Blues Bass 101
Most of us start playing the bass to play in a band and/or play with other musicians. One of the things that you need to successfully play with other musicians is songs that all you know.
If you’ve ever been to a rehearsal, or ever jammed with other musicians, it’s very common for someone to suggest starting with a blues in E or A.
But the blues is a lot more complex than that – it stretches to cover several different forms and artists as diverse as Robert Johnson, BB King, Albert King, Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and many others are all said to be ‘bluesmen.’
So What’s Needed To Learn How To Play The Blues?
To learn the blues you need three things in my opinion:
- A repertoire of blues songs (not every blues song is 12 bars long. Plus there are different rhythmic feels.)
- A vocabulary of authentic blues phrases.
- A vocabulary of authentic blues rhythms.
And that’s what the Blues Bass 101 course was created to achieve
It’s a method where you learn blues songs (repertoire) and then extract vocabulary from the song that you’ve learned (blues phrases). That vocabulary can be both melodic AND rhythmic (rhythm). Then you practice those phrases and rhythms in all 12 keys. And with different blues forms.
And then you move onto another song and repeat the process.
Plus with each lesson there are downloadable backing tracks (without bass) at varying tempos so that you can practice your newly learned vocabulary with both rhythmic backing and chordal backing.
(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 bass players who want a systemic way to get started learning the blues.
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.
And you need a little bit of theory knowledge too – not a great deal, but it helps if you know what 3rds are, and 5ths, and flat 7ths, and root notes. And so on.
The $1,000,000 QUESTION: HOW MUCH DOES THE BLUES BASS 101 COURSE COST?
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.
|Installment Price||3 Installments
|32 Lesson Blues Bass 101 Course – Web page version with text, music graphics and videos|
|Downloadable PDF version of each lesson|
|Downloadable MP3 Backing Tracks for each lesson|
|Premium Version Only!|
|Bonus: 15 Additional ‘repertoire’ tutorials – video lessons with notation and tab – see syllabus for list (Value $75)|
|Bonus: PDF – Blues Bass Lines – 20 bass lines – see syllabus for list of songs included (value – $27)|
|Bonus: PDF – How To Analyze Bass Lines (value $15)|
|Bonus: Future Updates to the course (Value $30)|
- All prices are in US Dollars
- The future updates value is very conservative. Over the next year or so I’d like to add a substantial number of blues and blues rock style song tutorials so that the course will give you plenty of song choices.
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