Bass player

Lesson 9:

This one is about the elusive art of slapping and popping. It’s going to bring out the Victor Wooten in you! This is one technique that singles out the bass guitar from other instruments with its metallic tone. The problem is, it’s a difficult technique to pull off, especially if you are playing an entire song with slap and pop. Fortunately, the lesson nine of Teach Me Bass Guitar has been well laid out by Roy Vogt and with some practice you should be able to master the art in just a couple days.

This one clocks in at one hour (slightly more than that actually) and has everything you need to learn slap bass. The lesson begins with Roy Vogt showing the proper thumb technique with a 4 X 4 exercise that’s guaranteed to improve your string accuracy. It’s going to take you some time to synchronize your thumb and your mind, but Roy Vogt shows some cool tricks to master the tricks faster. It’s very important that you spend all the time you need on “synchronization” before moving on to the popping section because it’s not only about the thumb, but also about the entire palm swaying in a rhythm with slapping and popping done alternately. Don’t focus on the notes – just make sure you’re right thumb slaps only on the desired strings without creating an unwanted buzz from the other strings. Roy Vogt also shows some great muting techniques that are going to solve the problem of the unwanted buzz and also give you more control on “note sustain”.

In this Teach Me Bass Guitar lesson Roy Vogt starts out by slapping on the E string and popping in the same octave on the D string. Of course, you’re going to find popping much easier than slapping, but it’s recommended you get some basic proficiency in slapping before trying to do both alternately. Roy Vogt walks you through the technique up to the G string and there are exercises in three different tempos so you can perfect the art without sounding sloppy.

In this Teach Me Bass Guitar lesson, Roy Vogt brings in Michelle (one of his students) to demonstrate a couple of interesting drumming techniques that use both the left and right hands. It’s actually got a lot to do with muting, synchronization, speed and string accuracy. He also includes hammer on’s and pull off’s and works with two different strains of the time in three different tempos. Your hands (and probably even your head) are going to feel numb because there’s a lot of information in this Teach Me Bass Guitar lesson and you just need to take it slow and easy on yourself. The two practice songs in this lesson are Shuffle Funk and Funk Patrol. And, they are absolutely “pro” level songs that’ll take some time to master. But, as always Roy Vogt has broken down this difficult technique into little bite-sized gulps so you can master the technique without losing your sanity!


Lesson 10:

Unlike lesson nine, the lesson 10 of Teach Me Bass Guitar by Roy Vogt isn’t going to be a thumb numbing experience for you. It’s about the finger funk style. This one starts with a quick warm-up exercise that covers a couple of power chords covering almost the entire length of fret board and prepares you for the battle ahead. The finger funk style requires hand plucking, muting and quick transition between notes across different fret-board positions. If you have survived lesson nine, a lot of the stuff is going to seem easy to you, especially after the thorough warm-up.

This one clocks in at around 49 minutes and once you are through with the fundamentals (note study between 12th and 15th frets), you can jump into the tunes and start playing at your desired BPM. The first song is Florida Groove (sounds like a Jaco type tune) and with some practice you shouldn’t have any problems playing the song at 100 BPM. The second song is more of a James Brown inspired the tune called Popcorn Popper and is a bit more advanced than the earlier one.

On lesson 10 of Teach Me Bass Guitar, you also get in the good books of Roy Vogt! The pace of this lesson is far quicker than the earlier ones and it seems Roy Vogt already knows you wouldn’t have any problems coping up. And, the truth is you wouldn’t because these are advanced lessons and by the time you reach lesson 10 you’d already have learned a thing or two about Bass and music theory. You are actually in the big leagues now! Sometimes you really might have some difficulties being on the same page as Roy Vogt, but then you can always go back and clear your confusions.

Lesson 11

This Teach Me Bass Guitar lesson is again a short one that focuses on exploring the notes from the 17th to the 20th frets. Some bass guitars to come with more than 20 frets, but that’s a bit in common and even if you do have 22 frets, you wouldn’t have a problem reaching out to the last two frets if you master the technique discussed in this lesson.

In the 11th lesson, Roy Vogt kind of gives you a recap of the basics, except that this time around he starts it from the 17th fret. He shows you the exact technique to comfortably hit the “far” notes without compromising your tempo or style. It isn’t going to take long to become the master of your maple real estate and once that is done, you get to learn triple stops and chords. One of his students, Kodi is going to practice the exercises with you and as always that makes you feel like a “student” and as if you are in a personal interaction session with Roy Vogt. Kodi plays different variations of 3 chords and suddenly you discover you are listening to Roscoe Beck and Chuck Rainey type of music. Makes you feel like you are in the big leagues!

The two different practice songs are called Austin Bound and The Trouble With The Truth. The songs cover everything from basic 12 bar blues to funky 8th note stuff, but Roy Vogt makes sure you never feel overwhelmed with too much information to absorb. The later part of the second song also has some interesting chordal phrases that take the song to a new level altogether.

The Nashville legend Jonell Mosser also features in this lesson and talks about importance of the bassist not getting in the way of the vocalist by not playing “too much”. That’s actually an important skill that you need to pick up and Jonell Mosser is definitely going to inspire you.