Sunday, 23 February 2014

New E-Book Bass Workshop.

Hi Peeps.

The new E-Book is available now.

Rudimentary musical training for the bassist who wants to make the transition to 'Musician'. With standard notation reading NO TAB. Bass line construction, reading bass lines, styles, understanding harmony, soloing ideas, beat placement, Cuban tumbao exercises, rhythmical awareness, ClavĂ© patterns, chart geography introducing a more musical way of thinking into your bass playing. 

You will get the complete PDF download for £5.00. Ideal for iPad and eReaders plus you can simply print out your own book.

To buy the book please click below.

Buy Bass Workshop Here

You can check out some page previews here on the left. My aim for this book is help you become a more musical bass player. I have purposely not dove too deeply into each subject as I really urge you to discover more about each subject for yourself. I have merely scratched the surface here but hopefully given you enough information for you to practise and inspire you to dig much much deeper for yourself.

I've always been a massive believer in learning the FACTS of music in order to get better on your instrument. In this book I present the facts of music, Nothing more. The language you need to know to function as a professional bassist. The information you are expected to know to play  effective bass parts and get hired as a musician. Harmonic language, Reading notation, rhythmic awareness, style examples, transposition, improvising, introduction to soloing and playing in a more musical way.

Thanks for checking it out. Please feel free to contact me or comment on any of these things. 

All the very best,


Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Harmonised Major Scale Arpeggio Patterns.

Hi There.

Welcome to the new lesson. This is based on a very simple chord progression found in thousands of tunes. Based on the harmonised major scale in C.

The harmonised scale is basically any major scale played in chords.

Cmaj7    Dm7    Em7    Fmaj7    G7    Am7    Bm7b5    Cmaj7

When playing this avoid using a metronome to start with. Get it under your fingers first. Place your fingers at one finger per fret. Don't bunch up your fingers, try to avoid fret-buzz, alternate your picking fingers on every note.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Interesting.........The First Electric Bass Guitar.

This is interesting for all Bassists......

This is the first electric bass guitar. The Tutmarc AudioVox 736 dated 1937.


Solid body: fretted bass guitar.
Body & Neck: Black Walnut.
Fingerboard: Purpleheart.
Pick ups & electronics: One single coil pick up.

Many people credit Leo Fender and the Fender musical instrument company with the creation of the electric bass guitar with the advent of the Fender Precision Bass in 1951. However as the Fender P Bass was the first mass produced bass guitar, The Fender company was by no means the inventor of the electric bass.

That innovation lies with a Seattle based musician and inventor Paul H (Bud) Tutmarc. Tutmarc was experimenting with reducing the size of the double bass and in 1935 he built the electric upright bass but the crunch year for the bass guitar was 1937 when he developed the Audiovox model 736 "Electronic bass fiddle". It was designed to be played in the horizontal position and therefore is the first electric bass guitar as we know it.

Bad timing, Bad luck were the main reason why Mr Tutmarc didn't get the accolades he deserved. The 736 certainly wasn't a commercial success. The price was massive in 1937 the Audiovox cost $65.00 and en extra $75.00 for the matching 936 amplifier making it simply out of reach of many many musicians. It also came out just before the outbreak of World War II when the whole of guitar manufacturing was deemed "Non Essential" plus it really didn't fit in to any of the styles of music at that time.

Paul Tutmarc's Audiovox 736.............Way ahead of it's time?