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First, get started with Roly Salley:
If you've always wanted to play those infectious grooves and bass lines that are so essential to a successful band, this clear, easy-to-follow course will get you started the right way. Veteran player Roly Salley provides all the tools you'll need to get a jump-start on the bass guitar. You'll be tuning up and sounding your first notes just minutes after you put the DVD into your player. Before long you'll have all the elements necessary to create the rhythmic pulse and bottom tones that are essential to driving a blues, country or rock band.
You'll start out by learning the fundamentals of bass playing- left and right hand technique, scales and theory, bass lines and progressions for a variety of musical styles. Once you've mastered the basics, you'll learn minor key progressions, blues licks, runs and turnarounds, rhythm kicks, positions up the neck, finger strengthening exercises and song accompaniments. Roly imparts innumerable tips on performing, playing in a rhythm section, equipment and much more.
Then move on to really rock with Rick Danko!:
The Band's Rick Danko teaches some of the picking techniques and bass lines that have formed the basis of his powerful style. 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 discusses his influences and experiences, and jams with some Woodstock friends. A rare treat for anyone interested in the electric bass or in the music of this legendary performer.