20 Minute Regiment:


I develop the 20 minute married man or woman regiment for bass players. In this regiment, I try to fuse the time where the kids are doing their homework and you running scales on the bass with headphones plug into the amp. While the children are doing their work you should be practicing so by the time they finish you can check their school work. It’s all about keeping a constructed
family environment while preparing for the weekend gig.

The first maneuver is to connect one scale with another for example “g” major to “g: major on the 10th fret if the “a” string and link it to the 12th fret of the “g” string and back again. Fill in the major 3rd the perfect 5th the major 7th and so on. Walk the bass in “g: with open strings.

The second maneuver is the major second and its’ charismatic flavor to arouse the listener. Let’s look at the open “E” on the 7th fret of the “a: string and use a solo block that I have created for my book. “The Creative Formula for the Bass Guitar”
In a slap method you would slur the note when a hammer on is applied. I play the bass from the neck down and up, across and diagonally. (D-E-G-A-B-D-E) plus (G-A-D-E) illuminate the natural tone of the electric bass.

The Third maneuver is taken from my “stair step exercises” with alitte twist. I take one string and school it! In a chromatic fashion down the neck from the 12th fret. Use your open strings as a point of contact or so what as a goal line. Push your self until you feel the tension build up in your waist and then relax.





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From The Desk:Brian V. Ellis Editor and Producer




Life brings man to the point of decision many times. In fact, choices are made every day. Some choices are made with very little thought. At other times the choice demands much thought and consideration. The ones considered important are made with greater care. The question might be , what do you consider important?

God, when he created man, bestowed upon him the privilege of choice. We cannot sidestep this responsibility nor the results of our choices, for many will have eternal consequences.

Let us look at choices a few Bible characters made. Some were good, and others were not so good. Moses, the man of God, chose “rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season” (Hebrews 11:25). He looked to the reward which would come after this life. Choosing the company of Christian Believers is a wise choice indeed.

Before the flood the “sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and took them wives of all which they chose” (Genesis 6:2). They made crnal choices which ended in their destruction.

“Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan.....and pitched his tent toward Sodom” (Genesis 13:11-12). The fields there were fertile and he was blessed materially, but he lost it all when Sodom was destroyed.

Joseph, as a young man, chose to be morally pure and honest, and he was awarded highest honors in the Egyptian kingdom (Genesis 41:41).

Joshua, a servant of God, challenged the children of Israel. “ Choose you this Day whom ye will serve” (Joshua 24:15). He said, “ As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

The people answered, “ We will serve the Lord,” As long as they feared the Lord and served him faithfully, they prospered.

During the time of the prophet Elijah, people had forgotten the mighty works the Lord had done for them, and many turned to idol worship (Baal), which greatly displeased the Lord. He used Elijah at this crucial time in a most spectacular way to show this unlimited power. On Mount Carmel Elijah called fire down form heaven which consumed the sacrifice the had prepared, thus proving that God is truly God. He asked the people, “How long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord be God follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” After they saw the fire come down, “they fell on their faces; and they said, The Lord, he is the God: the Lord, he is the God”(1 Kings 18).

Dear friend, have you made the choice to follow Jesus? Is he dearer and nearer to you than anyone else in this world? Have you accepted his ways as your ways, surrendered your life to him, and confessed and forsaken all your sins? Is his word precious to you, sweeter than any other book? Have you chosen in your room, home, or somewhere else, a secret place where in meditation and prayer you commune with your Lord? If you are his and he is yours, a you are experiencing the most blessed condition. It is a foretaste of heaven, and choosing rightly every day will lead to endless bliss.

Gospel Tract and Bible Society




A- B- C- D- E- F- G
C- D- E- F- G- A- B
E- F#- G- A- B- C- D

This new bass table is the driving force of the Creative Formula for the Bass Guitar. I created this system several years ago for my students to gasp the beauty of different styles of music.
The response has been overwhelming with great developments in ear training skills. The student should play these scales across, up and down , diagonally , backwards , from the bottom up and even from the center out to transform each line into a colorful array of melodic tones for soloing.

Many students haven’t seen these scale patterns explained in such a profound manner. It helps them get excited about Music theory. I became fortunate enough to lock into my own bass technique and approach to share with the world.

By Brian Ellis

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