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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Week of 2/14: Samba Synchronization!

Hey groovers - hope you're well! We've got a few site upgrades and changes coming your way over the next week or so! Just a heads up in case some site features function a little differently. We've got a lot of new faces over the last few weeks, so I hope you're all enjoying exploring the library and are working hard! 

Our "Member of the Week" is Kyle Elliott from Bremerton, WA!

We're back in action, folks! I appreciate your patience while we moved locations. As I said in last week's post, we're playing some serious catch-up this week and will have a total of 6 videos posted: 2 lessons, 2 lick lessons, a Q&A, and a new backing track. You've got your practice cut out for you this week! 

Our "Member of the Week" is Tommy Travis from Indianapolis, IN! He plays for Resonate Church - check them out if you're in the Indianapolis area! 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Week of 1/31: We're moving!!!

What's up everyone? I hope your bass has been treating you well (and vice versa)! Our "Member of the Week" is Duffy Laudick from Fort Collins, CO! 

As the title says...we're MOVING!!! 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Week of 1/24: Going on tour!!!

Hey folks! Proud to announce that I'll be hitting the road with Scale the Summit this Spring - I hope to meet and see all of you! Check out the flyer below and mark your calendars! Of course, Low End University will continue to run at full steam regardless of where I am in the world! 

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Our "Member of the Week" is Christopher Sanchez from San Antonio, TX! Check out his band Of Ruins!

What if I told you this week we'd be working on tapping over diminished arpeggios and some advanced double-thump chordal patterns? 

What's up everyone? I'm California-bound this morning for the 2016 NAMM show in Anaheim, CA. If you're there, I hope to see you around. My full appearance/performance schedule is below, so check it out! 

Our "Member of the Week" is Steven Dempster from Glasgow, UK! Check out his band Mountains Under Oceans!

This week we delve into some basic tapping licks, and some nifty bass fills...

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Week of 1/3: Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great one. I'm stoked for 2016! As I recently said...let's get your bass playing in the 2016 New Year started right by setting GOALS and keeping close track of your practicing. In our Forum, a "Practice Log" subforum has been added, and I encourage you to come by and start your official log, and from there we can discuss your progress as much as possible.

Our "Member of the Week" is Scott Harney from Washington, DC! 

Do you want your slap bass to sound more percussive? 

It's the last week of 2015 folks! Let's make it count!!! Our "Member of the Week" is Sven Marenkovic from Rijeka, Croatia! Check out his YouTube Channel HERE!

Are you stuck in a rut with your solo improvising?

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Week of 12/20: Pick a side, buddy!

It's time for Christmas! I hope everyone has a splendid week, and if you feel your practice time is slipping away, brush up with the "Holiday Chop Maintenance" lesson posted just a few weeks back. A little chop maintenance before bed goes a LONG way! Our "Member of the Week" is Andrew McTevia from Central Point, OR! Check out his band Metaconcert!

To pick, or not to pick? 

Hey guys! A fun "Lick of the Week" lesson challenge and gear tutorial video up ahead - Check the schedule below! Our "Member of the Week" is Andrew Dousay from Houston, TX! 

Have you had trouble getting your bass tapping lines to cut through? Fear not...the compressor pedal is your (new?) best friend! 

What is UP bass folk! The response to my upcoming new Hal Leonard DVD/Book has been incredible and I'm excited for everyone to check that out. More info at the very end of this post below! Our "Member of the Week" is Dimitris Kanellopoulos from Kalamata, Greece!

How can we make odd-meters feel a little less odd...with a little more groove? 

What's up everyone? We're back in that classic stint between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and boy it's a busy time for me. I'm very excited to announce the release of my upcoming bass book/DVD "ADVANCED ROCK BASS" published by Hal Leonard! I never dreamed of my bass education endeavors going this far, and after learning out of Hal Leonard books since about age 5 when I started piano, this is completely surreal. The book comes with 75+ minutes of video lessons, 70+ exercises, 10 backing tracks, and is a complete "A-Z" guide for my approach to writing basslines in rock and metal music. This is all exclusive content you won't find even here on LEU!

All Low End University members with active memberships will receive a 20% discount if you purchase using code "LEU20" at checkout - pre-order your copy HERE!!!

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Gobble! I hope everyone celebrating Thanksgiving has a good one this week. Our "Member of the Week" is Stephen Spencer from El Paso, TX -- check out his band DICODEC!

It's officially the holiday season, and since you're busy, it's the easiest time to lose some edge on your chops. Don't let the chops get chopped...