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Have you ever been jamming some metal tunes, and thought "Man, I can hardly hear these fast 16th notes I'm playing...it sounds like one big whole note instead!" - me too friend, me too. Now, there are many other ways to remedy this by use of tone, effects, compression - you name it. BUT, sometimes you might just need to cut through on a certain "heavier" section, and then once the br00tal chugging stops, you can hear your note definition again. In this case, we here at Low End University wouldn't advise making an ENTIRE tonal change for a few sections, so instead, just substitute in this "heavy metal technique", and you'll cut through like a champ. In other cases, using a pick would suffice for that extra note "sizzle", but maybe you aren't great with a pick yet. Thankfully, our lesson content inside the website can teach you how to use one, so don't forget to join up. In the meantime, be sure to 'Subscribe' to our YouTube channel and share this article with a bass player you know!

 

Let's face it - practicing scales is a chore at this point, isn't it? It is for me. Why bother playing something that I can already play very well, very fluidly, and very fast? The answer is because I NEED to. Scales are the building blocks of music, whether you like it or not. However, the truth is that you rarely find an example of a scale in real music that's played the way you practiced it: C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C...nope, it rarely happens. Instead, melodies and bass lines and riffs are SIMILAR to the way you practice scales, but usually always have a variation on the order of notes with accents on places other than the root note. Well, why not start practicing scales more like the music in the real world? This lesson demonstrates five variations on scale practicing that are guaranteed to make your scale practicing a little more interesting, and a little more challenging. Especially for that poor plucking hand - it needs a challenge too! Be sure to 'Subscribe' to our YouTube channel and share this article with a bass player you know!

 

Sometimes, it may seem like there are billions of arpeggio shapes to learn. Next, you realize there are billions of chords to learn. The truth is, the vast majority of music and songs are all rooted from the same types of chords and their respective arpeggios. Take a sigh of relief and understand that, once you know the core group of chord shapes and arpeggios, everything else becomes much more manageable and familiar. You will soon realize that very complex chords are actually just the same ole' major and minor arpeggios you already know, with just a few extra notes added on. Easy, right? I guarantee you that if you learn these ten arpeggio shapes (and their variations), you'll be set for life. These ten arpeggio shapes have shown up the most for me over the years, and I know they will (and have) for you too! Be sure to 'Subscribe' to our YouTube channel and share this article with a bass player you know!

Friday, June 23, 2017

"How to Play the Bass Guitar"

 

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Maybe you’ve been listening to your favorite song, and the thought finally hit you: you want to learn the bass guitar. Maybe learning to play bass guitar is something that you’ve always wanted to do because you've always wanted to be on stage. Perhaps your friend is getting a band together, and they need a bass player and you want to be the one to carry that part. Regardless of the reasons you want to learn the bass guitar, these tips below are certain to help you learn it successfully, have fun rocking out to your favorite songs, and maybe even write your own music sooner than you think.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

New Tetrafusion album OUT NOW!

 

Guys!!

Don't forget, my new album "DREAMING OF SLEEP" with Tetrafusion is out now! I can safely say this album, musically-speaking, is the pinnacle of my career so far, and it would mean the world for me for every single one of you reading this to check it out. It's really easy to do because it's FREE! Yes, we released this album for FREE, and it takes two clicks of a mouse to download it. Head over to our BandCamp page and download your copy now right here: "Dreaming of Sleep" Free Download

 

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Our third guest instructor!

 

Guys!!

Yet again, I'm extremely excited to announce another guest instructor...please welcome Linus Klausenitzer, our THIRD instructor to join the faculty! Linus primarily plays extended-range basses, known for his work on 6- and 7-string basses with both fretted and fretless experience. He currently plays for German metal band Obscura in addition to his other projects in the same scene such as Alkaloid, Noneuclid, and other notable session work. Linus has contributed some VERY forward-thinking content that really complements the instruction here at LEU, and his first lesson, "Increasing Song Dynamics with Bass Lines", is now LIVE in the library with many more coming over the next few weeks. If you aren't a member yet, join the community today and let's kick your bass playing into gear! 

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

New album out April 28, 2017!

 

Hi, all! 

Absolutely over the moon to announce an official release date with cover art for Tetrafusion's upcoming new album - "DREAMING OF SLEEP" will be delivered to your ears on April 28th, 2017! The album will be available exclusively at the Tetrafusion BandCamp Page during release, and other digital outlets later on. I highly, highly, highly, highly recommend that you follow the new @tetrafusion page on Instagram, as that's certainly the most guaranteed way to stay tuned with the release (and, our Facebook page right HERE). 

 

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Our second guest instructor!

 

Folks!

Yet again, I'm extremely excited to announce another guest instructor...please welcome Jeff Hughell, our SECOND instructor to join the faculty! I first got to know Jeff at the Warwick Bass Camps that take place at Warwick HQ over in Markneukirchen, Germany, a few years back, and after doing some guest solos for his solo albums and getting a feel for his amazing style and bass playing, I knew I wanted him to be a part of the Low End University community. Jeff is primarily a 7-string bassist, and currently plays for Six Feed Under in addition to his large body of work with other notable metal acts. His first lesson, "Finger Independence with Tapping", is now LIVE in the library with many more coming over the next few weeks. If you aren't a member yet, join the community today and let's kick your bass playing into gear! 

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Our first guest instructor!

 

Hello all! 

I hope 2017 is treating you all extremely well so far! It's shaping up to be a busy year for Low End University and for myself musically-speaking, and I'm chomping at the bit for everything to be released throughout these next 6 months. Brooks (Tetrafusion guitarist) and I are finishing up guitar and bass tracking for our new full-length this weekend, mixing with Jamie King in February/March, and aiming for a release soon after. Stay tuned!

Now...*drumroll*...I'm EXTREMELY excited to announce Low End University's very first guest instructor to join the faculty, please welcome Kilian Duarte! I've gotten to know Kilian well over the last few years, and is someone I consider to be an extreme talent and driving force within the bass community right now. As an alumni of Berklee College of Music, the bass player for Felix Martin Band and a columnist/reporter for Bass Musician Magazine, I'm very excited for him to bring his massive talent base (pun intended) and unique styles and approaches to the table here at LEU. His first lesson, "Harp Harmonic Chords", is now LIVE in the library with many more coming over the next few weeks. If you aren't a member yet, join the community and get serious about your playing! Oh, and more guests to be announced very soon! : )

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Happy New Year!

 

Hey everyone, 

I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas/Holiday week, and that you have an equally awesome New Years weekend. I hope that 2017 is YOUR best year yet and that you can make some great strides in the things you love as well as your bass playing. If your bass playing is a part of your New Years Resolution, I'd love to hear what it is! It's certainly always a part of mine...remember: set short term AND long term goals and let them support each other as they develop! 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Week of 12/4: Hello, new faces!

 

What's up guys!

I want to give a huge welcome to many of the new faces here in the LEU community after our Black Friday event and offer a sincere THANK YOU for giving me a chance to be your bass instructor, and I'm confident that you'll make great strides in your playing if you buckle down and tackle your goals with my help. I'm hanging out in our Members' Forum daily, so feel free to drop by if you need any guidance or assistance on anything. It means a lot to have you with us and I look forward to getting to know you!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Week of 11/20: Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Hey everyone, 

I hope everyone celebrating Thanksgiving has a marvelous day with family and friends - Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I'm unbelievably thankful to have all of you here with me whether you're reading this as a member, reading this as a non-member, or reading this simply as someone who cares and follows what I do as a musician and educator - THANK YOU! You guys allow me to do what I love to do, and in return, I am so passionate to give back all that I can and work with you on developing your bass playing craft!