Bass Guitar Lesson: Combining Pentatonic and Blues Scales

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In this free online bass guitar tutorial, Berklee College of Music professor and online instructor Danny Morris shows you how to combine the major and minor pentatonic scale with the blues scale.

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About Danny Morris
Danny “Mo” Morris is a professor in the bass department at Berklee College of Music, working with students since 1988. He is known for his muted tone, warm personality, and ability to work with all level of students. “My mission is really to teach students how to develop their individuality in terms of their rhythmic concept and their tonal concept, what notes to play and when,” says Morris. “There’s a consequence to every note you play. And even when you don’t play, such as when there’s a rest, there’s a consequence, because when the bass comes in, it’s going to be huge.”

Danny gigs regularly with the band Calypso Hurricane and was the bass player for the James Montgomery Blues Band and Jon Pousette-Dart band. He has also performed with Bo Diddley, Robin Ford, James Cotton, and Paula Abdul. Danny is the author of Instant Bass and Essential Rock Grooves for Bass. He is an alumnus of Ithaca College and a graduate of Berklee College of Music.
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  1. inspirational for real

  2. Danny: Are you using anything to dampen/muffle the strings down at the bridge?

  3. Is not a fretless bass. Is this bass, here you see the frets!
    Danny Morris – Bass Clinic

  4. yep, that's funky!!!!

  5. The reason they're together is that he's using left hand muting. Middle or index finger frets the note, others mute the string just in front of the fret. Produces a sound similar to palm-muting.

  6. he smooth!

  7. The string tree on the D and G strings is standard. The 2nd one on the E and A was added. As was said before the string is meant primarily to keep the D/G strings in the nut due to how far the tuning post is from the nut, without the added tension they would easily pop out. They also aid in added sustain, especially on the A string, which on many Fender basses has a tendency to lack sustain, unless you have more wraps on the tuning post, the more tension on the string the more sustain.

  8. @clewi1091 It's most common on Fender Guitars. Like Stratocasters. Due to the shape of the headstock and how it's made, you usually see those things. It's mainly for helping keep the string from popping out of the nut as well as, I'm sure it helps with keeping the gutiar in tune. ;)

  9. cookiemonster3475

    Actually it's alot easier to keep your fingers together because it allows you to bar the strings easier, allowing you to transition from each string faster and smoother, very simple bass line though.

  10. @saiko189 its a muting technique i think

  11. Wow,that was good,sounded good too!

  12. @JazzBassist66 i notice it has 2 string trees. is that normal on these basses or is one added? im guessing one was added. what would be the big advantage of having 2? do you know? thanks for any info.

  13. Yup, those are flats. Fantastic tone!

  14. Would anyone know if he's using flat-wounds?

  15. Thats My Teacher Mr. Danny Morris!!!!!!!!.
    I love Berklee college

  16. very cool

  17. i have the same bass its really good. Though i want his colour

  18. This bass is the Fender Precision bass, my friend :)

  19. This makes me wish I hadn't sold my bass

  20. turn it up man!

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