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    Odd Time Signature Exercise | Bass Lessons


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    Playing in odd time signatures: 11/8 Groove and exercises.


    Odd time signatures can be a real puzzle to get into, but over the years i have found a couple of ways to deal with them and feel more comfortable playing odd time. In this lesson I offer the TABs and notation for the groove featured plus some time division and accenting exercise to feel the signature and play with more confidence in odd time.

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    Play Bass Grooves in Odd Meters and Time Signatures - Bass Practice Diary - 21st August 2018


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    How to Approach Playing Bass in Odd Meters and Time Signatures - Bass Practice Diary - 21st August 2018

    This week I've been practising playing in odd meters and I want to briefly share my system for playing any unusual time signature. My system revolves around learning and reciting rhythmic phrases rather than counting beats, and if you use it properly it should make playing odd meters no harder than playing in 4/4.

    What Are Odd Meters?

    he term odd meter simply means any time signature that has an odd number of beats or subdivisions in a bar. Odd meters divide opinion amongst musicians. Some musicians (including me) love them and think they can flow and groove just as well as any groove in 4/4. Others hate playing them.

    I want to share an approach that I use to playing odd meters. It's actually not that different to my approach for playing in any meter, but I think that musicians who are not comfortable playing in odd meters often feel that they have to do something different when playing odd meters. And that might be the root cause of why they struggle with them.

    Think About Rhythmic Phrases

    What do I mean by rhythmic phrases? Every meter or time signature has a fixed number of subdivisions per bar. Check out my book Electric Bass: Improve Your Groove if you'd like to learn more about subdivisions and rhythmic structure.

    The rhythmic structure of a bass groove comes from how you organise these subdivisions. I'll use the examples from the video to demonstrate. The first one is in a very unusual time signature 15/16. Which means there are fifteen 16th note subdivisions in every bar.

    The Method

    In this example I've arranged the fifteen subdivisions into three groups of four and one group of three.


    If you've read my book or followed some of my previous videos you'll know that I like to use Indian Konnakol syllables to recite rhythms. The syllables for a group of four subdivisions are Ta-Ka-Di-Mi and the syllables for a group of three subdivisions are Ta-Ki-Ta.

    So, the rhythmic phrase for the above example is as follows.

    Ta-Ka-Di-Mi     Ta-Ka-Di-Mi     Ta-Ka-Di-Mi     Ta-Ki-Ta

    It's actually a very simple rhythmic phrase, even thought the time signature 15/16 might make you think of something very complex.

    An even more simple arrangement of fifteen subdivisions would be five Ta-Ki-Ta's. This creates the feel of a 5/4 shuffle.

    How Can You Apply This System in Any Time Signature?

    This idea can and should be applied to any groove in any time signature. Including the obvious ones like 4/4. It's not always easy because there are much more complex rhythmic structures than the examples above. But the key is to understand firstly, what is the subdivision (8th notes, 16th notes, triplets etc.) and secondly how many are there in each bar.

    Once you know the answer to those two questions you can work out rhythmic structures using basic maths and Konnakol.

    How to Practice Odd Meters

    I would suggest practising this in three stages. You don't need an instrument until the third stage.

    The first stage is to work out your own rhythmic phrases. Pick a meter that you want to practice and work out rhythmic phrases that contain the correct number of subdivisions. An old fashioned pen and paper might be the best way of doing this.

    Next, recite the rhythmic structures using Konnakol (or whatever system you prefer). My application of Konnakol involves using Da for one subdivision, Ta-Ka for two, Ta-Ki-Ta for three and Ta-Ka-Di-Mi for four. For more subdivisions you can just combine syllables. For example five could be Ta-Ki-Ta Ta-Ka. Six Could be two Ta-Ki-Ta's and seven could be Ta-Ka-Di-Mi Ta-Ki-Ta etc.

    The final stage is playing your rhythmic phrases on your bass!

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    5/4 Grooves Made Easy!


    This week we have a clip from lesson #89 - Odd Time Signatures. More Feeling Less Counting. In this segment we look at how to feel a basic 5/4 phrase in place of counting. This is a much more musical and organic way of playing in odd meters.

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    Odd Time Signatures Guitar Lesson - Beginning 5/4 on a Jazz Blues in F


    Odd Time Signatures Guitar solos can be very difficult to get into if you are not used to them. In this lesson I am going to go over how to hear or feel a 5/4 groove, play it through a blues and then expand this into a way of building a vocabulary that you can use for playing a solo in 5/4.

    What we often forget is that we already have years of experience playing in 4/4 and that we rely on this whenever we play. It isn't until we have to deal with a another meter that we start to notice how much we really use our basic feel of 4/4. So to learn to solo in 5/4 it is useful to first check out how to play a groove and understand how the meter sounds.

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    ODD METER - 13/8 time signature madness on BASS


    The meter of music is its rhythmic structure, the patterns of accents heard in regularly recurring measures of stressed and unstressed beats (arsis and thesis) at the frequency of the music's pulse.

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    4:5 Polyrhythm Practice


    I just recently downloaded the app Polynome by the great educator Joe Crabtree. This is just a little portion of my practice session trying to get comfortable with the 4:5 polyrhythm. Great stuff Joe!! Check out the app here:

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    How to Play Odd Time Signatures by Aaron Edgar


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    Introducing walking bass lines in 5/4 - Lesson


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    How To Drum in 5/8, 6/8 And 7/8 Time Signatures - Christian John


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    Most Beginner drummers are used to playing in 4/4 also known as the common time. In this video, Christian John explains different time signature beside 4/4 that is 6/8 time signature and 7/8 time signature.

    If you are a beginner drummer I would advise that you pick one and practice it after that try to be comfortable in playing it as a groove in otherwise be free.

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    Intro To Odd Time - Drum Lesson


    In this video, I'll be showing you ways to get comfortable playing in an odd time signature. This video is intended for those that are starting out and looking for ways to practice playing in something other than 4/4. I am playing a 1973-74 Ludwig kit with Ziljian cymbals and a 12 china from Wuhan.

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    5 Reasons Why Your Live Playing is LACKING...


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    Johannes Weidenmueller - Playing Odd Meters MasterClass


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    Description: In this “playing in odd meters” masterclass, seasoned bassist Johannes Weidenmueller shows you how to become truly fluent in odd time signatures. Johannes discusses and demonstrates concepts aimed at helping you internalize odd time phrases, cross rhythms, clave and more. NOTE: Although Johannes is a bass player, this video is equally helpful for other instrumentalists looking to improve their odd meter playing!

    Topics Covered: Becoming Comfortable in Odd Meters, Developing Language, Understanding the Clave, Playing in 5, Playing in 7, Common Patterns, Cross Rhythms, Phrases, Rearranging the Beats, Internalizing, Playing Over the bar, “Filling in” and “Leaving Out”, Metric Modulations, etc.

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    HOW TO EASILY Play and Count Rhythms in 2/4 and 3/4 Time Signatures


    In this lesson, I will be teaching you how to easily play and count in 2/4 and 3/4 time signatures.
    The top number of a time signature indicates number of beats in a measure and bottom number indicates which note gets one beat.

    This piano lesson covers how count rhythms in three four and two four time signature. The other lessons in this series introduced other time signatures such as four four, quarter notes, eighth notes, sixteenth notes, dotted quarter notes, and mixed rhythms. Counting in 2/4 time signature means that you will have two beats per measure and that the quarter note gets one beat. In 3/4 time signature, you will have three beats per measure and the quarter note will still get one count. To review; a quarter note gets one beat, a half note gets two counts, a whole note gets four beats, an eighth note only gets one half of a count and the sixteenth note gets one quarter of a count. Being able to count rhythms takes a lot of practice and it is a good idea to read different types of rhythms to get accustomed to different patterns. It should be noted that it is common to use the word meter, rhythm, and time signature interchangeably.
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    Internal Clock Training


    This video is designed to help your time keeping.

    This is the Advanced level. It's an eight bar drum loop that will consistantly take away one whole bar and leave silence/rest. You'll get two goes at the same loop, then another bar will be taken off.

    To start with you should play a simple groove. When you are comfortable with this, try playing more complex rhythms, differnt techniques to make it more of a challenge.

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    Are Drumset Method Books NECESSARY?


    Are drum set method books absolutely necessary? Well…that depends. And because this isn’t a simple question to answer, I made a video. Today we talk about book-learning and all that entails. I talk about three of my favorite method books that I’ve worked through during my “learning career,” and we talk about the uses and benefits associated with these methods. Starting with “Stick Control” by George Lawrence Stone, we then work our way through “Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer” by Jim Chapin. We wrap up with “Progressive Steps to Syncopation” by Ted Reed. By giving you an overview of these well known method books and by showing you a few playing demonstrations, I hope to provide a clear picture of what these books are all about. From there we can talk about whether or not they are ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY to you as a drummer. So stay tuned, then tell me what you think in the comments below!

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    16th Note Exercise Breakdown | Build Your Speed on Bass! |


    What's up Bass Nation?! In this week's lesson I'm bringing you a cool 16th note exercise that becomes a lick. This is FAST so definitely be sure to slow it down at your own pace and work your way up to speed as you feel more comfortable!

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    How Do I Groove in 7/8?!


    VF Educator Stephen Taylor gives pointers on how to groove comfortably in odd time signatures!

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    Joe Crabtree Lesson: The Secret to Soloing in Odd Times


    In this video, Joe Crabtree demonstrates a concept you can use to make filling and soloing in odd times feel more comfortable.

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    LGFT 5-4 Em-D-C Chord Progression


    This is part of a 48 part FREE guitar course that I developed to help beginners learn the fundamentals of guitar and start playing most songs using only 6 basic chords.

    It covers all the necessary foundational knowledge you will need in order to start playing your favourite songs and learning the song tutorials that are on the website.

    The course is divided into 11 parts and covers the following:

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    Hear, Feel, Count and Play any Rhythm with Gamala Taki


    You can hear, feel, count and play any rhythm using the Gamala Taki counting system.

    Here's how it works:

    We're going to break these rhythms down into their smallest components. Now, one beat by itself is not a rhythm - the smallest components of rhythm are groups of 3 and 2, represented by the words Gamala for 3 and Taki for 2. Here's the key point - Every rhythmic phrase greater than Gamala, or more than 3 beats long, is a COMBINATION of Gamalas and Takis. Check it out: 4 beats is TakiTaki, 5 beats could be TakiGamala or GamalaTaki, 6 beats could be TakiTakiTaki or GamalaGamala and so on. There is NO rhythm that cannot be broken down with Gamala Taki.

    I'm going to play the opening riffs from some songs and them count them with Gamala Taki. Let's try some examples:

    Blue Rondo a la Turk - Dave Brubeck - TakiTakiTakiGamala *3 GamalaGamalaGamala - this part is in 9/8 time

    Opening beat - Binky - Snarky Puppy - TakiGamalaTakiGamalaTaki * 4 - 3/4 time

    Alice in Chains - Them Bones - TakiTakiTakiTakiGamalaGamala - 7/8 time

    Getting the idea?

    Here's something a little more challenging from Frank Zappa, although it's still pretty simple as far as Zappa is concerned!

    Let's try counting this with Gamala Taki:

    - start song after 1:40

    Bridge - Catholic Girls - Frank Zappa

    TakiTakiTakiGamala TakiTakiTakiGamala TakiTakiGamala TakiTakiGamala *3

    TakaTakiTakiTakiGamala TakiTakiTakiTakiGamala

    *** Play once, Repeat with GamalaTaki ***

    So, we just counted a part with odd groupings from a Frank Zappa song without talking about music theory at all, and that's pretty cool! It shows that you don't have to be a schooled musician to feel, count and play rhythms using GamalaTaki - this is something anyone can do.

    However, if you understand music theory and want to figure out the time signature, you can do this by simply adding up the syllables you sang. The subdivision in this bridge is 16th notes, so if this is a quarter note (play hihat) there are four 16th notes in each quarter note (play 16ths against hihat). And each syllable we sang in this bridge is one 16th note.

    The first part of the Catholic Girls bridge is:

    TakiTakiTakiGamala TakiTakiTakiGamala TakiTakiGamala TakiTakiGamala - 9, 9, 7, 7 - and it repeats 3 times. If we count up these syllables we get 9/16, 9/16, 7/16, 7/16, and that is how I usually see this bridge written out. Add the top numbers in the time signature together and we have 32 16th notes, which works out to 2 bars of 4/4 time! So, another way to look at it is that the whole phrase is actually in 4/4 time, but is phrased over the barline with groups of 9 and 7.

    Now let's look at the turnaround part:

    TakaTakiTakiTakiGamala TakiTakiTakiTakiGamala - we count up the syllables and we get 11/16, 11/16. This part is definitely in 11/16 - there's no way to fit it into 4/4 as played here.

    Whew! That was getting a bit complex. Cool thing is, that last part is optional, and its possible to feel and play rhythms without involving numbers at all.

    Although this isn't a lesson on the Catholic Girls drum part, here's a really basic version of what I hear Vinnie doing in that bridge.

    A few tips for counting rhythms with Gamala Taki:

    1. Sing a syllable on every beat, regardless of whether it's an accent, rest or ghost note
    2. If the song is fast, slow it down and count the rhythm with Gamala Taki, then gradually speed it up to tempo while counting and tapping it
    3. Don't worry about playing your instrument's part right away, getting comfortable with the feel first will make the playing much easier
    4. Use the notes from the melody with your Gamala Taki, it helps imprint the song

    To be clear, I did NOT invent Gamala Taki, and the idea of using syallables to sing rhythms has been around since ancient times. Just google Gamala Taki to learn more about the concept! I hope you try this out, and I really hope it helps your understanding of rhythm. It sure has for me. Check out the links below for the songs I used in the examples, and if you like the songs, please support the artists by buying their tunes.

    Thanks for watching and I'll see you in the next video.

    Links to song examples

    Blue Rondo a la Turk - - a great song for counting with syllables, see the comments!

    Them Bones -

    Binky -

    Catholic Girls - - start song at 1:40, just before the bridge part

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    Bass Jam - Drum at 5/8 140 BPM


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    11/8 Time Signature Rap HipHop / Trap Beat - Echo


    11/8 one of my favorite time signatures so far!
    Counted as 1-2-3-4*-5-6-1-2-3-4*-5
    Accents on the 4 count is what really makes these odd time signature beats sound least to me.
    Wanted to play around with high-hat rolls for the whole track just to see how it goes! Let me know what you like, or I should improve on! I'm all ways willing to learn new things and hear from yall!

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    This video is part of The Quadrum Series and was filmed, edited, engineered, mixed, mastered, and produced in its entirety by Cobus Potgieter.

    NO drum replacement was done in this mix, this is a 100% acoustically recorded and mixed track: absolutely no supplementation, layering, or triggering was done.


    This song has been on my wish-list for a cover pretty much since the first time I heard it. The only thing that always held me back, though, was the double-bass madness. It's not incredibly fast or complicated, but I absolutely never practice single-strokes on the kick, which is why I am sincerely not good at that, at all. I do some bursts and patterns using heel-toe (which is the main reason I started playing double-bass in the first place) but I never practice straight up consistent single strokes.

    Here's the crazy part: the BPM of this song is such that it was JUST fast enough to be out of my comfortable range when I used single strokes (I'd hold it consistently for about 5 seconds, then I would just tense up and look supremely spastic) but also JUST slow enough to my out of my comfortable range when using heel-toe. What the flip?! So I practiced it for a week or two, spending time every day trying to get my singles faster, as well as getting my doubles SLOWER.. which is a weird concept, but I had to be able to control the slower speed when playing doubles. After a lot of practicing, the heel-toe control improved before the single stroke speed did, so I opted for heel-toe.. much to the dismay of my shins.

    Most 16th note kick patterns you hear in this cover was played using heel-toe, except for a few quick bursts of single strokes here and there. All extended 16th note segments were done using heel-toe (after which my shins caught fire).

    All of that said: playing along to a hard rock track is fun beyond measure. Minimal ghost notes, just straight up power and drive. LOVE IT.

    Also: this is the only track in The Quadrum Series (and my first cover EVER!) where I used a different snare drum than the other songs in the series. My main snare was tuned quite high and responsive for the other tracks, but I wanted a more beefy tone for this song. The snare that I used is Neil Peart's personal Snakes & Arrows from right here at Drum Channel. I've used this snare in many places (on 8 of the 11 songs on my Ventura Lights' debut album, Way Up Here) and I absolutely love it.

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    Sixteen-Note Quintuplets on a 3/4 Time Signature -Gary Chaffee- Sticking Patterns - page 19


    The exercise helps you to develop the feel of sixteen-note quintuplets and helps you to get comfortable with playing accents on these odd groups.

    L'esercizio aiuta a sviluppare il feeling sulle quintine di sedicesimi e ad ottenere scioltezza e sicurezza quando si suonano degli accenti su questi gruppi dispari.

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    Let There Be Love Guitar Lesson


    This Oasis song has such a lovely chord progression. It''s a joy to play!

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    Polyrhythms Part 3 Feat. Odd Time Polyrhythmic Linear Breakbeat! - Advanced Drum Lessons


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    In this video you'll learn how to play two over five and two over seven, applying them to many different grooves and fill ideas. When you've gone through this in detail you'll be comfortable applying these rhythms as note placement parameters in anything you want!

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    Simple & Effective Major Scale Exercise for Bass Guitar


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    C# Minor Pentatonic Groove W/Chords ~ Daric Bennetts Bass Lessons


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    Derek Lee Final Project - Mikes Lessons Drum Camp July 2012, 7/8 Playalong


    This is the final project that I performed at Mike's Lessons July 2012 Drum Camp. Please take the time to read the full description to learn more about this song.

    This is the 7/8 Playalong written by Tony Windle for Mike's Lessons ( I chose this song for my final project because it targets what I believe are two of my major weaknesses: playing in odd time and soloing. And there are still lots of improvements to be made in these areas for sure.

    Most of what I practiced to prepare for this, thanks to Mike's guidance, was simply to try and feel more comfortable playing and soloing in 7/8 as well as in 7/4 (essentially trying to solo over the barline). Also, around the 2:40 mark I attempted to add in the 1-2-3-4 lick, though I wasn't able to quite work the left-foot hi-hat into the solo just yet.

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    How To Play Polyrhythms - Learn How To Play 3 Against 4


    This video shows how to play polyrhythms and play 3 against 4. This method works for any time-signature where the quarter-note gets the beat.

    This video was made using Anime Studio Pro:


    Rhythmic accuracy with polyrhythms!

    Here is a simple method for creating polyrhythms for any time signature, where the quarter-note gets the beat.

    Step #1:

    Start out by subdividing your beats with the polyrhythm you are trying to do.

    For instance: If you want to play a polyrhythm of 3 against 4, first subdivide each beat by triplets (3-notes). If you want to do a poly-rhythm of 5 against 4, first subdivide each beat by quintuplets (5-notes)

    Step #2:

    Accent every 4th note!

    Step #3:

    When you feel comfortable with that, leave out all UN-accented notes! You will be left with your polyrhythm!

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    KISS Drum Method - Drumming Lesson - Playing in Odd Time Signatures


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    Paul Gatt, Odd Time Progressive Rock Groove.


    This is a proggy complex rhythm for a track I'm working on in a new unnamed project.
    Thanks for the inspiration Fez and Ritchie. See you boys at rehearsal!

    A massive thank you to Daniel Curtis for all your hard work filming, recording and editing this video!

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    Dream Theater Instrumedley


    Aqui fica o meu primeiro video (Bass tutorial - lesson) no seguimento do Cover que gravei do instrumedley da banda Dream Theater, disponível no presente link.

    Para quem desejar aprender a tocar este tema no baixo elétrico, acredito que a partir deste vídeo seja possível compreender melhor como se tocam as partes principais do tema.
    O que me levou a gravar este trabalho foi de facto a falta de informação rigorosa, e a inexistência de um vídeo desta natureza. Por isso, e sem poder deixar de ser o objetivo deste trabalho, acredito que através dos conteúdos que apresento, todos que queiram aprender a tocar este tema terão uma tarefa muito mais objetiva e motivadora.

    Espero que gostem do trabalho e desculpem as minhas hesitações, mas falar para as câmaras não é uma pratica muito confortável... Saudações Musicais.

    Interpretar este tema não é propriamente
    fácil, mas tirar em nada lhe fica a dever...

    Here is my first video (Bass tutorial - lesson) following the Cover that I recorded of the instrumedley of the band Dream Theater, available in this link.

    For those who wish to learn to play this theme in electric bass, I believe that from this video it is possible to better understand how the main parts of the theme are played.
         What led me to record this work was in fact the lack of accurate information, and the inexistence of a video of this nature. Therefore, and without being able to stop being the objective of this work, I believe that through the contents that I present, everyone who wants to learn to play this theme will have a much more objective and motivating task.

    I hope you enjoy the work and excuse my hesitations, but talking to the cameras is not a very comfortable practice ... Musical Greetings.

                                 Interpreting this theme is not properly
                                  easy, but draw in is not your duty ...


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    Its not over when God is in it - Israel and New Breed ft James Fortune Bass Cover


    Let this song bless you this day! #NotOver #BassCover #Bassmatics #Israel&NewBreed #JamesFortune #music #Gospel #bass #worldclass #TheGratitude #cozaglobal #africa

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    Fretboard Navigation Tips for Bass Guitar | Beginner Bass Lesson |


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    ***PDF & Transcriptions NOW available for download on the site!!!***
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    Basses Used:

    Elrick Basses

    Dunlop Bass Strings

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    Gallien Krueger Plex Preamp

    Wide Bass Strap

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    7/8 Riff Practice


    Practicing over a loop of a 7/8 Riff that I wrote for a new song!

    It's a 7 bar pattern, but the melody gives a twist in the middle of the 4th bar making it feel out of the 7/8. Here I'm just trying some grooves and ideas out over a slowed down tempo (115bpm). The original tempo should be around 150, but first I need to be comfortable with the pattern in order to speed it up!
    Praticando com um loop de um Riff em 7/8 que compus para uma nova música! O padrão tem 7 compassos, mas no meio do 4o compasso a melodia da um efeito de inversão da contagem. Neste vídeo estou apenas testando ideias e improvisando sobre uma versão mais lenta do Riff (115bpm). Originalmente o tempo da música é em torno de 150, mas é importante se acostumar com o padrão antes de acelerar e criar linhas no tempo original.

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    Quick drum lesson: how to improve timing and note spacing


    It's time to fix those drumming weaknesses!

    In the April 2015 edition of Rhythm Magazine we look at common areas where all drummers fall down at some point in their playing lives. Whether it's suffering from a weaker hand, a lack of dynamics and creativity or difficulty developing independence between the limbs. In our Troubleshoot Your Drumming issue our tutors and guest drummers provide quick and easy fixes for 17 key playing areas to help transform your playing.

    In this lesson Drumeo instructor Dave Atkinson presents a lesson on improving your timing and note spacing behind the kit.

    For the full lesson and for more like this you can pick up the new issue from or take advantage of our print, digital and print/digital bundle subscription offers at

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    Quarter Note Grooves with 16th Note Bass - Beyond the Beat


    Free drum lessons from - Learn the beginning steps to applying 16th Note Bass Drum hits to your Quarter Note Hi-Hat grooves

    PDF available at

    Demonstrations played using Pearl Drums with Sabian Cymbals and Pro Mark Sticks.
    Audio recorded with ZOOM H4N. Video Captured by Sony Handycam HD.

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    attempting to play SUBDIVISIONS by rush on guitar.


    well after many years of wanting to learn to play it,i finally got down and attempted to learn this classic rush per usual there are plenty of mistakes (i get very tense when i try and film myself playing guitar),but i kept this take as i was pretty happy how the solo came out.again thanks to anyone who watches this,and apologies to alex lifeson for murdering his guitar playing. SUBDIVISIONS!

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    Half Diminshed vs Fully Diminished | Whats The Difference?? ~ Darics Bass Lessons


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    ***PDF & Transcriptions NOW available for download on the site!!!***
    (Select Lessons)

    ***Here's links to some of the gear used***

    Basses Used:

    Elrick Basses

    Dunlop Bass Strings

    Recording Gear:
    Gallien Krueger Plex Preamp

    Wide Bass Strap

    Recording Interface

    In Ear Monitors

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    Accessing Musical Memory Through Writing Charts ANs Bass Lessons #15


    Learning a lot of music at once can be difficult, especially if you have to remember it all! Write well-thought out charts for yourself, and you will forever be grateful to yourself for preparing to play any song you have ever learned at a moments notice.

    Watch the whole video so you can see how I lay out my charts in real time as I learn a song by the Cure!

    Background Music

    Adam Neely

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    David Gilmour Vibes


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    Drum Lesson: Ride Pattern Lesson Plan Week 10 - Odd Time Grooves


    One of the most exciting ways to become comfortable with meters other than 4/4 is to focus on—you guessed it—ride variations! As you will see and hear, the ride patterns will alter the overall feel of each groove. Within 7/8 and 15/16 grooves, however, the constant ride pattern can give a superimposed 4/4 feel that will help “straighten out” these non-Western grooves. 

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  • desc - Bass Nation Members Navigation ~ Daric Bennett Bass Lessons


    What's up bass players! If you have been watching and following my videos for any amount of time and ever wondered about my Bass Nation Academy at, here is a quick sneak peak and overview of what you can find inside the site and where to start when you first become a member.

    If you are ready to really take your bass playing to the next level, get started for free today at

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    How to Play Artificial Harmonics


    A quick explanation on how to achieve Artificial Harmonics or Pinch Harmonics aka Squeals. A common and widely used technique in heavy guitar playing. Throw in a dash of heavy vibrato and you have the makings of a great riff!


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    Marco Minnemann - 10 Arpeggio Pt. I


    Off the album Comfortably Homeless

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    Drum Guru: Mike Mangini Odd Meters Pack


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    In this pack, Mike breaks down all the odd meters between 3 and 19. Using his not quite doubled system, he shows you how to count each meter, then provides an interactive lesson for you to work with. In each lesson, Mike plays in the odd meter for two measures, then you play in that same meter for two measures (using a click)! You get to trade phrases with Mike and get comfortable in each odd meter.

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    Odd meter Kenneth Knudsen Group


    Snippet from trumpet solo going from 7/8 to 17/8…

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    Where I Belong - by Gabriel Forsman


    This is a track called Where I belong written by my mate Gabriel Forsman from Los Angeles for his upcoming album!

    Go check him out:

    This will also be my tune for the application for the scholarship @ Tech Music school and other universities! Wish me luck :)

    All the best



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