"...Phillips is relaxed and warm throughout these two tapes, explaining concepts clearly and demonstrating them in a way that just about any aspiring bassist of moderate talent and motivation will be able to understand." - Bluegrass Unlimited
"Essential Techniques is highly recommended for beginners and aspiring doublers, and more advanced bassists may be inspired to re-examine technique and clean up bad habits.... The camera work is excellent, and Todd is relaxed in front of the camera and behind his bass." - Bass Player Magazine
DVD - ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUES FOR THE ACOUSTIC BASS: VOL.1
Bassist Todd Phillips gives detailed instruction in how to set up your bass properly, left and right hand exercises to train your ear and develop accurate fingering, major scales and chords in both open and closed positions, achieving volume, tone production, definition, and solid rhythm with the right hand and more. On-screen diagrams and close-up camera work make scales, chords, and bass lines easily apparent. Beginner level. 75 min.
DVD - ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUES FOR THE ACOUSTIC BASS: VOL.2
Phillips breaks down acoustic technique and musicianship and gives detailed instruction in strengthening and stretching your fingers, developing strong rhythmic technique, minor scales, leading tones, and playing in a variety of time signatures. Also includes advice on how to function within a group. Beginning/intermediate level. 60 min.