Being Cool And Playing The Blues – A Lesson From Miles.

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Everybody knows that Miles was the coolest, even lying in bed wearing polka dot pyjamas and holding a bright red trumpet, he was still the coolest. In this lesson I’m going to try and help us all learn from the master and be that little bit cooler when we’re playing the blues.

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Dave Joseph Jazz Award Winner!!

Hey bass fans! I just wanted to let you know that last week I was presented with the Dave Joseph Award! It is a great honour to be recognised by the local jazz community and to be able to celebrate with some of the cities best jazz musicians.

On the evening of the award show I played a set with my new trio Red Giant at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool. At the show we played a few of my original tunes with some standards that we gave our special Red Giant treatment too! To hear our take on a few classic standards check out the video below fro our live session for Bay TV. Check out some pics from the event and Red Giant’s new videos below!

Follow the links below to see Red Giant’s other videos…

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Chick Corea – Spain Lesson. Awesome Pentatonic Lick.

Recently I’ve been looking further into the music of Chick Corea, he is an incredible improviser, composer and a great inspiration to me and many other musicians! If you haven’t heard much Chick Corea I’d recommend you check out the ‘History’ album available on Spotify for a quick intro!

In this lesson we’re going to look at a typical Chick lick, a few key features of it and there is also a free backing track at the end of this post for you to practice with! The lick in this lesson is taken from Chick’s classic tune, ‘Spain’, you can hear the lick at 06:36, check it out below:

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iBass Magazine – Everson Caiman T-5 Review

Last month I had the pleasure of visiting The Great British Bass Lounge to try out some beautiful basses for iBass Magazine. The bass featured in this month’s edition is the Everson Caiman T-5 , a one off hand built bass from a British builder. You can get the full review and my video demo of this awesome bass in the magazine!

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Getting The Most From The Basics – Creating A Walking Bass Line

As the new year starts like many of us I’m readdressing my practice routine! I’ve currently got more work on than I know what to do with, which is great! But my practice time definitely suffers. My new quick fix when I’m tight on time is to just practice the basics, the easy stuff!

We all know that the easy stuff is boring, right? Practicing triads is a waste of time, it’s only three notes, that’s easy! RIGHT?! Well no, not really, but I’m sure we’ve all been there. You find yourself sitting in the practice room with good intentions and when you’re working on the easy stuff, the basics, your mind wanders and you move into more adventurous territory. Hopefully this post will help us all stay on the straight and narrow in the practice room when you see what can be done using the simple stuff.

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Lover Man – Dizzy Solo

Hey bass fans! Back with another transcription for you, it’s only short but it is a double whammy – bass and trumpet transcription! I’ve transcribed the bridge that Dizzy blows over from his 1945 recording with Sarah Vaughan. Take a listen in the YouTube clip below!

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