Lesson #1: Absolute Basics
The absolute basics of playing the bass guitar. We’ll look at how to hold the bass, tune up, attach a strap, connect to an amp and play some notes so you can start having fun playing the bass straight away.
Lesson #2: Getting Started With Fingerpicking
Here we start to move forward a little by concentrating on the technique of fingerpicking. You’ll learn how to pluck the strings while anchoring that thumb and a little about muting so you can stop any of that messy unwanted noise!
Lesson #3: Notes
In this lesson we move into looking at notes and how we can find them on the bass fingerboard. Instead of a set of blank frets, you’ll be able to navigate and move around much more easily.
Lesson #4: Introduction To Rhythm
Rhythm is key to being a good bass player and in this lesson you’ll learn how to count a variety of rhythms before applying them on the bass. This will turbo charge your learning and playing of your favourite bass lines.
Lesson #5: The Fretting Hand
Now we can look at a little technique in the fretting hand. You’ll learn to use every finger for holding down the notes and we’ll look at some simple exercises and riffs that can help in developing your finger strength and dexterity!
Lesson #6: Two Finger Picking
Fingerpicking is the area of playing most likely to cause problems for beginners when learning songs and bass lines. In this lesson we’ll expand on our two fingerpicking style and work on developing a more free and fluid technique.
Lesson #7: Using A Plectrum
Not all bass lines are played with the fingers. Many players use a pick or plectrum for a different type of tone. Here we’ll take a look at basic plectrum technique and the unique sound it can provide.
Lesson #8: The Next Step
In this feature length finale we look to the future. You’ll learn some essentials for playing in a band situation and how to read tab or chord charts so you can play along with your favorite songs. The perfect ending to the perfect start.
Lesson #1 – Course Introduction
In this lesson we look at the course ahead and the kind of topics we’ll be covering
Lesson #2 – Practice Tips & Warmups
Here we look at how to create a simple practice routine and a work through some basic warmup exercises both on and away from the instrument
Lesson #3 – Tuning
In this lesson we look at several different ways of tuning the bass: Tuning to an open string; Tuning with harmonics; Using an electronic tuner.
Lesson #4 – Strings
In this lesson we look at the different types of bass string and what to look out for when buying a new pack
Lesson #5 – Changing Strings
Let’s change our strings! In this lesson Mark takes you step by step through the process of changing a string on the bass and also gives some tips on some of the problems you might encounter
Lesson #6 – Notes Of The Fretboard
In this lesson you will learn a basic set of notes across all four strings using the fret markers as our guide.
Lesson #7 – Major Scale & Key Signatures
Here we look at a Major Scale and how it relates to a musical key. We also look at how to move a scale around the neck and transpose it to different keys
Lesson #8 – Intervals
Intervals are the building blocks of music. In this lesson you’ll learn all the Intervals in a major scale.
Lesson #9 – Minor Scales and Keys
Here we have a look at the Natural Minor scale and the difference between Major and Minor Keys
Lesson #10 – Major and Minor Arpeggios
In this lesson you’ll learn what an arpeggio actually is and how they relate to chords. Then you’ll learn the basic fingerings for the Major and Minor Triad Arpeggios.
Lesson #11 – Chord Charts and Symbols
In this lesson we’ll look at how you can learn or write a bassline for a song by following a written chord chart. You’ll learn how to read all the different chord symbols and how to follow them as you move, bar by bar, through the progression
Lesson #12 – Drums & Drumbeats
In this bumper sized lesson you’ll learn about all drums and drumbeats. You’ll learn about all the different drums on a drumkit, how they sound and how they are used in creating drumbeats. Then you’ll learn how to lock in with the drums and develop your rhythmic accuracy
Lesson #13 – Riffs
Riffs make up a large percentage of the basslines that we learn. Here you’ll learn what a riff is and a few simple examples to get you started
Lesson #14 – Applying Music Theory
Music Theory can often seem like a waste of time or something unrelated to bass playing. Scales, arpeggios and intervals are the most basic principles in music theory so let’s look at how we can apply these concepts into our everyday bass playing and practice
Lesson #15 – Chords By Number
Learning songs can often be a long, frustrating process. But by learning the chords within a key by number you can cut that time down to a minimum and begin understanding the basics of harmony as a bonus.
Lesson #16 – Seventh Chords
In this lesson we’ll expand on our look at arpeggios by working through some seventh chords
Lesson #1: Fretting Hand Basics
In this lesson we look at the basics of fretting hand technique such as stretches, thumb position, pivoting and flat finger vs curled fingers
Lesson #2: Finger Assignment
In this lesson we look at alternatives to the one finger per fret system and how best to assign the fretting hand fingers in a bassline
Lesson #3: Avoiding Typewriter Fingers
In this lesson we’ll look at how to develop a clean technique using minimal movement in the fretting hand
Lesson #4: Note Control
In this lesson we look to gain a little more control over our note duration by holding a note for it’s full length
Lesson #5: The Moveable Anchor
This lesson looks at the right hand thumb and how we can use it for muting the lower strings while moving across the fretboard
Lesson #6: Alternate Picking
In this lesson we look a little closer at our fingerpicking technique and how to keep a consistently alternating movement between the two fingers
Lesson #7: Home Position
Here we look at a good way of keeping a clean and quiet technique by using a flat fingered, muted ‘home’ position
Lesson #8: Joint Barring
In this lesson we look at a simple fretting hand technique for cleanly and efficiently moving from one string to the next by using the hinge motion of the first knuckle
Lesson #9: Raking
Here we look at a more fluid way of moving across the strings in the picking hand by using the ‘raking’ technique
Lesson #10: Hammer Ons & Pulloffs
Here we look at the basics of the Hammer On and Pull Off techniques that are used a lot to add fluidity to bass lines
Lesson #11: Slides
This lesson covers the basics of the slide technique. This is an incredibly common technique that is much harder to perform cleanly than it might seem on first sight
Lesson #12: Ghost Notes
On first appearance, ghost notes may seem like a pointless dull thud. But when combined with regular fretted notes they can bring your basslines to life and open up a whole new funky style of playing
Lesson #13: Harmonics
In this lesson we’ll expand on our earlier foray into tuning with harmonics and look a little closer at some of the other harmonics available on the fretboard
Lesson #14: An Introduction To Slapping
Every bass player wants to learn how to slap! In this lesson we’ll look at the basics of the slap technique and show how you can integrate it into your playing style
Lesson #1: Tone#1 – Physical Approach
This lesson looks at all the different tones we can get from a bass guitar simply through the use of different techniques and hand positions
Lesson #2: Tone#2 – Pickups
This lesson looks at pickups. How they work, the different types and how they sound
Lesson #3: Tone#3 – Tone Controls
This lesson looks at the basics of tone and sound frequencies before demonstrating how the tone controls of a bass or amplifier can be used shape the tone through manipulation of these frequencies
Lesson #4: Tone#4 – EQ
This lesson expands on our look at bass tone and frequencies by looking at the use of graphic or parametric EQ in really fine tuning the sound
Lesson #5: Effects#1 – Gain & Dynamics
We embark on a journey into bass pedals by looking at some gain effects such as overdrive, distortion and compression
Lesson #6: Effects#2 – Tone Effects
This lesson we look at some tone based effects like the wah wah, envelope filter, octave and bass synth.
Lesson #7: Effects#3 – Modulation & Ambience
This lesson we’ll work through some modulation based effects such as the chorus, delay and reverb pedals.
Lesson #8: Effects#4 – Pedalboard Setup
In this lesson we look at how to set up a pedal board and connect all the pedals together
Lesson #9: Bass Setup Basics
In this lesson we look at how to perform a basic setup of the bass. We’ll adjust the truss rod and relief of the neck, the intonation and the string height
Lesson #10: Bass & Amp Buying Guide
This lesson we’ll look at what to look out for when buying a new bass, amplifier and speakers
Lesson #1: Spelling Drills
Learning by fretboard pattern is a popular way of getting to grips with the bass when starting out but it pays to also learn the note names of many common patterns such as scales. This lesson shows you a great way of learning all the note patterns out there through the use of Spelling Drills
Lesson #2: Metronome Practice Tips
In this lesson we’ll look at developing your rhythmic accuracy with a set of metronome exercises
Lesson #3: Reading Music #1 – Pitch
The next three lessons all provide a basic introduction to the skill of reading music. This first lesson is devoted to working separately on pitch reading
Lesson #4: Reading Music #2 – Rhythm
In this second lesson on reading music we look at the basics of rhythm in isolation
Lesson #5: Reading Music #3 – Combined
In this final lesson on the basics of reading we combine our pitch and rhythm in order to read some simple sheet music
Lesson #6: Learning Songs
The skill of learning songs is very underrated and many people just take it for granted. In this lesson you’ll learn a system for learning songs in a very ordered way that should work for learning a single song or even a complete setlist
Lesson #7: Playing In A Band
In this lesson we look at the skills and mindset required for playing in a band. Mark provides some tips from his experience of playing in many different band settings as a sideman and as a bandleader.
Lesson #8: The R.A.I.S.E Approach
In this final lesson we look at how you can take the next step in your playing and develop a practice routine that can take you to a professional level