Bass Tutorial

Rick Danko’s Electric Bass Techniques

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7 Videos | Length: 58min 30sec
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  • Tune Up & Intro to Scales 6:16

    Tune Up & Intro to Scales

    In this first video, we meet the late legendary musician Rick Danko from The Band and then we go over tuning and simple scales.

  • Scale Exercises & Right Hand Technique 7:51

    Scale Exercises & Right Hand Technique

    Here, Rick goes over some scale exercises in different keys and covers good right hand technique.

  • Boogie Exercise 10:29

    Boogie Exercise

    Next, we are shown the 4 parts of a boogie exercise meant to strengthen the fingers.

  • Exercises in A 5:43

    Exercises in A

    In this video, we are shown exercises in the key of A and see Rick play them along with a drummer.

  • Rick's Background & Thoughts 7:39

    Rick's Background & Thoughts

    Here, Rick talks a little about how he got started in music and how he views his role as a bass player.

  • Fretless Bass & Playing 10:37

    Fretless Bass & Playing "The Weight"

    Rick goes over the fretless bass and then talks about fitting in bass lines with the drums using the song "The Weight" as an example.

  • Bass Chords, Octaves, & Playing 9:55

    Bass Chords, Octaves, & Playing "King Harvest (Has Surely Come)"

    In this final video, Rick goes over using bass chords and octaves to make a much bigger sound and plays "King Harvest (Has Surely Come)" before giving his final thoughts.

Product Overview

In this Homespun videos series, The Band's legendary Rick Danko teaches some of the picking techniques and bass lines that have formed the basis of his powerful style and help bring the famous songs of The Band to life.

Follow along with Rick as he demonstrates how he uses a flatpick to get his unique percussive sound, and gives you several helpful scales and exercises to strengthen your left hand.

Rick then discusses his influences and experiences, and jams with some Woodstock friends. This series is a rare treat for anyone interested in the electric bass or in the music of this legendary performer.

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