

Do try the fingering on other major chords like Cmaj7 and etc.

Have fun.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

D Melodic Minor Scale


Most of us are familiar with the Natural Minor Scale (Aeolian) but seldom practice the Melodic Minor Scale.

The formula for Melodic Minor Scale is 1 2 b3 4 5 6 7

Therefore the D Melodic Minor Scale will be D E F G A B C#

A simple exercise to try this scale is over the II V I progression in C

The chords are Dm7 G7 Cmaj7.

When the musicians play a G7 chord, try playing the D Melodic Minor Scale.

It is equivalent to a G dominant Lydian Scale. Sound even more jazzy now!

Have fun.

Friday, April 08, 2011

Minor Pentatonic Exercise


If you are bored of playing the same minor pentatonic scale over and over again, try the below exercise.

It is quite a good stretch and breaks away from the standard pattern.

This is the C Minor Pentatonic Scale.

Try reversing the exercise from the 15th fret back to the 3rd fret.

Have fun.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Walking Bass Without Root


Before reading this lesson, you might want to review Basic Walking Bass and Simple ii V I Progression Using Chord Tone.

As I already explained before about using chord tone to construct our walking bass lines, today's exercise is similar but no root note is used.

To avoid using the root note is challenging but the bass lines produced is more interesting.

Below is a simple ii V I IV Jazz progression in key of D.

I used the 3rd as the first note of the chord.

E.g. The notes in Em7 are E(root) G(3rd) B(5th) D(7th).

The first note I used for Em7 is G.

You can choose to play the line on a lower register.

Hope this is clear.


Friday, February 25, 2011

Bass Clef

The first step to sight reading is to know the notes within the staff.

Some music books use phrases like Good Boys Don't Fight (G B D F) and All Cows Eat Grass (A C E G).

For me, I recognize by chords.

G B D F is a G7 chord and A C E G is an Am7 chord.

Whichever works for you, use it.

Start reading something simple before going into complicated rhythms.


Thursday, February 03, 2011

Minor Chord Substitution

Chord Substitution is common in our music today.

We can replace a chord with another related chord.

Often the substituted chord differs by one or two notes from the original chord.

Before you read this post, it will be good to take a look at my previous lesson - Introduction to Chords Substitution

For example, we can replace an Am7 chord with a Fmaj7 chord.

The notes in the Am7 chord are: A C E G

In the Fmaj7 chord the notes are: F A C E

There is only one note difference between these two chords.

If we have an Em7 chord, we can replace it with a Cmaj7 chord.

You can also replace the Em7 chord with a Gmaj7 chord.

The notes in the Em7 are: E G B D and G B D F# for Gmaj7.

Again the difference is only in one note. You can call this a relative chord.

Hope this helps.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Universal 9 Volt DC Power Supply

Recently I bought an effect pedal and realize that the adapter that comes with it supply only 120v but my country uses 220-240v.

To get a transformer to step up could be quite troublesome and bulky.

I found out that we can use an Universal 9 Volt DC Power Supply.

The auto-sensing circuitry runs off 100-240 volts and can use it anywhere in the world.

Take up only one outlet space and makes it easy to travel.

You can check out '1 Spot' by Visual Sound or 'Power All' by Godlyke.

Hope this information is useful.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Improvise using the 5th


We are going to take a look at using the 5th of the chord tones when we improvise.

This lesson helps us to break away from landing on the root especially during solos.

For example if the chord is a Cmaj7, you can land on the G since it is still within the chord tones.

Now try playing the G Arpeggio.

The notes in the G Arpeggio are G, B and D (end with G octave).

G is the 5th of Cmaj7, B is the 7th of Cmaj7 and D is the 9th of the chord.

Have fun.