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Essential Techniques for Acoustic Bass

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    Bass Setup & Mechanics (5:51)


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    Fingerboard, Bridge Angle, & Bracing System (4:27)


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    Stance & Hand Positions (4:02)


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    Right/Left Hand Techniques & Tuning (9:10)


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    Visualizing the Fingerboard & Whole Step Finger Spacing (8:17)


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    Note Intonation/Pitch & Left Hand Stretch (4:30)


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    Half Step Intervals & Tone (4:37)


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    Scales & the Number System (12:16)


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    Examples of Playing in Context & Chord Progressions in C (9:17)


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    Chord Progressions in D & Final Thoughts (11:48)


In this Homespun video series, Bass master Todd Phillips gives you the important foundation needed to begin to play the acoustic upright bass. If you’re new to this beautiful instrument, this series is a great place to start.

Todd welcomes you and familiarizes you with your instrument, showing you how to play with good tone and timing, and provides you with the essential techniques you'll need to eliminate unnecessary stress on your body and hands.

Unique on-screen diagrams and close-up camera work will guide you in visualizing the geometric grid of notes on the fingerboard as Todd guides you through major scales and chords in both open and closed positions.

Moving to right hand techniques, you'll learn how to achieve volume, tone production, definition and the solid rhythm to lay down a musical foundation for any kind of music you want to play. Check it out today!


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Todd Phillips is an American double bassist. He has appeared on many innovative, as well as traditional, acoustic instrumental and bluegrass recordings made since the mid-1970s. A two-time Grammy Award winner and founding member of the original David Grisman Quintet, Phillips has made a career of performing and recording with acoustic music artists.

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    Essential Techniques for Acoustic Bass

    In this Homespun video series, Bass master Todd Phillips gives you the important foundation needed to begin to play the acoustic upright bass. If you’re new to this beautiful instrument, this series is a great place to start.

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