Josh Fossgreen is an electric and upright bassist 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!

He is intensely passionate about music in all its delightful aspects, and seeks to make the world we live in a funkier, more peaceful place through his work. May all beings be blessed and get their groove on!

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Latest Blog Posts

Locrian Scales For Bass + “Juicebox” by The Strokes

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Locrian Scales For Bass + “Juicebox” by The Strokes

This video completes our exploration of the diatonic modes! Aren’t you stoked?

The locrian scale is the “weird” mode because it doesn’t contain a perfect fifth, which is a critical part of establishing a key center. Therefore, locrian is mostly used on transitional chords within a progression, not as a “tonic.” It’s used on half-diminished chords (also called minor 7 flat 5), which often appear as a ii chord in a ii-V-i progression.

There are virtually no songs in a “locrian key.” Juicebox by The Strokes was the closest thing I could find to one for illustration purposes though! Make sure to learn the whole tune on your own for extra credit. :)

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Posted August 18th, 2014

Lydian Scales For Bass + “The Simpsons” Theme Song

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Lydian Scales For Bass + “The Simpsons” Theme Song

This week we’re closing in on the end of our series on the diatonic modes with the lydian scale. Lydian is the fourth mode of the major scale (for example, in the parent key of C major, F is the relative lydian scale). It’s used most commonly over major 7 #11 chords, as well as garden variety major 7 chords when appropriate. It’s most commonly found in pop/rock music on the IV chord (i.e., play major over the I chord, and play the relative lydian scale over the IV chord, which is the same notes just with a different root in mind).

Hope you guys all dig the Simpsons theme song as much as I do, because that’s our lydian scale example for the week!

Really happy to be back at ya with bass lessons, make sure to subscribe, follow me on Facebok, and get ready to rock!

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Posted August 11th, 2014