Bass For Beginners – Learn How To Play In The Comfort Of Your Own Home….Or Even On The Beach!

For some reason just about every private bass teacher you go to wants to teach you how to play scales. And arpeggios. And variations of those scales and arpeggios. In two octaves. And different positions. And yada yada yada.

And that’s just lazy teaching in my opinion.

Sure you have to know about scales and how to use them before you can start creating your own bass lines. But when you’re starting out you only need to focus on three things:

  • how to fret a note
  • how to pluck the note so it sounds
  • the names of all the notes and where they can be found on the fretoard

And the best way to solidy your learning – AND improve your ability level on the bass guitar at the same time – is to systematically apply that information to a series of song tutorials that have been deliberately chosen to get sequentially harder.

And that’s how Bass Lessons For Beginners program works

It’s A Systematic Song Based Approach To Learning The Bass That You Can Take In The Comfort Of Your Own Home Or Even On The Beach!

Now some people slag off song based learning. But done correctly, in a sequence that gets more complex, it’s actually the best way for beginners to learn in my opinion.

  • you get increased confidence as you master each song
  • you can almost immediately start playing along with original recordings
  • you start building a repertoire of songs that you know (when you go out in the real world to auditions and James you won’t be asked what scales and arpeggios you can play, you’ll be asked what songs you know)
  • each new song presents a new technical challenge – as you master that technical challenge your ability level rises by a fraction
  • playing songs is what most beginners aspire to doing – why not include it in how you learn?

If you’re still not convinced that song based learning works then Google the term ‘Suzuki Method’ and do some research for yourself.

If you’re STILL not convinced after that, then please stop reading. This course isn’t for you. Instead you should find a bass teacher who can teach you how to play all the modes of the major, harmonic minor and melodic minor scales in scalar form and arpeggio form.

And you can do things like play them over multiple octaves and in different starting positions, and so on.

But when you get to your first audition you STILL won’t get asked what scales you can play. No-one will give a shit about that. They’ll want to know what songs you can play.


(If you want to see what songs are taught in the course, please click over to the syllabus and technical details page.)

So Who Are These Lessons For?

These lessons are for the following bass players who want a system that will help them improve their ability on the bass guitar.

  • complete beginners who want to learn how to play
  • beginners who’ve played a bit and just don’t seem to be getting any better
  • bass players (beginners or those who’ve played a bit) who lead busy lives – and who understand the value of being able to access information exactly when they want to
  • bass players

The only requirements are that you own a bass, are prepared to practice as regularly as possible, can pay by PayPal (though you can use a credit card), and that you have a semi decent Internet connection to download the Lesson PDFs and watch the video segments of each lesson.

Can You Really Learn Bass Online?

This is another common question I get.

The bottom line is that ‘online’ is just a delivery mechanism. If you can find an enthusiastic bass teacher who lives reasonably close to you – and they are as rare as rocking horse crap IMO – then you should take lessons from them and hold onto studying with them as often as possible.

If you can’t find such a bass teacher, then online lessons are a good alternative. Here are some of the advantages:

  • no travel time (if you’re a busy guy – family, friends, job etc – then count the opportunity cost of travel to and from lessons in the cost).
  • you take the lesson WHEN you want. If you only have 15 minutes, then you only need to focus on a part of the lesson
    the lesson is always there as a reference if you need to go back to something
  • the online lesson never gets sick or has to go out of town on a plum gig….interfering with YOUR busy schedule


Before we go into the cost let me just reiterate something. Good bass teachers are rare out there in the real world, and if they have any spaces available for new students they are likely to charge $30 to $40 per lesson. Maybe more. (Ed Friedland for example charges $100 per lesson.)

And then you have to factor in the opportunity cost of travel time on top of that.


Bass Lessons
  • 30 Lesson Bass For Beginners Online Course
  • 5 Beginner Style Bass Lessons


This Bass For Beginners Course – which as you can see costs $127 – is a bonus for those who subscribe to my weekly magazine First Bass And Beyond.


  1. All prices are in US Dollars
  2. *These beginners style bass lessons are being created – a simple video only version will go on YouTube, a more detailed version will get posted to the Members Area.
  3. The Video Critique needs YOU to be able to video yourself and then upload it privately to your YouTube channel. And then provide me with the link. And then I’ll tell you what areas you need to improve.
  4. ** There will be more than the basic 5 ‘beginner style’ bass lessons filmed over the next 6 to 9 months. Premium members will see all of the expanded versions of these in the Members area. There may be as many as 20 by the time I’m finished, so a value of $50 is conservative.

How To Sign Up

To join, click the Buy Now buttons above and do your Paypal thang.

When you have paid you will be redirected to a Thank You page. That is normal. I have to manually add you to the course…that takes 12 to 24 hours depending on our respective time zones. If you’ve paid and not heard from me within 24 hours send me an email immediately.

Important: Reason Why You Shouldn’t Delay

The sooner you start providing structure to your practice, the sooner you will start making consistent and constant progress.


Still got questions?

If you’ve still got questions then use the Contact Form and let me know. I’ll reply as soon as I can – usually within 12 hours. Oh, and you could also check out the Teaching Articles – which you’ll find indexed on the Articles Page.

– Paul Wolfe, London