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BL007 Slap in E with superfast fill

Time to get slap-happy! This is a typical slap line in E – you could play it over any funk vamp on a dominant chord (E7, E9, E11, E13). It mostly uses the blues scale, but with a few notes that suggest other scales – you can find some Mixolydian & Dorian modes in there […]

BL006 Synth bass jam 2

The sequel! This one was inspired by some great pedals I got recently, all made by 3 Leaf Audio. Check them out! I’ve shuffled things up for this one. It’s a half-time shuffle, inspired partially by Stevie Wonder (Higher Ground, Master Blaster) for the groove, and Jamiroquai (Deeper Underground, Light Years) for the sound. The […]

BL005 Funky pick riff with fills

Hey everyone! A new Basslines video was well overdue, so how about something a little different? You don’t often see ‘funk bass’ paired with ‘pick’ playing, but when you put the two together it can be really cool. In this particular video, I’m going for a medium tempo 16th (semiquaver) feel, with lots of ghost […]

BL004 Synth bass jam

Sometimes you’ve just got to bring out the epic sounds. I use the EHX Bass Micro Synth all the time, and it’s even more massive when combined with the Darkglass B7K. This one’s mostly improvised, but I kept coming back to that main lick, based around a simple natural minor progression. The trick here is […]

BL003 Minor groove with 16th note fills

I love the sound of flatwounds on a P-bass. Sometimes there’s nothing better. The focal point of this bassline is the arpeggio over a Cm9 chord, and 2 fills that use 16th (semiquaver) notes. Fill 1 can be played in one position, but fills 2a & 2b are a bit more challenging. It moves around […]

BL002 Marcus Miller style slap with fills

Time to get slapping! Here’s video 2 of my original video tutorials. I’m a huge fan of Marcus Miller, and in this video I’ll show you a couple of tricks to help you get his trademark sound. The riff I’ve written is inspired by two tunes in particular – ‘Run For Cover’ (a David Sanborn […]

BL001 Medium funk in A with bluesy fill

The first in a new series of original video lessons. Here is a medium funk groove in A, based around 3 chords – A7, G7 and D9. This gives it a Mixolydian feel overall. The main line itself is quite simple, but the key to getting the sound right is in the ghost notes. The […]