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Jaime David Vazquez
NEWEST LESSONS ADDED: BASS TIPS BY BASSBOOKS.COM & JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
BASS TIPS:
Mastering The Double
Thumb Techninque - Part II
Welcome to the second part of the series of Bass Tips for Mastering The Double Thumb Technique. Last time, We were dedicated to work with the right hand, developing the sound and the application of the technique with the basic rhythmic figures. This time we will focus on the left hand. 
BASS TIPS:
Mastering The Double Thumb Technique - Part I 
Do YOU wanna play the double thumb technique like Victor Wooten and Marcus Miller?
Well, here I have some basic and easy to understand exercises for developing an accurate performance of the popular technique.
BASS TIPS:
Pedal Tones
The pedal tone also known as pedal note and pedal point is when you play a stationary or fixed single note(root/bass note) over chord changes. This form of playing is used in all styles of music to create tension. 
BASS TIPS:
3/4 Swing
All swing music is not written in 4/4 time, sometimes it is written in 3/4 time. Some examples of famous jazz standards in 3/4 time include "Bluesette" and "Footprints".
BASS TIPS:
Playing a 2 Feel
When you are playing swing, you must know the '2 feel' interpretation. This style of playing is very used in jazz standards. So, go ahead! Let's swing with a '2 feel'.
BASS TIPS: Practice All What I'm talking about is to play a chord and then play a phrase, a melody, a riff, a motive, a lick, etc., using the chord tones, the scales and the modes. Of course, you can add the chromaticism and all the techniques that you want to use. The possibilities are endless.
Moving Around The Neck Do you want to play out of the box? Issues with the fretboard? Problems with your fingering?
Don't worry! You can work it out by using the slide techniques.
String Skipping: Warming Up! A very good way to practice your string skipping technique is by warming up with the scales and modes. Why? Because you will get used to the application of the technique in a very practical way. The possibilities are endless.
The Blues Composite Scale If you are a jazz or a blues bass player you must know the blues composite scale. The possibilities of the scale are amazing, it doesn't matter if you're grooving or soloing. The scale sounds great and it will give you a lot of colors and flavor to your bass licks, fills, grooves, etc. Get your bass and check it out!
Riffin' A Solo Welcome to Bass Tips!
A riff is a short melodic or rhythmic phrase that it is repeated. A riff can be a chord pattern too. You can use a riff for an accompaniment and for soloing, especially the one that it is repeated in improvisation. Riffing is a very common approach for solos. It can be applied to all styles of music. 
Adapting Your Scale
and Mode Patterns for Soloing
When you are improvising, a good way to create and establish a vocabulary is by adapting the melodies, phrases, etc., to all scales and modes. For that, you must take into account the intervals, the sequence of the notes and the amount of notes of the scale or mode. You will notice that there is a pattern to follow in the process of adaptation. 
Tips For The Bebop Scale If you are a bass player who likes to do bass solos and you are into jazz improvisation, you must know that the Bebop Scale, also known as the Bebop Dominant Scale, is essential to define the jazz sound in your playing.  It has been used by jazz musicians like Charlie Parker, Joe Pass, Bud Powell, etc.  There are other Bebop Scales, these scales are the Bebop Major, Bebop Minor, etc.  But the Bebop Dominant Scale is the most common.  Let's find out!

NEWEST LESSONS ADDED: MIKE OVERLY - INTRODUCTION TO TONE NOTE MUSIC METHOD FOR BASS VOL. 1
This collection of lessons contributed by Mike Overly, author of Bass EncycloMedia, it's play-along audio CD, Bass Fretboard Facts and the Fretboard Flashcards for 4, 5 & 6 String Bass.
Intro to the Tone Note
Music Method for Bass
Intro to the Tone Note® Music Method for Bass ~ Mike Overly, GRAMMY®-nominated Music Educator and author of Bass EncycloMedia introduces a 21st Century revolution in music and bass instruction that will have a beginner of any age playing music on the bass quickly and developing technical skill effortlessly.
12 Sounds, 21 Symbols and 15 Keys Mike Overly, author of Bass EncycloMedia explains why there are only 15 “traditional” major scales, in 15 major keys, with 15 major key signatures.
All The Chords I Needed To Know, I Learned At My First Lesson Mike Overly, author of Bass EncycloMedia enfolds five movable major chord forms into one holistic fretboard.
Bass Harmonic Numerics Mike Overly, author of Bass EncycloMedia presents important insights into the creation of "harmony numerals" which guarantees harmonic success in all keys.
Bass Patterns:
In and Out of Sync
Mike Overly, author of Bass EncycloMedia, delivers 12 essential 12 bar bass patterns - plus a bonus bass line from the genius of Ray Charles.
Bassists or Bass Player? Mike Overly, author of Bass EncycloMedia presents an incomplete alphabetical listing of influential rock, metal, pop, fusion, Latin, funk, punk, country, reggae, blues, and jazz musicians of both double bass and electric bass.
Bowling for Rhythm:
the 7-10 Split
In this lesson, Mike Overly, author of Bass EncycloMedia compares splitting eighth notes with a quarter note to Ray Charles picking-up a 7-10 split in bowling!
Do Re Mi Mike Overly, author of Bass EncycloMedia presents Solfege and explains what Julie Andrews, Guido of Arezzo, Giovanni Battista Doni, Isaac Newton and Sancte Iohannes have to do with its development.
First Inversion
Hit Songs
Mike Overly, author of Bass EncycloMedia explores first inversion harmony and applies it to Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, and many others.
Glossary of Music, Bass and Musician Mike Overly, author of Bass EncycloMedia, defines words and terms that every musician playing bass should know.
Harmony Rhythm’s Fatal Flaw Part 1 Mike Overly, author of Bass EncycloMedia explains the problem of Meter Slashes and presents the solution!
Harmony
Symbolism
Mike Overly, author of Bass EncycloMedia reveals the Nine Essential Triads based on Three Types.
Hit Song Harmony
and Progressions

Mike Overly, author of Bass EncycloMedia recaps the development of harmony from 1722 to the present and then updates this knowledge so that you can play 18 Hit Songs.

How to Make a Short Song Long Mike Overly, author of Bass EncycloMedia introduces music's most common "signs of direction" - the repeat signs.
Improve Your Improvisation Mike Overly, author of Bass EncycloMedia defines improvisation and presents three types of chords, arpeggios and scales from which to choose.
Interstellar Music Mike Overly, author of Bass EncycloMedia travels deep into outer space to bring you a special extraterrestrial Golden Record!
Learn Bass in a Flash Mike Overly, author of Bass EncycloMedia reveals the unique differences and the many benefits to be gained from using Bass Fretboard Flashcards from 12 Tone Music Publishing.
Learning is a Process Mike Overly, author of Bass EncycloMedia, invites you to read a list of student questions that will lead you from the 'tempo of thought' to the 'tempo of performance'.
Major Scale Harmony Spelling Mike Overly, author of Bass EncycloMedia shows how to spell 49 different harmonies with only seven major scale letters.
Mother Nature + Father Time = Rhythm Mike Overly, author of Bass EncycloMedia shows what happens when Mother Nature and Father Time get together.
Music Math:
2 + 2 = 3!
Mike Overly, author of Bass EncycloMedia explores the mysteries of "music math" and discovers the basis of all harmony - nine triads.
Natural Fun Outside the Box Mike Overly, author of Bass EncycloMedia explains how to play in "extended" position on a 4, 5 or 6 string bass.
Nature of the Sign Mike Overly, author of Bass EncycloMedia brings clarity and simplicity to understanding the difference between the certainty of key signature and the probability of key.
Parabola of 4th and 5th Intervals Mike Overly, author of Bass EncycloMedia “cleans the slate” and presents a new view of the incorrectly named “circle” of 4ths and 5ths.
Sign Before Symbol Mike Overly, author of Bass EncycloMedia explores the similarities and differences between sign and symbol so that you may play with speed and clarity.
The Curved
Line Sign
Mike Overly, GRAMMY®-nominated Music Educator and author of Bass EncycloMedia
reveals the origin and evolution of the Ligature: now known as the Tie, the Slur and the Phrase.
The Process of Progression Mike Overly, author of Bass EncycloMedia asks: What Type of Student Are You?
Tonal Center Modulation Mike Overly, author of Bass EncycloMedia teaches you to identify a song’s “changing keys” by the harmony progression.
The Whole Truth About Bass TAB Mike Overly, author of Bass EncycloMedia clarifies TAB notation and then illustrates its complete structure.
The Z Angle Unison Connector Mike Overly, author of Bass EncycloMedia reveals 7 one octave major scale "forms" and then shows how to connect forms to create two octave major scales on the bass.
What a Coincidence: Unison Tuning Mike Overly, author of Bass EncycloMedia unfolds the absolute, perfect and relative tuning process of the 4 string bass.

JOHN FALSTROM
This collection of lessons contributed by John Falstrom, author of EADG 4.
EADG 4: Part 36
The Chromatic Scale
John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, demonstrates and discusses the Chromatic Scale.
EADG 4: Part 24
Highway Star and the Rickenbacker Bass
John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, plays the bass line from the Deep Purple Classic Highway Star. John then explains the Rickenbacker Bass Guitar and the tone that it brings to rock music.
EADG 4: Part 22A
The Blues - Blues Rock
John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, discusses and demonstrates the blues scale and blues rock chord progression. Using the key of E major, John explains the 'blue notes" and music theory.
Bass Guitar
Fretboard
John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, and Bob Wille provide a tremendous Fretboard chart (pdf format) that they created last month. Enjoy!
7th Chords in Major Keys John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, provides an illustrated explanation of the seven 7th chords in all 15 major keys; circle of fifths order. Also includes the "assigned" mode that gets played against each of the seven 7th chords.for memorizing the notes on the Bass Guitar.
7th Chords in Major Keys (part 2) John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, provides an explanation and breakdown of the 7th chords in chord, scale and arpeggio format.
7th Chords in Natural Minor Keys John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, provides an illustrated explanation of the Seventh Chords In Natural Minor Keys.
Bass Guitars John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, provides shares insight to the importance of having a versatile and varied collection of Bass guitars.
Classic Chord Chart John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, provides a guideline to understanding and making it easier to read/create Bass lines from the chord symbols on a chart.
Chromatic Analysis John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, provides a Circle of Fifths chart of all 15 major scales (keys) and the note relationships to the Root of the twelve (12) different notes in music.
Different Ways of Playing John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, provides scale and mode exercices that should be be played and memorized in specific note patterns.
Different Ways of Playing Part II John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, provides part II of scale and mode exercices that should be be played and memorized in specific note patterns.
Essential Insights For The Bass Guitarist John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, provides essential insights for the Bass guitarist.
Four String Exercise John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, provides various finger position excecises designed to devlop dexterity in your fretboad hand.
Key Signatures John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, provides this tutorial on learning Key Signatures.
Memorizing The Notes On The Bass Guitar John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, provides a great lesson for memorizing the notes on the Bass Guitar.
Musical
Terms
A 2 page explanation of Musical Terms for the Bass Guitar by John Falstrom
Practice Schedule John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, provides a guideline to managing your practicing time into these four "tried and true" categories.
The 12 Bar Blues
Standard Form
John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, provides a explanation and breakdown of the standard 12 Bar Blues.
The 12 Bar
Jazz Blues Form
John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, provides a explanation and breakdown of the 12 Bar Blues in Jazz form.
The Blues Scale John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, provides a explanation and breakdown of the Blues Scale.
The Blues Scale With Added Flat 5th Note John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, provides a explanation and breakdown of the Blues Scale.
The Harmonic Minor Scales John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, provides an explanation and breakdown of the Harmonic Minor scales.
The Modal System John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, provides an explanation and breakdown of the The Modal System.
The Natural Minor Scales John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, provides a explanation and breakdown of the Natural Minor Scales.
The Pentatonic Scale John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, provides a explanation and breakdown of the Pentatonic Scale.
The Vertical and Horizontal Approaches John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, explains the two ways to approach the chord changes in a song: "The Vertical Approach" and "The Horizontal Approach."
Tips Of The Moment John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, provides some timeless and priceless advise in the lesson.

JERZY DROZD
The Ultimate Guide To The Perfect Bass Setup
The Ultimate Guide
To Perfect Bass Setup
Compliments Jerzy Drozd (Jerzy Drozd Basses).
It covers exactly what it says:
Everything You Always Wanted To Learn and Know About Perfect Bass Setup

Here is what you will learn with this Guide:
- General cleaning procedures of fretboard, bridge, electronics
- Correct string installation
- Setup techniques for neck, bridge and pickup adjustment
- Advanced Setup techniques for necks with double truss rod system
- and more...

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CLIFF ENGEL
This collection of lessons contributed by Cliff Engel, the driving force behind the IIB (The International Institute Of Bassists).
Targeting Chord Tones With Approach Notes A 22 page lesson contributed by Cliff Engel, the driving force behind the IIB (The International Institute Of Bassists) that includes a collection of improvisation/soloing techniques.

* Beginning April 6 - The IIB launches Online Bass Courses.
For complete details, click here and/or email Cliff directly for additional information.
Sight Reading For Bass A 52 page lesson(!) working through a collection of rhythm studies exercises comprised of eight and sixteenth note combination in an effort to increase proficiency of your rhythmic recognition skills when sight reading standard notation for Bass. Since the principal goal of this lesson is to improve rhythmic acuity as it pertains to sight reading, these rhythm studies exercises have been notated using rhythmic notation. This is the type of notation that a drummer would be required to read in a percussion-related chart.
Targeting Chord Tones With Approach Notes A 22 page lesson contributed by Cliff Engel, the driving force behind the IIB (The International Institute Of Bassists) that includes a collection of improvisation/soloing techniques.

* Beginning May 4 - The IIB launches Online Bass Courses.
For complete details, click here and/or email Cliff directly for additional information.

SCOTT HUBBELL
This collection of lessons contributed by Scott Hubbell, author of Fretboard Alchemy and Fretboard Arcanum.
Alcanum Scott Hubbell, author of Fretboard Alchemy and Fretboard Arcanum provides an example of how to combine concepts from both of his books. Includes pdf transcription and MP3 performance! Click to download both in 1 zip file.
Arpeggio Workout Scott Hubbell, author of Fretboard Alchemy and Fretboard Arcanum provides an Apreggio Workout, that provides great exercise on dexterity, meter and dynamics of attack.

BYRON SANTOS
This collection of lessons contributed by Byron Santo, author of Picking Hand Grimoirium & Pentatonic Note Sequence Grimorium.
Learning The Extended Range Bass Guitar Neck Byron Santo, author of Picking Hand Grimoirium, provides a 6 page lesson, covering the Extended Range Bass Neck chart and applies the key of C-Major to it.

TODD JOHNSON
This collection of lessons contributed by Todd Johnson, the man behind the Technique Builders, Walking Bass Line Module System Vol. 1: Triad Module System & Walking Bass Line Module System Vol. 2: Scale Modules DVDs.
Modal Bass Lines Packet From Todd Johnson, a 4-page pdf look at a style of jazz known as modal tunes. Modal tunes are songs built on one or two chord changes that last at least eight bars each. The example we’ll use in our study is the 1959 Miles Davis composition
entitled So What.

MIKE CORNELISON
This collection of lessons contributed by Mike Cornelison, author of Classical Masterpieces Vol. I & Vol. II, Christmas Classis For Solo Bass, Arpeggio Woodshedding & The Ultimate Books of Jaco.
The Diminished Chord
and Scale
Mike Cornelison explains and analyzes the Diminished Chord and Scale.
Walkin' the F Blues Mike Cornelison provides 8 F Blues 12 bar examples, each one using a different approach.
Third Position Sight Reading Study Mike Cornelison provides a great lesson on the four steps you can go through to put yourself "into position" to nail a piece of music the very first time you see it.