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One of the questions I get repeatedly asked by students is “what exactly are you thinking while playing the bass?”… and I get it! It was the one thing that bugged me forever when I was younger… what the hell are all these awesome bass players thinking while they’re grooving and soloing?! It drove me nuts, lol!

After a lot of years in the shed, thousands of hours transcribing and a fair amount of pizza eating I finally figured it out. Well, don’t get me wrong it didn’t come to me in a flash of lightening, but I got there in the end 😉

What these top players are doing, is thinking in layers. They’re playing bass like you would build a house, they lay a strong foundation and then build the rest of the structure on top of those foundations. The gag is, with so much information out there, and the fact that many people are confused with what the bass actually should be doing as an instrument within a band – as in how it should be functioning – i.e. outlining the chords (don’t worry I get deep into this in the lesson)… it’s led to an army… in fact, a legion of confused bass players.

Hopefully this lesson will pull you back on track and possibly change the way you think of playing the bass.

In this lesson I’m going to cover 3 things…

1. Show you a seriously bad ass groove!
2. Discuss exactly what i’m thinking while playing bass and why
3. Show you how you can get these things into your own playing, and how to approach it.

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As always, see you in the shed.


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A bit about me…

I’ve performed, recorded, shared taxis, vans, planes and boats with players such as, Gorgie Fame, Adrian Ingram, Martin Simpson, Dennis Rollins, Gary Boyle, Neil Brocklebank, The Drifters, The Four Tops, The Nolans, Marisa Turner (Prince, Chaka Kahn), Peter Grant (top 5 jazz artist), Spyro Gyra, Ogie Alcasid, Vina Morales and has performed at venues such as Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express (London Soho), The 606 Club, The Vortex, Dubai International Jazz festival and Montreal grand prix.

I’ve also studied with an amazing host of world class musicians including Skuli Sverrisson (Allan Holdsworth), Jeff Andrews, Ralph Alessi, Ravi Coltrane, Brad Shepik and Adam Rogers, Gary Willis.




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