The Greenroom

Playful Pentatonic

Bass
Improvise in your A Minor Pentatonic

Here's a five-note Minor Pentatonic Scale for the key of A that's ready for you to dig into. Move up and down the neck on these for added interest and depth.  

One String Wonder

Bass
Add this passing tone now

I figured the other guys gave you plenty of practice philosophy this week so I thought I'd give you something to actually practice! Here's a simple passing tone that can really add to your changes. I'm using Lord I Need You for this example, but you can use this in almost any song.

Oh Mercy Acoustic Guitar Tutorial by Stu G

Bass

Okay, it's cool when Jason teaches a song, but it's also pretty cool to have Stu G sit and down and run through how he would play it on acoustic. Enjoy. And Jason...watch your back.

Picks Vs Fingers

Bass
What's the difference?

Does that song call for an open, drivey sound or a percussive groove?  Daniel shows us what types of tone we can create when using a pick or just our fingers on the bass.

Worthy Of Your Name Groove Up

Bass
Why Walk Up When You Can Groove Up?

It's easy to walk up from a 1 to 2 chord progression.  But why would you want to when you can groove on up to the 2?  Throw this little beauty in Hillsong's Worthy Of Your Name.  

The Funk Clinic

Bass
With Gunther "Tiny Hands" Smacklightski

And this is what happens when you let Daniel loose with a camera. Not sure if we'll actually use it as an ad but it sure made us laugh.

More Spicy Bass

Bass
If A Little Is Good, A Lot Is Better

Here's a hoppy little embellishment you can add to a song with a 1, 4, 5 progression.  Daniel shows us how to add this bit of interest in Christ Is Risen that you can also apply to other songs.

Fifth Note Lead-In

Bass
Subtle but Spicy

Add a little spice to your chord progression with this simple note.  Daniel shows us where to slip it in.  

Work That Riff

Bass
Up close on Fullness

Spice up the bridge in Elevation Worship's Fullness with this fun riff.  It makes for a subtle but effective moment of motion into the instrumental.  

How To Choose The Right Bass

Bass
One size does not fit all.

I am amazed by just how many people end up with a bass that is completely wrong for their application. This is usually because not only do they have no idea what they need, but bass tone can be a bit of a mystery.

Winning Walk-Up

Bass
Simple and Versatile

Daniel teaches us this versatile walk-up riff in the bridge in Jesus Messiah.  You can use it any time you have a 2-3-4 chord transition in a song.

Tasteful Delay on Bass

Bass
How to Use it Effectively

Delay on a bass certainly isn't for every song.  But here's how it's used effectively in King Of My Heart.

How NOT To Set Up A Bass Amp EQ

Bass
Strike A Balance

Even if you're a talented bass player, an imbalanced EQ can make it sound like you have something to hide.  Here's where to start before you adjust those frequencies.  

Playing With Octaves

Bass

Octaves are a fundamental part of playing bass. This chromatic exercise will help you learn how to play octaves so that you can bring them in effectively at just the right moment. 

Billie Jean Groove

Bass
Billie Jean in worship? Absolutely.

Great music transcends genre.  Daniel teaches us how to slip in a groove of one of the best into our worship set.

Practice With A Drummer

Bass
Better Together

If you only ever play on your own or in a full band you are missing out. Bass guitar is only a part of the rhythm section. In order to really grow you need to spend time with just a drummer to work out grooves and patterns that are fun to play and also have real world application. 

Active and Passive Basses

Bass
Know The Difference

From warm and wooly to bright and funky, Daniel explains just what makes a bass active or passive.  

Motown Groove

Bass
Add a little bit of soul.

If you're sticking on the one chord and it's a groovy kind of song, throw this in for a smooth Motown feel.  

Rockin' Riff

Bass
Try It On Happy Day

It's always fun to learn a new bass riff.  Here's a straightforward hammer-on with a rock feel.  Try it out on Happy Day.

Get Locked In

Bass
Warm up with this groove.

Every player has that groove they start practice with. This one is mine. Practice it alone and then try it with Josh's matching groove and see how tight you can get it.