Blues Bass Course

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10 Lessons including fretboard skills, rhythm studies, important blues bassists, tracks and much more!

The Blues was born in the Mississippi Delta after the civil war. Musically it incorporates elements of African music, Field Hollers and Church music. Traditional Blues was raw and earthy style but when electric instruments became popular the style changed. Today Blues has become more then a style, you can find it everywhere, in many styles and with a legion of musicians inspired by its players.

This course will give you what you need to play in a Blues band and also you will learn the approach of some of the best Blues bassists in History.

Take the Blues Bass Course!

9 Lectures

10 Lessons


10 Blues Basslines and Bassists

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Backing Tracks


Playlist: Blues Bass

Course Details

Finger Fitness: Fingers Exercises to gain fluidity, independence and strength

Fretboard Skills: What Notes, Positions, Exercises, How to Practice, Triads, Arpeggios, Pentatonic Scale, Quartal Playing, Blues scale, Major Scale and Intervals, Diatonic Arpeggios, Major Modes, Diminished Scale, Melodic Minor Scale, Patterns Application

Rhythm Studies: Rhythm Exercises, Metronome & Time, Groove and Fills.

Technique: Articulations & Dramatic Effects – Hands Position & Fingerstyle, Skips, Slides, Hammer On & Pull Off, Rake & Trill, Ghost Notes & Accents, Crossing Strings, Short Notes & Long Notes, Palm Muting, Double Stops, Blues Bass Tone.

Applied Harmony: Type of Chords, Major Blues Forms – 8, 12 and 16 Bars, Quick Change, Minor Blues, Intros & Endings, Stormy Monday Changes, Scales and Arpeggios options over chords, Turnarounds, Substitute Chords in a Major and Minor Blues.

Types of Blues: Jump Blues/Boogie Woogie, The Bump & Two Beat, Shuffle, Rumba, Rhythm & Blues, Slow Blues 12/8, Delta Blues, Chicago Blues, Funk Blues, Texas Blues.

In the Style of: Modelling with the Masters, Bass Lines, How to play like them, How to steal like an artist – Willie Dixon, Russell Jackson, Johnny Gayden, James Hutchinson, Jerry Jemmott, Willie Weeks, Darryl Jones, Pino Palladino, Roscoe Beck, Tommy Shannon.

How to build a solo, Concepts, Enclosures, Ornaments, Phrasing.

Songs Related: PlayAlongs

Lesson 1

Technique: Hands Position & Fingerstyle
Finger Fitness
Fretboard Skills: Triads
Rhythm Studies: Half and Quarter notes
Bassline & Patterns Application – Jump Blues/Boogie Woogie
Applied Harmony: Major Blues Form – 12 Bars
Quick Change
Phrasing and Feel: Willie Dixon
Songs Related

Lesson 2

Finger Fitness
Technique: Slide & Shake
Fretboard Skills: Pentatonic Scale
Rhythm Studies: Quarter and 8th notes
Bassline & Patterns Application – The Bump & Two Beat
Applied Harmony: Major Blues Form – 8 Bars
Phrasing and Feel: Russell Jackson
Songs Related

Lesson 3

Finger Fitness
Technique: Hammer On & Pull Off
Fretboard Skills: Blues Scale
Rhythm Studies: 8th and 16th notes
Bassline & Patterns Application – Shuffle
Applied Harmony: Major Blues Form – 16 Bars
Phrasing and Feel: Johnny Gayden
Songs Related

Lesson 4

Finger Fitness
Technique: Accents & Ghost Notes
Fretboard Skills: Major Scale
Rhythm Studies: Triplets
Bassline & Patterns Application – Rumba
Applied Harmony: Minor Blues
Phrasing and Feel: James Hutchinson
Songs Related

Lesson 5

Finger Fitness
Technique: Crossing Strings
Fretboard Skills: Diatonic Arpeggios
Rhythm Studies: Syncopation
Bassline & Patterns Application – Rhythm & Blues
Applied Harmony: Intros & Endings
Blues Fills
Phrasing and Feel: Jerry Jemmott
Songs Related

Lesson 6

Finger Fitness
Technique: Short notes & Long notes
Applied Harmony: Turnarounds
Fretboard Skills: Major Modes
Bassline & Patterns Application – Slow Blues 12/8
Phrasing and Feel: Willie Weeks
Songs Related

Lesson 7

Finger Fitness
Technique: Rakes & Trills
Fretboard Skills: Mixolydian b3 & b5
Bassline & Patterns Application – Delta Blues
Applied Harmony: Stormy Monday Changes
Phrasing and Feel: Darryl Jones
Songs Related

Lesson 8
Finger Fitness
Technique: Palm Muting
Fretboard Skills: Quartal Playing
Bassline & Patterns Application – Chicago Blues
Applied Harmony: Major, Minor and Dominant Chords
Phrasing and Feel: Pino Palladino
Songs Related

Lesson 9
Finger Fitness
Fretboard Skills: Diminished Scale
Technique: Double Stops
Bassline & Patterns Application – Funk Blues
Applied Harmony: Substitute Chords in a Major Blues
Phrasing and Feel: Roscoe Back
Bass Line Improvisation
Songs Related

Lesson 10
Finger Fitness
Blues Bass Tone
Fretboard Skills: Melodic Minor Scale
Bassline & Patterns Application – Texas Blues
Applied Harmony: Substitute Chords in a Minor Blues
Blues Soloing
Phrasing and Feel: Tommy Shannon
Songs Related

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