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MAS400: January 3 2018 - Live Masterclass - New Year's Bass Resolutions & Practice Challenges

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In this first masterclass of 2018, we set some new easily-achievable goals for starting off the year with the positive reinforcement of consistent practice. I also issue a few challenges designed to help you to create a solid foundation for your practice routine.  

Course Code: MAS400

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MAS405: January 11 2018 - Live Masterclass - Bebop Scales & Introduction To Chromaticism

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A little primer course introducing the use of chromaticisms (bridge notes that lie outside of the scale and/or chord) in phrasing. Also presents an entry level concept for getting your phrases to sound a little more 'jazz' or 'bebop'.  

Course Code: MAS405

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MAS410: January 18 2018 - Live Masterclass - Chromaticism, Trapping, and Phrasing

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A masterclass on the use of chromaticism in phrasing. Also introduces the concept of 'trapping' target tones to emulate more of a bebop-sounding approach to improvisation.  

Course Code: MAS410

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MAS415: January 25 2018 - Live Masterclass - Harmonic Minor

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A masterclass on harmonic minor and its derived harmonic function. Covers harmonic minor modes and the harmonization of the harmonic minor scale.  

Course Code: MAS415

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MAS420: March 15 2018 - Live Masterclass - Ergonomics & Injury Prevention

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A masterclass covering how to practice and perform more effectively by paying attention to ergonomic details. These tips will also show you how to avoid tension and injury.  

Course Code: MAS420

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MAS425: March 29 2018 - Live Masterclass - Diminished Scales

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A masterclass covering diminished scale forms and construction, including some scale analysis and patterns to practice.  

Course Code: MAS425

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MAS430: April 26 2018 - Live Masterclass - What To Practice

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A discussion that takes up where creating a practice routine leaves off. This class covers the specifics of what to practice, as it applies to the seven core competencies of development.  

Course Code: MAS430

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MAS435: May 10 2018 - Live Masterclass - Embellishments

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A class that covers embellishments, phrasing, and timing in detail. Demonstrations of how to make lines feel different by slightly altering how the notes are played. Also covers note timing and placement in detail, and ways in which dynamics and note duration influence sound and feel.  

Course Code: MAS435

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MAS440: May 24 2018 - Live Masterclass - Timing, Duration, and Dynamics

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A class that covers in-depth aspects of phrasing, and applies this to players' individual styles. Offers a three-dimensional view of concepts related to phrasing and how groove elements can be graphed accordingly.  

Course Code: MAS440

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MAS445: June 5 2018 - Live Masterclass - Creating Lines With Hybrid Intervals Sequences and Variations

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How to create awesome practice exercises which can be applied to bassline and melody creation using combinations of intervals and sequences. A class demonstrating specific examples of these that can be derived from scale, mode, and chord tone work. Opens up the fingerboard and helps you to sound less 'exercise-like' in your playing.  

Course Code: MAS445

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MAS450: July 5 2018 - Live Masterclass - "Sir Duke" Bass Line Analysis

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An analysis and demonstration of how to play Stevie Wonder's famous hit, "Sir Duke."  

Course Code: MAS450

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MAS455: July 26 2018 - Live Masterclass - "September" Bass Line Analysis

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An analysis and demonstration of how to play Earth Wind & Fire's famous hit, "September."  

Course Code: MAS455

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MAS460: August 13 2018 - Live Masterclass - Refining Your Playing Using Focus Form Exercises

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Learn how to refine the subtle details of your technique and progress faster when faced with new challenges using "focus form" exercises. Focus forms break down exercises and concepts into smaller, bite-sized pieces that allow your mind and hands to synchronize more quickly through focused attention to detail.  

Course Code: MAS460

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MAS465: November 8 2018 - Live Masterclass - Successful Practice Tips - Intro To Harmonics

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A discussion of tips to help you practice more effectively and with greater success. Also introduces harmonics and how to play them across the fingerboard in different ways.  

Course Code: MAS465

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MAS470: November 15 2018 - Live Masterclass - Balancing Dynamics Plucking Fingers - Basic Timing Exercises

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Today we discuss the finer points of balancing dynamics between the plucking fingers, and what that means for your technique. We will also revisit some basic timing exercises to help you develop your pocket!  

Course Code: MAS470

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MAS475: December 6 2018 - Live Masterclass - Pedals and Signal Chain

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Today we discuss different pedals and how they are used. Also cover proper construction of your signal chain with your bass and pedalboard and how to get the most out of your setup.  

Course Code: MAS475

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MAS480: December 20 2018 - Live Masterclass - Fix It Fast Technique and Phrasing Tips

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Today we discuss quick fixes for common problems that bass players experience in the areas of technique, dynamics, and phrasing.

Course Code: MAS480

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MAS485: January 14 2019 - Live Masterclass - My New Signature 5 String - Making Basslines Smoother

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Today we discuss the release of my new Ibanez Signature 5 String Bass, as well as dig deep into note durations and making all of your basslines smoother both live and in the studio!

Course Code: MAS485

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MAS490: February 1 2019 - Live Masterclass - Navigating HUGE Setlists & Charts - Criss-Cross Technique Exercises

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Today we talk about how to survive gigs where you are responsible for playing a large number of tunes that there is not time to memorize. Navigating master rhythm charts and creating your own shorthand performance notes is key. I talk about the tips and tricks that I rely on in these situations. I also give you some alternation-based technique exercises that involve criss-cross patterns. Enjoy!

Course Code: MAS490

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MAS495: January 27 2020 - Live Masterclass - Mastering Fingering Transitions Between Chords & Scales

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In this class we discuss some new upcoming additions to the website, and I talk in detail about how to properly work up your hand position and fingering transitions between chords and scales. We also review playing the chord-based harmonization of the major scale using triads and seventh chords.

Course Code: MAS495

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MAS500: February 6 2020 - Live Masterclass - Getting Started w/2 Handed Tapping

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A primer for those interested in getting started with 2 handed tapping on the bass guitar. We cover fingering independence, muting management, unison lines, 'copycat' exercises for both hands, and even integration of chords and simple progressions. 

Course Code: MAS500

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MAS505: March 17 2020 - Live Masterclass - Virus Update

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Adam shares an update regarding effects of the virus and does some improvisation with a loop pedal. 

Course Code: MAS505

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MAS510: March 26 2020 - Live Masterclass - Q&A Session, Getting The Most Out Of The Videos

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Q&A session, including topics covering effective pacing, creating new challenges from old exercises, and how to get the most out of video lessons in general. 

Course Code: MAS510

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MAS515: April 2 2020 - Live Masterclass - Slap Bass: Technical Nuance and Using Both Hands to Mute

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Detailed discussion regarding the slap bass style and detail-oriented techniques that can take your slap playing to the next level. Muting using both hands is discussed, as well as the two main approaches to slap bass technique.

Course Code: MAS515

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MAS520: April 16 2020 - Live Masterclass - Raking Vs. Alternation Technique

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A class that demonstrates the differences between plucking hand raking and alternation techniques, and the advantages of each. Also covers the application of each in different types of bass lines and how these techniques affect playing accuracy, groove, and facility. 

Course Code: MAS520

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MAS525: May 8 2020 - Live Masterclass - Navigating/Ear Training The Fingerboard For Playing Fills & Transitions

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How to use academic components and forms for ear training when trying to expand your coverage of the fingerboard. This video demonstrates this application in conjunction with grooves when trying to create spontaneous fills and transitions using forms like modes and arpeggios.

Course Code: MAS525

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MAS530: July 13 2020 - Live Masterclass - Infinity Mode Concept

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The 'Infinity Mode' concept is a universal way to approach key center connections moving in any direction, and from any starting string. It combines the modal approach with a sharp awareness of note function and allows a player to move across the fingerboard without any impediments.

Course Code: MAS530

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MAS535: December 20 2020 - Ear Training Seminar

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An ear training seminar and live hang on Zoom. We discuss the nuances of ear training development, demonstrate the 3 stage ear training development path, and also delve into learning how to interpret and transcribe chords.

Course Code: MAS535

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