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

Latest Blog Posts

TUNE MY BASS!!! – Bass Tuning Tutorial

TUNE MY BASS!!! – Bass Tuning Tutorial

Dude, how do I tune my bass?

Great question, Kutcher. This video will take you through two ways you can tune your bass guitar. Don’t worry, it’s easy!

Tune Your Bass Method 1 (Easy) – WITH TUNER: All you need is a tuner of some kind. Standard bass tuning is EADG – E is the string closest to your face, G is the string closest to the floor. Make sure your tuner is calibrated to A440Hz. Plug in your bass if you have a plug in tuner, pluck your strings, and turn the bass tuners (very small increments!) until you’re in tune! Tightening the string will raise the pitch, loosening them will lower it.

Tune Your Bass Method 2 (Intermediate) – WITH HARMONICS: Tuning with harmonics is really fun and a useful skills for all bass players to learn. It works because the 5th fret harmonic on a given string should be the same frequency as the 7th fret harmonic on the adjacent higher-pitched string (and vice versa). So once you have any one of your strings in tune, you can use it to tune the other 3 strings. Follow the instructions in the video, and make sure you try it yourself and really listen for that “beat frequency.”

Posted January 19th, 2015

Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick Bass Lesson + Cover

Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick Bass Tutorial

download the pdf here (free!): Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick PDF

Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick Bass Cover (Ian Dury and the Blockheads)

Well, what better way to start the New Year than with an obscure British funk tune from the 70’s? I hadn’t heard of Ian Dury and the Blockheads until one of my Patreon patrons hipped me to it a few months ago, and thought it would make a great cover/tutorial for you guys!

To try to cop the tone from the recording, I just rolled a little bit toward my neck pickup on my Peavey Cirrus. I think the original bassist Norman Watt-Roy probably played a Fender Jazz bass on the track.

This bass line is nothing if not 16th note heavy, so it involves a good deal of right hand dexterity and stamina to get through the song. Which makes it a great opportunity to practice our rhythmic accuracy with 16th notes!

Also dig the cool chord inversion during the verse; in the second bar of the Fm chord, Watt-Roy lands on an Ab, the third of the chord, which makes the harmony sound more interesting than repeating the same figure twice.

Please keep in mind that this tune is fairly advanced, so if you can’t get your hands around it, just take a deep breath and wait for next week’s lesson!

Posted January 12th, 2015