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The Triad Hack Series

Scroll down for more TRIAD HACKS!Want to level up your proficiency across the fretboardHave you ever been in the situation that you got handed a lead sheet and were expected to just make up a bass part? All you have are the chord symbols. Of course, you can always get...

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The Binary Code Of Music

How To Hack The Binary Code Of Music?Do you ever catch yourself playing the same old licks and patterns again and again? Does sheet music containing 16th note patterns look scary to you?Well, it doesn't have to be this way!The Secret SauceIn “The Binary Code Of Music”...

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Flow Hacking Series

Scroll down for more FLOW HACKS!How to learn anything fasterHave you ever been frustrated because you have that feeling of not progressing fast enough. In the beginning you often advance fairly quickly. But once we have a basic grasp on the skill, we often feel stuck....

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TOP 10 BASS SOLO HACKS

The Bass Solo StruggleWe all know the jokes about how everyone starts talking or goes to the bar, when the bassist takes a solo. And sadly, for the most part these accusations are justified. The bass is not an easy instrument to play solos. On one hand its low...

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The 3 Octave Major Arpeggio Hack

How to play arpeggios efficiently over three octaves? Arpeggios are great vocabulary to have for extreme metal and jazz. Not that they're not of use in other genres, but these two use them to quite an extent. If you don't own a five or six string bass, you might have...

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Do Your Quarter Notes Swing?

Can You Play Quarter Notes With A Swing Feel? Although this might seem counterintuitive, there is a difference between swinging quarter notes and straight quarter notes. Generally speaking there is not much to playing a walking bassline, right? You learn your...

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Why You Don’t Follow Through

Why You Don't Follow ThroughDid you ever listen to a piece of music that knocked your sox off? Something so inspiring that you were willing to do anything to learn how to do it yourself? But then once you started and realized how much work you'd have to put it,...

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Bass Chords That Work

The Bass Chord StruggleHave you ever been frustrated by the fact, that chords generally sound muddy as h*%& on bass? It's not easy creating a chord texture for a soloist or singer to jam over when playing more than two notes at the same time, right? The...

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The Augmented Triad Hack

The key for unlocking the augmented triad was a side effect of checking out chromatic approaches. Once I understood the concept of voice leading, I had no problem making the augmented triad sound deliberate and melodic. 
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The Diminished Triad Hack

The Diminished Triad Struggle When I first got into jazz, there was one type of chord always threw me off. The diminished or half-diminished chord. It frustrated me that I each time it showed up I use the same old pattern. As an improvising jazz musician, that is...

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Learn how to learn faster #1 (note taking)

Learn how to learn faster #1 (note taking)

 Note taking lesson with Phil Chen   Why note taking is one of the easiest tools to double your learning speed and how to do it! In a time where we are bombarded with information everywhere we look, it has become more important than ever to know how to retain all...

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