by Dan Hawkins
Learn the elements of great bass playing
But what exactly are those elements?
Good bass playing and excellent musicianship can be distilled into the following areas:
- Fretboard knowledge
- Rhythm (timing/groove/feel)
- Reading (not essential but very useful)
- Knowing songs
- Your approach to practice.
When you know a little bit in a few areas, things seem confusing! However, when you know how they connect, the lightbulb goes off and the magic starts to happen.
Once you link and connect the main ideas of music together, you gain a deep understanding which accelerates learning. Bass playing becomes easier and more enjoyable.
You will learn how in this course.
This does not happen without focused effort on your part though. Don't worry, I'll show you exactly, step-by-step how to approach practice too.
I'm a professional bass player and teacher with 20 years of experience and will show you everything you need to know!
Learning bass can be confusing! This course leads you step by step from the absolute basics, through developing great technique, all the way to being able to pick up your bass and improvise and make up bass lines.
Here's what you'll learn in From Beginner To Bassist
80 video lessons, hours of quality, highly focused bass tuition, 67 page workbook, 7 backing tracks, tons of examples.
Introduction & Absolute Basics
Course Materials (READ FIRST)
Welcome and Principles Of Learning The Bass
How To Read Fretboard Diagrams & TAB
Let’s Tune Up
ALL The Notes On The Bass
Open String Notes + The Layout Of The Bass
Holding The Bass/Plucking & Fretting Basics/Avoiding Pain/Tone Production/Breathing & Relaxation
Module 1 Assignments
Everything You Need To Know About Basic Fingerstyle Technique
C Major & A Natural Minor Scales (Open Position)
Muting, Note Length & Hand Shifts
Hip Hop Groove (More Muting/Note Length Practice)
Sequencing Scales & Making Music!
Taking Your Technique To The Next Level (Articulations)
Common Bass Technique Errors & How To Fix Them
Putting It Into Practice - Slow Blues
Slow Blues Demo
Putting It Into Practice -Country Ballad (With Demo)
Module 2 Assignments
Theory & Ear Training
Introduction – What Can You Do With Music Theory?
Major Scale Construction + A New (Closed) Position
Jargon Busting- Scale, Triad, Chord, Arpeggios
Intervals – How To Learn, Memorise & Use Them
Pentatonic Scales – The Bass Player’s Secret Weapon!
Relative Major & Minor Scales
The Circle Of 4ths & 5ths – Find ANY Key
Harmonising A Scale – The Greatest Bass Exercise Of All Time
Amazing Ear Training Exercise
Putting It Into Practice -Reggae
Module 3 Assignments
Time Signatures, Beats, Bars, Basic Rhythms & Rests
Subdividing The Beat (Counting & Tapping Your foot)
1/16th Note Masterclass (Plus How To Use Them To Make Cool Lines)
Developing A Killer Sense Of Time
How To Play Fast & Build Stamina
Putting It Into Practice -Pop
Putting It Into Practice -Funk
Chapter 4 Assignments
Fretboard Knowledge (Patterns)
Mastering The Bass Fretboard
Pentatonic Shapes All Over The Bass
PRO TIP- Song Learning/Riff Making/Jamming Superpower!
Incredibly Useful Bass Guitar Patterns
Putting It Into Practice -Soul
Chapter 5 Assignments
Intro – Why Read Music?
Identifying & Locating Notes On the Staff & The Bass
Reading Simple Rhythms
Reading Example 1 – Pop
Reading Example 2 – Country Ballad
Reading Example 3 – Slow Blues
Reading Example 4 – Jazz Swing
Reading Example 5 – Reggae
Reading Example 6 – Funk
Chart Reading Example 1 – Pop
Chart reading Example 2 – Country ballad
Chart Reading Example 3 – Slow Blues
Chart Reading Example 4 – Jazz
Chart Reading Example 5 – Reggae
Chart Reading Example 6 – Funk
Module 6 Assignments
Chapter 7 Introduction
Essential Practice Tips and Maxims
How Long Do I Practicse For & What Do I Practise?
Logging Your Practice Sessions
Three Sample Practice Sessions (7,30,60 Minutes)
How To Create A Bass Line (James Brown Funk)
How To Create A Bass Line (Rock Riffs)
Instantly Compose Bass Lines!
Improvising With A Harmonised Scale (Plus An Intro To Modes)
Drones – How To Make Your Scales Sound Beautiful!
Gear Tips & Closing Thoughts
Practice Gear & How To Make Your Bass Easier To Play
Final Words & Next Steps
From Beginner To Bassist gives you a system for learning bass in a clear, concise, step-by-step way. It's blueprint for exactly what you need to practise and when... You will develop confidence, belief, and cool bass skills!
I take time to explain each new concept and give you ideas on how you can use it.
You can use the ideas from this course in other areas of your playing - The lessons in this course will teach you how to develop a great sense of timing and rhythm and how to use theory concepts to make actual music. Those profound insights are transferrable to all aspects of bass playing.
Course Format & Materials
I get straight to the point in my teaching and don't show you anything that a professional bass player wouldn't use. There's zero fluff here! You will be able to use everything you learn in this course. There are examples, bass lines, backing tracks, and assignments throughout.
The accompanying workbook contains the TAB/notation for each lesson as well as teaching and handy diagrams.
Included are 7 backing tracks for the different pieces as well as drum beats for you to hone your timing skills.
Wherever I explain a scale, mode, triad, or arpeggio, I give you a handy diagram to memorise the shape.
Who is this course for?
Let's check to see if you're a good fit for this course.
Are you ready?
Incredible value for bass students
This is a special early bird price to celebrate this new course. If I taught you this stuff one on one it would cost many hundreds of dollars!
When you buy From Beginner To Bassist you get access for life and can go over these valuable concepts as many times as you like.
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There is enough material here to keep you busy for a while! Once you buy the course, you will be sent login details via email and you can start straight away.
You have lifetime access to the course and all materials.
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Creator of the Funk Bass course
Dan has been a full time professional bass player for nearly 20 years, playing every gig you can imagine from small pubs, to arenas with big artists.
Alongside his busy remote recording schedule, he runs www.onlinebasscourses.com as well as a rapidly growing YouTube channel.
100% Satisfaction Guarantee
I offer a 30 day money back guarantee. If you really and truly feel that you didn't get anything at all from the course then I'll simply refund you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is this course for?
Complete beginners, beginners with experience, those coming back to bass after years away and intermediate players looking to fill in the gaps.
There's a reading music section. Do I need to read music?
No. I explain how to read TAB and all the examples contain TAB. I will teach you the basics of reading though as well as how to read charts (an incredible skill to have).
Is this a one time cost or recurring?
Once you pay, you have lifetime access.
Is your payment provider secure?
100%! I use Thrive Cart which is a dedicated, super safe online payment platform. You can pay by Apple Pay, Paypal, Stripe, or with your credit card.
Is this course for beginners?
Absolutely! I've written a few books and a Funk Bass course but nothing designed for beginners (my main audience...). This is for them and it's my best work.
P.S.: I'm proud of this course and I now that many other tutors would sell it for at least double the price. I'm going to keep it at this price for now but, if you're interested, buy it now in case I decide to charge more for it in the future!
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