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Ace the bass.

Ace the bass.

Electric Bass

Is it electric bass, or bass guitar? Is it bass, or is it guitar? Well, it’s both. In early rock ’n roll and jazz, it replaced the double bass. It’s tuned the same way and has the same pitch. But, later on, musicians wanted to make it sing through higher notes and extra strings, turning it into an instrument that can play melodies, chords, sub bass and harmonics. With new possibilities still being explored, it’s electric bass’s golden age.

James Jamerson, Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorius and Marcus Miller are some of the legends who’ve popped, slapped and finger tapped the electric bass, making it a rhythmical force to be reckoned with.

Electric bass is great for musicians who love playing a simple, powerful foundation in a group. But it’s also a creative canvas for curious players driving the instrument’s exhilarating new trends.

Let's Play

Even greats get going here.

Making music starts with you producing your first sound, and getting a few fundamentals right.

This isn’t just true for beginners; sometimes even proficient professionals benefit from going back to the basics covered in this video.

COURSE LEVELS

So, electric bass is where your heart is. Let’s see where your head and hands are.

When you enrol, you get access to all three levels: Introductory Level, Level 1 and Level 2. Read on to find out what level you’re at.

Get started with a free trial. Or cut straight to the chase and enrol in a course.

Introductory Level

Right now, you:

  • Have never played an electric bass before, or if you did it was so long ago, you’ve forgotten how to get a proper sound out of the thing.
  • Have a bass guitar, but have no idea what to do with it beyond the Smoke On The Water riff that someone showed you. You look at it with a glint in your eyes and a vision of playing your heart out in a band.
  • Have a collection of music that you love, and you’d love to be able to play some of it.

At the end of this course, you:

  • Will be able to play some music: you’ll know where to find the basic notes on your bass; you’ll be able to play melodies, some arpeggios and riffs; and you’ll read proper music notation and tab notation.
  • Will be able to play along with some great backing tracks.
  • Might find a song in your collection that you can play along with, and you’ll start hearing things musically that you weren’t aware of before.

In this course:

You’ll take your first steps to becoming a real musician. Spanning genres as wide as folk, Latin, jazz and pop, you’ll learn 6 original tunes and play along with some well-known songs.

You’ll learn the first basic notes and chords on the electric bass. You’ll learn about posture, fingerings, patterns, arpeggios and scales. You’ll learn about theory, develop your ears through ear training with your voice and instrument, and take your first steps as an improvisor. You’ll also play along with attractive backing tracks and learn how to practice with our Shedding Sessions.

Introductory Level

Right now, you:

  • Have never played an electric bass before, or if you did it was so long ago, you’ve forgotten how to get a proper sound out of the thing.
  • Have a bass guitar, but have no idea what to do with it beyond the Smoke On The Water riff that someone showed you. You look at it with a glint in your eyes and a vision of playing your heart out in a band.
  • Have a collection of music that you love, and you’d love to be able to play some of it.

At the end of this course, you:

  • Will be able to play some music: you’ll know where to find the basic notes on your bass; you’ll be able to play melodies, some arpeggios and riffs; and you’ll read proper music notation and tab notation.
  • Will be able to play along with some great backing tracks.
  • Might find a song in your collection that you can play along with, and you’ll start hearing things musically that you weren’t aware of before.

In this course:

You’ll take your first steps to becoming a real musician. Spanning genres as wide as folk, Latin, jazz and pop, you’ll learn 6 original tunes and play along with some well-known songs.

You’ll learn the first basic notes and chords on the electric bass. You’ll learn about posture, fingerings, patterns, arpeggios and scales. You’ll learn about theory, develop your ears through ear training with your voice and instrument, and take your first steps as an improvisor. You’ll also play along with attractive backing tracks and learn how to practice with our Shedding Sessions.

Level 1

Right now, you:

  • Know the neck of your instrument, you have a sound, you control your right hand, and your bass doesn’t feel like a stranger to you.
  • Can read, count, play with backing tracks, and even improvise a little.
  • Have your ears open to different genres, and you listen not only with the ear of a music lover, but of a musician.

At the end of this course, you:

  • Will control the main range on the instrument, and know the important flats and sharps. Rhythms, swing feel, dots and ties will be part of your musical tools.
  • Will have played with some exciting reading tracks, and your improvisation will have expanded. You’ll feel more comfortable with your electric bass, and expressing yourself through it.
  • Will have developed your hearing, and your knowledge about music theory will have opened your ears to elements in music you weren’t aware of before.

In this course:

You get on a solid path to becoming a real musician. Sure, with lots still to learn, but you’ll become comfortable with your instrument and creating your sound. You learn 12 original songs, reading parts with fantastic backing tracks. You’ll learn not to be intimidated by a piece of sheet music. You’ll be able to close your eyes and play your heart out, while improvising against inspiring backing tracks.

Level 1

Right now, you:

  • Know the neck of your instrument, you have a sound, you control your right hand, and your bass doesn’t feel like a stranger to you.
  • Can read, count, play with backing tracks, and even improvise a little.
  • Have your ears open to different genres, and you listen not only with the ear of a music lover, but of a musician.

At the end of this course, you:

  • Will control the main range on the instrument, and know the important flats and sharps. Rhythms, swing feel, dots and ties will be part of your musical tools.
  • Will have played with some exciting reading tracks, and your improvisation will have expanded. You’ll feel more comfortable with your electric bass, and expressing yourself through it.
  • Will have developed your hearing, and your knowledge about music theory will have opened your ears to elements in music you weren’t aware of before.

In this course:

You get on a solid path to becoming a real musician. Sure, with lots still to learn, but you’ll become comfortable with your instrument and creating your sound. You learn 12 original songs, reading parts with fantastic backing tracks. You’ll learn not to be intimidated by a piece of sheet music. You’ll be able to close your eyes and play your heart out, while improvising against inspiring backing tracks.

Level 2

Right now, you:

  • Can control the main range on the instrument, and know the important flats and sharps. Rhythms, swing feel, dots and ties are among your musical tools.
  • Are comfortable with your instrument and expressing yourself through it. You can read fairly comfortably, improvise a little, and you have some knowledge about music theory.

At the end of this course, you:

  • Will control the full range of the electric bass. Different time and key signatures won’t be alien to you. Your reading will have improved, your dynamics will be clearer and your timing more solid.
  • Will feel comfortable with new music. Unafraid to close your eyes and play by intuition, you’ll also be able to pick up a tune by ear and play it.
  • Will be able to play in a rock band, jazz band or blues group. Complicated chords and fast fusion licks will beckon, and seem a possibility in the near future.
  • Will have discovered music you hadn’t heard before, and your sensitivity will have developed.
  • Will be a proper bass player, ready to go out into the world.

In this course:

The essential tools in music are covered, and a solid foundation is well laid: you read, play by ear, improvise, play fast and slow. You develop into a proper bass player, with a sound, and a love of your axe.

Get started with a free trial.Or enrol for /month (and get all Introductory Level and Level 1 material included). You can switch levels any time.

Level 2 | COMING SOON

Right now, you:

  • Can control the main range on the instrument, and know the important flats and sharps. Rhythms, swing feel, dots and ties are among your musical tools.
  • Are comfortable with your instrument and expressing yourself through it. You can read fairly comfortably, improvise a little, and you have some knowledge about music theory.

At the end of this course, you:

  • Will control the full range of the electric bass. Different time and key signatures won’t be alien to you. Your reading will have improved, your dynamics will be clearer and your timing more solid.
  • Will feel comfortable with new music. Unafraid to close your eyes and play by intuition, you’ll also be able to pick up a tune by ear and play it.
  • Will be able to play in a rock band, jazz band or blues group. Complicated chords and fast fusion licks will beckon, and seem a possibility in the near future.
  • Will have discovered music you hadn’t heard before, and your sensitivity will have developed.
  • Will be a proper bass player, ready to go out into the world.

In this course:

The essential tools in music are covered, and a solid foundation is well laid: you read, play by ear, improvise, play fast and slow. You develop into a proper bass player, with a sound, and a love of your axe.

Get started with a free trial.Or enrol for /month (and get all Introductory Level and Level 1 material included). You can switch levels any time.

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