Bass Playing Should Be Heard. So Why Can’t You Hear It?

You taught your hands, now teach your ears!

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Learn Songs By Ear & Improve Your Overall Bass Playing

32 Step-By-Step Lessons To Ease You Into Ear Training

“Ever wondered how some bass players can work out a whole song in one hearing or instantly play what they hear in their head?”

“It often seems like these skills are a God given talent and well out of reach for mere mortals like you and me. Luckily this is not the case at all. These skills are simply the result of a well developed ear”

“With proper ear training you develop the connection between the bass guitar, your fingers and your musical mind. This will allow you to literally talk through your instrument. Whatever you hear in you head or on a recording will easily flow directly through your fingers to the bass!

“Ear Training For Bass Guitar will allow you to transcribe bass lines, melodies and chord progressions like a pro and freely play the music you feel inside!”

Mark J Smith (Creator of Talkingbass)

Don’t Take My Word For It….

I wanted to be able to play along with songs on the radio without needing to consult chord charts or tabs. The teaching was very straightforward and easy to work through.You do an excellent job of breaking things down and making them understandable without talking down to people.

Melissa Mann – USA

I find the course to be laid out well and user friendly. Each lesson is focused on one specific aspect and each lesson builds upon what was covered previously. It’s a progressive growth of knowledge and technique.

Thomas Grogan – USA

Course Breakdown

Click on a Module for a lesson rundown:

  • Introduction
  • Lesson #1 – Ascending and Descending Pitches
  • Lesson #2 – Visualisation
  • Lesson #3 – Singing a Pitch
  • Lesson #4 – Riffs & Bass Lines
  • Lesson #5 – The Major Scale
  • Lesson #6 – Ascending  Major Scale Fragments
  • Lesson #7 – Returning To The Tonic
  • Lesson #8 – The Perfect 5th
  • Lesson #9 – Root 5th Root
  • Lesson #10 – 5th Below The Root
  • Lesson #11 – Scale Fragments and the 5th
  • Lesson #12 – Scale Fragments and the lower 5th
  • Lesson #13 – Descending Scale Fragments
  • Lesson #14 – Test #1 Basic Scalar Fragments
  • Lesson #15 – Interval Mnemonics
  • Lesson #16 -Test #2 Intervals
  • Lesson #17 – Major Arpeggios
  • Lesson #18 – Non Chord Tones
  • Lesson #19 – Interval Comparison Exercise
  • Lesson #20 – Test #3 Basic Leaps
  • Lesson #21 – Chord Progression Root Movement
  • Lesson #22 – II-V-I
  • Lesson #23 – Chord VI
  • Lesson #24 – Test #4 Root Movement
  • Lesson #25 – Chord Recognition
  • Lesson #26 – Test #5 Major and Minor Chords
  • Lesson #27 – Chord Progression Recognition
  • Lesson #28 – Test #6 – Chord Progressions
  • Lesson #29 – Rhythm Recall #1
  • Lesson #30 – Rhythm Recall #2
  • Lesson #31 – Transcription
  • Lesson #32 – Practice Routine

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Ear Training For Bass Guitar Course?

Ear Training For Bass Guitar is a progressive, step-by-step approach to developing aural and transcription skills, specifically for the bass guitarist.

Ok. But what is Ear Training and why do I need to learn it?

Ear Training is the development of our ability to recognise and recreate the music that we hear. This can include melodies, bass lines, chord qualities, chord progressions and rhythms. A musician with a highly developed ear will be able to instantly recognise the notes of a melody line, the notes of a chord or a chord progression and either write them down or copy them on their instrument. This is an essential skill when looking to transcribe music.

However,  a well developed ear is not simply a means to copying the music of others. A good ear will also allow you to talk or sing more freely through your instrument as you develop the ability to play the music you hear in your head. Ear training is essential to your development as a musician, regardless of your style or instrument.

What level of player is the course aimed at?

The course is aimed at any level of bass player with limited experience of ear training.

How Long Are The Lessons?

The lesson lengths vary but the Level 1 contains over 4 hours of video and many weeks, months and years of practice material.

How is the course presented? Do I Download Anything?

The course is hosted on the Talkingbass website so there are no video files to download. There is a lesson material zip file containing all of the course material.

Can I see a Sample Lesson from the course?

Of course you can. Here’s a clip from the Transcription lesson:


How Do I Purchase The Course?

Simply click on the Enroll Now button below. From that page you will be able to pay for the course via Paypal or Debit/Credit card.

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