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Bass Theory, Grooves and Techniques.

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Darren 1, Feb 3, 2018.

  1. Darren 1

    Darren 1 Commercial User

    Jan 21, 2018
    Hi Bassists!
    I'm in the process of putting together a handful of free bass tuition videos for you tube.
    As a pro player and successful educator of some of the best new bass players in the UK I would love to put up some videos of material that you'd be interested in. If any of you guys have any requests at all I would love to oblige and get some free lessons going for you on my Youtube channel:
    Darren Glover Bass Lessons

    Here's a recent sample of an approach to playing Jazz:

    Or, something more groovy:

    Also check out material on my website and sign up for free!:

    The site is ever growing with a handy blog and forum where any questions, bass and theory related can be answered. The site includes PDFs and free videos that are added periodically.
    I look forward to hearing from you, either through Youtube, My website or on here!
    Many thanks and have a great weekend!
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2018
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  2. For whatever reason, I can't open your website from the link.
    Love what you are doing...
    Any chance you can also slow down what you are playing and give a more step by step approach.
    Thanks Glen
  3. Darren 1

    Darren 1 Commercial User

    Jan 21, 2018
  4. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    I agree with Glen. I watched a couple of the videos and thought they were very nice demonstrations (the playing is great!), but to really work well as lessons I think you should add more in the way of explanations related to both theory and technique. For example, how were you choosing the notes you chose (scales? chord tones? something else?) -- and why? How are you choosing a particular fingering and/or a particular position on the neck for a given section -- and why? What kinds of right-hand and left-hand techniques are you using to get particular tones and grooves -- and why? You get the idea. I don't know if everyone is into "why" explanations as much as I am, but it seems to me that this is what allows the student to come away from the video not only with examples, but with generalizeable ideas that he/she can apply to his/her own playing.

    My favorite bass instructional video is The Bass Guitar of Jack Casady, in which he uses what he calls the "breakdown method" (or something like that). He (along with Jorma Kaukonen) plays a short song, and then goes back and talks through each section of the tune to explain how and why he played what he did. I think this is an ideal way of organizing lessons -- at least for me as a student -- that you might want to consider incorporating into your own videos.
  5. Darren 1

    Darren 1 Commercial User

    Jan 21, 2018
    Thanks so much for the comments and feedback, much appreciated !
    As we speak, I am in the process of making step-by-step sequential videos and PDFs on these videos and others.
    I do have several on my website already but i am going to get quite a few on Youtube too.
    Many Thanks
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