Major and diminished to sort out that left hand technique

This is an idea that was covered in one of the initial free videos you might have seen before joining the site. I thought I’d re-shoot the idea and go in-depth with the concept to really make sure you’re helping out your left hand technique.

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Looking at the Details

So what started out as a lesson about where to find ideas for building vocabulary, this lesson ended up being about the small details within phrasing that can take you to the next level in terms of your ability to be in total creative control with your playing.

I take a three note phrase, and then break it up into tiny pieces (YES that’s totally possible!) and give you a bunch of phrasing options that I think are going to take your playing to the next level!

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Consistency of sound and technique

You can always learn something from a gig no matter how long you’ve been playing, or how many times you might have played that artists music. The past couple of months have been no exception for me, and in this video I explain some of the most important aspects of consistency and sound as it relates to the way we put our playing schedules together, and how we experience our live playing situations.

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String Crossing Pattern

Here’s an idea that my guitar player Tim Miller showed me several years ago. It’s a grouping of nine notes that has you moving across the entire fretboard, and it’s something that’s great for creating tension. The most important part of this one for me is how delicately you choose to use it… it’s very easy once you have it under your fingers to just go shredding up and down the neck, but that probably won’t produce the most musical results. Pay close attention to what I’m saying in the video about target melody notes and how to frame the idea with other music.

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Time Feel in Depth Part 2 – Walking bass lines and swing feel

This lesson takes a look at some of the things that have helped me develop a swing feel for walking bass lines. Although I don’t really play in this style anymore, it’s definitely a huge part of my education as a musician and as a bass player. I highly recommend transcribing some basslines from the greats that have come before us such as Ray Brown, Leroy Vinegar, Paul Chambers, Charlie Mingus, and many others. And it’s also important to remember to transcribe things you really enjoy, and not to transcribe things just because I say so. These are just suggestions to help open doors for you, and it’s up to you to go after what you really love about specific styles and sounds within music.

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Improving Right Hand Technique

This video looks at right hand position and overall right hand technique, and I detail some things that have helped me with consistency and stamina. Having a relaxed hand position is so important when you’re playing and I go into detail about what works best for me, and what might work well for you and improve your playing right away!

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