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One of the Most Important Bass Lessons You'll Ever Learn

  • Published on Oct 18, 2022 veröffentlicht
  • Hey there, friends & neighbours. Are you self-taught? Maybe you're an 'ear' player? Or are you a total bass theory expert? Today's video is one of those lessons I wish someone had given me back when I first started playing bass. It would've been a game-changer.
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  • Darek Krawiec
    Darek Krawiec 5 months ago +151

    I found that there is no lesson of yours that does not bring something new, whether it looks simple or not. Thanks Rich!

  • Forrist Richardson
    Forrist Richardson 3 months ago +59

    Thank you for the inspiration! You are an encouragement to me. I'm dealing with Stage IV Prostate Cancer and your lessons help me focus, exercise my mind and help me with my energy. I apply the techniques while praying and playing to Praise and Worship tracks. You're a blessing to me!

    • syzygywell
      syzygywell 28 days ago

      Good luck Forrist!

    • Vlixes
      Vlixes Month ago

      @Forrist Richardson keep it up!!!

    • Forrist Richardson
      Forrist Richardson Month ago +2

      @James Davis Thank you for the words of encouragement. Yes, the process/treatments has been very challenging, but I will keep doing the 3Ps ( Pushing, Persevering and Praying).
      My favorite bass player is Marcus Miller.

    • James Davis
      James Davis Month ago +2

      Hi Forrist, I'm just some guy out here, in Canada actually, who saw your comment and wanted to send his best wishes for a full recovery and a full life! I have walked a similar path, only mine was a tumour in the spinal cord, which was my lottery ticket to Free Seating for Life! (In other words: wheelchair-bound for the rest of my days here on Planet Earth.) Eh, it's not as bad as it sounds, really.
      All in all, I'm doing pretty well, my attitude and mood are both very positive, although they DID take a bit of a nosedive for a year or two in the beginning, I'll be honest. I play the bass every day, and that probably played a big part in me keeping my head screwed on tight. I hope, wish, and pray: may the same be true for you too, my new friend.😁
      BTW, you picked a great instrument to combine your musical and spiritual callings. Praise, Worship and Gospel are all very bass-oriented styles and feature the best bassists to work an axe since Jamerson or Rainey! Chuck Rainey (Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan, et al.) is my favourite bass player. How about you?
      Last Thing: As you probably know, our mental health plays a big role in our physical health. So "Chin Up!" and keep that smile on your mug, okay? All the best to you, take good care of yourself, buddy. Ciao for Now - JD, Montréal

    • B L
      B L 2 months ago +2

      Good luck with your treatment. I don't know you but you'll be in my thoughts and prayers. Good luck buddy.

  • NaniaMania
    NaniaMania Month ago +3

    The most important bass lesson you'll ever learn is that the more you learn, the less you know.
    PS - knowing theory and rudiments beyond your abilities as an ear player will NEVER hurt. Once you understand better how things work, it becomes an invaluable tool and resource. The most skilled and musical players I've ever know had an amazing ear coupled with a solid foundation and understanding of theory. The more tools you have in your toolbox, the better the home you can build onto the foundation of your structure.

  • mattpipermusic
    mattpipermusic 5 months ago +41

    I’m an ear player too and seeing you buckle down and re-approach your instrument this way is inspiring. And also you make it look doable enough that I feel like I could try the same thing without a paralyzing sense of dread, on guitar or bass. So glad you mentioned the connection between the 7th fret and the 5-string bass, which had never dawned on me before. I usually play guitar, banjo, and 4-string bass, and when I play 5-string, to keep from getting too confused I just think of it as a regular 4-string with a bonus lower string. I feel like this will help me level up if I put in the time. Thank you!!

    • Earl Williams
      Earl Williams 4 months ago +1

      Like what you doing wanna stay in touch thank you

    • Rich Brown - The Brown'stone
      Rich Brown - The Brown'stone  5 months ago +8

      MATT!!! Great to hear from you, my man. Thanks for the kind words. I'm working from the 7th fret to make myself more familiar with the 'twilight zone.' We'll get there, brother. All the best to you and yours.

  • 25094125
    25094125 3 months ago +10

    10 years playing bass and after watching this, all of a sudden a light has just switched on in my brain🤘🤘

  • Robert Simmons
    Robert Simmons 5 months ago +34

    I've been a bassist for over 30 years and this exercise is much harder than I thought it would be. Thanks Rich

  • Tohru Fujimura
    Tohru Fujimura 4 months ago +15

    I often motivate myself by watching bass lesson videos on Clip-Share, but I have a hard time keeping up with them because I can't understand English very well , but your lessons are very easy to understand, even for a Japanese person like me, and the lesson content fits my skill level. I know that It is not so easy to get better bass skills , but I am confident that if I continue to learn from you, I will make steady progress.

  • pdbass
    pdbass 5 months ago +30

    B R I L L I A N T lesson, my brother!! 🙏

    • Adrian Navarro
      Adrian Navarro 5 months ago

      @Rich Brown - The Brown'stone Yes, he's channel is also one of my favorites. I am actually subscribed to both channels...

    • Rich Brown - The Brown'stone
      Rich Brown - The Brown'stone  5 months ago

      @Adrian Navarro Paul’s channel is my favourite thing on the Clip-Shares!🙌🏾❤️

    • Adrian Navarro
      Adrian Navarro 5 months ago

      Everyone hush... Two legends are speaking....

    • Rich Brown - The Brown'stone
      Rich Brown - The Brown'stone  5 months ago +5

      That means a lot coming from you, brother Paul! 🙌🏾

  • Owen Eaton
    Owen Eaton 5 months ago +19

    I find that when you're musical intuition(your ear) and you're understanding of the harmonized major and minor scale meet, you'll really feel the confidence grow. Even when you don't know what the song is

  • Javier del Arco
    Javier del Arco 5 months ago +11

    Inspiring to see how someone of your level revisits the "weak points" in his playing. Pure gold this lesson!!! Thanks Rich!!!

  • Deryl Gallant - Music
    Deryl Gallant - Music 26 days ago

    Usually I don't like clickbait titles but this really is the most important lesson as a bassist and of all the students I've taught over the years, the ones that put the work into this are just simply more successful more quickly. Truth

  • noahthedrummer12345
    noahthedrummer12345 Month ago +4

    Thank you Rich, your such a great mellow instructor. No pressure. 😊

  • Niecho Vollmar
    Niecho Vollmar 4 days ago

    As someone who has been playing music since he was 10 (I'm 50 now), I think this is a great idea! I'm checking guitar and bass off my bucket list. I've played several types of woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments, some at the National level, but strings never came easily to me. In my later years with small hands, nerve damage, and vision issues, it's a challenge, but,,, challenges are always good, right? I wanted to say that this approach sounds similar to a lot of guitar and theory lessons I've seen. Many jump in, find their way, and just do it. The theory, the notes, the way it all works together-- that's going to open up a whole new world of sound when you understand Major, minor, suspended, etc. I always found theory fun. (Yeah, I am a nerd, but still) Plus, if there are sounds you love, or you love a portion of the song, if you can find the sheet music online (or church if you play at worship services), then you'll have the understanding of how to read it if you combine music notation with learning and memorizing the notes. Plus, you'll be able to take something awesome you dabbled with, write it down, keep it and build upon, write your own songs. It's just a fantastic idea. I look forward to seeing the other videos!

  • Bailey Stock
    Bailey Stock 15 days ago

    You have a great way of explaining music theory and practice strategy in a straightforward way. This strategy for beginners is just right:)

  • Douglas Broder
    Douglas Broder 2 months ago +3

    I agree with the importance of learning every note on the fretboard and believe the best way to do that is to read standard notation, which also provides a comprehensive way to understand rhythmic patterns.

    • James Davis
      James Davis Month ago

      Yup x 10. Incredible, isn't it, that the Italians invented this crap, what, A THOUSAND YEARS AGO (!!!) and it's still as useful and relevant today! I mean, you can use it to write down the most heavily syncopated funk bassline or even worse, a Bjork song (😂). Hoo-duh-thunk?

  • 6minus3minus2
    6minus3minus2 5 months ago +8

    I'm also an ear player, so this was super helpful! Definitely doing this exercise. I find the more I get out of my ear comfort zone, the easier it is for me to be creative, which is what it's all about.

  • Mark R.W
    Mark R.W 8 days ago

    I'm going to do this exercise for 5/10 mins a day. I bet in few weeks I'll be able name the notes much easier. Thanks, Rich.

  • Ermo Ikävalko
    Ermo Ikävalko 5 months ago +18

    So simple it's hard to believe how much sense it makes.

    • MJS MJS
      MJS MJS 4 months ago

      Lol, simple? Good stuff for sure, but almost as difficult as training your ear to be able to identify every tone.

    • Cam F
      Cam F 5 months ago +2

      It's funny how we musicians sometimes overthink things, when really music is in fact simple, to some degree. Like when we hear a really fast bass line or guitar solo, or a chord, we think "OH GOSH I'd never be able to play that!" Then you learn it and it feels quite satisfactory.

  • Book Davies
    Book Davies 5 months ago +10

    Absolutely. I've been an ear player for a long time too.
    Lately I've been tearing down all the guitar chords and playing it on bass, but naming the notes out loud like you just did. Makes a huge difference.
    A great way to keep things fresh too.
    Just found your channel, subscribed.

    • Book Davies
      Book Davies 5 months ago +2

      @Old Uncle Mick it's a good way to know all the notes in the chord. Then you can start playing some different stuff. I'm experimenting with 100% harmonized lines. Doesn't always work, but it's a really fun exercise

    • Old Uncle Mick
      Old Uncle Mick 5 months ago +1

      Book, tearing down the guitar chords is a great idea - I'll start doing that.

    • Rich Brown - The Brown'stone
      Rich Brown - The Brown'stone  5 months ago

      Thank you so much for watching, and subscribing! That means a lot.

  • absta
    absta 2 months ago +1

    Thanks for a really effective reminder on how to get to know our beloved fretboards. Nicely done thanks 🙏🏻

  • bassomatic
    bassomatic 5 months ago +9

    I do a similar thing where I pick a scale, start on the low E and ascend 3 notes per string, go up 1 step at the top then descend to the bottom doing the same thing, then going up a step, etc. Sometimes you get some inefficient fingerings, but by saying every note out loud and doing all the keys, you really learn where everything is.

  • Koblin
    Koblin Month ago

    Really an incredible video. I like how laid back and relaxed you are.

  • Kmitzki
    Kmitzki 4 months ago +4

    Started learning the bass again, and I’m past 40 years old. Loving the vibe!

  • Nobody Special
    Nobody Special 3 months ago

    That was pretty killer. Only thing I might add is instead of counting degrees as 1-2-3-4-etc., I would suggest naming the degrees with their extension names, like so: 1-9-3-11-5-13-7-oct/root, because it will get you thinking about notes in more useful ways, because they imply more complex chord tones. Those is even more the case when using chromatic scales, with a specific root, as well as more exotic scales like Hungarian Minor or Lydian Dominant.
    Obviously, this is a gradual process, but it will help you better understand chord tones, modes, and deeper theory, all for the purpose of taking better control of your playing.
    The hope is to lock this into the subconscious more and more because at some point, you are there on stage, you throw all this shit out the window, and just play. So sayeth St. John Coltrane, and I not only believe this, but I know it to be true.

  • Kenneth Mayhue
    Kenneth Mayhue 25 days ago

    Man I really appreciate the lesson on learning the notes. Going to start trying that asap

  • Neil Burton
    Neil Burton 8 days ago

    That's a good lesson. Lots of times I drift into the twilight zone. Great insight and I'm adding this to my practice. Thanks!

  • J.C. Turner
    J.C. Turner Month ago

    I don’t believe in coincidence so I guess I’m ready to receive your knowledge. Thank you for your calm, patient approach to learning the bass; I will let you know if your method works for me🙏🏾🌻

  • Steven Spence
    Steven Spence Month ago

    This is good timing for me...I played bass in a garage band 50 some-odd years ago but never learned properly and played by ear and did decently well. Now retired I have bought a Fender Jazz bass and decided to do it correctly this time. Your lesson is what I needed for the transition from ear to notes, thanks.

  • NonBinary Star
    NonBinary Star 3 months ago +3

    Rich, you should do a beginner's course playlist. I'm a beginner (but have played acoustic guitar in the past so I might be intermediate beginner) and really enjoy your approach and lessons. They help a lot.

  • Timothy Smith
    Timothy Smith 4 months ago

    Great video.... I have found it to be one of the best things I have done so far on the instrument.. is to learn all the notes on the bass 🙂

  • Philip McAdam
    Philip McAdam 5 months ago +5

    Hey Rich, thank you. Great to have another excellent lesson on getting the basics down. I believe that you can never do the simple things too often. Peace and love.

  • Johnny Appleseed
    Johnny Appleseed 3 months ago +1

    Man Rich, I've been searching for Clip-Share for several years for bass instructions that actually help. What I've constantly gotten were the same dry, long-winded, boring folks who seem more interested in showing me how "great" they are instead of helping me understand the use of this instrument.
    In other words, where have you been???? Thanks for putting things in a language that even I can grasp. New Subscriber for sure.

  • Dalton Jones
    Dalton Jones 3 months ago

    This lesson was very helpful. I’ve been playing the bass for a little over 10 years and I think the is the best lesson I’ve had.
    Thank you for sharing! I’m going to put this lesson to work👍

  • gallaxyquest
    gallaxyquest 4 months ago

    Definitely going to try this lesson out. Thank you Rich for the lesson ☺️

  • Verb the Noun
    Verb the Noun Month ago +2

    I've been playing bass for something like 37 years now. As a kid, my focus was speed and precision. I have been able to play fast & complicated stuff for a very long time. For the last decade or so, I've actually been learning theory and how music works.
    My biggest gains have come in the last 5 years or so from three things.
    #1 Consistent diverse playing. I've got two different projects going, so I've been playing with other people 2+ times a week for years now.
    #2 My hard rock band plays a few songs in drop D, and my garage jam project will routinely play songs in different keys depending on who is singing. Practicing transposing like this ALL the time has done fantastic things for my ear and ability to roll with what and where others are playing.
    #3 I've been working HARD at chords/triads on the A,D and G strings up around the 11th fret. It is pretty much all I do when jamming by myself these days. This practice is not directly beneficial to my bands, playing bass chords in a mix usually gets lost. But, it has done some absolutely magical things to my playing. First and foremost; I have finally connected my fret board top to bottom. Second; I can now hear minors, majors, dominant 7th chords, inverted chords and all the rest by ear. By being able to play those chords myself rather than just the roots, it has become WAY easier to frame the chords everyone else is playing. Third; I have always been jealous of acoustic guitar guys being able to one man band a song. I've now written a handful of acoustic bass/vocal songs I can bust out when someone sees my bass sitting in the corner and says "play me something".

  • GooseDave62
    GooseDave62 4 months ago

    Nicely done Rich. I've been meaning to do this for years. The 5-string B trick is great.

  • Barcelo Mrozović
    Barcelo Mrozović Month ago

    Amazing! Seemingly a small improvement to the excercises I'm already doing, but it broadens them vastly and makes so much sense.
    Much appreciated, cheers!

  • 7355 days
    7355 days 2 months ago

    Great video, something I’ve been trying to figure out and you laid it out really well, thank you Rich Brown :)

  • Michael Stram
    Michael Stram 3 months ago

    Its so good to mention going up with sharps and down with flats. Even though so commonly we don't say Gb, but its super important. And once you look away from the board and have it layed out in your mind so you can use that and muscle memory to land on a note with your eyes closed and KNOW the note before you play it...

  • Deandre Murray
    Deandre Murray 5 months ago +2

    I've been playing for about 3 Months now, starting with learning songs (All things Khrangbin

    • Rich Brown - The Brown'stone
      Rich Brown - The Brown'stone  5 months ago +2

      Thank you for watching, Deandre. (Laura is a groove queen!🙌🏾)
      Keep at it, brother. The more you do, the easier those jams will become.

  • Oletta Liano
    Oletta Liano Month ago

    Good lesson. My music teacher made me learn the note names of the neck twenty-seven years ago. Every bassist should be able to do it. Also, not every 5-string and 6-string basses are tuned to low B. I tune my 5-string from low E to high C, and six-strings from low E to high F.

  • James Carvey
    James Carvey 5 months ago +3

    Thanks, Rich. I'm a six string player keen on adding colorful bass lines into my comping. This video has got me off to a fine start. Much appreciated Sir.🙏🙏🙏🙏

    • Scott Felty
      Scott Felty 4 months ago

      I second that emotion 😂🤣 yes man

  • Daniel Irvine
    Daniel Irvine 2 months ago

    I have struggled with my fretboard since playing I feel like I have mastered the first 5 frets but like you my ear dose all the work above the 5 fret
    Thanks for inspiring me to learn this

  • metal_mojon
    metal_mojon 4 months ago +1

    as an ear player on the bass but a music reader on the trombone (so i can read bass clef, just not bass sheet music) this approach is EXACTLY what i needed. unlocked a lot of possibilities in my head that has already given returns in all my music mediums (keyboard included). this was the first video of yours i found, subscribed for sure, that tone tho on those intro/outro… dope af

  • Reclaiming Minds
    Reclaiming Minds 5 months ago +1

    Hey Rich, Thank you for a great lesson! This lesson was very important and something as a self-taught bassist that I am just beginning to do as part of my daily practise! It is really hard at first and you feel as if you aren't making any progress but then you are there one day! It would be good to have some suggestions/a lesson on playing in the dark for when you find yourself in a poorly lit space or if suffering from poor eyesight!

  • ben lynch
    ben lynch 2 months ago

    Awesome. Even playing the scales sounds cool when it's so smooth

  • Fraliu
    Fraliu 2 months ago +3

    your method of remembering the note names of the frets is a realistic foundation.I sometimes use the chromatic tuner on my bass to see what note I'm playing thinking that eventually I'll become more familiar with the note names by memory.I enjoy playing alongside a drummer and I'm a drummer also but supporting a good guitar player on the bass is what really stokes me so when the guitarist asks me to play a specific note I want to know where it is.
    Thank you for your time and I'll be on the lookout for more. ✌️😎

  • Alex L.
    Alex L. 5 months ago +5

    Thank you very much. I've been also almost only guided by ear but developed now after some forty years some kind of sense about where any notes are on the fretboard. Learned it a bit differently by applying the circle of 4th (wouldn't it be great watching a lesson from you about the circle of 6thththsss ;o-) but your method seems a bit easier 😉

    • Old Uncle Mick
      Old Uncle Mick 5 months ago

      I used the circle of fourths too. Very handy for traversing across the strings.

  • Aaron Sautter
    Aaron Sautter Month ago

    Great job. Very nice production. I am a self taught, working, professional, bass player. I am fully aware that there are gaps in my knowledge, so even when I run across "basic" lessons, I pay attention. I don't know how it slipped by me in the past, but what you said about, at the 7th fret, it's like a 5 string bass...boom! I never looked at it that way. Thank you for helping me look at things in a different way.

  • I Putu Myartawan
    I Putu Myartawan 4 months ago +1

    Thanks you, Rich .... Easy to remember but the knowledge is enormous! You are a great guru🙏

  • Abby David
    Abby David 5 months ago

    This changes everything!!! so simple yet so genius. Thanks Rich!

  • Bruno Danner
    Bruno Danner 3 months ago

    I love the intro riff! Would love the tab and the whole song...

  • Mike Dykes
    Mike Dykes 4 months ago

    That may very be the secret that everyone has been KEEPING TO THEMSELVES! Thank you for this. A very simple approach, but still complex with the naming of the notes. Truly appreciated sir.

  • PPhotography
    PPhotography 4 months ago

    Just found you today, Rich. Just so happens to be exactly what I was looking for. Subscribed. Very well described. Thank you.

  • Wesley Jones
    Wesley Jones 3 months ago

    Hi Rich! I'm just getting serious about learning to play bass, and this is awesome. I can't wait to practice this exercise and that mode of thinking about the notes on the bass made it so clear for me. Thank you!!

  • Back To Ridin'
    Back To Ridin' 2 months ago

    I’m an intermediate. I’ve played small venues and parties. My problem is I’m too mechanical. I never seem to get a smooth flow on the harder songs. Mostly played classic rock that becomes a muscle memory skill rather than really letting loose and flowing all over the fretboard. Glad I found your channel. Really like the way you teach. I’ll be watching a lot more of your videos. Thank you.

  • Michael Williams
    Michael Williams 5 months ago

    Just came across your channel. I’m new, infantile, to the bass and playing music. Our church had been with a bass player for several months. After prayer God answered with a great deal on a 2014 Squire Jazz. Got it in April and countless hours of Clip-Share videos later started playing with our Praise Team in late June. Everyday is a new discovery, the proverbial light bulb goes off in my brain. I like your smooth approach. This video will really help with knowing the fretboard and maybe I can ditch my cheat sheet.

  • Imen
    Imen 3 months ago

    You really made me pick up my bass today after I stopped practicing these last few months, this is exactly what i needed to learn, it’s more fun and enjoyable, and it’s very simple. Thank you sir!

    • Rich Brown - The Brown'stone
      Rich Brown - The Brown'stone  3 months ago

      I think the fact that this instrument can be so fun and enjoyable (and not complicated) is the main reason for this channel. I'm so glad this video helped. Thanks for watching, and for your kind words.

  • Luis Perdomo
    Luis Perdomo 2 months ago

    Thank you Rich! I'm new to playing Bass and this lesson is definitely going into my daily practice session.

  • Jay Man Vegas
    Jay Man Vegas 2 months ago

    I’ve never had a lesson, and followed three main steps. Know your fret board, play with drum tracks, turn frustration into opportunities. 20 years later I’m a happy bassist. Tip learn your octaves will help you memorize your fret board.

  • Ezra C
    Ezra C 2 months ago

    I'm glad I came from piano to the bass. It's super nice to have a good understanding of harmony and scales. The only issue is knowing how the fretboard is laid out, which this helps with

  • Anthony Cook
    Anthony Cook 4 months ago

    Thanks, Rich 🙌🏽 Good reminder . It’s a great exercise to understand the fretboard . Cheers!

  • Craig Verner
    Craig Verner 5 months ago

    This is perfect, cannot wait to try implementing this on a regular basis . Cheers !

  • ALEX deSamsonow
    ALEX deSamsonow 3 months ago +1

    Your a nice guy and a great teacher! I’m an old dog trying to learn to play the bass. You nailed sir! Gotta learn the fretboard!

  • Chris Davis
    Chris Davis 5 months ago

    Great lesson Rich! I also enjoy playing scales in 3rds, and playing each mode, while saying the names of the notes. Works really well on 5-string.

  • Kevin Cameron Johnson
    Kevin Cameron Johnson 5 months ago

    Fantastic content as always, Rich! So simple yet so very effective.

    • Kevin Cameron Johnson
      Kevin Cameron Johnson 5 months ago +1

      Forgot to add - relating the 7th fret position to the open strings of a 5 string bass was a stroke of genius. As a predominantly 5-string player that really makes a lot of sense to me.

  • Darryl Sellers
    Darryl Sellers 2 months ago

    Great insight about the fingerboard! Very helpful! A BIG high five! 😊🙌🏾🎸

  • David Farley
    David Farley 4 months ago

    I like the way that you teach. Very calm/low key.

  • Shawna Love
    Shawna Love 5 months ago

    This is not new. Few things in music are. But what it IS for me, is a great reminder of what I SHOULD be studying. I like how you called the area above the 7th fret the mystery area, lol.
    Great lesson, thank you!

  • batmanbill1
    batmanbill1 4 months ago

    Yes, I have always played by ear when my basses have been mostly fretless, in my younger years of playing. Many of us spoke with Victor Wooten after a show he did in a small club in my town just a few weeks ago. Totally blew my mind! The first thing he told us was to know every note on the bass and I don't but have been trying to find a comfortable answer as to why i don't and it is videos like this that help.

  • Gern Blenstein
    Gern Blenstein 4 months ago

    Great lesson. Just what I need to learn the note names. That you for sharing so much of your time and knowledge! Appreciate you, brother.

  • Edwin Rivera
    Edwin Rivera 4 months ago

    Thank you so much bro! This is the practical stuff I need!

    BASS IMPROV JAMS 4 months ago

    Cool exercise! I’m also a ear player you said it perfect, our ears guide us to what we play. It’s like you hear what you want to play a millisecond before our finger get there. I’m definitely gunna use this for my warmup tomorrow! New sub here as well 💪

  • Mat Comtois
    Mat Comtois Month ago

    Been trying to tackle this fret memorization on guitar a while and did pretty good up to the 7th fret. I was trying to figure out how to use the octaves there to make it easy, but I like your idea of picturing a 5-string bass/7-string guitar.
    My friend just bought a bass and will begin learning soon. I’ll forward your channel his way!

  • Hector Garza
    Hector Garza 5 months ago

    Excellent!!! There is not another word to describe it!!! Appreciated!!!

  • Robert G
    Robert G 2 months ago

    Great exercise lesson. I know the notes but tend to struggle finding them when I'm playing to a song. How do you feel about playing songs that may not necessarily include the octaves?

  • Old Uncle Mick
    Old Uncle Mick 5 months ago

    Great video 👍. I came to this realization too. Because I wasn't consciously aware of the notes I am playing I wasn't able to bring my theoretical knowledge to help me play.
    I actually found that in practice the 7th through 10th frets are the easiest to "see" the notes because they have a clear pattern across all four strings: BC-D EF-G A-BC D-EF.

    MINDRIGHT 3 months ago

    This is the exact video I was looking for. I am primarily a drummer but I have the gift of being able to pick up an instrument and play it by ear. I have always known I had it but I never applied it towards anything until I decided to pickup a bass. Now I am hooked and playing it everyday. I don't know much when it comes to technique but I try to watch people play and imitate how they play. I don't know anything about music theory or even what note is what other than the open strings so your video really switched on the light for me and gives me some useful things to work on to improve my playing. Im sure glad I stumbled across your channel. P.S. I just hit that subscribe button and am looking forward to more of your videos! Aloha!

  • Thomayam Upright
    Thomayam Upright 4 months ago

    YES!! A simple way to learn your notes. This has helped me memorize the fingerboard....especially when coming up with basslines for guitar rips. I've used my ears the whole time I played. The notes didn't matter back then. They matter now. Rock is not as simple and easy as I thought. Feeling the pressure. LOL Thanks for easing my pains. :)

  • Luca Riboni
    Luca Riboni 4 months ago

    Simple, clear, and very important skills, thanks Rich

    • Luca Riboni
      Luca Riboni 4 months ago

      Usually I play guitar, but I'm learning also the bass in a cover soul-jazz-funky band...😬☺️

  • Jody Prather
    Jody Prather 2 months ago

    Very Helpful! I wish I had started this exercise a long time ago!

  • Avon Dixon
    Avon Dixon 2 months ago

    Good lesson, thanks. I'll be practicing these methods as part of my warm up!

  • Guiseppe's_Bass
    Guiseppe's_Bass 2 months ago

    Player of 45+ years...I absolutely am in the same place you mention about playing by ear; I have always attributed it to having arpeggios drilled down my throat incessantly in school band. :) Wonderful lesson my friend. I'll take this one to heart ;)

  • Robin K
    Robin K 2 months ago

    Hi. I am a beginner (3 months in) and find this lesson to be beginner friendly. However, I get intimidated by the inability to scale as you do here(stiff fingers). I will give it a try thou. Lesson much appreciated.

  • Adam
    Adam 3 months ago +1

    This is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you good sir!! I’m a new player trying to fill a hole in a band, picking root notes and smiling.😂

    • Deviation Blue
      Deviation Blue 2 months ago

      As long as you do that in time with the drummer, you’re already 90% of the way there.

  • dpaquinmusic
    dpaquinmusic Month ago

    This is a brilliant way to view and explain the fretboard. Thank you for this new knowledge and your excellent pedagogical skills.

  • Bernie Conatser
    Bernie Conatser 5 months ago

    Great lesson! Big stuff can be daunting and this is a great lesson that shows how to start at the beginning and build so that the difficult stuff becomes much more manageable.

  • Parker Brock
    Parker Brock Month ago

    I drew out on a graph paper all the notes like a workbook a long time ago. I color coded all the different notes. I do the same for the scales. I'm a visual and kinetic learner, so that stuck with me.

    TUNES&ARMS 4 months ago

    Thanks Rich, great lesson. I always have practiced chromatically but never looked at it that way !👍 awesome stuff 🎸

  • Cam F
    Cam F 5 months ago

    Hey Rich, just discovered your channel via, this lesson. Thank you for posting this. Been playing bass 6 months, self-taught here, but struggling at practice. Yes, as Alen Iverson said back in 03 "we talking about PRACTICE. Not the game, not the game. We talking about practice man." Every time I sit down to practice, so much comes to mind at once then I just start "noodling." and I can't seem to get out of it. #thestruggleisreal

  • VIČKIÉ🇳🇬
    VIČKIÉ🇳🇬 2 months ago +1

    Thank you sir I just started my music class ❤

  • Andrew Gomez
    Andrew Gomez Month ago

    This video has read my mind. I've been playing bass for 15 years and have always played by ear. I need to step my game up

  • Scott Juhnke
    Scott Juhnke 5 months ago

    Rich, I haven't picked up my bass in decades, and have been trying for the last decade to pick it back up. I haven't touched it yet, but watching this, just once, mind you has clarified so many things for me.
    I can't thank you enough.

  • Jason Brooks
    Jason Brooks 3 months ago

    This is only the second video of yours that I've watched--and man, your delivery is so comfortable and easy-going--and intuitive. I'm chomping at the bit to try these exercises... (subscribed!)

  • Brian Keys
    Brian Keys 4 months ago

    Love the way you teach sir, so simple to understand

  • Len Massaar
    Len Massaar 2 months ago

    Very awesome lesson - many thanks Rich!

  • Kevin Gamble
    Kevin Gamble 5 months ago

    This is good stuff! My own experience is that I spent years trying to learn the notes in isolation (find every F#, etc.), but I never really made progress with it until I tried something different: simply sight-reading music. Specifically, Jeff Berlin's reading etudes. Just having to find the notes in the course of playing what is on the page has accelerated me knowing my neck like nothing else before it. It's almost like magic.
    I really like how you singled out the 6th fret here. It's something else I never realized before sight reading. Reading in the keys of Bb & Eb major, which make heavy use of the 6th fret notes, has helped to break open that "no man's land" middle part of the neck in a way I'd never experienced before.
    I love what you say about starting in different positions and identifying scale degrees - I will work on that!

  • Drake B
    Drake B 2 months ago

    I am actually relearning from the ground up how to play bass and stumbled on your channel. Thank you.

  • Yves Honore
    Yves Honore 5 months ago

    Hey Rich , thanks a lot . You are a good instructor. At 67 years old l am still learning how to become a better player. And l learn a lot from your lessons. As an ear player that will help me very much .

    • Rich Brown - The Brown'stone
      Rich Brown - The Brown'stone  5 months ago

      Thanks so much, brother Yves. A great musician will be a student of the music for the rest of their life. I'm so glad to know this helps. 🙏🏾

  • Marco E. B.
    Marco E. B. 2 months ago

    Awesome. I still have a lesson from you coming from SBL academy. Happy new year 2023, thanks for this channel I just found. My new lessons source for this year!