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MAS200: July 1, 2014 - Live Online Masterclass

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The Live Online Masterclass from 7-1-14, which was an open counseling session.

Course Code: MAS200

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MAS205: August 19, 2014 - Live Online Masterclass

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The Live Online Masterclass from 8-19-14. An introduction to chordal improvisation and soloing over static chords.

Course Code: MAS205

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MAS210: December 1, 2014 - Live Online Masterclass

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The Live Online Masterclass from 12-1-14. A walking bass/harmony and theory general workshop.

Course Code: MAS210

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MAS215: February 19, 2015 - Live Online Masterclass

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The Live Online Masterclass from 2-19-15, covering the basic harmonic analysis of jazz tunes.

Course Code: MAS215

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MAS220: March 30, 2015 - Live Online Masterclass

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The Live Online Masterclass from 3-30-15, covering groove and timing placement. Playing 'behind the beat', 'on top of the beat', and in 'absolute time' are demonstrated and presented as concepts that can be used to influence feel and mood of performances.

Course Code: MAS220

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MAS225: April 27, 2015 - Live Online Masterclass

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The Live Online Masterclass from 4-27-15, which answered a question related to improvising targeting chord tones and the technique behind slap bass playing in detail. Presents specific exercises related to playing over chord changes, emphasising the use of chord tones on the downbeat of each change. Also covers the basics of how to get a great slap tone, including how to set up your bass pickup and tone controls. Basic slap techniques are covered in detail.

Course Code: MAS225

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MAS230: May 26, 2015 - Live Online Masterclass

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The Live Online Masterclass from 5-26-15, which continued where MAS225 left off, covering slap bass in greater detail. Concepts for creating slap licks, fills, and transitions were covered, including the applied harmony and theory they are derived from. Pentatonic scales, blues scales, and basic modal applications were demonstrated for creating interesting sounding fills. The 'three plus one' concept was also described in detail. Presents specific exercises related to improvising slap fills over minor static chords, utilizing 'modal' position shifts to cover a greater range on the fingerboard. 

Course Code: MAS230

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MAS235: June 24, 2015 - Live Online Masterclass

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The Live Online Masterclass from 6-24-15, which covered the concepts of playing bass lines 'with the time' and 'against the time.' The focus is on the relationship between what the drummer is playing rhythmically and how our bass lines can either align directly with the drummer's subdivisions or be played in the 'spaces.' Examples are demonstrated in detail and played at different tempos. Note duration is also discussed in relation to how it influences mood and feel. A great masterclass for those interested in expanding their creativity when constructing bass lines. 

Course Code: MAS235

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MAS240: July 29, 2015 - Live Online Masterclass

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The Live Online Masterclass from 7-29-15, which covered more of the relationships between chords and scales. Corresponding modes and chords are demonstrated as well as the difference in 'color' between modes that share the same extracted chord type. Inter-key substitutions are also demonstrated for both major 7 and minor 7 chord types. The melodic minor scale and its derivative modes are also discussed and demonstrated, also as they relate to substitution ideas. Also covers a diagonal approach to playing modes across the fingerboard. Recommended for anyone interested in expanding their knowledge of harmony as well as understanding how basic scale substitutions work. 

Course Code: MAS240

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MAS245: September 14, 2015 - Live Online Masterclass

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The Live Online Masterclass from 9-14-15, which continued our series on chord substitutions and the use of the melodic minor scale. Topics include: Modal benefits to playing basslines and improvisations, figuring out key center, the melodic minor substitution, and much more. 

Course Code: MAS245

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MAS250: October 22, 2015 - Live Online Masterclass

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The Live Online Masterclass from 10-22-15, which is part 1 of a mini series dedicated to introductory reading on the bass guitar. Topics include: Notes on the bass and on the staff, the concepts of global key and time signatures, modal applications of position shifts in a piece of music, optimum seating positions for reading, note values, accidentals, enharmonics, and more.  

Course Code: MAS250

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MAS255: December 7, 2015 - Live Online Masterclass

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The Live Online Masterclass from 12-7-15, which is part 2 of a mini series dedicated to introductory reading on the bass guitar. Topics include: Review of part 1 concepts, notes on the E and A strings, and demonstration of exercises combining both of them.  

Course Code: MAS255

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MAS260: December 22, 2015 - Live Online Masterclass

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The Live Online Masterclass from 12-22-15, which is part 3 of a mini series dedicated to introductory reading on the bass guitar. Topics include: Review of parts 1 and 2 concepts, notes on the D and G strings, and demonstration of exercises combining both of them.  

Course Code: MAS260

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MAS265: January 14, 2016 - Live Online Masterclass

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The Live Online Masterclass from 1-14-16, which presents concepts for planning out an effective and comprehensive practice routineRecommended for all players.

Course Code: MAS265

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MAS270: March 14, 2016 - Intro to the Nashville Number System

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The Live Online Masterclass from 1-14-16, which covered the basics of the Nashville Number System, including its theoretical basis, nomenclature, and strategies for navigating through charts. An example number system chart is broken down, analyzed and played through. Recommended for any player interested in chart reading.

Course Code: MAS270

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MAS275: April 21, 2016 - Fretless Bass Basics

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The Live Online Masterclass from 4-21-16, which covered the basics playing the fretless bass. In this masterclass we covered such topics as: developing accurate intonation, the importance of practicing with a reference, open string intonation exercises, and the implications of certain hand positions and patterns. Recommended for any player interested in getting into fretless bass.

Course Code: MAS275

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MAS280: May 9, 2016 - Descending Modal Forms

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The Live Online Masterclass from 5-9-16, which covered descending forms for the modes of the major scale. This approach and related exercises take a 'top down' approach to pattern creation within the major scale. Allows a player to ascend and descend from any note on any string without having to change hand positions. Recommended for intermediate to advanced players looking to improve their mastery of the fingerboard.

Course Code: MAS280

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MAS285: June 6, 2016 - Using A Compressor

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The Live Online Masterclass from 6-6-16, which began a series on the use of effects on bass. This class introduced bass compressors and an Aguilar TLC pedal compressor was used to demonstrate various applications. Includes a non-techical background discussion of how a compressor works and why a player would utilize one. Also demonstrated various settings and what they do for your dynamics and tone. A great course primer for those interested in learning more about the use of compression on the bass guitar.

Course Code: MAS285

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MAS290: July 12, 2016 - Live Q&A - Phrasing - Bass Cabs - Stagefright

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The Live Online Masterclass from 7-12-16, which was a live Q&A session covering a variety of topics, including bass cabinet and speaker choices, downtuning and string tension, phrasing variations, and dealing with stage anxiety.

Course Code: MAS290

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MAS295: August 8, 2016 - Live Q&A - Tone Controls - Effects - Stage Volume

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The Live Online Masterclass from 8-9-16, which was a live Q&A session covering a variety of topics, including struggling with hearing yourself on stage, setting tone controls on your amp and on your basses, proper order for pedals and effects, compressor settings, and more on dealing with stage anxiety.

Course Code: MAS295

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MAS300: October 16, 2016 - Live Masterclass - 5 Note Modal Forms, Hybrid Slap Techniques

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The Live Online Masterclass from 10-10-16, which covered pentatonic improvisation review, 5 note modal forms for improvisation, muted plucking techniques, and slap hybrid techniques.

Course Code: MAS300

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MAS305: December 8, 2016 - Live Masterclass - Backing Tracks Tutorial

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The Live Online Masterclass from 12-8-16, which demonstrated the basics of using the applications iReal Pro and GarageBand to create backing tracks to practice with.

Course Code: MAS305

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MAS310: February 24 2017 - Live Masterclass - Creating Bass Lines From Drum Beats

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The Live Online Masterclass from 2-24-17, which demonstrated concepts relating how to create bass lines that complement various types of drum beats and grooves.

Course Code: MAS310

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MAS315: April 20 2017 - Live Masterclass - Ear Training Using Random Chord Progressions

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The Live Online Masterclass from 4-20-17, which discussed how to improve your ear training skills by using exercises that have you practice playing basslines and improvising over random chord progressions. This masterclass helps the aspiring bass player and improviser to break away from the 'math' and theory of the music, and instead rely on their ears to find the correct sounds that fit over chords and progressions.

Course Code: MAS315

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MAS320: June 8 2017 - Live Masterclass - Timekeeping Workshop

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The Live Online Masterclass from 6-8-17, which was a comprehensive set of exercises for the beginning to intermediate player looking to improve their timing and internal sense of rhythm. Topics such as subdivisions, phrasing, note duration, and dynamics were discussed in detail and applied to application-oriented exercises. A great primer course for those looking play with more confidence and assertiveness on stage or in the studio.

Course Code: MAS320

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MAS325: June 15 2017 - Live Masterclass - Chord Tone Exercises

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The Live Online Masterclass from 6-15-17, which covered the importance of chord tone awareness for bass players, as well as related exercises. Bass players are responsible for providing the foundation of the harmony, so it is imperative that they have a working knowlege of chords and arpeggios as they relate to chord progressions. This masterclass explained how chord tones can be used in context and presents several basic exercises for navigating chords up when creating bass lines or improvised lines. 

Course Code: MAS325

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MAS330: June 22 2017 - Live Masterclass - Economy Plucking and Slap Hybrid Ideas

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The Live Online Masterclass from 6-15-17 covering economy plucking techniques and hybrid slap bass techniques.

Course Code: MAS330

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MAS335: June 29 2017 - Live Masterclass - 2 Note Per String Modal Applications

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The Live Online Masterclass from 6-29-17 covering 2 note per string patterns derived from the modes of the major scale. Application is discussed in both improvisational and groove-based contexts.

Course Code: MAS335

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MAS340: July 6 2017 - Live Masterclass - Chord Studies: Double Stops and Triads

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The live masterclass from 7-6-16 covering chord studies on the bass. Topics covered include double-stops, triads, technique, fingerings, and more.

Course Code: MAS340

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MAS345: July 20 2017 - Live Masterclass - Palm Mute Technique And Application

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The live masterclass from 7-20-16 covering the palm mute technique and its application. Presents exercises for developing the technique and also groove examples. 

Course Code: MAS345

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MAS350: August 4 2017 - Live Masterclass - Melody-based Improvising

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The live masterclass from 8-4-17 covering melody-based improvising. In this class we talked about what it means to completely abandon the 'math' and theory of the music when improvising, and instead base what we play on its relationship to a familiar or memorized melody

Course Code: MAS350

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MAS355: August 10 2017 - Live Masterclass - Basic Reharmonization and Composition

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The live masterclass from 8-10-17 covering the basics of simple reharmonization and composition using the chords found in the harmonization of the major scale. Also the discusses in detail the relationship between melody and harmony.

Course Code: MAS355

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MAS360: August 18 2017 - Live Masterclass - Fingerboard Mastery & The 24 Arpeggio Forms

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The live masterclass from 8-18-17 covering the 24 different types of arpeggio forms. This lesson demonstrates the different starting fingering, inversion, and directional options for any 7th arpeggio form.

Course Code: MAS360

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MAS365: August 25 2017 - Live Masterclass - Technique Workout: String-Skipping Challenges

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The live masterclass from 8-25-17 covering a variety of technique workouts utilizing string-skipping approaches. These valuable exercises utilize the modes of the major scale in the demonstrations but can be applied to any shapes or forms that ascend or descend across adjacent strings. This video focuses on forcing ourselves to move away from our comfort zones when working on expanding our melodicism beyond sequences of adjacent notes.

Course Code: MAS365

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MAS370: September 14 2017 - Live Masterclass - 16th Note Displacement

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This session presents some very useful ways in which you can use 16th note displacement strategies to strengthen and develop your internal clock. These exercises are challenging and are great for inspiring new bass line ideas that are syncopated and unique.

Course Code: MAS370

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MAS375: September 21 2017 - Live Masterclass - Jazz Improv Crash Course

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A session that comprehensively covers basic improvisation and chord substitution strategies integrated with the bass guitar. A great 'crash course' masterclass for those interested in learning more about how jazz progressions work.

Course Code: MAS375

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MAS380: October 26 2017 - Live Masterclass - Learning & Charting New Tunes Using Shorthand

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In this class I demonstrated how you can use simple number chart and studio shorthand to learn new tunes. Very helpful if you have a lot to learn in a short amount of time!

Course Code: MAS380

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MAS385: November 2 2017 - Live Masterclass - Solid Bassline Construction Using Shape & Contour

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A class dedicated to helping you to create better and more melodic basslines through the concept of shaping your lines and broadening the ranges of what you play. A great session for those looking to make their original basslines more interesting and more complimentary to the harmony of the tune.

Course Code: MAS385

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MAS390: November 6 2017 - Live Masterclass - Recording Your Bass - Part 1

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Part 1 of a series covering how to record your bass tracks using recording software on your computer. Covers the basics of connections, track creation, and tone objectives.

Course Code: MAS390

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MAS395: November 30 2017 - Live Masterclass - Building Emotion & Creativity Into Your Playing

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What do you do when you realize too much of your playing is based around music theory or thinking about patterns? This class discussed strategies for getting outside of the 'math' of the performance and thinking more about implying feel, emotion, tension, and release. 

Course Code: MAS395

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