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Announcing: How To Play Bass In 50 Songs (BETA RUN)
The Most Efficient Way To Learn The Bass...
If you want to learn the bass, I'm guessing it's for one of three reasons:
- To play in a band with our friends
- To play in a band with other musicians
- To play along to your favourite songs (perhaps a dream you've always had and only now have been able to turn into a reality)
There's a big problem though - if you pick
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How To Play Bass In 50 Songs
Learning a song with Classic R&B Bass lines is a snap. If you're sat at your computer then all the resources you need are just a mouse click or two away! In fact there's a small demonstration further down the page for you to check out - each song tutorial allows you to focus on each important chunk of the song in isolation, learn that, and then put all the song chunks together when your learning is complete. The notation and tab - as well as being in the downloadable PDF - are also adjacent to the video so that you can cross-reference as you learn from the video tutorial.
When I Originally Created Some Of these Videos I filmed material for two versions - a version that went on YouTube and a version with extra content that only my First Bass And Beyond subscribers saw. And in preparing the videos for this collection they have all been re-edited and re-rendered in higher quality - and a lot of that bonus footage that you won't find on the plain 'YouTube' versions is included. Plus there are plans to add more footage to existing tutorials using the picture in picture technology that you'll see in the Play That Funky Music demo below.
Why Should I Listen To You?
For the best part of 20 years I made my living as a "working bass player." I've gigged all over the UK and throughout Europe - and in that time played at nearly 2000 gigs and racked up over 100,000 miles on the road! And those gigs have spanned multiple genres - reggae, rock, LOTS OF CLASSIC R&B, pop, big band and more. So I have a pretty good idea of what songs working bands have in their playbooks in those genres.
But before I started compiling these volumes of Working Basslines I asked those bass players who subscribe to my weekly magazine First Bass And Beyond to send in their set lists so I could check them out. And I got set lists from bands in America, Canada, Germany, Australia, South Africa and even Brazil and Chile! And I cross referenced my list of working songs with the set lists that I collected - so you can be confident that the songs in these volumes are songs that working bands play - and that "working joes" just like you need to learn and know!
Plus I'm Guessing That If You're Here Now you've seen one of the 300 or so tutorials that I currently have on YouTube and contributed to the close to 10 million views I've racked up teaching bass players just like you to play the kind of songs I'm talking about. Only now you can finally get access to all the components of the song lesson (and song tutorials that have never been posted to YouTube).
What Are The Benefits?
Here are the main benefits of the How To Play Bass In 50 Songs Course:
What Other People Say?
Classic R&B Basslines is getting its first release...so obviously there are no testimonials yet!
However it's very similar in format - and shares around 10 songs (as noted) - to Working Basslines Volume 1. And I DO have testimonials for Working Basslines Volume 1 to share with you. Here's what just three of the previous students of Working Basslines Volume 1 have to say about the collection:
David Rothenberg - Florida, USA
For me the only potential obstacle in buying BassLines Vol 1 was the expansive variety of songs. In other words, the diversity of songs wasn't something I was initially looking for. But I am very happy that I have now. I think it makes me a more well rounded bass player. As a result of buying Working Bass Vol 1, I have learned more songs in a shorter time frame than ever before. I think the 'Band in a Box instructions' was are really helpful during the learning phase of the song.T I really like the way you present the material. I have been using tutorials for about 3 years now. I have checked out other cyber instructors. No one comes close to your instructional style. I can never thank you enough!!! David
Donald Mick, USA
Time to utilize the site is my biggest concern. I am an online student at Berklee College of Music, and am currently one class away from receiving my Bass Professional Certification. During periods when I am taking a class, I don’t have time to use Working Bass Lines, but in between, I find it really helpful in quickly adding to my repertoire of songs.
Breaking down the instruction into verse, chorus, intro etc is a great way to do it. It allows me to review sections where I need it, and skip the rest. I really like having access to both a video and the notation used.
I think Working Baselines Vol 1 has value to both beginners and to more experienced players. I recommend it highly!
Jean Marc Kerou - France
Please excuse my English! What I really like about Working Basslines Volume 1 is the opportunity to immediately access the MUSIC and with direct practice it is a great joy to rapidly get results. I appreciate The "real life" aspect of your pedagogy = efficiency (efficacité ) and your professionalism ( the fact you've been playing thousands of songs transpire obviously and make your tutorial very fruitfull ).
Working Basslines Volume 1 is not expensive and allowed me to get fast results. I would highly recommend it to bass players ! Because this is the first site where one can learn for true , get results and make real and very stable improvements .
PS, I can't wait to start Blues Course !
What Do I Get?
How To Play Bass In 50 Songs consists of 10 Modules. Every module is progressively more advanced than the previous - and within each module the material is ordered in this progressive fashion as well. This is part of the 'constant and continuous improvement' built into the 'How To Play Bass In 50 Songs' Course.
Each module in the course includes the following:
The spine of each module – and of the course as a whole – are the song tutorials. Each song tutorial is presented in sections for ease of learning; there are detailed note by note walkthroughs of each section as well as slow tempo playthroughs with chordal backing tracks and performance tempo playthroughs with soundalike backing tracks. The playthroughs are filmed using picture-in-picture technology so you can clearly see what’s going on with the fretting and plucking hands.
Each module contains technique exercises ranging from plucking hand and fretting hand exercises to rhythm assimilation exercises and fretboard familiarity. Where appropriate, the technique exercises in each module correlate to the songs that form the spine of that module.
MP3 Practice Tracks
As you’ll quickly learn, I’m a big fan of practicing not just with tracks that contain rhythm (e.g. drum grooves, or a metronome) but tracks that ALSO contain chordal material. You’ll find hundreds of these tracks to download and use in your practice in MP3 format throughout each module of the course.
Module Assignment And Quiz
At the end of each module is an assignment and a quiz. The quiz – presented in a simple question and multiple choice answer format – is one way you can audit the learning that’s taken place in each module. The other way of auditing is to film the assignment at the end of each module for review.
Interactive Assignments (Beta Run Only)
As described above, at the end of each module there is an assignment for the student to film. For the beta run – and why the beta run will be capped at 20 students! – I’ll personally critique each of those assignments. This is to ensure that any errors being made are fixed – and to also teach you exactly what to look and listen for so that in the future you can do audit your playing yourself. (Learning just THIS will set you apart from 99% plus of wannabe bass students.)
What Songs Are Included In The 'How To Play Bass In 50 Songs' Course?
Let Me Give You A Demo
Let me give you a short demonstration of how everything is set up on the Funk Soul Disco part of the working basslines site.
Let's Assume You Need To Learn Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry - and let's assume you're working on the chorus. Here's how it would look on the Funky Music Page.
First you'd have the notation and tab:
Then you'd have the video underneath it so you could watch the video and cross reference with the notation and tab:
Then after all the song sections you'd have the downloadable PDF (which includes all the notation and tab, plus the Band In A Box programming instructions),and the bassless backing tracks to practice along with (or Band In A Box files.)
So you've got everything on hand to learn the different sections of the song and then put those sections together.
So How Much Does The 'How To Play Bass In 50 Songs Course' cost?
The investment for How To Play Bass In 50 Songs is just...
Not One - But TWO Guarantees! Most courses have some kind of money back guarantee - 30 days or 45 days or whatever. What they don't tell you is that they HAVE to have these guarantees in place, it's one of the Terms Of Service Conditions imposed on them by whoever they use to process online payments.
But I'm so confident in this learning programme that I've got TWO guarantees!
1. 30 Day 100% Money Back Guarantee: I KNOW that if you do the work and practice the assignments that are given in each modules of the How To Play Bass In 50 Songs course that you'll make constant and continuous improvement.
But I want YOU to be just as confident with your purchase, so there's a 30 day guarantee period. After your purchase you've got a full 30 days to go through the first modules in the How To Play Bass In 50 Songs Course. If for whatever reason you're not satisfied, all you have to do is drop me an email and let me know. I'll refund your purchase ASAP with no hassles and no hoops to jump through, and we can part as friends.
2. One Year "Constant And Continuous Improvement" Guarantee. As well as being covered for the first 30 days of your enrollment into this course, you're also covered conditionally for an additional 11 months. At the end of each module there is an assignment that you need to film - if you've gone through the course thoroughly (and can prove it with your assignment recordings) and there's no sign of the constant and continuous improvement that's built into the DNA of the course, then drop me an email and arrange for me to see the recordings. That's it...if there's no sign of constant and continuous improvement then I'll refund every cent of your enrollment fee.
So It's Time To Make A Decision: You should have all the information you need to decide whether you want to learn these working songs, starting in the next few minutes. Simply CLICK the big yellow 'JOIN NOW' button below and you'll be taken to a Paypal Page where you can enroll on the How To Play Bass In 50 Songs Course.. (If you don't have a Paypal account you can still purchase using a Credit Card.)
As soon as I see your payment (and bear in mind any timezone differences) I'll email you and let you know that you're in. Course content will start going live on Monday 23rd November.
So go ahead. Click the big yellow button below and JOIN NOW.
P.S. When you go to play with other musicians at a gig, a jam or a rehearsal no-one will care whether you can play diminished scale licks or machine gun triplets or open voiced chords that don't sound muddy. Instead they'll ONLY care whether you know a repertoire of of standard songs, that your technique is sufficiant to play through those songs and that you can play those songs in time. When playing with other musicians the only other thing that matters is that you turn up on time. I can't help you with that - but the other three elements are all covered in this course.
Hitting the 'Join Now' button is the most effecient (and therefore most cost effective way) to achieve this.
P.P.S RECAP of the above. For just $297 you'll get lifetime access to this comprehensive 10 Module Course that will take you fr . Don't forget that you're covered by not one, but TWO GUARANTEES! There's a 30 day 100% Money Back Guarantee if you decide this programme is not for you. On top of that there's the One Year BLAH BLAH BLAH...so all the risk is truly on me!
Q.How Many Volumes Of Working Basslines Are There Going To Be?
A.At least 6. Currently available is Volume 1 – this one – which is a general collection. Volume 2 will follow in around 3-4 months. There will also be genre specific collections of working bass lines. First up – in two weeks – is the Funk,Soul and Disco collection. Further additions to the library later in the year will include: Classic R&B; Reggae and Ska, and Beatles Collections. Each of these additional collections will be priced at similar levels.
Q.How Long Is This Resource Available To Me Once I've Joined?
A.My business plans work in 5 year cycles…and I’m currently a year into my second cycle – so the first answer is at least 4 years. I don’t envisage selling or closing How To Play Bass Dot Com so the realistic answer is probably much longer than that. 4 years is as good a place as any to start.
Q.I Don't Have Band In A Box - Are The Programming Instructions Of Any Use?
A.Firstly you might not have Band In A Box now, but if you’re serious about getting better at bass guitar then this should be high on your wish list. It’s the best practice tool for bass players out there. Secondly, even if you don’t have Band In A Box the programming instructions include screen shots of how each song section looks when programmed in Band In A Box – and this will give you a clear guide to the chord progressions being used in each section of the song.
Q.What If There's A Specific Song I Need To Learn That's Not Covered By Your Library?
A.I’ve taught over 400 songs on video down the years I’ve been running How To Play Bass Dot Com – so if you don’t see it listed, it’s always worth dropping me an email to see if I have it gathering virtual dust in my archives.
Q.You Are Using A New Teaching Format - How Many Of The Videos In The Collection Use This New Format?
A.Currently there are around 10 videos that use the new teaching format that I’ve started using in 2015. But over time I will revamp some of the older tutorials with this newer format. All those revamps will be added to the course for no additional fee. (see also next question).
Q.Do You Teach All Of The Videos In The Collection?
A.No. The bulk of the videos are taught by me. But over the last year or so I’ve been joined by a teacher called Gordon Clayton who has taught some of the tutorials. And over the NEXT year or so I’ll be recruiting at least two other teachers and they may well create some of the videos for some of the revamped material I mentioned in the last question.