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STRICTLY BASS BLOG

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The 4 Stages Of Learning

The Learning StruggleHave you ever been inspired to learn a new skill like double thumb or two handed tapping? You started out really motivated, but the more time you put in, the more your motivation decreased. This is actually a totally normal phenomenon.Learning...

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Top 3 Metronome Hacks

The Problem With MetronomesWe’ve all heard it a million times before “If you want to have good timing, you have to practice with a metronome.” A couple of times I did hear the opposite, and it made sense in the context. But generally playing along with the click is...

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Economy Of Motion

The Curse Of The Flying Pinky (or why you can’t play fast)Have you ever noticed how hard it is to move the pinky and ring finger independently? At first it seems impossible. The reason is, they are attached to the same tendon. But with a little bit of dedicated...

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Why You Should Set Unrealistic Goals

The problem with realistic goalsDo you ever feel stuck when practicing? You're not sure what to practice next or lack the motivation to keep pushing to break through the wall you just hit. Well, then you might have a case of grown-up syndrome. Realistic goals are very...

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Top 3 Polyrhythm Hacks

The Polyrhythm challengeWant to add an element of surprise or another level of complexity to your solo or composition? Then you should check out polyrhythms. We all are familiar with simple cross-rhythms like 2 against 3 and 3 against 4. Even in pop music they are...

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The 3 Finger Technique

Three Is The Magic NumberThe 3 finger technique is quite well known in around metal bassists. It's the easiest way to play the "Gallop". If you don't know what the gallop is, you need to listen to more "Iron Maiden". Jokes aside though, the 3 finger technique can be...

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Jazz Chords On Bass???

Why do you even care? The truth is that understanding the mechanics of building chords and voice leading helps you in many ways to be a better bass player. Particularly if you like to jam, improvise or compose your own basslines. Being able to play jazz chords on bass...

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Bass Fill Hacks #1

The Bass Fill StruggleHave you ever been practicing bass fills, only to realize that what you practiced might have worked on that one song, but surely doesn't on the next one? Or maybe you've been shedding away on this cool basslick you saw on Youtube. But when you...

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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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Music is a mission not a competition

Music is a mission not a competition Competition can be a good thing. It makes us give it all and walk that extra mile. Without competition evolution would not have occurred in the same way or at all. So it's pretty save to say competition is a natural thing....

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