For Bass Players Who Want To Learn The Sylistic Devices of Fingerstyle Funk!

Announcing:  Fingerstyle Funk Rock Bass(2017)

2017 revamp of Fingerstyle Funk Rock course  (think Flea, Muzz Skillings, Pino  etc)

Flea is one of the most documented bass players out there in bass land.  You can find most of his bass performances transcribed in commercially available books.  And almost single handedly he 'invented' the genre of Fingerstyle Funk.

Now if you know how to take a bunch of transcriptions from a single player (or genre), isolate the key elements of that player (or genre) and then take those to your practice area to work on then you can buy two or three transcription books of Flea's and make serious inroads in fingerstyle funk rock pretty quickly.  (I recommend Californication and One Hot Minute as the starting point for this btw).

But if you DON'T know how to do that (and no-one teaches how to do this) - and you're keen to get into fingerstyle funk - there's now another way that you can pick up the rhythms and stylistic devices used by Flea (and others) in the genre of Fingerstyle Funk.

And that's my Fingerstyle Funk Rock course.

Fingerstyle Funk Rock Bass

Fingerstyle Funk Rock Bass is a 12 Lesson Course that identifies and teaches the core devices and rhythms that Flea has used to create the bass genre of fingerstyle funk rock - and builds and develops those further using ideas used in songs by bands like Audioslave, Stone Temple Pilots, Living Colour, John Mayer Trio (surely some of Pino's finest work?) and more.

The lessons are delivered at 10 day intervals to prevent overwhelm and give you chance to build your knowledge and skills in the Practice Room before the next lesson is published.

Here's the lesson by lesson breakdown:

Lesson 1: Day 1 - A 16th Note Rhythmic Primer . Lesson 1 starts out looking at the primary building block of Fingerstyle Funk Rock bass - that rhythmic block is rhythm. There are a bunch of rhythms to assimilate as well as some chord progressions to play them too.

Lesson 2: Day 11 - Adding Melodic Notes . In Lesson 2 you will start layering melodic note choices to the rhythms that we looked at in Lesson 1. The note choices we're using in Lesson 2 are the root and the octave and the 5th - and these note choices very much hark back to Flea's early days as a predominantly slap bass player.

Lesson 3: Day 21 - Approach Notes . In Lesson 3 you're going to smooth out the 'spiky' up-and-down combinations of root-5th-octave phrases with approach notes. We're going to use the three differenent types of approach notes to layer into your Deliberate Compositions and smooth the sound of your lines out.

Lesson 4: Day 31 - Expanding the Toolbox. In Lesson 4 you'll add some more devices to your melodic and rhythmic libraries: you'll use ties to create some complex tied rhythms and you'll add some simple scalar type patterns to your melodic choices to expand your lines further.

Lesson 5: Day 41 - Left Hand Articulations . In Lesson 5 you're going to assimiate two fretting hand techniques that Slap Bass players use all the time - and fingerstyle players use much less. Those techniques are the Pull-Off and the Hammer-On.

Lesson 6: Day 51 - More Stylistic Devices . In Lesson 6 you're going to add some more stylistic devices that can be found throughout Flea's discography - and really add colour and flavour to your lines. These are ghosted notes, slides, and fills.

Lesson 7: Day 61 - The Upper Register . In Lesson 7 you're going to start exploring the different ways that Flea uses the upper register in his bass lines to fill out the Chili Peppers sparse Drums-Bass-Guitar sound.

Lesson 8: Day 71 - Advanced Techniques. In Lesson 8 you're going to look at some advanced techniques that Flea uses to add colour to his lines: this includes playing double and triple stops; playing in 7:8 time and playing the 16th note triplets

Lesson 9: Day 81 - Bass Line Case Study - In Lesson 9 you're going to see how to do a full analysis of a bass line. In high class bass lines there is an incredible amount of information that you can isolate and take to your practice area ranging from rhythms to groove ideas to fill ideas to chord progressions and more. The song being analysed in Lesson 9 is You Oughta Know by Alanis Morisette. Once you understand how to conduct this process, your CD collection will provide a musical resource of ideas for years to come.

Lesson 10: Day 91 - Funk Rock Ideas from Pino Palladino . In Lesson 10 you'll build on the platform that Flea has laid down using rhythmic and melodic vocabulary from the bass lines of Pino Palladino. The lesson also includes full transcriptions for Pino's lines on Who Did You Think I Was, Good Love Is On The Way, Wait Until Tomorrow and Give Blood.

Lesson 11: Day 101 - Funk Rock Ideas from Muzz Skillings . In Lesson 11 you're going to add some ideas from Muzz Skillings - an incredibly underrated bass player. Muzz played with Living Colour and to my mind really exemplifies the fusion of funk and rock. The lesson also includes full transciptions for Muzz's lines on Cult Of Personality, Open Letter To A Landlord and Love Rears Its Ugly Head.

Lesson 12: Day 111 - Funk Rock Ideas from Tim Commerford, Stefan Lessard and Others. In the final lesson of Fingerstyle Funk Rock I'll present  assorted grooves and lines from players like Tim Commerford, Stefan Lessard, Rob DeLeo and others. Each of the grooves will be transposed to C for comparitive analysis and will have a playalong MP3, plus each of the grooves will also be filmed at performance temp and slowed down tempo so you can see and hear how they should sound.

Why Should I Listen To You?

Here's the thing....back in 2008 I discovered the concept of deliberate practice and I've been researching it ever since.  (I even wrote a book at the tail end of 2008 on deliberate practice for bass...that's included as a bonus to the's pretty hard to get it any other way!)

At the time Bass Player Magazine John Goldsby said to me in an email conversation: "I think you are really onto something big and I encourage you to pursue your line of thinking. You could help countless musicians become much better players.)

And Deliberate Practice is something I've continued to learn about -  but more importantly for YOU the principles of deliberate practice are hardwired into every course I create.

That means learning principles like:

  1. 1.Step by step learning
  2. 2.Creating complete mental representations of what's being taught using both video examples and interactive Soundslice technology (where appropriate) so you know EXACTLY what each example should sound like
  3. 3.Chordal backing tracks to practice with in MP3 format at multiple tempos so you can start slow and speed up as proficiency increases...
  4. 4. Deliberate Composition - my "secret sauce" - see also Bonus section
  5. 5 Maintaining the Comfort Zone-Learning Zone Continuum at all times
  6. 6.Detailed Action Plans for each lesson to guide you in EXACTLY what you should be practicing
  7. ...And more! of the things you won't get if you buy a book or a DVD course is feedback. 

And feedback is one of the most important parts of the learning process (depending on your level it might just be THE most important part of the process).  Whenever I run a course I have a set number of students so that I can answer questions that students have - so if you have a question or a problem you don't need to spend hours trying to find an answer on YouTube or TalkBass.  Instead you can simply drop me an email and you'll get a prompt answer (though bear in mind that I'm in the UK and you may be in a different time zone....)

What Will YOU Learn In This Course?

Here's what you'll learn in Fingerstyle Funk Rock:

  • 16th Note Rhythms

    There’s a primer lesson on 16th note lessons in the course itself….and one of the bonuses is a COMPLETE course on counting, understanding and playing 16th note rhythms (over 350 pages of PDFs!)

  • Note Choices

    Once you’ve got 16th note rhythms in place then you flesh out the line with note choices.  You’ll start off with root notes and then layer in other note choices.  There are plenty of examples – all transposed to the key of C for comparitive analysis purposes

  • Musical Examples Can Be Seen And Heard

    All examples have been filmed – and the majority of the examples will be updated with interactive Soundslice technology on the 2017 run of the course

  • 'Techniques' That Goose Your Bass Lines

    These range from simple (e.g. hammer-ons and pull-offs) to more difficult (e.g. ghost notes, slurs, slides and fills) to more advanced (e.g. playing tenths, upper register playing, 16th note triplets, playing in 7:8).

  • Typical Funk Rock Grooves

    As well as the Flea Grooves that the course is built on, there’s a Muzz Skillings fingerstyle funk groove lesson, a Pino Palladino funk groove lesson and an ‘assorted’ funk groove lesson.  Additionally one of the bonuses is a detailed PDF on “How To Analyze A Groove” so you can learn from YOUR favourite players and extract key elements from their playing and take it to your practice space.

  • Song Library Bonus

    There is a bonus song library that currently contains 15 tutorials.  More will be added over time…(see Bonuses section).  You can use this library to either learn some cool tunes or to lift some more grooves for your practice area.  Or both.

What Other People Say?

Here's the kind of thing previous students say about my courses:

Ken Stern - New York, USA

"Once I began the course I found that it was written in such a way that even a person with beginning or intermediate ability could benefit immensely from the course....that is, a motivated player could take the course and never feel "lost."

Ed Cortez, USA

"I found quickly that my worries of not getting anything from the course were not a worry at all...the early lessons taught me to break down (bass lines) myself."


Andrew Worcester - USA

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...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!

What Do I Get?

Fingerstyle Funk Rock Bass is built around 12 main lessons - though there is a wealth of additional material in the bonuses too.

Each of the main lessons in Fingerstyle Funk Rock  includes the following:


  • Video Tutorials

    Every musical example is filmed so that you can see and how exactly the musical point that is being taught in the body of the lesson.

  • Interactive Sound Slice Technology

    To complete the mental representation needed to understand each musical idea, as well as video all appropriate examples are also presented in interactive soundslice format.  This means that you can play the soundslice, loop a section, slow it down or speed it up, change key and more.

  • PDF Of The Lesson

    Each lesson has a PDF version that you can download, print out and work with either away from your computer or alongside it. Plus you can make as many copies as you need so you can make as many notes and highlights on the lesson text as you want.

  • MP3 Backing Tracks

    There are over 700 downloadable backing tracks contained within the course in MP3 format.  One of the features of the backing tracks is that you will have downloads available of the same chord progression or groove progression in multiple tempos and multiple keys.

  • Lifetime Updates

    There will be more song tutorials (see bonus section) added to the course over the next 12 to 18 months…you’ll get access to all new tutorials and all updates.


  • Counting 16th Notes Course

    Although the first lesson of Fingerstyle Funk Rock is a primer on 16th notes and how to count them – a key element of Fingerstyle Funk is the 16th note rhythm – this detailed 16th note course will allow you to really study 16th note rhythms if you want.  (There are 32 lessons here…a ton of examples in Soundslice format and more).  This Bonus is live within 24 hours of you joining

  • Deliberate Practice For Bass Players

    This is the 300 page plus PDF that I wrote back in 2008 that sold a bunch of copies back in the day for over $70!  Although my understanding of deliberate practice has refined since I wrote this due to the study I’ve since done….this is still the best primer on applying deliberate practice for bass.  This bonus goes live with Lesson 4.

  • Adapting Slap Techniques For Fingerstyle Playing

    Slap bass players have come up with their own vocabulary and playing techniques to help create rhythmically denser lines…this PDF bonus lesson shows ways you can adapt these to your fingerstyle playing.  This bonus goes live with Lesson 5.

  • Deliberate Composition Report

    This report uses Flea’s bass line on Look Around to introduce you to what I consider to be one of the most valuable deliberate practice techniques I’ve ever discovered.  This goes live with Lesson 7.

  • How To Analyze A Groove

    There’s a million ‘Groove Books’ out there in bass land – but not one of them shows you the different ways you can use ‘grooves’ to improve your playing. Not only does this PDF show you that, it also shows you how you can ‘lift’ lines from your favourite players and take them to your practice area so you can extract every ounce of bass goodness from them!  This bonus goes live with Lesson 9.

  • Library of Song Tutorials

    Although I plan to add more tutorials to this section over the next 12 – 18 months (all of which will be covered by your ‘Lifetime Updates’) there are 12 songs ALREADY in the fingerstyle funk song library.  These include: The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie; Factory Of Faith; By the Way; Californication; Under The Bridge; Annie Wants A Baby; Higher Ground; Can’t Stop; Soul To Squeeze; Dani California; Aeroplane; Suck My Kiss

    The song library goes live in the members area shortly after Lesson 3.


  • Transcription Compilation

    Over the last 8 years of my weekly magazine for bass players First Bass And Beyond I’ve featured a number of funk rock bass lines as the main transcription….I’ve compiled these into a separate PDF and this compilation will go live with Lesson 10.  The compilation includes tracks from Living Colour, Audioslave, Red Hot Chilis, Stone Temple Pilots and more.

So How Much Does Fingerstyle Funk Rock Cost?

Here's the steps you'd have to take if you were going to dive into Fingerstyle Funk Rock bass on your own:

#1.  Get hold of at least two or three transcription books of Flea's bass playing and start analyzing some of his bass lines.  (Only you need to know not only how to analyze a bass line but also what to look for).

#2 Identify the core devices and core rhythms.  Not to belabour the point...but no-one teaches this and so not only do you have to identify these core devices and rhythms in Flea's playing...but you also need to have analyzed a wide range of bass lines in order to understand what actually ARE the core ideas.

#3 As well as checking out Flea's playing you should also check out the playing of other bassists in this genre - which mostly means doing a bunch of transcribing as these other players are NOT well represented in published bass literature the way Flea is.

#4 Finally you need to be able to take this to your practice area in a sequential manner in order to fully assimilate it.

Now let's be really generous and say that this will take you a hundred hours to do.  (And I'm being REALLY generous....for someone who's never done this before I'd be more likely to estimate it at 500 hours.)

And let's be generous again and say that you've valued the opportunity cost of your time at $25 per hour.  (For most of you it will be more - and it should be!).

In those terms you're talking about $2500 to put the system in place BEFORE you even start practicing.

An alternative route: if you know a teacher who's already done this work with Fingerstyle Funk (and there isn't one that I can find on the internet - I checked 😉 ) and this teacher charges only $50 per lesson and we'll assume that they can get this material over to you in 20 lessons....well this alternative route would cost $1000.

Or we could take the third way - Fingerstyle Funk Rock bass.

That won't cost you $2500.  (Or even a tenth of that)

It won't cost you a $1000 (or even a quarter of that)

Instead, Fingerstyle Funk Rock will cost you just....


That doesn't factor in the value of the bonuses either - if I were to sell those items individually the combined value would be over $150.

30 Day 100% Money Back Guarantee:  I know that you'll improve your bass playing by learning the 16th note based song style that Flea pioneered with the Chili Peppers via the step by step method set out in this course. I want YOU to be just as confident with your purchase though, so there's a full 30 day guarantee period.  After your purchase you've got a full 30 days to go through the first few lessons in Fingerstyle Funk Rock.  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 working songs, starting in the next few minutes.  Simply  CLICK the big yellow 'JOIN NOW' button below and you'll be taken to a Registration Page where you can enrol into the 2017 version of Fingerstyle Funk Rock.  (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.  (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.


P.S. A lot of rock oriented bass players get stuck playing lines with either an 8th note or a swing 8th note pulse....understanding and adding 16th note based lines into your vocabulary is a great way to break free of this plateau and that's essentially what Fingerstyle Funk Rock Bass is all about.


Paul Wolfe



P.P.S RECAP of the above.  For just $227 you'll get 12 lessons which will help you develop a complete, 16th note based funk rock vocabulary going from simple to complex.  Additionally there is over $150 of bonus materials - most of which you can't get anywhere else - plus there's a growing fingerstyle funk rock song library.  Don't forget that you're covered by my 30 Day No Questions Asked Guarantee if you  decide this is not for you - so all the risk is on me.