JEFF BERLIN Bass Guitar Lessons – Getting In the Groove – The Players School of Music

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Bass guitar lesson video featuring Jeff Berlin of The Players School of Music in Tampa Bay, Clearwater, Florida. In this video bass l…
Bass guitar lesson video featuring Jeff Berlin of The Players School of Music in Tampa Bay, Clearwater, Florida. In this video Jeff t…

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hi jeff thanks for sharing all the info on the bass great stufff ..

Written By Andrew Martin on June 22nd, 2014 @ 8:01 am

He can really play!

Written By SuperSquark on June 22nd, 2014 @ 8:07 am

succint. love the groove definition 

Written By Craig Bennett on June 22nd, 2014 @ 8:13 am

Great stuff Jeff.

Written By John Skalecki on June 22nd, 2014 @ 8:39 am

Hi boobm Just read your comment. Thanks for writing. Best from Jeff ;)

Written By lumpyjazz on June 22nd, 2014 @ 8:47 am

the best bass teacher on planet

Written By sebajo82 on June 22nd, 2014 @ 9:20 am

Exactly my thoughts. Rofl

Written By SilentxWorld on June 22nd, 2014 @ 10:16 am

Love Jeff Berlin!

Written By MojoDragonflyBass on June 22nd, 2014 @ 10:49 am

Thank you bookbm. Keep it up. If you need any help with your playing, write
me at The Players School of Music Facebook page, and I will try and answer
your questions. Best from Jeff

Written By lumpyjazz on June 22nd, 2014 @ 11:43 am

Man yes Jeff, you certainly helped! I’m going through all of your videos.

Written By SilentxWorld on June 22nd, 2014 @ 11:56 am

I would agree, I think you wouldn’t find to many people with MORE knowledge
than Jeff.

Written By SilentxWorld on June 22nd, 2014 @ 12:23 pm

This “lesson” give me a “main” – good input. It´s one (the) basic for Bass.
Thank´s Jeff

Written By Frank Sch on June 22nd, 2014 @ 12:26 pm

thank you

Written By fena hauhnar on June 22nd, 2014 @ 12:37 pm

Thanks Jeff, this is great stuff.

Written By Blair Book on June 22nd, 2014 @ 1:26 pm

Hi md1053 Good observation on your part. I’ve always felt that if I cut
through the extraneous nonsense and just guide people toward thoughts and
music that will help them to learn how to play better, then I’ve done a
good thing. Thanks for seeing this as well. Best from Jeff

Written By lumpyjazz on June 22nd, 2014 @ 2:20 pm

groove is also character imo

Written By BassFever74 on June 22nd, 2014 @ 2:22 pm

Great. Anyway i find a bit too radical the affirmation “the thime doesn’t
come from the metronome”: not everyone has such an instinctive sense and
capacity to feel the tempo inside. Many just need to be educated to that by
the metronome. If sometimes i find i can ‘t lock very well with it, it
means for me that i need it.

Written By md1053 on June 22nd, 2014 @ 3:15 pm

that first bizarre little groove riff could be a Primus song. :D

Written By Pudsy440 on June 22nd, 2014 @ 3:53 pm

Jeff, This video series is outstanding. There is a lifetime of great
information here for anyone who is serious about wanting to master their
instrument. The best part is it is available to anyone whenever they want
to become a more accomplished player. You have consolidated universal
truths of bass playing that have never before been classified or presented
in such a concise teaching format. This is a truly invaluable gift to the
bass playing community. Thank you!

Written By slap70s on June 22nd, 2014 @ 4:18 pm

I copped your writing style from Bass Player mag, to write articles for my
ski club newsletter. Many thanks for your help and inspiration.

Written By Larrymh07 on June 22nd, 2014 @ 4:29 pm

Hi LerySarti. I guess being a nerd is what I do best :) I hope that you got
something out of this video. I hope so. Best regards and take care from Jeff

Written By lumpyjazz on June 22nd, 2014 @ 4:38 pm

you gent INCREDIBLY to the point thanks, this helps much

Written By md1053 on June 22nd, 2014 @ 5:28 pm

Thank you everyone for watching! Skype lessons are available with Jeff or
any other of our bass instructors!

Written By PlayersSchoolofMusic on June 22nd, 2014 @ 5:46 pm


Written By LerySarti on June 22nd, 2014 @ 6:03 pm

Definitely the best Youtube channel for bass players:

Written By Linus Klausenitzer on June 22nd, 2014 @ 6:11 pm

great vid jeff….you and that fender just look right ….what i did was
reject chord shapes altogether to force myself into knowing where they were
on the fretboard without having to rely on shapes……i believe that
learning chords in more unconventional ways is better,and that chord shapes
tend to come naturally anyway,so practicing them that way is
redundant……being able to call up any chord tone anywhere on the
instrument from anywhere,automatically without needing to think about it
is the desired goal imho….there seems to be a lot of resistance to jeff’s
way of thinking and i’m not clear why that is…..his methodology appears
to be the only one out there with some actual thought given to the nature
of how music is taught,how it was traditionally taught and how it could be
better taught….

Written By buckandotis on June 22nd, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

I understand what you mean by not just looking for the pattern. It can
restrict playability by going for what is already ingrained rather then
exploring the possibilities of how it should sound. However; I was just
inquiring on some clarification. I understand chord construction, scales
and intervals. For example, I can play a G Maj chord all over the neck
comfortably because I know the pattern but I also know the intervals and
why it forms that pattern. (Maj/minor 3rds between tones, inversions of
them etc.) Regardless of knowing the intervals and chords etc, it still
creates a pattern, especially on bass where the strings are equal distances
apart (usually). Is there still a flaw in this practice? Obviously,
listening to the music is vital but so are patterns. Patterns are a natural
technique our brains use to handle and recall information. So, essentially,
is there something else I should be looking out for when practicing? 

Written By Papa Danger on June 22nd, 2014 @ 7:05 pm

John Zwolski – thank you for your freedom of polyrhythm. Hope to play with
you again soon. love, Tom

Written By Tom Kersey on June 22nd, 2014 @ 7:27 pm

I watched this video, because it looked like you went back to a more
“traditional” bass, but it was borrowed :-) But then, I learned a great
deal more than the fact you borrowed a Leo-type instrument from a student.
Great vid, thanks!

Written By Sean Geist on June 22nd, 2014 @ 8:09 pm

technique exercises screw you up as a musician ! 

Written By Tracy Nibblett on June 22nd, 2014 @ 8:50 pm

I constantly search youtube for videos that will help me become a better
improviser on the bass.
Thankyou for realizing what you had stumbled upon, and for recording this
This may be the best instructional video ive seen. (For where I am in my
bass playing)

Thank you

Written By Curtis Phagoo on June 22nd, 2014 @ 9:06 pm


Written By james mobee on June 22nd, 2014 @ 9:57 pm

Great discussion. It’s interesting because sometimes when I am developing
lines I may conceptualize a line as it relates to a few triads in the
scale.. using a #4 triad over an altered chord and then making it resolve
to something else—so I am hearing the line for it’s sound, but I also
notice the “shape the line takes” to get from first to last note. Noticing
the chord shape after the fact is something that may happen.

Written By Chromatype on June 22nd, 2014 @ 10:28 pm

I would like to study with but I live in New York 

Written By john benz on June 22nd, 2014 @ 10:52 pm

fun fact: this guy is actually a convicted pedophile…but you’d never know
that by lookin at him…

Written By 1954telecaster on June 22nd, 2014 @ 11:50 pm

Greetings from Seattle.

Written By ElZorroFox1 . on June 23rd, 2014 @ 12:07 am


Written By James Huggins on June 23rd, 2014 @ 1:03 am

nice message…use whatever you got, but when reading you need to get the
notes right…handshapes have their purpose, just maybe not in academia
…rock down JB

Written By doctorgonedon on June 23rd, 2014 @ 1:54 am

Thanks Jeff!!

Written By Russell Rodgers on June 23rd, 2014 @ 2:29 am

Thanks Jeff. That was priceless.

Written By 461909S on June 23rd, 2014 @ 2:32 am

I love hearing you talk music Jeff… Confronting and from the heart every

Written By Mark Marxon on June 23rd, 2014 @ 2:58 am

Very Cool!

Written By MrCarloscs5 on June 23rd, 2014 @ 3:13 am

Mike MAKES this video! :D

Written By mmaier2112 on June 23rd, 2014 @ 3:45 am

Thank you for all you do to help other musicians improve and move forward
in our musical journeys!

Written By MojoDragonflyBass on June 23rd, 2014 @ 4:11 am

A big problem with Jeff’s teaching (though much of it is great) is that he
only considers the perspective of someone with his level of natural talent,
and his physique. Describing the value of “technique exercises” as “an
untruism because it says that you have to do something with your hands to
develop technique, when you really don’t” is just really narrow minded.
Maybe Jeff’s hands naturally know what to do, but mine I’ve had to
painstakingly persuade to hold the guitar correctly.

Written By Willybuchanan on June 23rd, 2014 @ 5:01 am

Good point Mr. Berlin! Like teaching is a thing and listening is another
one also. Right! I had to throw that one in there as my paradoxical vue of
this whole music concept kinda thing!

Written By broadcastical on June 23rd, 2014 @ 5:34 am

Great video jeff! really enjoying the content on this channel.

Written By Bill Banwell on June 23rd, 2014 @ 6:14 am

Thanks Jeff— that makes quite a ton of sense. As I’ve often leaned on hand
position cruches to do certain “licks” that fit inside of common
progressions. And frankly…it’s stale and unmusical. I have found that
when I’m trying to be more musical in what I say my hand ends up in some
odd positions because I’m not practiced up enough…BUT I do feel like I’m
saying more musical ideas than performing some muscle memory lick…

Written By Lincoln Adams on June 23rd, 2014 @ 6:18 am

Hi Willy. No one’s hands naturally know what to do. The reason that you are
painstakingly holding and playing your guitar is because you aren’t
practicing music. I know this from your comment. You are practicing the
wrong things and so your playing will always be compromised until you
practice that which your instrument was built to represent, which is notes.
Technique lessons are a myth. Music lessons however will change your
musical life forever. Regards, Jeff

Written By lumpyjazz on June 23rd, 2014 @ 6:40 am

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