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Bass Essentials with Benny Rietveld

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    Introduction

    Benny Rietveld welcomes you to the course and tells you what to expect in the course.

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    Warming Up

    Benny talks about warming up and finger exercises.

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    Tone

    In this video, Benny discusses right hand technique and tone.

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    Finger Style

    Benny talks all about basic finger style.

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    Thumping & Snapping

    In this video, Benny shows the thumping and snapping techniques.

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    Thumb Picking

    Benny demonstrates thumb picking.

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    Flamenco Strumming

    Benny discusses the Flamenco strumming technique.

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    Slides, Bends & Pull-Offs

    In this video, talks all about slides, bends, and pull-offs.

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    Chords

    Benny discusses chords.

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    Developing Speed

    Benny talks about developing your playing speed.

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    Walking Bass Lines

    In this video, learn about playing walking bass lines.

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    Working with the Drummer

    Benny reveals the importance of playing with drummers.

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    Closing

    Benny wraps up the course.

Product Overview


In this video lesson series, Grammy®-winning bassist Benny Rietveld covers the wide array of playing styles he uses on tour and in the studio, from classic rock to gospel and funk.

Topics covered include: tone variations, right-hand techniques, left-hand techniques, walking bass lines, and working with drummers (featuring Dennis Chambers).

You also get a 24-page PDF booklet download featuring standard notation and tablature!


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Benny Rietveld is currently Musical Director and bass player for Carlos Santana, and has been with him for over 25 years. He’s also played and recorded with Miles Davis, Ronnie Isley, Sheila E, John Lee Hooker, Dave Matthews, Rob Thomas, and Michel Legrand among others, and is the recipient of 9 Grammy Awards™ and 3 Latin Grammies™ for his performances on the Santana albums Supernatural and Shaman, playing on such hits as “Smooth” and “Game Of Love”. He also has appeared in various concert videos with Santana and Miles Davis, numerous live music TV shows including Letterman, Dancing With The Stars, Jay Leno, Jools Holland, George Lopez, and many others.

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