Description: In part two of this bass guitar masterclass (2 of 2), professional bassist Adam Small shows you how to get multiple tones (studio and live), strengthen your technique and groove, develop harmonic knowledge and more. Adam demonstrates and discusses core concepts that are applicable to all working bassists regardless of style. NOTE: You can purchase both videos in this series at a discount here!
Topics Covered: changing basses for different sounds, playing behind the beat, the Gretsch Junior Jet bass, playing with a pick, the Fender P-Bass, the Fender Jazz Bass, muting the decay of your strings, foam behind the bridge, Jack Casady bass, sticking to the basics, developing harmonic vocabulary, transcribing songs, learning music theory, sixteenth note exercises, recording yourself, triplet exercises, playing on top of the beat, developing a successful mindset, the mental game.
The music industry is constantly evolving and musicians need to be armed with the proper tools in order to be successful in this competitive environment. This is why I’ve taken on a different role at this stage of my music career. My goal is to use my experience to help musicians advance their careers and protect themselves (and their music) in today’s music industry.
In my 20 years working professionally in the music business I’ve seen it all. I started my career as a bassist in NYC playing with great artists like Larry Goldings, Bernie Worrell (P-Funk), etc. I played a ton of gigs, toured all over the world and recorded in a variety of contexts.
Around 2002, after writing and producing a couple albums, I got into the world of music licensing. In the years following, I learned all of the ins and outs of licensing, music publishing, contracts, networking, politics, etc. I also became involved in film scoring & composing.
Along with these specialties, I’m also a mastering engineer, music consultant, video editor, web designer and all-around nerd. Due to this diversity and experience in the music industry, I decided to create this website (MyMusicMasterclass.com), so that motivated musicians could easily attain “real world” knowledge from elite talent and take their careers to the next level.