If This Bass Could Only Talk! – A Behind the Player Profile with Bobby Vega

Best known for his complete mastery of a pick, Bobby Vega has been pushing the boundaries of the instrument since the early 1970s. In this course we get an inside look at what Bobby does on the instrument that's so special.

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Best known for his complete mastery of a pick, Bobby Vega has been pushing the boundaries of the instrument since the early 1970s.

Bobby Vega’s trademark bass-style has always had a strong emphasis on groove. Hailing from San Francisco, his professional career began to take shape following his funky bass work on Sly Stone’s 1975 hit, High On You. Bobby has also worked alongside the likes of Etta James, Billy Preston, Jefferson Starship, Zigaboo Modeliste and Bay Area legends Carlos Santana, Jerry Garcia and Tower of Power. And he's a bonafide bassoholic with a breathtaking collection of vintage basses. In this course, Scott sits down with Bobby to find out exactly how he delivers the groove.

In This Course You’re Going to Learn:

  • How Bobby got started playing with a pick.
  • Why he uses different picks to change his tone.
  • All about his stacked-pot 1961 Jazz Bass.
  • How he approaches slap bass, chords and harmonics.
  • All about his muting technique.
  • How you can emphasise the groove in your own basslines.
  • And much, much more…