For 50 Bass Players Who Want To Learn To Create Their Own Basslines

Announcing....Basslines 101

Unique 30 Lesson Step By Step Course

What's Covered In Basslines 101?

If you've read the mini-series of emails/articles on how I discovered the pieces of the bass line creation puzzle then you'll have a good idea what's covered.

To summarize, this 30 lesson course - delivered in weekly lessons to give you time to practice and avoid overwhelming you with too much information - covers the following topics:

  • Use Of Root Notes And Chord Tone Placement

    Bass line creation starts with root notes. Although root notes are predictable – they are fundamental pieces of the puzzle. Using chord tones in conjunction with root notes is needed to help communicate the harmony of the song in a linear fashion. Might sound complex…it’s not. And it’s all explained step by step.

  • The Three Types Of Approach Notes And How To Use Them

    There are three main types of approach notes – though you can them either above the target note or below it – and using these approach notes is critical in creating good bass lines that lead the listener’s ear through the changes

  • Strong Beat/Weak Beat and Rhythms

    Knowing where to place chord tones in your bass line depends on the strong beat/weak beat concept. Following on from that we’ll incorporate rhythms and playing with the drumset.

  • Common Chord Progressions

    There are 10 lessons looking at the principle Common Chord Progressions. Each of these lessons teaches about the progression, examines how to play through using ‘chord tone’ skeletons and also includes examples from my ‘black book’ of transcriptions and exercises.

  • Player Spotlight Lessons

    In each of the five player spotlight lessons we look at several ideas we can lift from the player in question to add to your playing. And also there are a number of examples taken from transcriptions that you can use in your bass line practices. The players covered are Bruce Thomas, Garry Tallent, Pino Palladino, Rocco Prestia and Geddy Lee.

  • Transposable Riffs

    There will be updates to the program in the upcoming years – for example there are two We started the mini-series with the concept of Transposable Riffs. When I came to create the step-by-step Basslines 101 method this topic slipped right down the pecking order because it was much more important to work on chord tones, placement and approach notes before transposable riffs. But in the common chord progression on the Blues I include 200 transposable riff examples. (Yep – 200!!!)

  • Miscellaneous Topics

    When creating the course there were three or four miscellaneous topics that I added: strip mining songs; fills; 5 note scales in bass lines and ostinatos.

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!

Those gigs ranged from rock and pop gigs to jazz gigs and just about everything in between. Sometimes I had to learn specific songs...sometimes I improvised basslines on the fly from chord symbols.

When I first started my weekly magazine First Bass And Beyond learning how to create bass lines themselves was the Number 1 Topic that most of my students wanted to learn. That's when I distilled what I knew about creating bass lines into a systematic step-by-step program that my students have been successfully using since 2010.

There are detailed testimonials further down this page....please make sure you take the time to read them!

Lesson Format

Here's how the 30 lessons of the course are laid out:

  • Step By Step Instruction

    The course starts out in Lesson 1 at a very basic lesson and progresses from there. Each lesson is intended to build on the previous lesson – so it’s important that you don’t jump lessons.

    The other learning element built into the course is that the jump from say Lesson 3 to Lesson 4 or Lesson 6 to Lesson 7 or Lesson 12 to Lesson 13 is reasonably minimal. But if you tried to go from Lesson 1 to Lesson 13 you’d be lost in a moment of seconds. It’s only when they’ve completed the course that students realize how much they’ve learned…and how the sequential step-by-step methodology helped them realize their goals.

  • Video Examples

    You won’t have to guess what every muscial example sounds like – because EVERY musical example has been filmed and embedded on the Basslines 101 website!

    NEW FOR 2016 I’ve recently adopted a new technology called ‘Soundslice.’  As well as the video examples, every example has a ‘Soundslice.’  This is like an interactive piece of notation and tab that allows you to hit ‘Play’ and hear exactly what the bass line sounds like.  I’m really excited about the learning potential of this technology!

  • Action Plans

    Each lesson has an action plan. This downloadable PDF is to guide you in the steps needed to actually take the material taught in each lesson and practice it in your practice space.

  • Downloadable MP3s

    On my website I often talk about Band In A Box as being the perfect practice tool for bass players. One of the great features it has is that allows me to generate MP3 files from my band in a box files. Every lesson has a number of MP3 files of chord progressions for you to practice with – and every MP3 comes at multiple tempos!

  • Lifetime Access And Updates

    One other thing. You have lifetime access and any updates to the course are covered by your original enrollment fee.


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 Other People Say?

Here's what just four of the Working Basslines students have to say about the collection:


David Root - USA

Here is a big thumbs up for the great work you do in the world of cyber bass teaching. The BL101 course was one of the best I have done so far. I tend to have more money and interest then actual time when it comes to these courses, so I have taken a fair number of them. I also follow several of the online forums and bass playing sites. My main playing background is with my church worship team where the main objective is to come up with reasonable lines on the fly, a task that is sometimes tough if you want to move from the root and into more advanced playing.


The Bl101 coarse brought together all the aspects of building a line from the ground up. His presentation of the BL101 lessons with his "Action Plans" give the aspiring student a clear goal for each section of study. This is proven learning methodology, and Paul teaches with ways that work if the student puts the time into study.

In fact, this is my biggest problem with the course, Paul gives so much information that it is almost impossible to keep up, but as he says it is not a race and a person can take all the time they need. Given that the course is presented online, all the material is available for download at your own pace. I found that my limited schedule put me behind after the first few lessons, but it was never an issue. I just downloaded the lesson along with the backing tracks and videos and worked at my pace.

I think a person could study the vast amount of information Paul presents for over a year and still have stuff to learn. In fact, if you even put just the smallest handful of the tips he gives into action, your playing will improve overnight, mine sure did and I am far from the most studious


Andrew Worcester

Learning to play bass well takes time and discipline and this course is no different. Any course that promises expert bass playing in a short time is probably a waste of time. The course requires a time commitment to get through all of the exercises.

I learned the importance of understanding the basics and this allowed me to progress in my playing. The way in which the music theory was taught is very simple to understand and apply.


One of the features I liked about the course was that I could watch or just listen to the lessons on my laptop or iPod anywhere, anytime. I could also read the lessons and highlight and make notes where I needed to. This allowed me to learn without giving up valuable time from family or work and also learn using different senses and reinforce the information.

I haven't seen a course comparable to Bass Lines 101 and the instructor not only understands music and bass playing but also understands learning and knows the principles of adult education - there's a structured approach to learning, each student controls his or her own pace, and I learned aspects of bass playing that I didn't intend to: music theory sight reading, soloing and it was fun.

The feedback and ability to ask questions is not available from any bass playing book. Although initially sceptical about taking an 'online course' I don't have to lug my guitar around in the freezing cold to get a lesson!


Bill McGarry

With Basslines 101 I found that I could play a lot more songs than I ever imagined based on the concepts that I learned.  I also found out that some very simple application of the theoretical material in the course allowed me to create better sounding bass lines, and GREATLY improved my ability to jam at a moments notice with the drummer and the guitarist.

I enjoyed the real life examples in the Course, songs that I knew were deconstructed and turned into bass lines that could be used in a number of different environments; I also enjoyed learning about common chord progressions and constructing bass lines to them.

Basslines 101 is great for the beginner and intermediate bass player, and the wealth of knowledge and techniques has made me a much better bass player.  The Course is well worth the money and I find myself referring to the Videos and the PDFs over and over again.


Frank Tetgemeyer

At first I was overwhelmed by the amount of (possible) work to do. In the second week Paul explained that it's not necessary to follow the course in real time - after that I adapted my speed to my abilities and timeframe.

I watched the videos every week and read the PDF and this way I was able to adapt some things already at a stage where I was still working on early lessons. After a year I'm still not finished with the course!

The video part of make it possible to understand the concepts taught in the lessons by watching the played examples (even when travelling). The MP3 files give you subliminal ear training while doing the exercises.

The Basslines 101 Course is the best learning resource I ever had (for a beginner). Even
my personal teachers never reached the level of didactic competence and
knowledge that I get with Paul's material



1. Transcription Books (Value $120)

At the end of every month a PDF transcription book is added to the members area.  These PDFs are collections of transcriptions and range from 10 transcriptions to 15 transcriptions per book.

Month 1 – Berry Oakley/Allman Brothers transcriptions

Month 2 – Geddy Lee/Rush transcriptions

Month 3 – Rob De Leo /Stone Temple Pilots transcriptions

Month 4 – Verdine White

Month 5 – Carl Radle (Eric Clapton and Derek and Dominos)

Month 6 – Garry Tallent/Bruce Springsteen

Month 7 – Pino Palladino


2. Analyzing Basslines (Value $27)

This PDF is a collection of columns I wrote for my weekly magazine – and shows you the step by step methods you need to use to analyze bass lines on your own so that you can can see what YOUR favourite bass player is doing when he steps up to play!


So How Much Does Basslines 101 Cost?

If you read the mini-series about how I learned the different pieces of the bass line creation puzzle you'll now that it took me several years to discover these pieces and work out how to put them together.

It also took me the best part of a full year to put this course together and distill it down into the thirty weekly lessons presented.

If you took thirty weekly lessons with a good instructor you'd pay anything from $50 per lesson upwards.  I know that Ed Friedland does Skype lessons for example and I looked on his website but couldn't see a quoted figure.  But I believe we're talking $100 an hour.

Let's say he's just $80 an hour.

That works out at $2400.  Approximately $345 per month for seven months.

Basslines 101 works out as a fraction of that.

Firstly  it's not $345 per month for those seven months.

Not even half that -  $172.50 per month.

In fact it's not even HALF of THAT!   (Which would be $86.25 a month - nearly the cost of lesson with someone like Ed Friedland)

Instead, Basslines 101 for the full 30 week programme - AND all the bonuses listed above - costs just...

$57 Per Month


And that's for the 7 months of the course run.

If you work that out on a cost per lesson basis it works out to less than....14 BUCKS PER LESSON!

30 Day 100% Money Back Guarantee:  We know from running this course every year for the last six years that if you follow the step by step instruction that you'll learn how to create your own bass lines.  We want you to be just as confident with your purchase though, so there's a 30 day guarantee period.  After your purchase you've got 30 days to go through the weekly modules.  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 how to create your own bass lines by joining a comprehensive step by step learning program.  Simply  CLICK the big yellow 'JOIN NOW' button below and you'll be taken to a Paypal screen where you can enroll on Basslines 101  (If you don't have a Paypal account you can still purchase using a Credit Card.)    If your payment is successful you'll be redirected to a 'Thank You' page plus you should get an email receipt from Paypal.   So go ahead.  Click the big yellow button below and JOIN NOW.  (PAUL'S NOTE - THIS LINK NO LONGER WORKS - SEE THE EMAIL!!!!)

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  about whether you know a bunch of 'working songs' AND can create your own bass lines on the fly for songs that you don't know. Being able to do both these things is the surest way to get the gig.  Period.

Hitting the 'Join Now' button is the quickest  way to get started learning how to create your own bass lines. (Learning songs is covered by other programs that I have of which you get after 3 months in the program 😉 )

And remember there are just 50 places available for this run of the course!

Hitting the 'Join Now' button is the easiest and most cost effective way to get started learning these working songs.

Paul Wolfe/

If you got all the way here without enrolling on Basslines 101, either you're still undecided or...

Maybe you're like me?

You scroll through every offer at lightning pace, reading only tidbits, checking out the price and the bonuses, using intuition to make a quick buying decision?

If that sounds about right, here's a Three Point Summary just for people like Me and You!

  • #1 This is a comprehensive 30 lesson, step by step course that will teach you how to create your own bass lines.
  • #2 You have lifetime access to the course materials (including future updates). So you don't need to worry  'falling behind' the weekly publication schedule.
  • #3 The cost is $577 for 7 months

That's the skinny 😉

Click the big yellow JOIN NOW button to lock in your place and the bonuses.

The End!



If this course sounds like the type of education you need to expand your bass playing and learn how to create your own bass lines....then stay tuned to your email inbox and I'll let you know how you can "enroll" on this.