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The Triad Inversion Hack

The Root Note CurseSomeone put a spell on us bassists. Somehow whatever we play, we always start with the root note. Which makes a lot of sense, because let's be honest, it's our job. But what if we want to play a solo or a bass fill? What if we want to play a melodic...

The 4 Stages Of Learning

The Learning StruggleHave you ever been inspired to learn a new skill like double thumb or two handed tapping? You started out really motivated, but the more time you put in, the more your motivation decreased. This is actually a totally normal phenomenon.Learning...

Top 3 Metronome Hacks

The Problem With MetronomesWe’ve all heard it a million times before “If you want to have good timing, you have to practice with a metronome.” A couple of times I did hear the opposite, and it made sense in the context. But generally playing along with the click is...

Economy Of Motion

The Curse Of The Flying Pinky (or why you can’t play fast)Have you ever noticed how hard it is to move the pinky and ring finger independently? At first it seems impossible. The reason is, they are attached to the same tendon. But with a little bit of dedicated...

Top 3 Polyrhythm Hacks

The Polyrhythm challengeWant to add an element of surprise or another level of complexity to your solo or composition? Then you should check out polyrhythms. We all are familiar with simple cross-rhythms like 2 against 3 and 3 against 4. Even in pop music they are...