For Gigging Bass Players - And Those That Want To Be!

Announcing:  The Blues Rock Collection

Indispensible Collection Of Songs Played By 'Working Joes' All Over The World

I've released several volumes of songs in various genres - e.g. funk soul and disco, country and country rock, reggae and ska, classic r&b and so on.  But the most requested genre I get asked about is blues rock.

So I'm pleased to announce that the Blues Rock collection - Pre Release Version - is officially open.

 

Now "Blues Rock" is a massive genre than spans Jimi Hendrix to Stevie Ray Vaughan to the Allman Brothers to Eric Clapton and so on.

And I have a feeling that we'll end up with at least two volumes of "Blues Rock" by the time we're done.

For this collection I've picked songs based on a number of criteria:

  • songs that existing blues rock bar bands play
  • 'classic' blues rock songs
  • the odd song covered by a blues rock band or artist that's NOT commonly played by bands - so you've got some variation if you don't want to sound like everyone else!

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, soul AND OF COURSE LOTS OF BLUES ROCK.  So I have a pretty good idea of what songs working bands have in their playbooks in those genres.

And I'm a set list nerd...over the years I've collected set lists from over four hunred bands from all over the world from 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 250 or so tutorials that I currently have on YouTube and contributed to the close to 11.5 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 Blues Rock Collection:

  • Song Selection

    There’s a wide variety of songs featured in this Collection – ranging from blues standards to unusual covers –  for you to learn. All of these tunes are played across the world by working bands – so that you can approach rehearsals, auditions and gigs confident that you have learned a good library of the kind of songs that bands play at paying gigs.

  • Cost Effective

    I can’t think of any other resource where you get notation and tab, video and interactive soundslice.  And it works out at less than the price of a cup of coffee per song.

  • Accurate Notation And Tab

    There’s a metric shit ton of tabs and the like out there on the Interwebz – and not of all it is accurate. The majority of these tutorials are based on actually playing these songs out there in the real world – so you don’t have to worry about learning something that’s wrong.  (And if you ever think something is notated wrongly….challenge me and I’ll double and triple check it and fix it if need be! And reward you with goodies as a thank you!

  • Sectional Learning

    Because the songs are presented in chunks  it makes learning not only quicker, but you can prioritize learning time on the sections of the song that are harder and that you have to nail.

  • Accessibility

    Once you’ve joined the tutorials are always available – provided you’ve got Internet Access of course! – and you can print out the downloadable PDFs so you can take them on the road with you.  (Or load them to your iPad!).

  • Lifetime Updates

    Over time I do add updates to songs – you’re covered for all these updates.  Plus if you stop playing for a year – say you have a life changing event like a baby and don’t really pick up your bass for a while….this collection will still be here when you do resume your normal life!

What Other People Say?

The Blues Rock colelction is very similar in format to Working Basslines Volume 1.  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 .

Jean Marc
PS, I can't wait to start Blues Course !

What Do I Get?

The Blues Rock Collection  will consist of 60 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 Blues Rock Collection includes the following:

 

  • Video Tutorials

    Each song is split into its main parts – e.g. verse, chorus, bridge, etc – and each main part has its own video tutorial.  The majority of sections are filmed and you should be familiar with the approach now – there are picture in picture close ups of both hands and two playalongs for each section: a performance tempo playalong either with the original or with soundalike backing track; a slowed down playalong with a chordal metronome

  • 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.

  • Bass Less Backing Tracks

    Some song tutorials have audio content as well – usually a bass less backing track to play along with if required.

  • Detailed Band In A Box Programming Instructions

    The PDF for each song in the Blues Rock collection also contains detailed instructions on how to program the individual song sections in Band In A Box. These instructions include key, suggested performance tempos and so on.

    (Note: Band In A Box is NOT included – but is the best practice software out there for bass players FOR ALL THEIR PRACTICE (IMO) and is highly recommended.)

  • Interactive Soundslice

    Each section on the tutorial page has an interactive soundslice….this is ‘notation and tab’ where you can hit play and hear how it should sound.  Yes it’s a little synthetic sounding but it’s a priceless learning tool – you can add metronome, change key, loop bars, slow down sections and more.

What Songs Are Included In The Blues Rock Collection?

Little Wing - Stevie Ray Vaughan

Hoochie Coochie Man - Allman Brothers

I Ain't Superstitious - Jeff Beck

Piece Of My Heart - Janice Joplin

Hideaway - John Mayall

Before You Accuse Me - CCR

Jessica - The Allman Brothers

I'm Tore Down - Eric Clapton

Cause We've Ended As Lovers - Jeff Beck

Dazed And Confused - Led Zeppelin

She Caught The Katy - Blues Brothers

Thorazine Shuffle - Gov't Mule

Fire - Jimi Hendrix

Politician - Cream

Knocking On Heaven's Door - Eric Clapton

Cold Shot - Stevie Ray Vaughan

The Thrill Is Gone - BB King

Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd

Hey Joe - Jimi Hendrix

Ain't No Sunshine - John Mayer

Little Girl - John Mayall and Bluesbreakers

Southbound - Allman Brothers

Pride And Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughan

Little Wing - Hendrix

Honky Tonk Woman - Elton John

Statesboro Blues - Allman Brothers

 

Poison Whiskey by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Texas Flood by Stevie Ray Vuaghan

Sweet Home Chicago by The Blues Brothers

One Way Out by The Allman Brothers

Crossroads by Cream

Wishing Well by Free

Have You Heard by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers

Sunshine Of Your Love by Cream

The Sky Is Crying by Stevie Ray Vaughan

Everyday I Have The Blues by John Mayer

I Shot The Sheriff by Eric Clapton

Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix

My Little Girl by Jeff Healey

Going Down by Freddie King

 

Now there's obviously a number of songs to add to the collection to complete it....here's a list of songs in pre-production that will be added to the collection shortly:

 

Freebird by Lynyrd Skynyrd ( every section)

All Along The Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix

In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed by the Allman Brothers

Superstition by Stevie Ray Vaughan

 

Plus I'm looking for suggestions from you guys and girls!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

So How Much Does The Blues Rock Collection Cost?

 

This is a special "Pre-Release" offer.

When the collection is complete in three months time I'll be charging the normal price for my larger collections.  That price will be...

$127

However as noted above the Collection is not yet complete.  But I like to reward fast action takers so there's a special pre-release deal if you jump in now.  That pre-release deal is:

$97

60 Day 100% Money Back Guarantee:  I know that you'll find the unique tutorial combination of video, notation/tab and interactive soundslice in the Blues Rock bass collection will help you learn a ton of the kind of songs that working bands the world over use at their gigs.  I 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 Blues Rock Collection.  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.

So It's Time To Make A Decision:  You should have all the information you need to decide whether you want to learn these great blues rock 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 purchase Blues Rock Bass Collection  (If you don't have a Paypal account you can still purchase using a Credit Card.)

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.  (You can pay with Paypal or 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.

 

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.

Paul Wolfe

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www.how-to-play-bass.com

 

P.P.S RECAP of the above.  For just $97 you'll get detailed tutorials to the  songs listed (plus the additional songs in the collection as they are added). 

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). Don't forget that you're covered by my  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:

 

 

FAQs

  • Q.How Many Volumes Of Working Basslines Are There Going To Be?

    A.At least 10.  Currently there are 7 available – this is the eighth.

  • 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 three years into my second cycle – so the first answer is at least 2 years.  I don’t envisage selling or closing How To Play Bass Dot Com so the realistic answer is probably much longer than that.  2 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 literally hundreds of 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.