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Folks! The holidays are near! I feel like I was just typing out "Happy October" on one of these news entries...crazy stuff! As this time of year inevitably gets busier, DON'T put the bass down and forget about it. It's so easy to do, and so much progress can be lost on reaching your bass-playing goals. Even if you can only squeeze in 10-15 minutes of practice per day, schedule it before bedtime, and at all costs, keep those hands in shape. If those 10-15 minutes are all you have, just noodle around on scales over and over to keep the hands warm. This isn't to "practice" necessarily by definition, but to MAINTAIN YOUR CHOPS. Of course I want you to practice MORE, but if this is all you have, that's what I want you to do. If you put the bass down for a few weeks: you won't forget your music theory you learned, you won't forget your scale patterns, you won't forget how to groove, you won't forget how to slap the bass, but you WILL start to lose your chops. All right...there's my motivational speech for the week : )

Our "Member of the Week" is Tony Vibbert from Indianapolis, IN! Check out his band Party Lines!

As previously stated...you may have 5, but do you have 7? 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Week of 11/8: Use those ears!

What's UP everyone? Welcome to another great week at Low End University - I'm super excited about these newest lessons!

Our "Member of the Week" is Kerry Donnelly from Northern Ireland - check out her band Ghost Origin!

This week, we'll be reaaaaaaaaaally putting those ears to work! 

Hello November! Our "Member of the Week" this week is Seth Stephens from Santa Rosa, CA! Check out his band Aenimus and go 'Like' their Facebook page!

Are odd-time signatures still feeling odd after last week?

Happy Halloween Week! Our "Member of the Week" this week is Thomas Albagnac from Salou, Spain! Check out his YouTube channel here for some pretty killer covers: Thomas's YouTube Channel

Are you ready to dive into some odd-meter playing? 

Hey folks! Our "Member of the Week" this week is Kody Pelton from Amarillo, TX! Check out his bands CHIEF and The Holotype!

Are you ready to put that two-handed tapping to work? 

Hey all you low-end fanatics! Our "Member of the Week" this week is Marcus Hume from British Columbia, Canada! 

Another requested lesson goes live this week! 

Happy October! Our "Member of the Week" this week is Sterling Williams from Rapid City, SD! 

Upcoming lessons this week include a beginner's lesson on our most "signature move" as bass players: starting a riff with a big slide! This lesson will show a few key ways to do this tastefully and in a way that works with the song.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Week of 9/27: Ready for a pop quiz?!

What's up everyone? Our "Member of the Week" this week is Duffy Laudick from Fort Collins, CO! 

Ready for a pop quiz?!...

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Week of 9/20: New album, new lessons!

Hello all! Is it cooling off where you are yet? It isn't here yet...and I'm really jealous of you who get the nice Fall weather early!

So, last Friday...we in Scale the Summit released our new album "V" worldwide. If you're a fan of the band, I hope you can pick up the record, and more importantly, I really hope you enjoy it! It's available at your local FYE store, Hastings, many independent record stores, and digitally on iTunes, Amazon, BandCamp, Google Play, Spotify, Apple Music, etc. Stop by the Forum and let me know what you think! Your support, as always, is greatly appreciated! : )

Our "Member of the Week" this week is Jacob Thayer from Jupiter, FL! 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Week of 9/13: Let's Bossa Nova!

Hello all! It's a busy week for me leading up to the release of Scale the Summit's new album "V", which drops worldwide this Friday! I hope that any fans reading can check it out! I'm really excited about this music!!!

Our "Member of the Week" this week is Isaiah Serrano from Long Island, NY! Check out his band Eridian!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Week of 9/6: New site features added!

Hey everyone, hope a great Labor Day was had! I just landed back home from being at the Warwick Bass Camp in Germany this past weekend. What an amazing time...too many friends and musical heroes all in one place. I encourage any bassist reading this to consider attending the camp someday if you can!

We're excited to announce some new features on the site - a new addition to the lesson-sorting system that allows you to sort lessons alphabetically, chronologically, sort by popularity, or even have a random lesson playlist created for you. You can use this sorting system inside of any difficulty category, lesson topic, or a mixture of both. As our lesson library continues to grow, this new feature will allow you to fine-tine your search and easily locate lessons. We've also added two new lesson categories: "Style Studies" and "Gear Tutorials" - lessons for these topics will start unrolling now! 

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

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Week of 8/30: Sweeping the keys!

Hello all! I'm excited to head to Germany this week for the annual Warwick Bass Camp in Markneukirchen. On the coincidental off-chance any of you are attending that, I hope to see you there! Much fun will be had! 

Bass Camp

Our "Member of the Week" this week is Luke Boismier from Fort Wayne, IN! Check out his band Sirens and their upcoming new album!