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Prince – Let’s Work



Prince - Let's Work

Prince – Let’s Work…

Some very rare and unusual thing is going on – a SLAP bass lesson just appeared from nowhere! Wow!

…And the subject of this slap lesson is no less than Prince ( O(+> or TAFKAP) – singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, entertainer, an amazing artist. I really got into his music when one of my friends working in a studio showed me some YouTube clips of his shows and I have been amazed since. For me, he is truly a soul artist; while he is a professional entertainer there is so much feeling, teasing exuberance in his music that you almost cannot bear it – in a positive sense 🙂

And you are asking why there is a bass lesson about Prince then? Well, if not from other sources since Vic Wooten’s instructional video you know that Prince is one badass funky bassplayer and I also love tasty slap bass lines that are not about “howfasticango” or “listenwhatcooltripletpatternipractised” – and Prince’s playing is a fine example for that. Let’s Work is a song from the 1981 album Controversy (BUY IT on Amazon or iTunes) and is definitely widely known among bassists (probably due to the aforementioned Wooten video) and has been covered by many. The two best covers I have seen were Blyss’s and MarloweDK’s cover, both have been sadly taken off YouTube… I hope my won’t be taken down that is why I really ENCOURAGE you to buy that song by Prince so he won’t file a million-dollar case against me, hopefully 🙂

In the video you’ll see a short introduction, followed by a full speed demonstration, then a half-speed version – you will see that I play some variations, these are scattered throughout the song (not necessarily following each other) and I play them this way to spare time and show you as many snippets as possible in a short amount of time. Also, I have to notice I do not play all the variations which occur in the song so you can still have some fun discovering new ones for yourself. Lastly I say a few things about the bassline itself, some points to notice and consider when you are learning this – let’s have a quick written summary about those point mentioned:

– the bass line itself is spacious – by that I mean that there are not really many notes played but they are placed amazingly. Listen how it plays tightly together with the drums. If you listen closely you can also notice that they also leave each other some spaces – where you would expect (or actually) play a dead slap note there are only drums. They complement each other and make music more interesting while fooling your ears as well. (or at least that’s how I hear it – I’d love to hear the bass master track seperately 🙂

– short and long notes – listen to the first six notes – first is slightly longer followed by three staccatoed notes and there is that magical bent / vibratoed note which is again like a smeared longish note. All of these notes are slapped with the thumb (no pops yet!) and then there is a left hand hammer-on from that bent note without the right hand slapping at all – you’ll have notice such subtleties 🙂 these four six notes are just so funky I could listen to them for hours!

– patterns/shapes/note choices – I remember hearing Louis Johnson say that in that era when you wanted a hit song, you put slap bass in it. And there were many slap bass songs but most of them utilized open string slapping (key of E, A) or octave slapping. If you look at Prince’s note choices you notice that he is playing sixths and fifths – a simple trick, yet the bass line still sounds fresh because of that!

– muting – with open string slapping, muting is easy, yet these shapes require a bit more attention when it comes to muting – look at the slow version as a reference point but as we have different hands you might have to adjust yours to your comfort.

– feel – yep, as always, hard to emulate because of the unique time fell Prince has. For that I recommend a practice method which seems to be less known to some people – set the metronome to straight quarter notes without having beat 1 accented. Begin to think of the clicks as 2s and 4s – basically the snare hits on a basic drum groove. That way you’ll have to begin playing on a rest – that will greatly improve your time feel – you have to be pretty confident in playing the 1s and yet you’ll have a feeling of the backbeat since the metronome is giving you it 🙂 If you practice the line like this you’ll get a more solid time sense and you’ll probably get to feel the motions of pulling forward and backward. give this a method a try 🙂

The video does not intend to violate any laws or copyrights, it is to be used for educational purposes (fair use). The original song can be purchased at Amazon or iTunes!

Support Prince and buy his original music and art!

For registered members, there is the GuitarPro5 file and a PDF available – CLICK TO VIEW ARTICLE! NOTE! In the guitar pro file, unfortunately due to program limitations, the pop notes (noted by ‘P’) are not labeled – that’s because you have to keep the previous note ringing and guitar pro is only capable of marking a note either as a ringing note or as a popped note… sorry about that, on the PDF and in the video, it is labeled correctly!

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BASS LINES: Triads & Inversions Part I



Jaime David Vazquez - Lessons For Bass Guitar

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



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



jaime Vazquez

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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Approach Notes – Part 5



James Rosocha

Continuing our lesson of Approach Notes, Part 5…

In continuing with the concept of approach notes being applied to chord tones, this lesson approaches the root, third, fifth, and seventh degree of each arpeggio inversion by incorporating a double chromatic approach from above, and a single chromatic approach from below. 

The first examples approach the root of a G major 7th arpeggio as a double chromatic from above and a single chromatic approach from below -before continuing to the third, fifth, seventh, double chromatic from above/ single from below 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 double chromatic from above/ single from below approaches the third, continue to the fifth, seventh, root, double chromatic from above/ single below 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 double chromatic from above/ single from below approaches the fifth, continue to the 7th, root, 3rd, double chromatic from above/ single from below to the 5th, continue to the 7th, root, and back down. 

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

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

Be sure to pace yourself with these lessons to avoid burning out.

Being overly ambitious with your practice schedule can lead to unrealistic expectations. Try learning one approach note concept and one chord type a week. Change your practice routine as necessary and tailor it to your needs as a musician. Good luck!

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BASS LINES – The Blue Notes (Minor Blues Scale)



jaime Vazquez

Hello bass players and bass fans! Happy New Year 2024!

In this issue, we are going to study the blue notes.

In blues, jazz, and rock, a blue note is a note that (for expressive purposes) is sung or played at a slightly different pitch from standard. Typically the alteration is between a quartertone and a semitone, but this varies depending on the musical context.

The blue notes are usually said to be the lowered third(b3), lowered fifth(b5) and lowered seventh(b7) scale degrees. The lowered fifth(b5) is also known as the raised fourth(#4). Though the blues scale has “an inherent minor tonality, it is commonly ‘forced’ over major-key chord changes, resulting in a distinctively dissonant conflict of tonalities”.

Blue notes are used in many blues songs, in jazz, rock and in conventional popular songs with a “blue” feeling.


The A Minor Blues Scale

1 – b3 – 4 – (#4/b5) – 5 – b7

A – C – D – (D#/Eb) – E – Bb

The grades(blue notes):

b3, (#4/b5), b7

C, (D#/Eb), Bb

See you next month for more full bass attack!

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