Beginner Bass Lesson 04 – Technique Plucking

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Lesson 4 An introduction to Technique focusing on the Plucking Hand.
In this lesson I introduce the concept of scales and modes and explain their function in improvisation. I always try to make my lessons as simple as possible…

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thank you, man

Written By Antonello Ponzio on May 17th, 2014 @ 8:22 am

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Written By Pedro Maues on May 17th, 2014 @ 8:41 am

thanks for the upload. this has really helped me improve my technique! 

Written By Necro bus on May 17th, 2014 @ 9:04 am

thanks for the lesson

Written By Daniel Subramaniam on May 17th, 2014 @ 9:26 am

It’s very informative and really helpful, all of your lessons cover a great
deal of bass basics and the little aspects are finely brought out. These
are the best bass tutorials, thank you so much! :D 

Written By Niranjhana Narayanan on May 17th, 2014 @ 9:52 am

God bless you man..

Written By dysentrygary on May 17th, 2014 @ 10:05 am

Just bought my first Bass and your instruction method is really good,
simple and very beginner friendly, thanks for uploading such useful lessons

Written By Phil D on May 17th, 2014 @ 10:54 am

I just wanna say that so far your videos have been awesome :) I felt like
an intermediate bass-player, but I’ve learned a lot already. Can’t wait to
look through the rest of your lessons. Thank you :)

Written By etglasstortvand on May 17th, 2014 @ 11:33 am

I just purchased a bass and was looking for bass lessons on YouTube. I came
across your lessons and the four I’ve seen so far are great and helping me
to learn about my new bass. Thanks for doing what you do !! Peace

Written By Ernest Daniels on May 17th, 2014 @ 12:03 pm


Written By Ruben Leal on May 17th, 2014 @ 12:52 pm

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Written By daimasiyah on May 17th, 2014 @ 1:37 pm

modes are NOT positions. 

Written By timmy47 on May 17th, 2014 @ 2:33 pm

Do you think Chord Tones is better than Scales Modes Because it
More specifically ؟؟؟

Written By loie Mosa on May 17th, 2014 @ 3:06 pm

You sir, are a genius. I’ve had literally hours of lessons from a private
tutor on scales and modes and in just over 6 minuets you’ve beaten the
hours and I now understand it! Thanks a lot :) 

Written By Mike Kaperys on May 17th, 2014 @ 3:40 pm

Two people didn’t like his hat. 

Written By Tiberius Patterson on May 17th, 2014 @ 4:10 pm

I was wondering if you could PLEASE explain how we can form chords from the
major scale?
It’s going to be pretty predicable and boring playing scales not knowing
how to play chords, or even how they are formed.
I have to say THANK YOU again man, as I can FINALLY get a move on without
being stuck in one postion all the time.
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

Written By SDRockman on May 17th, 2014 @ 4:21 pm

Great video man, just the stuff I’m lookin for. Liked and subbed!

Written By Saint0fCircumstance on May 17th, 2014 @ 4:57 pm

Thank you for these lessons!

Written By hiephoi058 on May 17th, 2014 @ 5:35 pm

You are awesome man! Thank you for making this video. I see a lot of
negativity in the comments and I’m glad you don’t let that get to you. This
video helped me out tremendously, keep doin’ what you’re doin’ man. Can’t
wait for the next vid!

Written By michael v on May 17th, 2014 @ 5:43 pm

I came in sceptical when I saw your hat…..but very well taught. Thank

Written By Geraint Jones on May 17th, 2014 @ 6:06 pm

Cheers man!

Written By Sam Gilbert on May 17th, 2014 @ 6:12 pm

nice job!

Written By nicholas chong on May 17th, 2014 @ 7:08 pm

Brilliant lesson … NO BS !!!

Written By grumpygroman on May 17th, 2014 @ 7:28 pm

This was very usful, the last part especially Thank you!

Written By BillieSebastian on May 17th, 2014 @ 8:27 pm

Not only you are a great bass player, you also an EXCELLENT teacher.

Written By Vincent Tam on May 17th, 2014 @ 9:20 pm

If Dorian starts with D, can i play it on a D Major song? 

Written By Angelo Regalado on May 17th, 2014 @ 10:19 pm

What?? Dude, if you’re playing in C major then it doesn’t matter what note
of the C Major scale you start on you are still playing a C Major scale.
The C major scale spans the whole neck. If you want to play a different
“mode” try comparing C major to C mixolydian.
Basically if the root is C and you play the notes C D E F G A B C (in any
order, anywhere on the neck, in any position) you are playing C Major. If
your tonic is C and you play C D E F G A Bb C (in any order, anywhere on
the neck, and in any position) then you would be playing C Mixolydian.
It looks like you’ve been misinformed about what modes are and how they
work. The reason you can play all over the neck like that is because the C
major scale spans the whole neck. Each of the modes spans the entire neck.

Written By BlindJohnnyBlue on May 17th, 2014 @ 10:36 pm

merci so so much

Written By jeanmarienoe on May 17th, 2014 @ 11:35 pm

Can I ask, please. Why don’t any of the modes start on the e-string?

Written By Matt Jenkins on May 18th, 2014 @ 12:26 am

Srsly, a reply to Steven Edelmann. I play bass for the band Inside The
Artist’s Head and I am fairly well known around here for being a reliable
and competent basist. I always just played by ear and it has worked fine!
However Ive always “kind of” understood modes, Until now!

For the first time in my bassist carrer i fucking get it! I just realized
what I can do within my own band thanks to this lesson.

Marc, thank you so much! And sorry for me not having a pic :P 

Written By Hav00k on May 18th, 2014 @ 12:34 am

Great Video

Written By John Nixon on May 18th, 2014 @ 1:15 am

Great video!
But I have some problem
What changes for modes of C Minor, for example?

Written By Антон Росенко on May 18th, 2014 @ 1:28 am

Really good!

Written By Hans Lukas on May 18th, 2014 @ 1:31 am

Finally , a lesson on modes that’s EASY to understand!! Other you tubers
can learn a lot off this guy, I had fun with this video jamming along to
backing tracks using what I learned, most people try to teach modes go off
on too many technical terms and make the lesson boring !! well done ! 

Written By TheCoverAddicts on May 18th, 2014 @ 2:06 am

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