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!

Check out his other solo bass videos!
Glass House
Eleanor Rigby

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Resolution Solo Bass

Resolution Solo Bass by Josh Fossgreen

Big thanks to everybody for listening, it’s a pleasure to share music with you all!

I wrote this tune in 2009 or so. The name actually comes from the harmony of the song – the first two chords are Asus (sus stands for suspended) and A major, so the dominant sound is of the 4th scale degree resolving down to the 3rd. My 19-year-old self thought it would be very clever to name the piece after the harmony, as a sort of vague meditation on the flow of tension and release that permeates the experience of humans and other living creatures.

Resolution Solo Bass was recorded in one continuous take with no edits on my Peavey Cirrus with Garageband, with no effects except a little compression and reverb.

Posted March 2nd, 2015

Transcribe! – How I Learn Songs Quickly and Accurately By Ear

Transcribe! – How I Learn Songs Quickly and Accurately By Ear

I’ve been using the Transcribe! program for many years and I can’t rave enough about how great it is. By using the speed change, EQ, looping, tuning, and other functions of this program, you can really enhance your natural listening abilities to pick up songs, bass lines, etc. much more easily and accurately.

In this video I go through a few of my favorite ways to use Transcribe!, and then tour through some of the other possibilities within this awesome, affordable piece of software.

By using Transcribe!, you can slow songs down (without changing the pitch), tune out-of-tune recordings (i.e. play along with the Beatles without re-tuning your instrument), and create loops for difficult sections that you need to hear over and over again. You can also use the EQ function to either isolate the bass frequencies to hear the part better, or you can cut the bass out for a quick-and-dirty playalong track for yourself.It’s a total game changer. It’s taken a lot of guesswork out of the song-learning process for me, and I highly recommend it to all my students. You still have to use your ear ultimately, so I don’t think of it as “cheating,” just as facilitating faster learning over time.

Transcribe! is available for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux, and you can try it for free for 30 days by clicking here:
Transcribe! 30-day free trial for Mac
Transcribe! 30-day free trial for Windows
Transcribe! 30-day free trial for Linux

Posted February 27th, 2015