For Gigging Bass Players - And Those That Want To Be!
Announcing: Beatles Basslines
Beatles (And McCartney) Basslines For 'Working Joes' All Over The World
When most of us picked up the bass, we did so for one of three reasons:
- To play in a band with our friends
- To play in a band with other musicians
- Both of the above!
When I started out my journey on the bass that was my goal too.
But for years I was the archetypal bedroom musician. And when I actually summoned up the courage to go out and play with other musicians, although I was a reasonable player I lacked one essential piece of knowledge:
A library of songs that gigging bands play.
This is the fifth collection of song tutorials that I've put out following on from Volume 1, Funk Soul And Disco Basslines, Classic R&B Basslines and Volume 2. If you've seen the information pages for any of those collections then you should know what to expect from this collection!
Learning a song with Beatles Basslines Volume 2 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. See also the notes below on the 'Soundslice' technology that I'm adding!
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 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, funk, soul, disco, 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 Beatles Basslines Volume 2:
What Other People Say?
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?
Beatles Basslines consists of 55 Song Tutorials and each song has its own dedicated page. Navigating to the song you wish to learn is simple - and everything you need to learn that song will be at your fingertips.
Each song tutorial in the Beatles Basslines volume 2 library includes the following:
Each song is split into its main parts – e.g. verse, chorus, bridge, etc – and each main part has its own video tutorial. There are two styles of tutorial used – note by note (my older style) or performance temp/slow tempo playthroughs with picture in picture editing (my new style). The notation and tab for each section is posted so that you can cross-reference as you’re going through the video portion of the lesson.
Downloadable PDFs For Each Song
Each song has its own downloadable PDF which contains the notation and tab and some thoughts on playing through the song – and often a ‘road map’ of the song (i.e. what order you play the basic part to play through the song).
Bass Less Backing Tracks
Each song tutorial has audio content as well – either a bass less backing track to play along to, or backing tracks for different sections of the song generated in Band In A Box. Some of the songs have backing tracks generated from the multitrack “stems” that you can find floating around the Interwebz. So you get to actually play along with The Beatles!
Detailed Band In A Box Programming Instructions
The PDF for each song in the Working Basslines library also contains detailed instructions on how to program the individual song sections in Band In A Box. These instructions include key, suggested real tracks to use, suggested performance tempos and so on.
(Note: Band In A Box is NOT included with Working Basslines – but is the best practice software out there for bass players and is highly recommended.)
See the demo below….but the really exciting addition to the Working Basslines collections with this volume is the use of Interactive Soundslice Scores for each section of the songs being taught.
As well as the song tutorials there are three bonus PDFs:
80:20 McCartney Analysis Series
This isn’t one PDF, but a PDF for every week of a column I’m running in my weekly magazine First Bass And Beyond that explores and analyzes McCartney’s basslines in 80:20 detail. This series is ongoing.
Deliberate Practice and the Day Tripper Riff
This bonus section looks at learning the Daytripper Riff from a deliberate practice point of view.
Beatles Cover Transcriptions
The Beatles Songs have been covered by lots of different bands…this PDF collects transcriptions of several performances of the bass lines to Beatles tunes by other artists (e.g. Got To Get You Into My Life by Earth Wind And Fire, We Can Work it Out by Stevie Wonder and so on). COMING JAN 2017!
What Are The Songs Included In the Beatles (and McCartney) Basslines Volume?
We Can Work It Out
Ticket To Ride
Drive My Car
8 Days A Week
Please Please Me
All My Loving
Can't Buy Me Love
A Hard Day's Night
Dizzy Miss Lizzy
Roll Over Beethoven
Got To Get You Into My Life
And Your Bird Can Sing
Love Me Do
Twist And Shout
I Feel Fine
A Little Help From My Friends
Back in The USSR
I Saw Her Standing There
She Loves You
Baby You're A Rich Man
In My Life
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Don't Let Me Down
Here Comes The Sun
Old Brown Shoe
I Want To Hold Your Hand
The Ballad Of John And Yoko
All You Need Is Love
I Want You
Silly Love Songs
Live And Let Die
She's Leaving Home
Just Another Day
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Do You Want To Know A Secret
A Day In The Life
To Be Decided #1
To Be Decided #2
To Be Decided #3
Let Me Give You A Demo
Let me give you a short demonstration of how everything is set up in the Beatles Basslines site.
Let's Assume You Need To Learn Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Page - and let's assume you're working on the verse. Here's how it would look on the Sgt Pepper Page.
First you'd have the notation and tab - this is static notation and tab, please see the short section below about Soundslice technology that is currently replacing this:
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.
The static notation/tab graphics before each video section are now being replaced by 'Soundslice Scores.' There is a screencast video demo of these in action below. But with these scores you can actually play the score and see how it sounds, add a metronome, slow it down (or speed up) without changing pitch, loop one or two or as many bars as you want and more. So far only a few of the tutorials have had these Soundslice scores added...but over the next month the static notation/tab will be replaced with Soundslice scores. Yesterday I programmed a piece of sax music my 10 year old son was learning for his Grade 2 sax and the difference in the progress he made learning this piece was astonishing! This is a big step forward in bass learning!
So How Much Does Beatles Basslines Cost?
Beatles Basslines is just....
60 Day 100% Money Back Guarantee: We know that you'll find the unique tutorial combination of video, notation/tab and backing tracks in Beatles Basslines will help you learn a ton of the kind of songs that working bands the world use at their gigs. We want you to be just as confident with your purchase though, so there's a full 60 day guarantee period. After your purchase you've got a full 60 days to go through the songs in the Beatles Basslines Library. If for whatever reason you're not satisfied, all you have to do is drop us an email and let us know. We'll refund your purchase ASAP with no hassles and no hoops to jump through, and we can part as friends.
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 '
Simply CLICK the big yellow 'NEXT STEP' button below and you'll be taken to the Registration page on the new "Courses" website where you can enroll on this unique collection of song tutorials. (If you don't have a Paypal account you can still purchase using a Credit Card.)
Once you've clicked the 'NEXT STEP' button you'll be taken to a Registration page where you can enter the password you'd like for site access. When you click the 'Sign UP' button on the Registration Form you'll finish joining on Paypal's Log In Page.
IF YOU'RE IN THE UK PLEASE EMAIL ME AS I'LL HAVE A SPECIAL LINK FOR YOU THAT WILL BE MORE ADVANTAGEOUS PRICE WISE DUE TO THE CURRENT VOLATILITY OF STERLING
P.S. When you go to a gig, a jam or a rehearsal no-one will care whether you can play diminished scale licks or machine gun triplets or non-muddy chords. Instead they'll ONLY care whether you know a large repertoire of the kind of songs that working bands all over the world play. If you don't know the songs....you don't get the gig. Period.
Hitting the 'Next Step' button is the easiest and most cost effective way to get started learning these working songs.
P.P.S RECAP of the above. For just $127 you'll get detailed tutorials to the 57 songs listed (plus 3 that are not yet listed!). Each tutorial covers the major sections of the song and you'll see video for each section, plus notation and tab. Additionally there is notation and tab in the downloadable PDF. There is also detailed programming instructions to create practice tracks for each song chunk with the software Band In A Box (Band In A Box NOT included) And there's either a bass less backing track for you to play with once you've learned all the song sections, or Band In A Box files to practice with (MP3 format). Don't forget that you're covered by my 60 Day No Questions Asked Guarantee if you decide this is not for you - so all the risk is on me.
Note On Registration
When you click the big yellow Join Now button above, you will be taken to a registration page where you can set your own password for the Courses site to access your content. There's a sign up button at the bottom of the form and clicking that will take you to Paypal to complete the Check Out Process. Here's what the registration page looks like:
Q.How Many Volumes Of Working Basslines Are There Going To Be?
A.At least 7. Currently available is Volume 1, Funk Soul and Disco Basslines, Classic R&B Basslines and Volume 2 this one. Next up is Ska and Reggae (hopefully mid feb 2016). And following that will be a Beatles Volume, a Blues Rock volume and a Country/New Country volume.
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.