March 20, 2019

Facebook. Youtube. Instagram. Snapchat. The one thing all these formats have in common is that video content is king. We live in a day and age where anyone with a smartphone, tablet or laptop has the ability to record themselves playing and up...

February 18, 2019

Last blog post we looked at playing the minor pentatonic scale in a couple of different fingerings and also
spreading it out over the neck to help us escape the ‘box syndrome’ a lot of players find themselves in. In
this second instalment we’r...

January 29, 2019

Most of us will have played some kind of bassline or lick that is based around this scale, especially in the blues, rock and funk genres. In the following lessons I’m going to show you some ways in which to expand your pentatonic playing by ex...

June 1, 2018

For this LONG overdue blog post wrapping up the top 5 mistakes beginners make, I am going to hand you over to the incredible Vancouver based educator, bass player and luthier Laurence Mollerup who wrote this perfectly worded post on the infamo...

August 30, 2015

4. Just. Not. Practicing.


It's this simple: If you want to get better at something, you have to do it over and over again. No shortcuts, no magic formulas, and no amount of youtube watching is going to makeup for the hours and hours you need t...

August 6, 2015

3. Not Learning To Read Music

I'd like to preface this post with two statements:

 

Learning to read music does not make you a better musician.

 

Learning to read music will not make you a worse musician.

 

There is nothing more divisive in my experie...

2. Not learning the notes on the fingerboard
I can't tell you amount of times I've stopped a student in the middle of playing and asked them what note they are on, only to be met with a blank expression. For me, fingerboard knowledge is the ke...

Everybody started out as a beginner, no exceptions. There was a point in every bass player's life when they struggled to hold down the E string on the first fret, or didn't know where to find a Bb on the D string...and that's ok, we've all bee...

June 22, 2015

Weclome to my brand new website: Bass Lessons Melbourne!

After teaching bass for nearly 10yrs, I decided it would be a good idea to have a place where I can present some of the materials I use in my lessons to a global audience and also  conn...

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