Josh Fossgreen is a bassist and bass teacher from the San Francisco Bay Area. Proficient in many styles and musical contexts, he’s played from samba to ska, from heavy metal to jazz duos, from pit orchestras to soul bands to funk groups. He loves to lay down a solid groove as much as take a face-melting solo.

Josh is available as a bass teacher for students all over the world thanks to the magic of the internet!

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4 Double Thumping Mistakes To Avoid

4 Double Thumping Mistakes To Avoid (Bass)

This video will show you how to avoid 4 basic double thumping mistakes that I’ve seen bass students make over the years.

The double thumbing technique, popularized by Victor Wooten, is a great tool in any bass players bag of tricks. It can be used for impressive pyrotechnics, but double thumping can be used more with more musical subtlety as well.

Any time you learn a new bass technique, it’s important to get started correctly before you develop bad habits. Watch the video, learn the common double thumping mistakes to stay away from, and have fun!

Posted July 27th, 2015

I’m The One Bass Tab and Tutorial

download the pdf here (free!): I’m The One Bass Tab PDF

I’m The One Bass Tab + Tutorial (Descendents)

In this I’m The One Bass Tab + Tutorial we bust the myth that punk rock bass is monotonous and simple! Cheers to Karl Alvarez for a great bass line (and cool midrange-y tone!). This lesson will take you through every part of the song slowed down and isolated, so you can really get the bass part in your ear. I’ll also give you some advice on fingering, and analyze some of the harmony for your musical comprehension!

I didn’t get around to talking about tone in the video, so let’s do it now! If you listen to the Descendents original track, you can hear how the bass tone has a very Jaco-esque punch in the low-midrange, and is distinctly lacking the hi-mid clackiness that a lot of punk and rock bass has. To emulate that tone, I plucked over my bridge pickup, which changes the tone pretty dramatically compared to playing over the neck pickup (which is what I do most of the time). I also rolled my pickup blend slightly towards the bridge pickup, boosted my low mids a little bit.

Descendents – I’m The One (Bass Cover)

Posted July 20th, 2015