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Review – Music School Online

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Review – Music School Online

Music School Online, a site that has it all for anyone from a beginner, intermediate, or advanced level, and not just bass! While this review will be focused mainly on the bass learning portion of the site, there are also courses for piano, guitar, voice, drums, rhythm section, and music theory with access of more than 400 video tutorials for all instruments combined. MSO kids is directed at the younger ones, getting them started in music and perking that interest.

Learning with Music School Online is based entirely off of your schedule. For the bass lessons, they are  categorized as new, all tutorials, beginner, intermediate, advanced, tool kit and access to resources, giving you the skills you need to become the best musician you can be.

Each lesson is categorized with a lesson title, which can be a song, rhythm section exercise or toolkit. Lesson focus describes what the lesson is based on. This can be items such as a certain technique, groove, using pedals, chord progressions, triads, arpeggios, scales, patterns, rhythms, and more. If the lesson is based off of a song title, this is under the Song Title section and the artist is listed under the artist section. Skill level can be beginner, intermediate, or advanced. Genre describes the type of music, which lessons cover different genres including country, rock, pop, urban, reggae.

Videos are clear and concise showing a different angles of the bass videos are clear and concise showing a different angles of the bass, depending on the lesson being covered, and the majority of bass lessons come with pdf’s to go along with the lesson you are currently studying.

There are also free resources like chord books, drum charts, guitar and bass tab, MSO kids, music theory resources, play- alongs, and sheet music.

All bass lessons are given by Antar Goodwin and for some lessons he is accompanied by Dylan Wissing on drums. Antar has been teaching bass lessons for 15 years and has performed for such artists as Sting, Patty Smythe, 9 Days, X Factor USAís Khaya Cohen, Matisyahu, Abbey Lincoln, Benny Golson, Frank Viele, and Red Sahara. He is also a Berklee College of Music Alumni.

Check out:

Bass – Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke – with Antar Goodwin

Bass – Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5 – with Antar Goodwin

There are 30 beginner lessons, 23 intermediate lessons, and 20 advanced with new lessons being added every week with over 200 already in the queue. The toolkit category, mentioned earlier in the review, covers everything from arpeggios, pentatonic scales, chord progressions, slap scale patterns and positions, rhythms, triads, and tuning.

There is a 14-day free trial of the basic subscription and there are three different levels of membership. The MSO Basic is 9.99 month, 49.99 for 6 months, or 89.99 for a year, and includes 6 lessons per month on one instrument of choice, full access to beginner music theory, and MSO Kids.

MSO Core is 14.99 month, 74.99 for 6 months or 139.99 for a year and includes unlimited lessons per month on one instrument of choice full access to beginner and intermediate music theory MSO Kids and access to rhythm section lessons for drummers and bass players.

MSO All Access is 19.99 month, 99.99 for 6months, or 189.99 for a year and includes unlimited lessons per month on all, instruments, and full access to all music theory, MSO kids, and additional resources.

There is also a “free stuff” section with lessons and resources. Looking back, the All Access package, giving you access to everything, seems like the best value to me, especially for bass players. It gives us a chance to work on learning keyboard and drum skills for one low price that can’t be beat!

Visit online at musicschoolonline.com

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BASS LINES: Triads & Inversions Part II

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BASS LINES: Triads & Inversions Part II

Hello bass players and bass fans! In this issue, we are going to study the triads and their inversions.

In the last lesson, we were studying triads in their fundamental position. This time, we are going to study what is known as the first inversion of the triads.

The first inversion consists of the third going on the bass in the triad, as we will see below:

C Major Triad (1st inversion)
E – G – B
C Minor Triad (1st inversion)
Eb – G – B
C Diminished Triad (1st inversion)
Eb – Gb – C
C Augmented Triad (1st inversion)
E – G# – C

See you next month for Part III… GROOVE ON!!!

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Approach Notes – Part 6 

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Approach Notes – Part 6 

As we move into lesson six of approach notes applied to chord tones, it’s important to go back and review the previous approaches. The constant review and application of these concepts will add a layer of chromaticism to both your bass lines and solos. The approaches need to be burned into your long term/ permanent memory for them to come out in your playing. 

This first example approaches a third inversion of a G major 7th arpeggio. 

A single chromatic approach from below and a double chromatic approach from above approaches the 7th, continue to the root, 3rd, 5th, single from below and double chromatic from above to the 7th, continue to the root, 3rd, and back down. 

The next example approaches the G major arpeggio in root position.

The next example approaches the root of a G major 7th arpeggio as a single chromatic from below and a double chromatic approach from above -before continuing to the third, fifth, seventh, single chromatic from below/ double from above to the root, continue to the third, fifth, and come back down. 

The next example approaches the first inversion of G major 7th arpeggio. 

A single chromatic from below/ double from above approaches the third, continue to the fifth, seventh, root, single chromatic from below/ double from above to the third, continue up to the fifth and seventh, and back down. 

The third example approaches a second inversion of a G major arpeggio

A single chromatic from below/ double from above approaches the fifth, continue to the 7th, root, 3rd, single from above/ double from below to the 5th, continue to the 7th, root, and back down.

After studying these various approach notes, you will begin to recognize the concepts utilized in your favorite solos. Continue the journey and good luck! 

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BASS LINES: Triads & Inversions Part I

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Triads & Inversions Part I

Hello bass players and bass fans! In this issue, we are going to study the triads and their inversions.

It is very important for all bassists to understand and master the triads, but it is even more important to understand their different inversions.

In Part I, we are going to learn what the triad is in fundamental position.

The Formula consists of root, third and fifth.

Degrees of the Triad

Major Triad: 1 – 3 – 5
Minor Triad: 1 – b3 – 5
Diminished Triad: 1 – b3 – b5
Augmented Triad: 1 – 3 – #5

Fig.1 – The C, Cm, Cdim & Caug triads
(Fundamental Position)

BASS LINES: Triads & Inversions Part I
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Premiere! Bass Playthrough With Foetal Juice’s Bassist Lewis Bridges – From the Album, Grotesque

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Premiere! Bass Playthrough With Foetal Juice's Bassist Lewis Bridges - From the Album, Grotesque

Premiere! Bass Playthrough With Foetal Juice’s Bassist Lewis Bridges – From the Album, Grotesque

Bassist Lewis Bridges Shares…

“Gruesome’s sparse intro marks a stark contrast from the intensity of the rest of the album.  The original intention was to keep the bass simple but colourful, however as I worked on it, the lines grew more expressive and the more striking flourishes began to emerge.  The intensity builds into a harmonic minor passage that takes us into the drop — a signature death grind cacophony.  This is where Foetal Juice thrives.  You’re getting a full-on right-hand barrage to in the face to take you into a groove-laden mulch-fest.

I owe my throbbing bass tone to the Darkglass Alpha Omega pedal borrowed from our sound engineer, Chris Fielding (ex-Conan), mixed with the clarity of the tried and true Ampeg SVT CL.

As mentioned earlier, colourful basslines are important, especially in a one-guitar band. Chucking some funny intervals and odd flourishes here and there brings life into the brutality. There’s no point sounding brutal if it’s not gonna be fucking evil too!

Recording this playthrough was hard work. This was not the fault of James Goodwin (Necronautical), who was kindly filming and is ace to work with, but because in true Foetal fashion, we had stinking hangovers — and that jam room was hot!”

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Bass Lines: The Circle

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Bass Lines: The Circle…

Hello bass players and fans of bass! This month we’re going to study “The Circle.”

The Circle of Fourths can also be called “The Circle of Fifths or just The Circle.

Practicing the scales, chords, and ideas in general via the circle has been a common practice routine for jazz musicians and highly recommended.

It is a disciplined way of working through all twelve keys.

Plus, many bass root movements to jazz and pop songs move through sections of the circle.

Fig. 1 – “The Circle”

See you next month for more full bass attack!

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