You Tube Resources

Here are some of the people I keep up with on You Tube.

Adam Neely
He has a traditional music education and is a professional bass player working in New York City. He talks a lot about music theory and being a working musician. This is one of my favorite videos he’s done.

Who do you listen to on You Tube that inspires you?

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Rick Beato
He gets very in depth with music theory (I don’t understand even half of what he says). He is also a musician, producer, engineer, and more in Atlanta, GA. His series called “What Makes This Song Great?” blows me away and has shown me aspects of songs I never would have gotten on my own. He doesn’t focus on bass but you still get a great lesson om where the bass fits in with so many different songs. Here is one of my favorites.

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Adam Neely is great, this ancient video of his on left-hand technique from several years ago may be the single most valuable bass lesson I have watched online outside of Josh’s vids:

I like watching Mark Smith from TalkingBass’ youtube stuff as well, to supplement the lessons here.

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Troy aka TJH3113
Troy doesn’t talk in his videos, he just plays. He’s completely self taught and has some amazing skill. He also has about the best background on all of You Tube. Even if you don’t like a particular song if you click on “Show More” he often has some very in depth and well written information about learning and playing the songs.

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There is SOOOOO much on YouTube, which makes it hard for a content provider (such as @JoshFossgreen) to stand out, and tough for “consumers” (the rest of us) to not get overwhelmed and be able to find what we most “need” at any given moment.

But, I wouldn’t want to miss the immense resource that YT is these days. None of it was available when I started to play in bands, and I often wonder how I could have developed my musical skills (or not) with such a resource available back then. I put “or not” in there because I also can imagine that all the stuff you find on YT can be de-motivating as well, in the sense that you find people (amateurs like yourself) that can play stuff that you probably will never manage to play…

But, for the most part, I get a lot of inspiration and “wow” or “eureka” moments from YT. In fact, while I learned the bass basics and a ton of readily applicable stuff thanks to Josh’s course, it was Adam Neely’s videos that rekindled my love for actively playing music again in the first place (which had been dormant for far too long), and my thirst for becoming better in understanding how music “works”. I mean, the guy has probably forgotten more about music than I have ever learnt :wink: And don’t even get me started on Beato - absolutely fascinating to lead a life so absorbed in ALL things music…

Thanks to Josh’s course, I also learnt to read tablature and now I can tap into a wealth of songs on YT where I can learn that particular song by playing along using the provided tabs (and, if necessary, slow down the playback without changing the pitch - another very helpful feature on YT).

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Here’s Flea, teaching slap.

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@joergkutter I have a hard time staying focused and trying to learn from YouTube has been two years of slow to no forward movement and loads of frustration. I think I’ve looked at all of Josh’s competitors and just become more overwhelmed. For various different reasons. Beginner to Bad Ass was the first program I found that felt like it was designed for me.

As to Adam Neely and Rick Beato. Yes, to everything you said. I found BassBuzz, in part, because I was so inspired by Adam Neely.

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I hear you, @eric.kiser! The sheer amount of stuff on YT and the many different options can be more of a hindrance than a benefit. Options are good if you know what you want; if you are unsure of what is the best for you, too many options can leave you stymied or even paralyzed. (It’s a bit how I felt on my first visit to a Starbucks, many, many years ago, when I had to make all those decisions, while all I really wanted was a decent cup of coffee).

The strength of BassBuzz is the clear structure and the linear progression paired with the “let’s have a lot of fun, too” approach. That is absolutely perfect for beginners and people that what to re-learn the bass. Later on, YT offers all kinds of rabbit holes you can venture into, some of which are very deep indeed. But, unless you have a good foundation (as you get from BassBuzz), some of the stuff just adds to your frustration…

And don’t get me started on the sidebar on the right side of any YT main window - while you watch some instructional video, there is a whole list of “recommendations” in plain side competing for your attention, and it’s no wonder my brain goes “ooh, I want to see this” and “oh, wow, that sounds interesting too”! Takes the discipline of a Buddhist monk :grin:

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This. Was what put BassBuzz head and shoulders above the competition for me.

Yep. Talking to my kids, “You can be anything you want to be!”
My kids talking to me, “But what if I don’t know what I want to be.”

I thought it would be such an exciting conversation. Turns out, it’s alot like trying to learn about music on YouTube. :crazy_face:

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That there is a recurring problem now we’re on grandkids. Youngest daughter still not sure, oldest grandchildren still not sure. Me, still not sure, but doing it anyway…

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here is a Youtube channel I like. there are plenty of backing tracks, and the chord progression is displayed as the track is playing. pretty interesting and usefull for improvising in various musical styles !

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Neat! That’s a cool resource :sunglasses:
Thanks!

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What more could we ask for? Thanks for sharing this one - I’ll be putting it to use for tomorrow’s practice time. Q,

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Oh that’s totally cool.

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Is this what it’s like for you guys that are in a band?

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1:09 says it all.

“What?”

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“You’re only going to be playing on the thickest string, and that dot, and that dot…”. LOL what a bass lesson!

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Impressive that the drummer actually held it together!

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At 7:00, “I’m also giving it a 90% chance they come up with some stupid lyrics they insist on singing over top.”

Wheelhouse by Sammy G and the Shop Dawgs
You’re so nice to me.
I’m so nice to me.
You’re so nice to me.
Let’s live happily.
Awoooooo!

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I admit that I don’t watch Rick Beato much these days. At some point something intangible about his style just started rubbing me the wrong way.

That said, this video is interesting as (a) gear porn for those amps and that cab and (b) endless debate about lists like this.

First guy cheats and plays Hysteria with a pick. That’s just wrong. Especially since he clearly doesn’t need to as seen later.

No real surprises or controversial picks. Mostly rock and mainstream metal.

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