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© 2018 The African Bass Lesson

Discovering the continent of Africa through it's bass grooves

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This 3 part video demonstrates how an African band works together on stage and compares the bass playing and drum rhythms of West, Central and Southern Africa.

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This video gives an introduction to Soukous technique, the hugely popular Congolese dance style where the bass creates a full line by incorporating low and high notes.

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Mbalax is the high intensity rhythm based genre from the Wolof people of Senegal. The bass guitar and kick drum combination is tighter than any other genre I've seen.

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The secret to the Congolese Soukous bass sound comes from the combination of using the thumb on the low strings and first finger on the higher strings.

WHO IS THIS FOR?

It is for anyone who wants to get to grips with the African Bass guitar styles and improve all aspects of their musicality. This course is aimed at Bass guitarists of all abilities. The relationship between drums and bass is essential in all genres and here we demonstrate how understanding this can turn you into a more rounded musician.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

You will develop the ability to construct your own authentic African bass lines over uniquely different styles becoming the complete African bass player. Also improving through a greater understanding of theory, scales, techniques, ear training and improvisation exercises, this course is guaranteed to take your bass playing to the next level.

WHAT IS COVERED?

Throughout the 4 parts we'll span the whole continent educating you in the bass styles of Chimurenga, Zouk, Soukous, AfroBeat, Malian Blues, Salsa, Makossa, Sungura, Township Jazz, traditional Egyptian music and more. We include resource material like backing tracks allowing you the opportunity to jam with a professional African band.