From Beginner To Bassist (1)

by Dan Hawkins

Learn the 7 must-have bass elements to go from stumbling beginner…to confident veteran.

Discover the 7 essential elements of world-class bass players…

And learn how to easily master them to start playing your favorite songs instantly.

Take your time without having to rush through the course before you get charged yet another subscription fee.

This is a one-off payment.

When you buy the course you get:

  • Lifetime membership
  • 24/7 access to your lessons
  • Backing Tracks
  • Extremely clear, concise lessons with tangible goals and areas for you to practice
  • PDF Workbook
  • 80 video lessons
  • Chord charts, notation, TAB
  • Email Dan a question

Let me introduce myself…

Your all-in-one stop for great bass playing and excellent musicianship

From Beginner To Bassist is the simplest way to accelerate your bass playing and musicianship simultaneously.

It doesn’t matter if you’re 5 years old or 102…

Absolutely ANYONE can become proficient at bass (even if you think you’re hopeless)

Once you learn the 7 essential elements of bass playing, not only will you be able to easily jam on your favorite songs…

You will also learn how to go BEYOND what’s written on the page so you can deeply connect with your audience (this is where bass playing gets really fun)

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.

You get lifetime access to the entire course for a single one-off payment. All this potential bass knowledge with no yearly subscription fees!

P.S. You also get to email me any questions you have - I'll answer them personally.

So what exactly are the 7 essential bass elements?

In this course, you will learn everything you need to know to have:

  1. Rock-solid technique - Technique so good that you won't stumble anymore
  1. Profound theory knowledge - Gain a deep understanding of theory so that you can amaze anyone who listens to you with your creative bass lines
  1. Intimate fretboard knowledge - Become so familiar with the fretboard that you can start playing anywhere on the neck with confidence
  1. Unwavering rhythm- Become the ‘rock’ of the group that other musicians can comfortably rely on
  1. Effective reading skills - Easily read any basic piece of music that gets put in front of you (even if you’ve never read music in your life)
  1. Superior song know-how - Learn how to play a variety of songs in different genres
  1. Crystal-clear practice sessions  - Develop the correct way to practice so that you can become a bass master without spending hours on boring exercises

What happens to your bass playing when these 7 elements come together?

The elements of great bass playing

When you connect the main ideas of music together, everything sort of ‘clicks’.

You will experience this “aha! moment” when you go through the course, and it will make your bass playing so much easier.

This isn’t magic though…

It will require focused effort on your part.

But don't worry, I'll show you exactly what you need to know to make it happen. 

As a professional bass player and teacher of 20 years, I’ve seen it happen with countless players, and I’m excited to see it happen to you!

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.

Who is this course for?

You’re a good fit for this course if:

  • You’re unsure where to start on bass

  • You’re overwhelmed with all of the information on youtube and just want a step-by-step plan to take you to your goals

  • You’re in love with the bass and excited to get better

  • You’re willing to put the work in (Sorry, there’s no magic formula)

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

Bass Technique

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

Playing Chords

Amazing Ear Training Exercise

Putting It Into Practice -Reggae

Reggae Demo

Module 3 Assignments

Rhythm (Groove/Feel/Timing)

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

Pop Demo

Putting It Into Practice -Funk

Funk Demo

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

Soul Demo

Chapter 5 Assignments

Reading Music

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

Mindset (Practice)

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)


Improvisation Introduction

Blues Improv

Soul Improv

Pop Improv

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 and concise way. It's a blueprint for exactly what you need to practice and when... With this course, you will develop confidence, bass know-how, and flashy 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.

Workbook (TAB/notation)

The accompanying workbook contains the TAB/notation for each lesson as well as teaching and handy diagrams.

Backing Tracks

Included are 7 backing tracks for the different pieces as well as drum beats for you to hone your timing skills.

Fretboard Diagrams

Wherever I explain a scale, mode, triad, or arpeggio, I give you a handy diagram to memorise the shape.

Workbook (TAB/notation)

The accompanying workbook contains the TAB/notation for each lesson as well as teaching and handy diagrams.

Backing Tracks

Included are 7 backing tracks for the different pieces as well as drum beats for you to hone your timing skills.

Fretboard Diagrams

Wherever I explain a scale, mode, triad, or arpeggio, I give you a handy diagram to memorise the shape.

What other people are saying:

I simply love the course! My bass bible! - Keith Baptista

Already purchased this course. And I'm really pleased that I did. Previously Invested in three other well known online beginners courses and this one is far superior to them all. One word to describe it would be Awesome. Absolutely love it. - Lee Hopkins

Dan I’m so pleased I selected your course among the many out there. I’ve loved being able to revisit individual lessons which has helped get over many hurdles in my bass playing. Your calm and enthusiasm shine through, and your one on one support fantastic. I’ve learned so much in a relatively short period of time, so much more to do, so on to the Funk very soon. Cheers and thanks again from an enlightened 75 year old student. - Steve Wilson

Are you ready?

Incredible value for bass students

If I taught you this material one to one it would take up time that would cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars over, I reckon, about a year's worth of private lessons.

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.

  • Immediate access to stream 80 bass video lessons

  • 68 page Workbook with TAB/Notation

  • Backing tracks, very clear examples, 7 longer form pieces

  • Instruction on ear training, improvising, making up bass lines and more!

So what now?

The way I see it, you have 3 options.

You can:

  1. Continue to learn from YouTube but waste time bouncing around from video to video, getting little tidbits of knowledge here and there, but never forming a complete understanding of one concept...
  2. Learn from books. But have absolutely no support if you have questions, and no video demonstrations to make sure your technique is right…
  3. Or learn from me… And discover the exact principles you need to be successful on bass. You’ll get step-by-step guidance from me so you can feel confident in your practice approach. Also, you’ll get 24/7 email access to me so I can clear up any confusion keeping you from being your best bass self.

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

Secure Payment

Still unsure about the course?

I want this course to be everything you hope it is and more.

That’s why if you buy the course, and it’s not what you were expecting…

You will get 100% of your money back for the first 30 days you have the course.

That way you don’t have to feel like buying this course is a risk in any way.

But, I’m positive you’ll love it, and I can’t wait to see the bass player you become!


If you’re still unsure, maybe this course isn’t for you.

I don’t want you to make a purchase you aren’t comfortable with.

Until then, continue to enjoy my Youtube videos and keep playing bass!

Talk to you soon,


Dan Hawkins

Creator of the Funk Bass course

About Dan

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 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.

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