Hal Leonard Tutorial

Tommy Shannon – Double Trouble Bass

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    Introduction

    In this first video, Tommy Shannon welcomes you to the course.

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    Tuning & Finding the Groove

    Tommy show his bass guitar tuning and goes in search of the first groove.

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    Easy Blues Riff & Blues Riff Inversion (examples 1-2)

    Tommy shows an easy blues riff and riff inversion.

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    Shuffle & Closed Position Shuffle (examples 3-4)

    In this video, Tommy explores two different shuffles.

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    Walking Bass Line (example 5)

    Tommy explains the walking bass line.

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    Open Bass Line (example 6)

    Tommy shows how to play an open bass line.

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    Shuffle Musical Example

    Tommy and the boys play a shuffle.

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    Variations (example 7)

    Tommy shows off some variations of the first riff.

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    Staccato (example 8)

    Tommy explains the two ways he gets staccato.

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    Triplets & Fast Triplets (example 9-10)

    See Tommy show how to play triplets.

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    Back to Root (example 11)

    In this video, Tommy plays a walking line while returning to the root.

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    Summary - Music Example

    Tommy and the boys play another one.

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    Walking Bass Highup on the Neck (example 12)

    Tommy plays a walking line high up on the neck.

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    Soft Touch (example 13)

    Tommy explains when you want to use a "soft touch" with your right hand.

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    "Pride and Joy" (example 14)

    Tommy shows how to play the classic "Pride and Joy."

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    Playing with Fingertips (example 15)

    In this video, Tommy explores playing with your fingertips.

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    "Woke Up This Morning" (example 16)

    Tommy shows how to play the song "Woke Up This Morning."

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    "Mary Had a Little Lamb" (example 17)

    Next, Tommy shows how to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb."

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    "Texas Flood" (example 18)

    See how to play "Texas Flood."

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    "Say One Thing" (example 19)

    Tommy shows how to play "Say One Thing."

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    Rolling Bass (example 20)

    In this video, Tommy explores playing a "rolling bass."

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    "Crossfire" (example 21)

    Tommy shows how to play "Crossfire."

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    Equipment

    Tommy talks about what kind of gear he uses.

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    Group Performance

    See one last performance.

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In this entertaining and instructive video lesson series, Double Trouble bassist Tommy Shannon, aided by Arlen Roth and Chris Layton, gives you a truly great bass lesson. See and hear how to play basic blues riffs, playing on 2 and 4, closed position, special walking patterns, 1/2 step passing notes, muting, walking bass skips, rolling picking touch, flatpicking, and New Orleans style... A truly great bass lesson indeed!

Discover why Tommy Shannon's bass playing was an integral part of the Stevie Ray Vaughn's Double Trouble band!


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Tommy Shannon is an American bass guitarist, who is best known as a member of Double Trouble, a blues rock band led by Stevie Ray Vaughan. Born in Tucson, Arizona, Shannon moved to Dumas, Texas when he was nine, where he originally started as a guitarist, though he started playing bass at the age of 21. He appeared with Johnny Winter at Woodstock in 1969. He later joined Double Trouble in 1981 and became a permanent member of Double Trouble until Vaughan's death in 1990. Shannon and bandmate Chris Layton later formed supergroups such as the Arc Angels.

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    Tommy Shannon – Double Trouble Bass

    In this entertaining and instructive video lesson series, Double Trouble bassist Tommy Shannon, aided by Arlen Roth and Chris Layton, gives you a truly great bass lesson. See and hear how to play basic blues riffs, playing on 2 and 4, closed position, special walking patterns, 1/2 step passing notes, muting, walking bass skips, rolling picking touch, flatpicking, and New Orleans style... A truly great bass lesson indeed!

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