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#1 Davemarks

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Posted 06 June 2007 - 12:56 PM

Hey all,

I've started posting a new series of video lessons which goes through basslines from well known songs that are simple but musical and very effective.

The first one is 'With Or Without You', by U2.



It's ideal for anyone who's just picked up the bass and is also a great exercise for anyone starting to develop their technique with a plectrum.

Students - feel free to work from it and teachers, feel free to use it to help your students.

More comng soon include Smells like teen spirit (Nirvana), Walking On The Moon (The Police) and Peaches (The Stranglers).

Feel free to post more suggestions,

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Posted 06 June 2007 - 02:55 PM

Dave many thanks for this.

I am a beginner and found a few clips that were really useful for me on youtube. Especially one on scales, I watched it twice and I could remember the 3 scales he was showing straight off.

Will give this a spin later mate.

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Posted 07 June 2007 - 08:40 AM

Im going to Pin this topic as I think its a valuable thread for our members.

Dave Marks, can you kindly post any additional free lessons and such into this thread? This way we have everything in one place.

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Posted 07 June 2007 - 02:55 PM

Really enjoyed that Dave, I particularly like the way you zoom in, this is really useful for self-teaching beginners like myself.

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 03:59 PM

Hi Dave

I watched the lesson on With or Without You which makes the whole thing simple.

I would go from D (A string 5 fret) to A ( E String 5 fret) to B (A string 2 fret) to G (E string 3 Fret) and maintain the box pattern. Do you have any preference on the way this is done?. The tutor book prefers playing "close together" to avoid jumping all over the neck.


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Posted 19 June 2007 - 05:17 PM

Perhaps I should post a comment under the video - I have mentioned this in the pdf download...

On the original recording you can hear Adam Clayton sliding around from one note to the other - particularly from G back up to D.

I believe he played the line on the low E string because the notes sound larger and rounder and have a more uniform tone if you play them all on the low E string.

If you compare your open D string to D on the 5th fret of the A string and then to D on the 10 th fret of the E string, you should hear the note sounds progressively larger and more bass heavy.

It's a nice coincidence that it makes it less complicated for beginners to play and makes it an ideal tune for students.

You are right - we are often encouraged to play in position and I agree it is a much more economic way to play.

Sometimes you have to stray from conventional wisdom to get a particular sound....
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Posted 19 June 2007 - 07:41 PM

View PostDavemarks, on Jun 6 2007, 01:56 PM, said:

Hey all,

I've started posting a new series of video lessons which goes through basslines from well known songs that are simple but musical and very effective.
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Feel free to post more suggestions,

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 12:58 PM

New lesson up - So lonely by the Police.
More coming soon...


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Posted 02 July 2007 - 10:37 PM

Smells like teen spirit and Stir it up are on there now....

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Posted 02 July 2007 - 10:51 PM

Will you be doing a YouTube to go with the Marcus Miller tab? Please :)

And thanks for your lessons and YouTube material. Much appreciated.

Edited by mhuk, 05 July 2007 - 01:53 PM.

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Posted 02 July 2007 - 11:11 PM

Now there's a thought....

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Posted 05 July 2007 - 12:52 PM

Dave,

I have found your walking basslines lessons very helpful and I just wanted to add that I you have helped me to understand the concepts of walking basslines. Ive stll got many weeks of practising to get good enough with it but it is now part of my daily playing routine!

Something I would be interested in would be something similar for advanced slap techniques, such as double thumping or tapping - I have never been able to grasp some of the techniques that Marcus Miller uses like double thumping.

Ive seen the Wooten videos but it didnt really help that much. Your youtube lessons are much more informative so far!

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Posted 02 October 2007 - 07:07 PM

Dave - great series on Walking Bass - has whiled away many hours of my lunch breaks. I know you're the busiest bass guy in London but any ideas when the next lesson is up?

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Posted 12 October 2007 - 10:16 AM

Any chance of some lessons on Modes and their application in a soloing context?

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 03:32 PM

Excellent stuff and very well explained. Cheers.
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Posted 05 January 2008 - 09:57 PM

Just wanted to say thanks. I've been playing Stir It Up all week.
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Posted 08 January 2008 - 09:57 PM

Dave,

Just a quick note to say thanks for the clear and concise explanations - as a self-taught bass player who's never really moved beyond playing root notes, I've already found the lessons useful and will be spending more time with them in the future. Walking bass lines looks like a great series.

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 09:34 PM

thanks dave,

as a 'nebwie' this sort of visual instruction is great! it beats doing scales all evening, and now i'm playing along to some of my cd collection!!

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Posted 16 September 2008 - 02:00 PM

great tube channel!

but..

NOTE: I'M REDESIGNING MY WEBSITE AT THE MO - TO GET PDFS FOR THIESE LESSONS, REGISTER ON MY SITE AND THE LESSONS PAGE WILL APPEAR!

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 07:18 PM

Did not see many comments from "Yanks" so though would post one. I played bass in the late 60's and gave it up when drafted. Played with the Moving Sidewalks and now in my "old" age am getting my bass out of the closed for a little fun. Found out that i have forgoten far more than i ever new but this site is a great resource. Don from Dallas Texas

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 01:11 PM

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 05:47 PM

Flaming brilliant , simple to learn and play along too . well done mate .

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 11:47 PM

View Postdbsummers, on Mar 2 2009, 08:18 PM, said:

Did not see many comments from "Yanks" so though would post one. I played bass in the late 60's and gave it up when drafted. Played with the Moving Sidewalks and now in my "old" age am getting my bass out of the closed for a little fun. Found out that i have forgoten far more than i ever new but this site is a great resource. Don from Dallas Texas

Wow. The Moving Sidewalks. :) What a great band.

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Posted 09 November 2009 - 07:45 PM

hi Dave
Just had a look at the vids, as a i have just started playing these are great for me, please keep them coming, as
its a real boost when you learn to play a tune.

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 08:21 PM

View PostSean, on Oct 2 2007, 07:07 PM, said:

Dave - great series on Walking Bass - has whiled away many hours of my lunch breaks. I know you're the busiest bass guy in London but any ideas when the next lesson is up?

Keep groovin'

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Where is the walking bass series?

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 09:18 PM

Dave, I would be forever in your debt if you could post 'Brown Sugar' by The R. Stones. I've tried everywhere to get the tab but all rubbish. I know the root notes but it's the little runs etc I can't work out by ear. Damn guitars are too loud!
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Posted 28 March 2010 - 09:28 PM

View PostDavemarks, on Jun 19 2007, 06:17 PM, said:

You are right - we are often encouraged to play in position and I agree it is a much more economic way to play.
Sometimes you have to stray from conventional wisdom to get a particular sound....

True Dave and its something I go on about all the time.
My opinion is that a bass player from the likes of U2, The Police is likely to mess around with notes of bass lines until they find the correct sequence that complements other instruments. So if they decide to play an A note on the E string, instead of playing it in a different position or as an open note it must be for a reason and playing it any other way will change the song's dynamics.
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Posted 04 November 2010 - 12:12 PM

Great stuff Dave. Another subscriber here.
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Posted 06 November 2010 - 10:12 AM

By the way, I play this with a D on the A string, then open A, then B on the A string, then G on the E string, but then I go back to the B and slide up to the D which gives the the slide sound.

Having said that, I will have a go at the one string method in the video.
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Posted 25 February 2011 - 09:52 PM

this will come in handy for me :)
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