Take bass lessons from Godsmack bassist and founding member, Robbie Merrill.
JamPlay welcomes bassist and founding member of Godsmack, Robbie Merrill. In this short introduction lesson, Robbie showcases a few of his talents and discusses what he'll be teaching in his Artist series...Length: 4:40 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
JamPlay producer Jason Mounce interviews Godsmack bassist Robbie Merrill. Robbie discusses early Godsmack, inspiration, and how he became a successful musician.Length: 27:43 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Godsmack bassist Robbie Merrill is back with another lesson in his artist series. In his third lesson, Robbie focuses on chromatic runs and a couple exercises he uses to warm up.Length: 14:32 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In this lesson, Robbie Merrill discusses the G major scale as well as triads and warm up devices. Once you have the basic major scale pattern memorized, you can easily play every major scale and its corresponding...Length: 8:47 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Robbie Merrill is back with a short run exercise that helps you memorize the major scale pattern. This one encompasses the entire neck of the bass and will really help you build stamina.Length: 5:29 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Robbie Merrill is back with another warm up exercise! In this lesson, Robbie demonstrates a three note pattern that is played on one string. As you develop this skill, you can start implementing it with...Length: 3:25 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Falling outside the typical 4/4 count, five note patterns can be used to create a push-pull feeling in your playing. In this lesson, Robbie demonstrates a five note pattern that he uses in his playing.Length: 4:55 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Robbie Merrill is back with another lesson in his artist series! This time Robbie takes a more scale based approach to jamming using the three and five note patterns discussed already. Knowing that drilling...Length: 5:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Just like with the previous lesson, Robbie Merrill discusses jamming using chromatics. He sets up two separate drum tracks and demonstrates how jamming using chromatics can be done in different styles.Length: 3:52 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In lesson 10 of his artist series, Robbie Merrill discusses jamming in a blues format. He talks about some blues tendencies and provides a demonstration of how he would jam in a blues setting.Length: 8:38 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Moving on from the blues, Robbie now provides a lesson on reggae jamming. Just like with his previous blues lesson, Robbie discusses some tendencies of the reggae style and provides a demonstration of...Length: 5:08 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Robbie Merrill of Godsmack returns with another lesson in his artist based series. For lesson 12, Robbie talks about locking in with a drummer. To demonstrate this, he uses a hip hop drum pattern that...Length: 4:40 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In lesson 13 of his artist based series, Robbie discusses jamming in a country format. He also discusses how to get inspired by genres you're not familiar with. He provides a demonstration of the country...Length: 12:13 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Robbie Merrill discusses and demonstrates how he incorporates harmonics into his playing. He picked up these techniques from legendary basis Jaco Pastorius.Length: 8:22 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Although not the primary role of a bassist, you may at times be confronted with the need to perform a solo. In his fifteenth lesson, Robbie Merrill discusses his approach to soloing and demonstrates the...Length: 6:01 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Robbie Merrill from Godsmack is back with a look at how he develops mood in his playing. To do so, he demonstrates a piece he wrote entitled "Baby Niannah". He discusses how he uses open ringing notes...Length: 8:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Regardless of your ability and experience level, you must always strive to be the best bassist you can be! In this lesson, Robbie demonstrates a tapping piece that he wrote to help him work on this technique.Length: 4:37 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Robbie returns to his artist series with a lesson on bass pedalling. He discusses and demonstrates how he uses the pedal technique with guitarists or while playing alone.Length: 5:33 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In lesson 19 of his artist series, Robbie Merrill demonstrates various ways to play complex patterns. Specifically he talks about playing patterns of five and seven with the help of a drummer.Length: 5:57 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
In the 20th lesson of his JamPlay artist series, Robbie Merrill discusses plucking hand technique. Specifically, he talks about why he plays south paw and how he incorporates those traits into his playing....Length: 8:34 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In a previous lesson, Robbie discussed the basics of tapping on the bass. In lesson 21 of his artist series, he takes a more in depth look at the technique and how he incorporates it in his playing.Length: 6:54 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Continuing on with tapping technique, Robbie demonstrates how he adds chords and movement to his tapping pieces.Length: 2:34 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In lesson 23 of his artist series, Robbie Merrill discusses the thumping technique. He explains some practical applications of the technique and demonstrates a warm-up exercise that he uses to practice...Length: 7:01 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Robbie Merrill, bassist for Godsmack returns with a lesson on soloing. Although not common for bassists, there may come a time when you need to take a solo. Robbie discusses his approach, some techniques,...Length: 8:18 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Godsmack bassist Robbie Merrill returns to his artist series with a look at pick playing. Robbie discusses how to use a pick and when it might be appropriate to do so.Length: 6:32 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Never one to shy away from rhythmic and melodic content, Robbie shines in the area of harmonic usage. In this lesson he demonstrates a harmonic piece that will help you to work harmonics and regular bass...Length: 6:18 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In this lecture style lesson, Robbie Merrill talks about some of the most frequently asked questions he and his bandmates get in regards to the recording process and how Godsmack functions as a band. Sit...Length: 11:02 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Robbie Merrill discusses his studio and live rig, including basses and processing.Length: 11:56 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Now that Robbie has answered some of the most common questions he receives, it's time to get back to some playing. In this lesson, Robbie takes a look at grooving in the key of G. Utilizing a funk pattern,...Length: 6:50 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Robbie Merrill is back with a demonstration lesson on how he works in a Jazz context. He discusses he approach to grooving in this style and provides a demonstration over a drum beat.Length: 5:14 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
In previous lessons, Robbie discussed the paradiddle and how he applies it to his playing. In this lesson he talks about adding that type of rhythmic technique to tapping. He demonstrates the technique...Length: 5:20 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Robbie Merrill is back with another lesson in his artist series. In this lesson, Robbie discusses his approach to using chords in his playing as well as the voicings he personally likes to use.Length: 8:09 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Robbie is back with another lesson in his artist series. In this lesson, Robbie takes a practical look at playing with another instrumentalist. He'll go over how he finds grooves and picks out keys....Length: 9:52 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
About Robbie Merrill
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Robbie Merrill, basist and co-fouding member of Godsmack.
American bass player, Robbie Merril, is best known for his work with the Alternative Metal band Godsmack, of which he was a founding member. Godsmack has released five studio albums, one EP, four DVDS, a compilation album and a live album. They have currently sold over 20 million records.
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