Articles Tagged With: "bass guitar"

/ July 28, 2012 11:06 pm

Interview with Berklee’s Joe Santerre

I had the pleasure recently of interviewing Berklee College of Music Bass professor Joe Santerre at his home in Massachusetts. Anytime I am in the presence of Joe and his bass, I immediately want to dust off my 6 string bass and hope that after much practice I could gain even a small percentage of his mastery. Whether it be [...]

/ June 26, 2012 11:53 pm

Bass Guitar Training Through Key Changes

In this weeks training lesson I want to work through a few exercises in multiple keys. I typically present one key a week but I think it is good practice, especially if you hope to play certain genres of music, to generalize the techniques. Let us begin with the key of C major and then proceed to the first two [...]

/ June 6, 2012 2:26 am

Bass Guitar Db Major Exercises

The key of Db major! I can hear you all groaning now. Just remember it is merely a hiccup away from C major, everything is up one fret. I very rarely see this key but it does happen and therefore is helpful being acquainted. The Db major scale includes the first 5 flats in the order of flats, Bb Eb [...]

/ May 9, 2012 12:57 am

Bass Guitar Ab Major Training

In this week’s training session I want to cover the Ab major scale and exploratory exercises. For beginner players, focus on memorizing the notes of the scale and where they are on your fretboard. More experienced players can play through the exercises, the scale in 5ths, rhythmic variations and sample bass line as well as add the scale exercise ideas [...]

/ March 25, 2012 4:15 pm

Elixir Nanoweb Stainless Steel Bass Strings

A little over a year ago Elixir said, “We’re gonna make the best bass string ever!” Please note this is not a direct quote. Seriously though, Elixir hit the streets, sent out surveys along with prototypes of strings to truly learn what bass players wanted in a bass string. The result was their new Stainless Steel set in the Nanoweb [...]

/ March 18, 2012 11:13 pm

Spring Bass Training

Spring has sprung and training has begun! Just because we use our fine motor skills and not the gross ones does not mean we don’t work as hard as any of the ball players out there. They run laps and throw balls, we drill scales! In this weeks lesson I am tying in some old and introducing some new scale [...]

/ March 10, 2012 9:11 pm

Bass Guitar Pentatonic Minor Scales

In this weeks lesson, I want to cover one of the most commonly used scales, the Pentatonic Minor. This scale comes from the natural minor scale. If you have never heard of the natural minor scale, that is the scale formed when you start any major scale on its’ 6th degree. For example, take the notes of your Bb major [...]

/ January 17, 2012 3:45 pm

Transposing Bass Guitar Melodies

Transposition in music is when we move notes exact order to another starting point. This new starting point could be a scale, chord or key. What can be transposed is anything from a simple groove to a complex melody. Most of us have transposed to some degree in our playing careers. If you’ve played blues bass lines before then you [...]

/ December 14, 2011 8:06 pm

Introduction to Two Note Chords for Bass

A chord is defined as any two or more notes played together. As bassists we are accustomed, most of the time, to playing in a linear fashion. It’s fun and important also to aquaint ourselves with the different chord qualities that emerge when combining 2 or more tones played simultaneously. The way I like to start this is with the [...]

/ November 27, 2011 11:02 pm

Bass Centre Elites Stadium Series V Bass Strings Review

Few things can top a new set of bass strings, OK winning the lottery or TWO sets of new strings make it higher on the list, but still I’ve been looking forward to checking out the new Stadium Series strings by Elites. Elites seem to be the house string brand by The Bass Centre, now before you diminish the reputation [...]