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Welcome to the Bass Lesson tree!

Welcome to the Lesson tree! An order of learning the Bass guitar, starting at the basics, and then slowly moving onto the harder stuff near the bottom! There is tons of material here, to get you onto learning the Bass guitar as quickly as possible! Take a deep breath, pick up that  Bass, and start!

How to tune using the 5th fret method, using harmonics, drop tunings and half step tunings also covered here. Don’t worry if it is too much information to take on. If you have a tuner, use that so we can start right away!

A few stretches and words of advice concerning not getting Carpel tunnel syndrome and R.S.I. Try and do these exercises before you start playing your bass, and especially if you know you’ll be playing for a long time (maybe for a gig). This is an early video, and I talk quite a bit before we start. Apologies.

A few stretches and words of advice concerning not getting Carpel tunnel syndrome and R.S.I. Try and do these exercises before you start playing your bass, and especially if you know you’ll be playing for a long time (maybe for a gig). This is an early video, and I talk quite a bit before we start. Apologies.

For the guys and gals that are starting from the beginning of their bass journey. What the different parts of the bass are, walking finger technique, and a simple riff for you to be getting on with.

For the guys and gals that are starting from the beginning of their bass journey. What the different parts of the bass are, walking finger technique, and a simple riff for you to be getting on with.

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The Evolution of our Beginners youtube riff! In this lesson we will add fills to our riff and some other cool ideas. In this lesson we briefly cover:

 

Hammer-ons. Slides. Economy of motion/finger placement. String bends. Slapping and popping the riff.

 

We also cover alternative notes to play around the board.

 

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I can’t emphasize how important it is that you learn these notes, and where they are off by heart! It’s one of the fundamental and first things you should learn as a bass player. Don’t feel like this task is too daunting. It’s more simple than it looks. There are only twelve notes to remember on each individual string, and our language is made up of a LOT more letters than that

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are root fifths and octaves? How do I play the scale? What does it mean? What are intervals? Need it all explained? Then watch on...

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Here we have a “How to” on the twelve bar blues We start simple, and then get a little harder as we go on. This lesson is PERFECT for beginners, wanting to gain hand strength. It s also good for intermediate players that want a basic understanding of how the blues is made up.

 

Ok, at this point you will have learnt the major scale, how to play a simple riff, learnt where a few notes are on the fretboard, learnt the history of the bass guitar, terms of techniques, as well as some great strengthening tips! Let’s carry on shall we? Now we’re going to get onto learning some famous songs. These are nice and simple, but will help you build up your strength and timing!

 

 

 

 

The White stripes, seven nation army. Although he doesn’t use a Bass on the recording of this song, his effect is so low, it may as well be! No playalong, because it’s a simple tune to learn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn Ben E King’s Stand by me Bass line, here. This is a nice and simple line that all beginners should have fun with. Good luck!

Nice simple riff for you beginners to get started with. As I say in the video, try and mix it up a bit with the stuff I taught you in “Beginners Evolved” premium lesson, if you have it

A nice simple, fun Bass line for you to get results quickly with. Notice how this line isn’t overplayed? It’s nice and simple, and compliments the song perfectly!

 

Sothe Chilli’s version of this Sly and the Family Stone CLASSIC.

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The song that made Nirvana (and grunge) famous. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Who knows. Learn the bass line here.uf

 

 

 

 

 

Aother simple but fun song to play from the guys from Nirvana.

 

 

 

 

Brilliant Bass line from Kim deal and the pixies.  The band that inspired Nirvana so much.  It's really fun to play, and I throughly recommend you take a look.

 

 

 

 

Brilliant Bass line from Kim deal and the pixies.  The band that inspired Nirvana so much.  It's really fun to play, and I throughly recommend you take a look.

 

 

 

 

Here's an alternative look at this very popular song.  I try and offer something a little diffierent here to further your learning.

 

 

 

 

Here's a Bass lesson on the brilliant Stings walking on the moon.  Nice, simple, and effective!

 

 

 

 

Another one from Sting, and personally my favourite song from the Police.

 

 

 

 

Another Bass line from the brilliant Kim Deal from the Pixies.  Her lines are great because they are so simple, but so effective.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

OK here is a tune by one of my all time favourite bands. The Beatles changed the way music was perceived and played, and inspired pretty much all the great music we listen to today. Ask any of your heroes for proof! If you dig into their music really deep, and get away from all the lovey (although that is still brilliant) stuff, there is some amazing music there. Especially if you dig really deep into the theoretical stuff that “shouldn’t” technically work. But it does

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok, so here we have the famously known 'Can't touch this.' by MC Hammer.  But did you know that this line was orginally be Rick James and called superfreak?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok, so now you’ve learnt a few cool songs to help your playing along! I hope you enjoyed them. We’ll get onto learning some more songs in the near future. At this point you may have a few questions that will need answering. Below are some answers to questions that maybe troubling ‘ye.

 

 

 

 

 

How Much To Practice? Can a person practice too much? Am I practicing enough?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some ideas on this topic right here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations!  You've been working really hard!  Wear your blister with pride!  Here's some tips as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Should a Bass player use a plectrum?  How should I hold it?  How do I learn the technique?  What can I learn?  All covered here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How does a Bass player read Tablature?  I explain, right here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bass lesson: The Adventures of rain dance Maggie: Red hot chilli peppers.  Really interesting line!

 

 

 

Now, let’s get on with a few more interesting songs. These are a little harder, and should keep you nice and concentrated.

 

 

 

 

Here we have part one of this great song! It’s the first song I teach that is mostly in 7/4 timing. If you don’t understand what these numbers mean, please check out tips on timing 5/4 (Introduction)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Bass line to learn. Fun, and takes me back to ‘me youth!

 

 

 

A really cool Bass line that has a nice, hip-hop feel about it. - See more at

 

 

 

Nice and unusual song from the brilliant, John Entwistle.

 

 

Awesome Bass line!

 

 

Funky version of Charles Wrights classic!

 

 

Ok, here is a tune by one of my all time favourite bands. The Beatles changed the way music was perceived and played, and inspired pretty much all the great music we listen to today. Ask any of your heroes for proof! If you dig into their music really deep, and get away from all the lovey (although that is still brilliant) stuff, there is some amazing music there. Especially if you dig really deep into the theoretical stuff that “shouldn’t” technically work. But it does

love this line! I used to have a “Blood sugar sex magik” tab book, and this was the first bass line I learnt from it. It took me ages! But the feeling of accomplishment was immense. I played that chorus riff over and over and over in the summer of ‘93. Enjoy. A few open E’s before each chorus. Simple stuff until the ending.

 

Really addictive bass line to play, once you get it down.

 

 

 

Fun little riff that can be challenging!

 

Here is an extremely fun Bass solo to play! We play the Melody of the song in this extended lesson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Bass line to learn here, Fat stringers!  Original, unique and fun. Thanks, Adam Yauch!

 

 

 

 

Good Bass line from Nathan Watts.

 

 

 

 

Great Bass line that can be a bit tricky By Paul Mcartney.

 

 

 

 

An introduction to time sigantures, and how they work.  But also a huge focus on tightening up your timing whilst you play.  Invaluable tools for a Bass player!

 

 

TIPS ON TIMING 5/4 (INTRODUCTION)

So now you have a few more tunes in your repertoire! I hope you are enjoying them. Now you just need a guitarist and a drummer who also know the songsBut before you do, let’s focus on some of the more important aspects of the bass guitar.

 

 

 

In this lesson, we further our knowledge of time signatures!

 

Some ideas on keeping time when slapping and popping, and thinking like a drummer.

 

Now, use the beats by clicking the icon below to further practice your timing! Timing and practicing to a consistent beat are a fundamental and important part of Bass playing!

 

 

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So now you have some ideas on how to keep better time! Let’s have a look at some more techniques!

 

Here, you will learn how to play Metallica’s “Orion.” (the middle part). This is a good introduction to the chords I will teach you in the future.  Very much a fun way of playing the Bass guitar.

Hurt: A really unique version of this awesome song (on both fronts), that uses Bass chords, that we covered in recent lessons. It is also fingerpicked and down stroked.

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Here you will learn the shape of five chords to experiment with, and start to write music with. I also cover different ways of playing these chords. I dont teach the “names” of the chords, just the shapes. I name them “Primusy one” etc. At the end, we string these chords together to write a nice tune! This lesson is best for intermediate students, but will be O.K for beginners with good hand strength to sustain chords. It’s best if you do the “Basic chords” free lesson before you purchase this one

 

MASSIVE tips on how I compose music, here!

 

 

After the success of the first cool chords video, I am really excited to see what people will be creating after they see this one!

 

Here, we take the song-writing philosophy from the first vid, and add to it.  These chords are a little heavier on the fingers!

 

We move notes within chords.  We learn new chords.  We learn new ways of playing chords. We write a tune. It's best if you do cool chords 1 first, but isn't mandatory.  These lessons combined will have you well on the way to writing your own riffs and compositions!

 

I'd love to hear what you guys have been writing...

 

 

Harmonics are great little tools to get a unique sound out of your Bass guitar. Check out the lesson to find out how!

 

 

The second part of the above.

 

 

Here we have the first in my slap and pop series. I explain what slap and pop is, where to slap and pop and how to slap and pop as well as add mutes (or ghost notes). We also go through a basic riff!

 

The second lesson.

 

In the third lesson, we go through the Chili peppers’ “Higher ground”. Well, their version of the Stevie Wonder classic, anyway.

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The Evolution of our free YouTube riffs!

 

These exercises have been created by me, and have been tried and tested with all my students. A lot of those guys (and Gals!) are now out gigging, and are at a very good standard

 

In this lesson are eight exercises to get you slapping and popping like the pro’s! They come as one video file that is about fifty-five minutes long. This package also comes with seven drum tracks that progress in speed.

 

Here is a brief summary of what we cover:

 

Exercise one:

 

Similar to our youtube video, but with a lot more groove, and a little harder. We start with a double slap, and incorperate pops, hammer-ons and mutes later. Also advice on the psychology of practice, featured here.

 

Exercise two:

 

An exercise designed to gain finger strength. More slaps and pops but also double popping as well as barring (or bridging) with the fretting hand. More advice on muting and the economy of motion, here.

 

Exercise three:

 

A cool line with a nice use of slides. A funky one, which is one of my personal favourites. Has a primus-like feel to it.

 

Exercise four:

 

A great exercise that can be changed to the users personal preference. Again, this exercise was created to build strength, but it’s main purpose is to build up speed and efficency! Exercise five: An exercise and discussion on the role of the Bass player, and how slap and pop fits into that role. Also, an exercise with a pocket played slap and pop groove, and how it applies to the role. Exercise six: Another groove based exercise that we move around onto different frets. Exercise seven: A percussive exercise that will speed up your slap and popping! A cool little exercise that also covers timing. Exercise eight: Another percussive lesson/exercise.

 

Ok, here is a vid with a few tips concerning precision

Ok, here is a vid with some ideas on getting your slap technique even tighter!

Right, at this point you should have a good understanding of Slap and Pop.  Let's continue that, with some exercises to tighten things up:

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Here we have ‘Red Hot Slap ‘N pop’!

 

In this lesson, we look at Fleas style of slapping and popping. We cover some methods to get your timing better, we cover the muting techniques, we cover the importance of Hammer-ons and muting in the quicker types of Slap and pop.

 

We also cover the main Slap part of The Red hot Chilli peppers ‘Black eyed blonde’

 

 

Another new technique for you to get your fingers round! “Tapping”, a technique made famous by Eddie van Halen on guitar, is now being used more and more on the bass guitar. Here is my introduction to the technique.

 

And here are some more interesting exercises to get your head and hands round:

 

 

 

Below, we have a bunch of my personal funk lines for you guys to learn! I play the riff, show YOU how to play the riff, and then there is a drum track for you guys to play along with. All for free. Bargain. Some are finger played, and some are slap and pop, so make sure you have a little experience before you start these!

If you enjoyed the tapping exercises, then check out my Lesson on 'Sleep Melody, Sleep.'  It's a really nice piece of music to play!

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Did you enjoy these Chords videos?  If so, check out my Bass version of Jeff Buckley's version of Hallelujah.  Lots of lovely Bass chord work here.

 

 

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Again, if you enjoyed the chord stuff featured above, then check out my video 'Snow', below.  

 

 

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And if you enjoy the Funky stuff, then check out my Finger Funk exercises!

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