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Technique

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Lessons that fall into the Technique compentency are focused on the development of your overall facility, dexterity, accuracy, and endurance for both the fretting and plucking hands. This category also covers specific skills needed to execute particular playing styles, such as slap bass, tapping, double-thumbing, or sweeping. These lessons focus on the mechanics behind each playing style and help the bass player to develop technical headroom that allows him/her to negotiate the fretboard with greater confidence and ease.

TEC101: Plucking Hand Movable Anchor Concept, Part 1: Introduction/Basics

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Introduces the concept of the "movable anchor/floating thumb" technique and presents the background and reasons behind it. Discusses in detail the importance of maintaining consistent hand position and the management of muting tasks on the bass guitar. Also addresses the challenges associated with making the switch from 4 string bass to 5 or 6 string, and identifies solutions for keeping a consistent technical approach on any instrument. Recommended for all levels of players looking to significantly improve their basic technical approach through exhaustive fine-tuning.

Course Code: TEC101

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TEC102: Plucking Hand Movable Anchor Concept, Part 2: Evolution Of Concept And The Floating Thumb Technique

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This lesson continues where "Plucking Hand Movable Anchor This lesson continues where "Plucking Hand Movable Anchor Concept, Part 1" leaves off, and discusses and demonstrates the "floating thumb" technique in detail as it applies to patterns and phrases played across adjacent strings. Presents exercises and approaches to help evolve a player's plucking hand technique with the objective of developing improved economy of motion, accuracy, endurance, and dynamic consistency. Recommended for all levels of players looking to significantly improve and fine-tune their plucking hand technique.Concept, Part 1" leaves off, and discusses and demonstrates the "floating thumb" technique in detail as it applies to patterns and phrases played across adjacent strings. Presents exercises and approaches to help evolve a player's plucking hand technique with the objective of developing improved economy of motion, accuracy, endurance, and dynamic consistency. Recommended for all levels of players looking to significantly improve and fine-tune their plucking hand technique.

Course Code: TEC102

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TEC103: Plucking Hand Alternation And Basic Permutation Exercises

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A lesson dedicated to developing the technical facility of the plucking hand by utilizing permutation exercises. Focuses on plucking hand alternate fingering and economy of motion. Also differentiates between "raking" and "alternating" approaches when executing lines. A great collection of exercises for players wanting to improve dexterity and speed, or for those players looking for a solid technical foundation to build from. Recommended for all levels of players interested in fine-tuning their plucking hand technique.

Course Code: TEC103

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TEC104: Fretting Hand Technique And Basic Permutation Exercises

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Introduces the concept of fretting hand fingering permutations and applies them to technique-building exercises for the fretting hand. This lesson introduces the 24 basic permutations used with a onefinger-per-fret approach and gives a foundational explanation of how to manage synchronization between the 2 hands. The importance of challenging yourself by incorporating alternate fingering with the plucking hand is covered and demonstrated. Recommended for beginner to intermediate level players interested in improving their hand technique.

Course Code: TEC104

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TEC105: Mastering Right & Left Hand Technique: Cross String Permutation Exercises

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This lesson introduces the concept of applying a cross string fingering approach to the 24 permutation exercises. A cross string approach is one in which we simultaneously assign one finger per fret and one finger per string. The importance of challenging yourself by incorporating adjacent string skipping is covered and demonstrated. Recommended for beginner to intermediate level players interested in expanding their technical facility with the plucking hand.

Course Code: TEC105

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TEC106: Mastering Right & Left Hand Technique: Reverse Cross String Permutation Exercises

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This lesson continues our work with cross string fingerings by introducing the concept of reverse cross string fingerings as applied to the 24 permutation exercises. Reverse cross string fingerings are inverted versions of the cross string fingerings, and introduce further challenges to the technical facility of your plucking hand. Recommended for beginner to intermediate level players interested in expanding their technical facility with the plucking hand.

Course Code: TEC106

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TEC151: Developing Speed & Dexterity Using Tempo Doubling Exercises

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This lesson presents a method designed to help players increase their speed dramatically and effectively. Many bass players ultimately hit a wall when working on their speed using traditional "gradual tempo increase" approaches. This is because there is a mental conditioning associated with gradual increases that set up our expectation for difficulty as the tempo rises. These "Tempo Doubling" exercises effectively distract our minds from these expectations, allowing us to jump into higher tempos more suddenly. Recommended for any level of player interested in building speed reliably.

Course Code: TEC151

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TEC201: Slap Bass Basics Part 1: The Slap/Thump

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Part 1 of the "Slap Bass Basics" series, which is dedicated to introducing bass players to the slap bass style. This lesson covers the foundational slap, or "thump" technique in particular. The importance of technique and tone is discussed as it applies to this style, and exercises are presented that will help the player to develop these skills effectively. Recommended for any level player interested in learning the basics of the slap bass style.

Course Code: TEC201

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TEC202: Slap Bass Basics Part 2: Adding The Pop

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Part 2 of the "Slap Bass Basics" series. This lesson introduces the pop technique and offers exercises that demonstrate how to execute it properly. The slap technique is also combined with the pop technique in some of the exercises so that the player is able to establish a natural connection between them. Recommended for any level player interested in learning the basics of the slap bass style.

Course Code: TEC202

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TEC203: Slap Bass Basics Part 3: Hammer-Ons & Pull-Offs

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Part 3 of the "Slap Bass Basics" series. This lesson takes the basic slap and pop techniques and incorporates both hammer-ons and pull-offs to create patterns and lines that are more dynamic and interesting. Exercises are demonstrated that blend together all 4 of these techniques. Recommended for any level player interested in learning the basics of the slap bass style.

Course Code: TEC203

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TEC204: Slap Bass Basics Part 4: Muted/Ghost Notes

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Part 4 of the "Slap Bass Basics" series. This lesson discusses muted and ghost notes as they apply to the slap bass style. These techniques create subtle nuances in traditional slap bass playing that add a more percussive and rhythmic quality to grooves and lines. Exercises are demonstrated that incorporate these nuances into basic slap grooves. Recommended for any level player interested in learning the basics of the slap bass style.

Course Code: TEC204

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TEC231: Developing Hybrid Slap Techniques, Part 1: 2, 3, and 4 Note Combinations

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Introduces hybrid slap technical approaches which combine elements of traditional slap playing and flamenco picking. This approach gives you a unique technical foundation for creating bass lines and grooves in a variety of contexts. This technique can also be used for high-speed fills and runs, or to embellish more basic repetitive grooves. Very similar in sound to the "double-thumbing" technique, but with some added elements of versatility because of the extra plucking fingers used. Recommended for intermediate to advanced level players looking for a unique take on slap bass playing.

Course Code: TEC231

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TEC232: Developing Hybrid Slap Techniques, Part 2: Incorporating Hammer-Ons

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Takes up where "Developing Hybrid Slap Techniques, Part 1: 2, 3, and 4 Note Combinations" leaves off. This lesson incorporates the addition of a hammer-on to the basic combinations for added flair and groove-building options. Also discusses the concept of 'fretting hand leading' in detail and also how it integrates into more complex lines. Recommended for intermediate to advanced level players wanting to expand their slap bass skills or expand their use of the slap hybrid concepts.

Course Code: TEC232

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TEC301: Sweep Arpeggio Technique, Part 1: Intro/Triad Forms

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Part 1 of the "Sweep Arpeggio Technique" series, in which the basic technique is defined and demonstrated. The evolution of Adam's extensive use of this technique is discussed, and the application is explained specifically for both the plucking and fretting hands. Sweep arpeggios are applied to simple triad forms and demonstrated through exercises on the fingerboard. A great primer lesson for those wanting to delve into more advanced and flashy bass techniques. Recommended for advanced level players interested in learning how to sweep on the bass.

Course Code: TEC301

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TEC302: Sweep Arpeggio Technique, Part 2: 7th Chord Forms

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Part 2 of the "Sweep Arpeggio Technique" series. The basic sweeping technique is expanded upon and applied to 7th chord arpeggio forms. All arpeggio forms that are inherent to the harmonization of the major scale are discussed and demonstrated across 4 string adjacent forms, which include Maj7, Min7, Dom7, and Min7b5. Recommended for advanced level players interested in learning how to sweep on the bass.

Course Code: TEC302

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TEC303: Sweep Arpeggio Technique, Part 3: Harmonizing The Major Scale

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Part 3 of the "Sweep Arpeggio Technique" series. This lesson takes each of the arpeggios in the harmonization of the major scale and demonstrates how you can play through the entire harmonization using sweep arpeggios. A great lesson for helping players to be able to sweep across the entire range of the fingerboard. Focuses on 4 string adjacent sweeping forms as demonstrated in Part 2 of the series. Recommended for advanced level players interested in learning how to sweep on the bass.

Course Code: TEC303

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