Radical Rhythms

Radical Rhythms for Bass Guitar

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When you’re learning about music, it can sometimes be easy to get lost in chords, scales, and other note-driven concepts. Notes, however, are only half of the story. Without rhythm, music as we know it wouldn’t exist. In this exciting 10-week course, we take you on a journey in time, groove, and feel as we examine the building blocks of musical structure. This course is designed for both guitarists and bassists of all levels, as the concepts discussed will apply to any instrument. We’ll jam along to 10 amazing backing tracks featuring pro session musicians as we talk about time signatures, subdivisions, polyrhythms, and more.

10 Weeks

Each Wednesday

This course starts at 8:00pm EST each Monday for 10 weeks! Starts on September 15th, 2018. View the full schedule below. And of course, we save everything... so you can tune in even if you miss a week.

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Tabs & JamTracks

Each weekly session comes complete with full tabs and notation in PDF and Guitar Pro formats. Alex also provides free JamTracks with each week to practice to and learn the material.

Meet Alex Scott

Alex Scott is a professional freelance bassist, drummer and recording engineer based out of Denver, CO. He has had the honor of sharing the stage with such artists as John Popper (Blues Traveler), Stanton Moore, Robert Randolph, DJ Logic, and many others. As a producer and engineer, he has 12 albums to his credit, as well as work in television and online content creation. He tours nationally with Fox Street, 40 Oz to Freedom, and performs and records all around Colorado with a variety of different local projects. Alex began playing music at a very young age thanks to his father Joe Scott, a guitarist, songwriter and producer with a career spanning 25 records over 40 years.

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Live Course Schedule

Learn more about each week of this course, and don't forget, a full JamPlay subscription comes with full access to this course, along with On-Demand lessons from the some of the best players on earth. Learn from Billy Sheehan, Bryan Beller, Rex Brown and more!

Week 1

08/15/18 08:00 PM EST Get Access

Building Blocks

We look at the most basic rhythms. First, without using our instruments, we practice quarter, eighth, sixteenth and dotted notes by clapping and tapping along to a cool beat. We then strum or pick the same rhythms on a static note. This might sound tedious but it truly is the foundation of a solid rhythmic base.

Week 2

08/22/18 08:00 PM EST Get Access

Trippy Triplets

Following in the style of week 1, we discuss triplets and practice them both with and without our instruments.

Week 3

08/29/18 08:00 PM EST Get Access

Sync it Up

Moving along from basic rhythms, we take what we have learned thus far and study a driving force of groove-heavy music known as syncopation.

Week 4

09/05/18 08:00 PM EST Get Access

Time Travelers 1

We move from basic rhythmic ideas into practicing in different time signatures, starting with an exploration of 3 and 6.

Week 5

09/12/18 08:00 PM EST Get Access

Time Travelers 2

Continuing from Week 4, we learn about 5/4 time and practice accordingly. We also talk about techniques for feeling odd time signatures.

Week 6

09/19/2018 08:00 PM EST Get Access

Time Travelers 3

Rounding out our study of time signatures is a study of a rock groove in 7.

Week 7

09/26/18 08:00 PM EST Get Access

Musical Multitasking

We incorporate our odd-time skills into a particularly challenging concept known as polyrhythms.

Week 8

10/03/18 08:00 PM EST Get Access

Genre Grooves 1 - Rock

We take everything we’ve learned so far and use it to break down grooves in rhythm-driven genres, starting with rock.

Week 9

10/10/18 08:00 PM EST Get Access

Genre Grooves 2 - Second Line

We take a trip to New Orleans for our second genre study. We learn a classic second-line groove over a 1-5 chord progression, discussing the 3/2 clave and other world rhythms along the way.

Week 10

10/17/18 08:00 PM EST Get Access

Genre Grooves 3 - Funk and Jazz

Our final lesson is heavy with syncopation as we learn an unusual funk/jazz groove. Look out for the time signature change!