Nathan East Bass Lesson – Playing Reggae

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Nathan East demonstrates some of the reggae licks he teaches in his Online Electric Bass School. You can learn bass from the master himself through online vi…

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Prime, but not very good example of reggae guitar.

Written By Cam Cochlan on December 4th, 2013 @ 7:59 am

Typical, a bunch of people without a fraction of the talent making jumped
up comments without having any understanding themselves on the subject
matter being discussed in the video. Anyone who makes a negative comment on
this should really try making a career in music as Nathan has, instead of
commenting youtube videos in their basements/ bedrooms while flipping
burgers or working at Walmart. 

Written By Kenny Butcher on December 4th, 2013 @ 8:39 am

Respect due to the musicians, but this is not reggae. If you get bored
with the bass line you didn’t “feel” the vibes. Reggae is about vibes and
soulful feel. Its mystical and no matter how a great musician you are, if
you don’t feel it, you can’t play it. The guitar is “ringing” too much on
the strum. Needs to be tighter, with some muting. 

Written By Nev Roberts on December 4th, 2013 @ 9:33 am

Nathan produced and played on a large amount of Daft Punk songs, plays with
Larry Carlton, wrote the Phil Collins hit Easy Lover. I think he knows his
shit guys!

Written By ettiennebassist on December 4th, 2013 @ 10:11 am

Cant believe how amateur dudes try and pretend to sound all clued up
criticizing a Nathan East Lesson. When you have played for Eric Clapton
then maybe you can talk and that would be never so swallow the advise mate!
First do your homework on who Nathan East is and what he has achieved
before making a tosser out of yourself here. 

Written By ettiennebassist on December 4th, 2013 @ 11:09 am

I’m sure you would agree this is a good example “Morgan Heritage –
Summerjam Festival – Rockpalast”

Written By Elif Redlof on December 4th, 2013 @ 11:26 am

I watched quite a few videos and I think I can safely recommend this for
guitar players. Sear for “How To Play Reggae Guitar with TUFF LION”. I’m
not affiliated with this player but I chose this video because he has the
“reggae feel”.

Written By Elif Redlof on December 4th, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

It kinda sounds “reggaeish” 1. Strumming on guitar or keys needed (a must
in my opinion… Well almost). 2. Musicians are usually chosen for the
style they’re good at. You may be as good (e.g. Nathan East good) as you
are, it doesn’t mean that you have mastered all styles. No matter how great
of a musician that you are you should be open to constructive criticism. To
be honest, if I had to sing a reggae song I would choose another band. All
in all, Nathan East is a great bass player!

Written By Elif Redlof on December 4th, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

That’s just awful. And the ending couldn’t be more campy. Who wants to go
to that school?

Written By gimmeagig on December 4th, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

Some painfully bland reggae!

Written By mrJimCharles on December 4th, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

reggae played by mr east is as “vanilla” as his stuff with Clapton !

Written By david bee on December 4th, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

Always stay away from the ride in Reggae! Guitarist needs too skank more!
Pocket was meh all around. I’m gonna say thumbs down on the “reggae”

Written By Todd Pritchard on December 4th, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

Is that JR on drums? Nice!

Written By snooters on December 4th, 2013 @ 2:46 pm

It may not be reggae but its good bass playing and good ideas to be
transfered to any style.

Written By corrda1993 on December 4th, 2013 @ 3:28 pm

You guys just want to put your opinion out there u should maybe listen a
bit more ! No offence Nathan is a very respected musician and this is
schooll jaming ,Cant you tell the difference ?

Written By Robert Benson on December 4th, 2013 @ 4:27 pm

On blues changes

Written By Robert Benson on December 4th, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

The drummer isnt playing the traditionnal groove but its still a
reggae(ish) bass line .Ty Nathan :)

Written By Robert Benson on December 4th, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

Not Reggae…at all!!

Written By Felipe Augusto Lisboa Inostroza on December 4th, 2013 @ 5:43 pm

Am sorry to say that don’t sound like reggae to me. Nce jam but it’s not

Written By BigPete222 on December 4th, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

No, this is definitely reggae. Nothing about this composition is anywhere
far off from literally being dub reggae. Anyone who says otherwise is
attempting to put music into a box. FUCK ALL OF YOU WHO ARE TRYING TO LABEL

Written By Karma Sutra on December 4th, 2013 @ 5:52 pm

more on the lines of fusion .. but nice jamming nevertheless :)

Written By ArkanePhantasm on December 4th, 2013 @ 6:50 pm

You’re never done learning.

Written By dudeforallseasons on December 4th, 2013 @ 7:15 pm

Hi bedroom bassist coach!

Written By MrSphiggy on December 4th, 2013 @ 7:36 pm

are you giving advice to Nathan East ?

Written By doudsbass on December 4th, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

Its rock and roll

Written By lobbyshifter on December 4th, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

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