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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Rhythm Basics 3 – Sixteenth Notes

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Rhythm Basics 3 – Sixteenth Notes

In Rhythm Basics lesson 3, we’ll start to look at sixteenth notes, which are more complicated than eighth notes but still a very common division of the beat in popular music. Sixteenth notes are “worth” half an eighth note – there are 16 sixteenth notes in a bar of 4/4 time.

In this lesson we’ll just look at a few simple sixteenth note rhythms, before moving onto more complex syncopation in Lesson 4. We’ll start with basic groups of 4 sixteenths (4 sixteenths = 1 quarter note), and then play with the “gallop” and “reverse gallop” rhythms.

Again, besides just playing rhythms on the bass, we’ll work with some counting aloud and clapping to augment our rhythm practice, which I highly recommend that you do on your own as well!

Make sure you use the Rhythm Resources page I’ve created for you, practice a lot, and I’ll see you next week!

Posted March 30th, 2015

Rhythm Basics 2 – Eighth Notes and Syncopation

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Rhythm Basics 2 – Eighth Notes and Syncopation

Lesson two of Rhythm Basics introduces eighth notes, which are the first rhythm we’ve learned so far that actually require you to “subdivide” – make divisions smaller than one beat. We’ll take an introductory look at eight notes and some simple reading exercises with all the elements we’ve covered so far.

Our second topic for this Rhythm Basics lesson is the critical topic of syncopation, which simply refers to playing off-beat notes. I’ll give you some simple but important exercises for getting accustomed to clapping/playing syncopations against a pulse, and then we’ll explore further with a musical example.

Next week we start looking at sixteenth notes and some more fun rhythmic figures. Stay tuned!

Posted March 23rd, 2015